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  • Todd Kopriva

    April 12, 2010 at 4:07 am

    Here it is:
    “What’s new and changed in After Effects CS5”

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  • Michael Szalapski

    April 12, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Wahoo!
    Er, I mean, that looks good.
    DO WANT!
    Sorry; can’t help myself.

    – The Great Szalam
    (The ‘Great’ stands for ‘Not So Great, in fact, Extremely Humble’)

    No trees were harmed in the creation of this message, but several thousand electrons were mildly inconvenienced.

  • Anthony Giola

    April 12, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Thanks a Bunch for this post Todd! I can Absolutely not wait for Roto Brush tool. That will definetly be one of my favorite tools! So wait though my impression from it was that you drew the tool over an area you wanted to mask/select and it basically drew a mask around it? So a bit like the quick selection tool from Photoshop CS4.?

  • Todd Kopriva

    April 12, 2010 at 4:57 am

    Yes, the Roto Brush tool is very much like the Quick Select tool from Photoshop. We tried to keep it as much the same as possible—but of course there are some differences because video has different needs.

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    putting the ‘T’ back in ‘RTFM’ : After Effects Help on the Web
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  • Roland R. Kahlenberg

    April 12, 2010 at 5:26 am

    Approx 10 years ago, using AE’s Filmstrip format, you could use Photoshop’s Magic Wand tool on a single frame and the selection would translate across all frames within the filmstrip. There were issues with feathering etc but the technology was there 10 years ago!

    Is The Foundry’s Matchmoving plugin going to be bundled with AE?

    Cheers
    RoRK

    Sell your AEPs with broadcastGEMs’ DVD series of templates. Click here for more

  • Todd Kopriva

    April 12, 2010 at 5:46 am

    Regarding the technology of 10 years ago: The chatter on such mattes tended to be fierce. The magic in the Roto Brush effect is in its ability to see across time and make the matte “temporally coherent”—i.e., smoothly animating across time.

    There’s also a lot of new technology in the color decontamination and motion blur in the mattes so that the background color is cleaned out of soft edges and such. That part is also available in the separate Refine Matte effect, which is very handy outside of the Roto Brush workflow.

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    Todd Kopriva, Adobe Systems Incorporated
    putting the ‘T’ back in ‘RTFM’ : After Effects Help on the Web
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    If a page of After Effects Help answers your question, please consider rating it. If you have a tip, technique, or link to share—or if there is something that you’d like to see added or improved—please leave a comment.

  • Roland R. Kahlenberg

    April 12, 2010 at 6:02 am

    [Todd Kopriva] “There’s also a lot of new technology in the color decontamination and motion blur in the mattes so that the background color is cleaned out of soft edges and such. That part is also available in the separate Refine Matte effect, which is very handy outside of the Roto Brush workflow.”

    This sounds promising although it’ll be silly to think of it as a panacea for all roto jobs – wishing I’m wrong though. 😉
    It’s still awkward that 10 years later we finally see some positive movement.

    Is it too early to touch on The Foundary’s Matchmoving plugin or did you miss that in my earlier post?

    Thanks for the updates here – much appreciated.
    RoRK

    Sell your AEPs with broadcastGEMs’ DVD series of templates. Click here for more

  • Todd Kopriva

    April 12, 2010 at 6:15 am

    Oh, I certainly agree that Roto Brush isn’t going to get you all the way on every job. You can see in the tips and such on the page that I wrote here that I talk about what to do when you’ve gotten everything as good as you can with Roto Brush. Maybe you’ll still have to do some conventional rotoscoping to clean up some bits, but you can save loads of time by starting out with the Roto Brush tool.

    Regarding the matchmoving plug-in: I haven’t even seen it in use yet. I’m at NAB now, so maybe I’ll see it tomorrow.

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    Todd Kopriva, Adobe Systems Incorporated
    putting the ‘T’ back in ‘RTFM’ : After Effects Help on the Web
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    If a page of After Effects Help answers your question, please consider rating it. If you have a tip, technique, or link to share—or if there is something that you’d like to see added or improved—please leave a comment.

  • ben rollason

    April 12, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Hi Todd,

    If you’ve in any way cracked automatic rotoscoping, then major respect!

    Glad to see a subtract and divide blending mode in there finally too.

    It seems though that all the changes are firmly in the direction of compositing. The obvious change that’s missing in this respect though is a node-based interface. Are there plans to make the timeline metaphor compatible with a node based one in the future? Only then can AE really compete with the dedicated compositing apps – the Nukes and Fusions of this world.

    Alarm bells are ringing about 64 bit plug-ins only though. Does that mean I’m going to have to upgrade all of my plug-ins? That’s potentially going to make this an expensive upgrade.

    Thanks for the link.

    -Ben.

    vfx.benrollason.com

  • Roland R. Kahlenberg

    April 12, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    I was thinking, wishfully, that The Foundry plugin was to be bundled with AE. Looks like it won’t.

    Cheers
    RoRK

    Sell your AEPs with broadcastGEMs’ DVD series of templates. Click here for more

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