In this After Effects tutorial, learn how to add actual motion-tracked camera movement to your motion graphic design.

There are many ways to add wiggle or interesting camera movement to your design and VFX compositing. The Deadpool premiere pro presets from Vashi Visuals is a great way to do it in Adobe Premiere Pro, and you can of course use the wiggle expression to add movement to your camera in After Effects as well. However, why not just use your own actual camera movement from footage you’ve shot and steal that motion for your graphics and VFX?  Here’s how to do it.

This technique is extremely useful in many situations. If you have a still shot or design that you want to add movement to in any way, this is a really natural-looking and convincing way to do so.

One of my favorite uses for this technique is to add motion to still photos in documentary-style projects. It’s a good way to add a bit of motion and realism to the standard Ken Burns Effect  that has been the go-to choice for displaying photos for film or video projects for decades. It can give the viewer the feeling that they are looking at a photo or frame on an actual surface, shot by someone holding the camera, even though they are actually still assets altered in After Effects.


Do you have tips for adding motion effects to your footage? Let us know in the comments.