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Rotoscoping Tips & Tricks - Struggling

Mar 27, 2013 4:10 PM

Hey guys,


Found some great advice on here the other day and proceeded to watch a number of tutorial videos on Rotoscoping. However, after about 10 hours in AE CS5, I'm pretty much where I started. Practically all of the tutorials I've found focus around cutting out real people that are hardly moving. I realize I've set my sights a little high for my first attempt at this but I'm convinced I'll do it eventually.


I'd really appreciate it if you grabbed the clip, it's only 4 seconds long:


Basically I want to cut-out the character and stuff that appears (cloud, feathers etc). Everything that moves I want taken out so that I can replace the background and such. However, everytime I use the Rotobrush tool I have to edit frame by frame and even after going through the entire scene, stuff goes wrong. It totally changes for no reason or adds totally different textures into the roto'd area.


Are there any other techniques I could try? Or maybe some other software? (preferably cheap )

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    Mar 27, 2013 5:08 PM   in reply to SaboSmith

    Sorry, tried to download your clip three times and it failed to finish every time for me. How big is it?  Try DropBox or Yousendit?  Or just post a few still images.

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    Mar 27, 2013 6:31 PM   in reply to SaboSmith

    Rotoscoping clouds and feathers is an immensely challenging task for even the most advanced compositor. Even for someone very experienced, rotoscoping just a few seconds of challenging footage can take days. This is not going to be easy for you, and the Roto Brush is certainly the wrong tool for the job.


    Note that "rotoscoping" does not mean using the Roto Brush tool. The Roto Brush tool is a feature that allows you to in some simple cases avoid rotoscoping. Rotoscoping is the frame-by-frame drawing of masks (or painting) to separate an object in a scene.


    See this: .html#rotoscoping_introduction_and_resources

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