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Adobe® After Effects® 6.5: Studio Techniques by Mark Christiansen

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Chapter 8. Effective Motion Tracking

Effective Motion Tracking

Image courtesy of Tim Fink Productions.

 

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.

 
 --Will Rogers

The After Effects tracker is a semi-automated solution for two-dimensional match moving and stabilization. Set up correctly, it allows you to click a button and get a result more refined than anything you could ever animate by hand. It can save you piles of time, too, such as the several months I spent hand match moving shots for Rebel Assault II using After Effects 2.0, which had no motion tracker whatsoever. It wasn't added until version 4.0, allowing me to learn everything I know ...

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