Also consider using the Mocha tracker. MochaAE is included in CS4 and since it tracks an entire area instead of a single point, it does not require any point to stay in the image over the entire shot.
There is also lots of training available for it:
I have Adobe Creative Suit Master Collection installed on my computer but I can't find any reference to Mocha. Could you please help me to find it.
I am an amateur film maker with limited experience using After Effects.
Many thanks for your help.
Dr Tom Kovacs
Then Mocha should be installed and be available in the same folder of
your start menu where all the other programs of the suide are located.
On my windows 7, 64 bit machine, the executable binary is located at
C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CS4\Mocha\bin
Thank you all for your helpful replies. I am sincerely grateful.
I found Mocha in the directory but couldn't run it because the error message said that I miss a particular dll. By reinstalling AF would solve the problem. Of course reinstalling AF gave me no ends of trouble! However, by reinstalling AF it said at the end that some functionality couldn't be installed but AE will run. Unfortunately I don't know what functionality is missed if ant. Mocha on the other hand runs like a dream.
I am however, reasonably familiar with Premier Pro CS 4 but complete newbi to Mocha. Tutorials show how to track some features but my only very limited interest is to save some of my shaky panning shots where no feature stays in the shot all through the panning shot.
Is there any simple tutorial available out there?
Again thanks to all who give up their valuable time to reply to beginners like me. Thanks
I am not aware of a dedicated tutorial.
But you can export transform data in Mocha and stabilize using the stabilize function of MochaImport.
This will make your footate completely stabilized what is probably not yet what you want. Therefore, in a second step, you need to create a NULL layer, parent the stabilization NULL created by MochaImport to it and keyframe its position to perform the panning movement you want to have.
As a starting point watch this tutorial, although it uses an old version of MochaImport with a different interface.
Mocha's own help.pdf is extremely comprehensive, even though it labours under the misnoma "Quick Start". It should be available as part of Mocha's help process.