Friday, March 15, 2013

Screen Replacement in After Effects

(Screen Replacement Can Be Seen In Opening Of Video)

It had been a long time since I'd done any serious After Effects work.  My girlfriend's father was turning 60 and we wanted to do something special for the occasion.  I knew I would be doing the normal slideshows but I didn't have anything all that interesting for the opening until I recognized the opportunity in his having the last name "Storme".  So my girlfriend and I started scouring Youtube for news clips with funny uses of the word "storm".  After we gathered the clips, I started compositing in the pictures and changing the headers.

The beginning composite with the newscaster was my first real use of Mocha AE and I'm happy with the results (though I recognize the effect is far from perfect).  Like most projects I take on, I make the mistake of not shooting video for the effect and rather just trying to shove an effect into preexisting footage.  The screen behind him has moving images and a colors that were too close to his suit color to completely key out or rotoscope.  In the end it took multiple passes separating multiple parts of the newscaster.  I'm happy with how it came out and will be using Mocha AE more in the future.

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