Discover an After Effects compositing technique that will make your simulated screens look totally believable.

One of the best ways to make a simulated screen look real is to have hand reflections appear on top of the simulated screen. The result is a more natural simulated screen that looks much better than simply a keyed out green screen.

The tutorial above demonstrates how to create a better simulated screen using Mocha and After Effects. The tutorial covers:

  • Drawing Splines
  • Creating Garbage Map
  • Setting Corner Pins
  • Importing Tracking Data Into After Effects
  • Creating Depth Mattes
  • Animating Screen Movement

This tutorial uses a unique plug-in called MochaImport+. Using the plug-in, you can import more tracking data than that native to AE. The price for the plug-in is $49 but you can download a free trial from aescripts.

Want to learn more about simulating screens in After Effects and Mocha? Check out a few of the following resources:

Phone and Tablet Screen Replacement – PremiumBeat
Screen Replacement (Motion Tracking w/Mocha) – TheVFXBro
Screen Replacement with After Effects and mocha AE – Lynda

Have any other tips for creating a simulated screen? Share in the comments below.