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  • Swimming frog in AE

  • Ian Ellerby

    October 18, 2021 at 11:16 am

    Hi, I’m wanting to create a realistic swimming frog in AE, looking from above or birds eye view, but can’t find any green screen type stock-footage anywhere. I need to key out on to a pond environment. I wondered if any one had any suggestions, or in the C4D world which AE has the plug-in for. I don’t want a cartoon style movement, it needs to be realistic/natural.

    Thanks if anyone can suggest.


  • Walter Soyka

    October 19, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    This is going to be super-hard as a first 3D project. Instead, I’d suggest finding some natural footage and compositing it into your scene. You’ll almost certainly need to rotoscope the frog; not as easy as keying, but much easier than modeling and animating a frog from scratch.

  • Graham Quince

    October 20, 2021 at 8:32 am

    If you can’t find usable stock footage and it needs to be realistic, could you take a still of a frog and animate it swimming using the Puppet tool? You could use whatever footage you can find for reference. If you “dress” the pond with ripples, reflections, plants on the surface, you’ll probably be able to disguise the animated still quite effectively.

  • Ian Ellerby

    October 20, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Thanks Walter, I have tried this already, and the result is ok, but not good enough for the project. I haven’t found really good footage to work with as well. But will continue looking.

    Thanks Ian

  • Ian Ellerby

    October 20, 2021 at 8:44 am

    Thanks Graham, I have thought about this, the size of intended projected frog will quite large, probably 6 foot swimming across a floor, and the viewer would very close to it, yes I have my pond with ripples and reflections, but the focus would be on the frog, if there is a slight chance the result is cartoonish I can’t get away with that. I haven’t had much Puppet tool work, maybe try that, when I have in the past tried copying nature it’s so hard to pull off, I always try and go back and capture real life.

    Thanks Ian

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