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Bobby SalmonIntro question
by on Aug 31, 2015 at 6:01:27 pm

Hello all,

I am semi new to after effects, have created a few videos but still have a lot to learn, that being said, I am extremely interested in learning how to do a video similar to the older mountain men intro seen here:


I believe it is most likely done with masks, etc. but if someone could point me in the right direction, I would be grateful.

Thanks for your help!


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Dave LaRondeRe: Intro question
by on Aug 31, 2015 at 6:13:07 pm

I see 3D layers, particle systems, track mattes and extruded text, and that's just for starters. I only looked at it once.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA

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Kalle KannistoRe: Intro question
by on Sep 1, 2015 at 11:26:41 am

Lots going on there but the basic method revolves around using a track matte of footage of splattering paint to mask out other footage. Then repeat that about 250 times and compose them into sets of pre-composed 3D layers with camera moves and finally add high contrast color correction.

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Bobby SalmonRe: Intro question
by on Sep 1, 2015 at 10:19:57 pm

Yes there is alot going on, I love how they made it look so fluid but still busy. so in essence, I could take a splattering paint footage and use that as a mask revealing another video footage right?

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Michael SzalapskiRe: Intro question
by on Sep 2, 2015 at 2:00:07 pm

That sounds right. If the paint clip you have doesn't already contain alpha, you should be able to pull a key pretty easily as long as the background and paint color are distinct from each other.

You would then use the paint layer as a track matte [link].

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