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Jake Huddleston
Reframing in After Effects?
on May 16, 2011 at 5:28:38 am

I am creating a stop motion animation. With regular video footage the highest resolution you can go is 1080p (that is, unless you have the luxury of using a camera such as a RED One, or something similar), so doing any reframing/cropping/zooming of that original footage is going to reduce the quality if you want to stay at 1080p. Therefore, it is not practical to do so.

However, when shooting digital stills, the resolution is often high enough to allow a technique of this type to work, particularly for stop motion. The animator of this video reframed and animated his still-footage:

I am wondering how he was able to reframe the way he did, as well as give his animation the 'hand-held' shaky-cam feel. Is this just cropping + motion paths and easy-ease keyframes? It would great if anyone could explain how they think this guy did this in After Effects. Thanks to anyone who can help.

Jake Huddleston

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