Here’s a recently completed project that I shot and edited: a marketing doc for
I hope everyone has a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. May your 2012 be all that it can be.
Once again this year I had a the pleasure of volunteering as a staffer at the
My job as a volunteer was to assist the multimedia students with titles for their videos along with various design jobs for the behind-the-scenes workshop video.
Here is a highlight reel of some of my work this year produced over two and a half days starting with the WKU and workshop front bumper and ending with the full Mountain Workshops end bumper logo. The 3d logo was created in
In response to a cool tip posted on twitter by
It may not be readily apparent, but for the last several versions After Effects has shipped with a 3rd party tracking tool called
Mocha is a really nice tracking tool, but when you first open the app the interface can be a bit intimidating in that it looks nothing like what you’re used to if you’re used to After Effects.
Mocha is not a 3d camera tracker, but instead it’s strength is a method of 2.5d tracking known as
Here are some samples I worked up yesterday while studying how to use Mocha AE. In these examples I took some handheld HD footage of a picture frame and comped in a photo of my good friend Indiana Jones. Before shooting the source footage, I removed the actual photo from the frame and inserted a piece of black paper. This way, once I track the footage and add in the new photo, I can set the transfer mode of the photo to screen thus preserving the original reflections in the glass. This subtle effect goes a long way in increasing the realism of the comp.
At the start of each example you will see a few seconds of the original source footage, then a wipe to reveal the final comp.
We recently upgraded to Adobe After Effects CS5.5 at the office and after reading about the new Warp Stabilizer effect, I decided to do some experimenting. Here are two quick tests that I produced this morning to demonstrate the before and after of this effect.
The top shot featuring the empty hallway worked quite easily with default settings. The 2nd clip feature the school children walking down the hall way worked fine, but the synthesize edges functionality really struggled to generate clean edges.
After watching some of the nice tutorials on
This video is very rough and comprises just a few simple shots of my kids around the kitchen table. The first thing I discovered is that I needed to choose a few different wheels. I had a set of 8 wheels that I pulled from an old set of roller blades that I bought at a local thrift store for $4. Of the first four that I put on the dolly, two of them had little flat spots, probably from the original owner skidding to a stop. Also, I need to apply some WD-40 to the wheel bearings to loosen them up and allow them to spin more smoothly.
In the video you will notice the slight shake when the dolly rolls over those flat spots. Last night I did try out some different wheels and it is smoother. I will try to shoot an updated video soon. Also, I have plans for a simple, inexpensive, track system that I want build.
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Steve Smart is a motion graphics artist and video producer based in Nashville.
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