I'm sure there's a tut somewhere for this, but I can't seem to find it.
I'm trying to track motion on some video, but the source material is too dark for the tracker to grab onto what I need to track.
I can temporarily adjust the levels on the video and see my points of interest very clearly, but After Effects - at least by default - doesn't want to track anything but the raw file. I'd like to think I'm just too dumb to figure out how to do this, rather than thinking After Effects is too dumb to think this could ever be a useful function.
So has anyone else had to do this? Is there a way to track a file while keeping any added effects applied? Any help is much appreciated.
After effects can track a nested composition. So do all your levels/curves/etc and then precomp the layer, being sure to move everything into the precomp. Then motion track the precomp in the current comp.