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  • Make AE tracking less shattered

     Eric Santiago updated 1 month ago 4 Members · 4 Posts
  • Andrew Fed

    September 18, 2021 at 8:11 am

    Hi, comerades. I have a video of approx. 4 minutes long with two dancers on a stage. I am to motion track one of them and then put a call-out above her. The problem is that due to the fact this video is not of a perfect quality (shot on a camcorder in 1920×1080, and the scene is shot in low light) and the object in question is constantly moving, jompong, spinning and changing its position, the tracking is a tough task for me. I have managed to track the dancers head since it’s the best contrasty point on the video, but the tracking is very choppy, shattering all the time. So is there a way to make the tracking points taken by AE more smooth? I myself am thinking about make all the *** thousand ponts easy ease, but not sure if it works. Maybe there\s some other ways of shoothing the tracking?

  • Graham Quince

    September 18, 2021 at 10:39 am

    Tracking in AE with amateur footage is always tough. I learned the hardway back in SD days. Take a look at the mask tracker and see if that gives you a better result.

    There was a tutorial here years ago which suggested that tracking in reverse gave a better result too. You might also want to look at the tracker’s options as the default luminance track might not give you the best result.

    Finally check out the Smoother to smooth out the keyframes when you’re done.

  • Michael Szalapski

    September 20, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    Also consider other tracking options like Mocha AE that comes with AE for free(!) or, if you have Red Giant Complete, try King Pin Tracker or Spot Clone Tracker

  • Eric Santiago

    September 20, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    What if you render a copy of it with some harsh image edits like contrast?
    Will that pull the image out more?
    I’ve had to mask a video a few different ways then render to a new file to track it right.

    Then take that track and re-apply to the original video.

    It was poop either way but at least the tracking was easy 🙂

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