Fundamentals Of Compositing Tracking And Roto Techniques With After Effects is a video workshop presented by Jeff Foster – award winning video producer, compositor, visual effects artist, and author of The Green Screen Handbook in which he guides you through the basics of green screen compositing and setting up a streamlined roto workflow with After Effects and a Wacom tablet.
The goal of this training is to provide you with real-world techniques for getting the best mattes and keys from your green screen shots, how to stabilize your tracking footage, how to use the Roto Brush feature to create quick and accurate mattes of anything that moves in the frame, and to provide you with the tools and techniques to create much more believable composites.
Fundamentals Of Compositing Tracking And Roto Techniques With After Effects is presented in high definition video and breaks out into six chapters and 17 videos that runs 1 hr and 25 minutes in length. Included as well is all of the footage and assets that are used in the training for you to work with on your own.
Chapter 1, "Setting Up a Wacom Tablet for Editing," begins by showing you how to set up a Wacom Intuos 4 Tablet and a Wacom Citiq display (two separate videos) for effectively working in After Effects. The real goal here is to minimize the use of the keyboard when you are working on your projects and streamline your workflow.
Chapter 2, "Getting a Great Matte from Green Screen Shots," now looks at some best practices in software keying. This lesson begins with a properly lit green screen and properly lit subjects. It then goes on to show you how to perform masking and how to work with the foreground and background videos to make them blend for the best look.
Next you move on to how to color balance your foreground and backgrounds properly by toning so that all of the footage looks like everything was shot with one camera. You will also see how to add some blur to simulate a rack focus or pull focus blur in your shots. Finally you will see how you can work with poorly lit green screen footage.