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Robert Coppa
Cloning using motion track.
on Aug 23, 2009 at 12:40:25 am

Hello gurus
I am fairly new to AE, using AE CS4 and am trying to cleanup footage of 3 light reflections against a wall. The footage scrolls up as the camera pans so i need to be able to track the light source and apply that data to the cloning. I have been able to track the light source fine, but am not able to figure out how to use this tracked data with the clone tool. Do i need a null object? i tried parenting the null object to the layer with the clones ( actual footage ) and nothing happens.

Any help and guidance would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance

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Simon Bonner
Re: Cloning using motion track.
on Aug 23, 2009 at 4:12:30 am

If you applied the tracking data to the null, you need to parent the new layer to the null, not the null to the new layer. Layers follow their parents, not vice versa. It's hard to know if this will solve your problem from what you've said, but hopefully it'll do the trick.

Simon Bonner

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Stuart Elith
Re: Cloning using motion track.
on Aug 24, 2009 at 1:45:14 am

You don't actually need to apply the tracking data to a null (though you can if you want). I prefer not to, as it keeps one less layer in the timeline and I don't delete my original tracking markers after I use them, so i can just access them in the original footage.

So what I do is this :

1. Track the feature.
2. On the first frame, do your cloning. Make sure the clone settings are set to Constant duration rather than just a single frame. You will need to think about where to choose your clone point so that it will be consistent throughout the shot and won't reveal the stuff you're trying to hide (if you don't get what I mean, it will make sense once you try it! It may work, or may require tweaking, but that's ok too).

3. Add an expression to the Position of the clone stroke (in the timeline, it will look something like Effects > Paint > Clone 1 > Transform : Clone 1 > Position. You need to pickwhip this to the Motion Tracker track point's Feature Center.

And that's all!
If it isn't perfect, you can adjust the Clone Position of the stroke (in the Stroke Options), which is great as you can then reposition it and see the results... you could even keyframe it if there is just one little bit that goes wrong.

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Gary Noden
Re: Cloning using motion track.
on Apr 15, 2012 at 8:25:31 am

do you know what the script code would be to paint that clone stroke, so I can automate this sort of process with a script?


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