7 Replies Latest reply: Aug 29, 2014 4:00 PM by Rick Gerard RSS

    After Effects CS6 rotoscoping




      I am new to rotoscoping and am using AE CS6.


      On this AE help page:


      After Effects Help | Managing and animating shape paths and masks


      I found this tip:

      • Draw your masks on a white solid layer with its Video (eyeball) switch off, above the (locked) footage layer. This way, you run no risk of accidentally moving the footage layer when you manipulate the mask, and you can also much more easily apply tracking data to the mask. (You apply the tracking data to the invisible solid layer that holds the mask.) This also means that you don't lose your cached RAM preview frames each time you manipulate the mask. (See Toggle visibility or influence of a layer or property group and Lock or unlock a layer.)


      I don't understand how this is possible since I thought rotoscoping had to be done directly on the footage layer. Can someone clarify how to draw a mask with the rotoscope brush in CS6 on a solid layer above the footage layer?


      Thanks for the help!