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Perfectly doable in AE. For the most part simply a matter of finding two suitable footages, then masking out the foreground layer to extract the head. If you are familiar with PS, AI and ID using vector masks should not be alien to you, you'll just have to get used to the concept of keyframing. I'm sure you can find enough tutorials for free regarding head replacement and similar techniques, so don't spend your money prematurely....
> I thought that this clip was funny:
> I want to make something similar for my brother, but I have no idea
> which program was used to make this.
While the clip may not necessarily have been done in AE, you can achieve
these results. Careful masking along with good keyframing of the
movement properties will do it. There are other ways, but while this
might not be the fastest, would be the simplest and would provide a good
learning experience for someone starting out.
> I have the full Adobe CS3 Suite on my computer, including After
> Effects. I use Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator regularly for my
> I want to try to monkey around with the video software at an amateur
> level. But before I buy any tutorials, I need to know what program to
> buy the tutorial for!!
> Thanks for any responses.
Thank you both for the replies!
Now here is a new twist. While I have several family photos, I do not have any video. So my follow-up question is this:
Can you achieve the same thing with a photo (in this case, McCain's head) on top of video?
Or would I first need to somehow "record" the picture so that I'm working with two video clips?
You want to align a still photo to a video clip? Sure. You could try tracking (TIP: create a null, and target the null with the track), but it might just be easier doing manual keyframing.
Masking still applies.
To elaborate: "footage" in AE terms only refers to anything that either already contains pixels or can create pixels by serving as a container e.g. for effects. Using stills therefore is included in this definition. You should take a quick spin with the help files. This would certainly clear up some of your questions already.