Thank you VERY much for recommending I bring this issue to the After Effects forum!
I have several clips with a person with one small but noticeable stray hair strand extending below the side of their glasses over their cheekbone. The person is fairly stationary throughout all clips and the skintone is what I want to replace the strand. Is there a way to have the skin tone intelligently mask out/replace that part of the hair over the facial area; can I select it in some way/is there a specific effect to do this? I do have AfterEffects CS5 but have not used it yet -- BUT I am a reasonably quick study and any direction on how to do this there will be MUCH appreciated.
Please post a frame or two that shows exactly what you're dealing with, so we can better make recommendations.
In the meantime, here is a set of getting started resources so that you can familiarize yourself with the basics of After Effects:
Depends on the thickness of the strand and its curvature. Might be a simple blur, might require some warping and distortion effects, might require costly third-party effects or equally costly and long-winded cloning. Impossible to tell without an example, but generally you should not expect a quick or simple solution to such mishaps and be ready to invest some time. this may look like a simple mishap, but those are usually the most painful to fix...