I am trying to select two moving animals in a video and replace them with a stamp of an area of the background. (the final video would look like a grassy plain with grass-filled animal outlines moving in the center)
Does anyone have advice about the best way to do this? Should I somehow export it and make the selection in photoshop for each frame? Or would a motion tracker be able to automate the selection? And how would I apply the stamp?
I have been doing searches on this and I'm finding parts but not the whole picture on how to make this happen. Partly because I am completely new to the program I am having trouble connecting the dots.
Thanks for your help!!
This video shows how to use motion tracking with the Clone Stamp tool:
I strongly recommend that you take the time to go through a course of basic learning materials first. Doing so will save a lot of frustration. Start here to learn After Effects: http://adobe.ly/bjBT3P
because I am completely new to the program
Your journey starts here:
The rest is mostly beside the point. Without seeing your footage, nobody can advise specifically. Could be that you need to use the clone stamp in AE, could be that you need to produce an oversized clean plate in Photoshop, could be that you end up manually patching things together based on multiple masked duplicates of your source footage. In any case, your question is way too generic and if you really never have used AE before removing objects might without it looking cheap and unrealistic might prove more difficult than you thought...