I've got a very specific thing I'm trying to do, however, I'm not too familiar with much terminology.
The goal: I have some 90 frames of a man running toward the camera with a giant sniper scope crosshair pointing at him. The crosshair stretches across the screen and covers the man both vertically and horizontally center.. I would like to edit out the crosshair to where it does not cover the man at all for all 90 frames so that I can later duplicate this new edited version into another video.
I have Adobe After Effects CS5 as well as Photoshop CS5.
I was able to somewhat clone stamp out most of the black lines covering his body without it looking too bad, however, I have had some difficulty as far as getting the black line off of his face without making him look like some sort of mutant. I was just wondering if there was an easier/more time efficiant way of doing this through either one of these programs.
Do you have any frames with a clean version of the face?
Honestly, easier to reshoot it.
Once you have located a clean shot of the face, you will need to use motion tracking to put the face on the body in motion, an advanced function even for high-end After Effects users.
A running body's head is in motion, turning from side to side, going up and down, and that changes the perspective of the face. Pasting a still image of the guy will look totally weird, like he's wearing a mask.