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Adobe® After Effects® CS6 Visual Effects and Compositing Studio Techniques by Mark Christiansen

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Chapter 8. Effective Motion Tracking

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I’m sick of following my dreams. I’m just going to ask them where they’re going and hook up with them later.

—Mitch Hedberg

Matchmoving is the art of seamlessly adding elements to a scene in motion. There is more to this art than simply sampling some motion of one layer and applying it to another, even though that’s fundamentally how motion tracking works. The human eye is much more sensitive to subtleties of motion than of color or even edges, the main foci of Section II up to this point. Mismatch color and the shot looks bad, mess up edge composites and it looks fake, but mismatch motion and the audience ...

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