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Presuming you have plenty of clean foliage in your shot, just use the clone toll to clone over the tripod. Then you're going to have to do some rotoscoping mask work on your actor as he/she passes the tripod.
Post a sample frame and I'm sure we can offer clearer suggestions.
That sounds exactly what needs to be done ... rotoscoping masking. Are there any good toturials for this? And ... is this best done in AE? Thanks!
> That sounds exactly what needs to be done ... rotoscoping masking. Are there any good toturials for this? And ... is this best done in AE?
There's some introductory information about rotoscoping and some links to tutorials and such on this page: "Rotoscoping introduction and resources"
Yes, After Effects is well suited for this kind of work.
**I'm not sure how to go about this. I'm concerned I'll have to rotoscope it frame by frame and I don't know if I'l have enough time to do that sort of work by next week!**
You only need to mask the few frames that the actor walks in front of the tripod (you will be surprised at how few this usually turns out to be, perhaps as few as 3 or 4) - for the rest of the frames either side (before and after the actor passes the tripod) a rough junk matte will do the trick.