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steve dann
After Effects Motion Tracking from outside of frame.
on Apr 30, 2010 at 11:07:19 pm

Is it possible to motion track something that enters or leaves frame? The moment the search box hits the edge of frame it - unsurprisingly - freaks out. Haven't found anything about this anywhere. Any help much apreciated.


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Kevin Camp
Re: After Effects Motion Tracking from outside of frame.
on May 1, 2010 at 1:23:30 am

mocha is a tracker that can track a point if it leaves the frame, however, you will need to be tracking multiple points that form a plane for it to work. this tutorial shows how that works.
http://library.creativecow.net/articles/rabinowitz_aharon/Mocha_Tut_1.php


or you may be able to track a second point after the first leaves the frame, then combine those tracks. video copilot has several tutorials where andrew uses this technique... here's one.
http://library.creativecow.net/articles/kramer_andrew/Set_Extensions.php

Kevin Camp
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Roland R. Kahlenberg
Re: After Effects Motion Tracking from outside of frame.
on May 1, 2010 at 7:17:02 am

The proper term is Offset Tracking. And you don't need seperate trackers. Perform a COW Search and there should be ample info for you in the AE forum as well as AE and Mocha tracking tutorials.

HTH
RoRK

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steve dann
Re: After Effects Motion Tracking from outside of frame.
on May 1, 2010 at 8:45:42 am

Thank you guys, as long as the information is out there somewhere I'll find it. Offset tracking sounds like a good idea. I can't help thinking I saw a video tutorial a year ago that dealt with this but involved expressions.


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Roland R. Kahlenberg
Re: After Effects Motion Tracking from outside of frame.
on May 1, 2010 at 12:49:03 pm

That's Eran's COW Tutorial. The expression Eran used involves the Continue method. It's a good technique if there is no object within the shot for you to apply Offset Tracking.

Cheers
RoRK

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steve dann
Re: After Effects Motion Tracking from outside of frame.
on May 1, 2010 at 5:16:40 pm

I'll look that up. Many thanks. What I'm trying to do is corner pin some thing (say an advertising hoarding) as it enters and leaves frame.


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steve dann
Re: After Effects Motion Tracking from outside of frame.
on May 1, 2010 at 9:11:31 am

What I really meant to say was THANK YOU !!!!! I looked on Andrew Kramer's site but didn't know 'set extension' was what I needed to learn. That's the BEST video tutorial for AE I've EVER seen. THANK YOU for pointing it out to me.


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