Motion tracking is the backbone of VFX work. Knowing how to use it is a very valuable asset to any filmmaker.

Motion tracking is used on just about every major set. From commercials to motion pictures, all sorts of elements are added to projects with tracked footage. Video Copilot’s Andrew Kramer talks about Motion Tracking the Impossible in this Adobe presentation. What’s the best takeaway from this video? Learning how to apply effects you learn to other projects.

Once you understand that there are no limits to these concepts and techniques, you can start to think about how to use these techniques to create what you want. That’s when an artist’s vision starts to take over, and the tools are no longer what they focus on. – Andrew Kramer

You can go in depth with the videos he showed in the presentation. Here you can see a full breakdown of the City Destruction VFX. You will open the Tracker and select the 3D Camera Tracker. Right away your tracking points will appear so you can add solid layers of destruction.

Motion tracking can also be applied to an actor. Before applying any effects, the first step will be tracking your subject. In this video, Kramer tracks using mocha. You will learn how to use the Bezier Layer Tool to select the area to track, and then Track Backwards. You will then align the surface and export the tracking data into After Effects.

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