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  • 4K to 1080p Auto-Follow Subject Plug-in?

    Posted by Matt Bauer on July 15, 2017 at 3:09 am

    Hi! I’m not sure if there is a relevant thread here, but I am pretty desperate for an answer.
    I film single (motivational) speakers onstage as they give presentations. They will often walk around the stage. Instead of hiring a second videographer or using something like a subject-tracking robot/tripod, I would like to set up my 4K camera (GH4) with the entire stage in the frame (probably 50 feet across). I’ve been looking for a way to automatically motion track the speaker in Premiere/AE/whatever so I can shoot in 4K, output to 1080, and have my (now cropped) footage appear to “follow” the speaker as if I were moving the actual camera myself. This would be an amazing time-saver in not having to keyframe every time the speaker moves. Any help is MUCH appreciated – Thank you so much!


    Matt Bauer replied 6 years, 10 months ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
  • 4 Replies
  • Jim Watt

    July 17, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Use a 1080 timeline, then just key frame your speaker as they move to keep them in the frame.

  • Matt Bauer

    July 17, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Jim, thanks for your reply, but as I said in my original post, manual keyframing is exactly what I’m trying to avoid.

  • Ann Bens

    July 18, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    After Effects has Motion Tracking.

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  • Matt Bauer

    July 18, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Ann, thanks for your reply.

    I’m aware that After Effects has motion tracking, and I use it for other projects. However, my footage is usually at least 45 minutes in length, up to 90 minutes, so motion tracking in After Effects would take forever.

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