Learn how to seamlessly replace screens in this helpful After Effects video tutorial.

When it comes to filmmaking, it’s incredibly difficult to shoot a phone, tablet, computer, or TV screen directly in the camera. Instead, many filmmakers choose to replace the screen with a fake screen in post. However, as you’ve probably come to figure out… it’s easier said than done.

Advanced Screen Replacement in After Effects: Fake Glare
Notice how fake glare helps add realism. 

Good screen replacements will looks seamless and lifelike without drawing a lot of attention to themselves. Doing it well it will take a good balance of compositing, motion tracking, and color grading. To get you up to speed with how replace screens, the good people at Batch Frame have created a handy tutorial that shows us how to key and track screens in After Effects. The tutorial covers:

  • Tracking the Screen
  • Keying Out Screens
  • Quick Color Correcting
  • Compositing Techniques
  • Matching Motion Blur

The technique outlined in this tutorial is different than the one featured in our previous screen replacement tutorial. Notably, this technique uses the built-in trackers in After Effects instead of those found in mocha.

This tutorial was first created and shared by Batch Frame on their YouTube channel. Thanks for sharing, guys!

Want to learn more about tracking screens in After Effects? Check out a few of the following links:

  1. How to Realistically Replace Digital Screens in Mocha and After Effects – RocketStock
  2. After Effects Tutorial – Screen Replacement (Motion Tracking w/Mocha) – VFX Bro
  3. Video Tutorial: Cell Phone & Tablet Screen Replacement in After Effects – PremiumBeat

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