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Dan McAloneyCloning Moving Areas?
by on Jan 27, 2010 at 5:43:40 pm

I am working on a presentation in Flash that involves video. The CAD guy has provided some animated fly-thrus but he didn't create a surface large enough. In the pic you'll see that there is a lighter green area around the subject. The subject zooms and and slowly rotates. Is there a way I can clone the dark green area (trees) and fill the light green area and match the motion?

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Michael SzalapskiRe: Cloning Moving Areas?
by on Jan 27, 2010 at 7:11:57 pm

If it's a smooth enough camera motion you might be able to copy the movement in AE without too much trouble, although getting the right angle of lens might be a little tricky.

If it works, you could create a trees layer (in AE or Photoshop) and make it a 3d layer in AE. If your shot is matched with the movment you should be good. A feathered mask on a third layer used as a track matte for the original video to blend the two shots together might work well to finish you off. If you could get the camera path from your orignal animator, you might not even have to matchmove it.

There is software out there (such as SynthEyes) that does 3d tracking, if you have to do it, and it can import the date into AE.

Or, rather than a green color, you could possibly use a gradient with sky blue and white for the background; it would look nicer.

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