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Neil Weaver
Motion Tracking in CS5
on Aug 19, 2010 at 4:23:11 pm

Has something changed in motion tracking in CS5?

I'm trying to add a precomped graphic to a shot of a computer screen but when I select motion track, it pops me into the layer panel of the precomp.

This means I can't see the layer beneath that I want to track and therefore have no reference points to attach my tracker to.

I'm sure CS3 used to apply the motion tracker in the comp window so why is CS5 bouncing me into the layer view?

Unless I'm being monumentally silly and have forgotten to do something very basic, which is quite likely...

Cheers in advance!



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Dave LaRonde
Re: Motion Tracking in CS5
on Aug 19, 2010 at 6:07:41 pm

It sounds like you're trying to track the wrong layer. select the layer with the computer screen. Do your track... and yes, it WILL open up in the footage window. That's how it works.

When you have a successful track, you apply the track to that precomp.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Neil Weaver
Re: Motion Tracking in CS5
on Aug 19, 2010 at 7:22:51 pm

Sometimes, I just embarrass myself.

It's been a while since I used motion track and I think I was getting it confused with stabilizing footage.

Thanks Dave. Gonna go hide my head in a bucket for a while...



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Dave LaRonde
Re: Motion Tracking in CS5
on Aug 19, 2010 at 7:28:24 pm

Hey, don't feel bad.

Just yesterday in this forum, I pontificated on how there was no shortcut to modify comp resolution other than typing it in. I got proven wrong: it was a command I never used before. So I learned something new.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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