Magic Ball Tracking

In our recent Magic Tracking Tutorial, we used a new preset to help locate a specific point on a surface tracked with Mocha AE. This technique works well to establish objects onto a specific location like a sign but you can also slide objects on the surface as well. This example shows the ability to animate that point along the surface by keyframing the position of the NULL.

For the boulder I used CC Sphere with some fast rotation and manually scaled the ball as it reaches the camera. You can even download the project and see how I did the other effects as well but I encourage you to check the Magic Tracking tutorial to see how it works. There is no 3D tracking and it was all created within After Effects and tracked with Mocha.

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4 years ago
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119 Comments

soheil Sharifi
4 years ago
Hi Andrew I love it
i'm from Iran
jennifer espino
4 years ago
nice one andy! love your supremacy! more power!
Nick
4 years ago
You're very good, Andy! :D
4 years ago
@Salomon: that's really cool stuff, that you uploaded to your YT Channel. Thumbs up, looking forward to see more soon :) subscribed.
Kai
4 years ago
Been playing with this preset. With some tweaks, you can link Particular to the null to add falling snow or dust to a moving shot. Thanks again!
4 years ago
I've made something similar http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACqy4IL7mtk. Thanks for your tutorial.
4 years ago
Greate stuff Andrew, i like it. I will try to make somthing like this, but i don't think i will have success.
Bruce Gordon
4 years ago
This is hilarious, i just closed my eyes and laughed
cody
4 years ago
too funny mr kramer, well done
Chris
4 years ago
is that a texture of a moon?!! haha
Damian
4 years ago
Hi Andrew, well done and thanks again for some really cool tutorials. This is a commercial I did using Action Essentials 2 and several other CG elements and stuff. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HY3OeEhqA0
4 years ago
Check out the use of optical flares in this alien film, andrew you must be proud.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnoW5-DmIUM
Rafael
4 years ago
hei andrew, how did u broke the sign?
Rafael
4 years ago
how did u broke the sign?
4 years ago
OMG THIS MEANS YOU CAN KEY YOURSELF OUT ON GREEN SCREEEN, PRE KEY IT AND MOVE THE PLACE AROUND SO YOU HAVE CLONES ON A MOVING VIDEO =D THANKSSS ANDDREWW!!
mocA
4 years ago
I've started taking an After Effects class at college, and our teacher recommended your website. It is hard for a newly AE user, but I really enjoy your tutorials. Thanks, Andrew!
4 years ago
Awesome! Hope you folks check out my YouTube channel :D
shoshak
4 years ago
Andrew, the idea of the preset is really cool and usful, and it creats a lots of possibilities....
Mahmoud
4 years ago
Andrew, you're great, man, you're an inspiration....

andrew, please, i wanna know how do you export or render your work in a such detailed hi-res video with just few MBytes. (this video of magic ball tracking only takes 1.5 MB)...wihch video format are you using in after effect. i always render as quick time movie but a video of 5 sec takes almost 80 or 90 MB. please andrew, i'll be waiting for your reply....thanks...
Steve Z.
4 years ago
Thanks guys for everything. You guys always find ways to make it easier for all of us non pro's to enjoy making fun home created projects. Keep up the great work. You've got a faithful follower in me. Thanks again!!
4 years ago
moderatedwow what a coincidence !!!!

I did something similar to that while i was trying boujou.. lool ok off course this one is better but just weird :)
check it out here
http://vimeo.com/6635798
nice one Andrew
4 years ago
lol XD
what is the first music ???
waleed
4 years ago
Hi Andrew,
This is waleed from middle east ( Sultanate Of Oman )
actually I'm new in AE but with ur tutorials, I've learned so many and going on. I just can't wait to see ur next tut.
Good Luck,

waleed
4 years ago
really nice work dear .

Morteza from Iran .
4 years ago
Hey whats up ? It is awesome
Jan G
4 years ago
Hi,
So first off I love your tutorials, thanks so much. I bought books and still couldn't figure out the program AE- but you really helped me. However, I have about 40 hours to put together a very short video (60 seconds) but lots is wrong with it. first off the subject is in a white t-shirt against a white background. How can I key that out?!?!!? I've tried everything I could think of (again I'm a beginner though so I'm sure what I thought of wasn't much).

I'm just getting so frusturated and running out of time. I wish I knew someone who could quickly add some super basic things and fix up my video enough to finish but alas I don't. Therefore, I'm trying to do it all myself. Please help! (Oh I'm on cs3)
Richie Rich
4 years ago
John Williams is not happy.
n3utrino
4 years ago
isn't the moon a little bit bigger? xD
OlympiaLogger
4 years ago
David Biederbeck said:

"...Ha, was the “Traffic Ball” written with Typograph Pro? I just bought that font..."

Yep, the 50% off did the trick for me. If you're a font junkie like I am, ("he who dies with the most fonts, wins!") you might like EBISU too.
saintlemon
4 years ago
super ... well, boujou delete
Scooter
4 years ago
I like the hidden image in the background. Public Enemy. hee hee
Mario
4 years ago
You should definitely check out this action video , made for trash film festival in Croatia. It is a parody of Rambo. Made by after effects & videocopilot tuts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcTQWgVioCk&feature=player_embedded
sahis
4 years ago
hi,..if u got time pls watch my video !
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mclb2w6uXhM
IT WOULD BE NICE IF THERE WAS OPTICAL FLARES TOUCH !... PLS WATCH
Bruse Yin
4 years ago
Good Tutorals! I'll follow you all times.
4 years ago
this is so amazing for not 3d tracking, its like ground breaking!
dre
4 years ago
lol this actually was funny, when the music gets killed for breaking the sign. Its like something good is gonna happen but the ball had to ruin everything haha
rasool
4 years ago
nice baby tank you
4 years ago
Ha, was the "Traffic Ball" written with Typograph Pro? I just bought that font.
ace
4 years ago
where i can get mocha:(
José
4 years ago
Hey. That was pretty cool!!!!!
4 years ago
Hey, I understand if you dont put all the blog videos onto the mobile site. But I really need the tutorials! I don't have that much time on the computer to wath them, so please, make them available on my iphone! thanks a lot! G from Hungary
OlympiaLogger
4 years ago
You and Sam are my best friends and you don't even know it.
Everybody already thinks I'm a GENEYUS because of you.
This will help that along tremendously!
Vineet
4 years ago
Hey Anddi, can u pls make a tutorial on rotobrush on CS5! How to create Alpha Channel for matte painting?
mehrdad
4 years ago
I say whit my lang!
thank u! <<<<<<<<<<<< ممنونم ازت
g
4 years ago
forgive ym spellign
g
4 years ago
with some expressions andrew (on the position plus a bit of scale adjust) i htink its possible to have that boulder crash in bounce and roll with some very nice asphalt dents.
or is this the next test. id liek to see your take with some 3d data added to this preset if you think its possible?

G
jan
4 years ago
it used to be quicktime,what video format did you use here?
Lee
4 years ago
See Andrew, I always knew this whole method was theoretically possible in AE, but you were the one who figured out how to actually do it. Well done!
Nilo
4 years ago
Hey Andrew,

Is this preset works for After Effect CS5 ?
Haitham Goldman
4 years ago
You'r the best Andrew i like you so much
4 years ago
Hi Andrew,
Your all the works are really praiseworthy and this time you have also done a great job again and what you try want to realize people that is, you can anything and nothing is impossible and never give up for anything and the tools are allow you to whatever you want to do.. The thing is you should have the creative concept to make it come true and then the software will always give you the opportunity to achieve the best of the best, If you will concentrate and play some trick,...
This is really great,..
Umm. but i didn't ever expect this to Andrew and i think that Our hero was lil hungry, so while doing this great work, he ate the pieces of the sign board and they aren't seen in the scene :P
Nice job again..!!!
Patrick
4 years ago
/just thinking
maybe some math magician could write a script to extract z-space data (on a static shot) which could then be used together with sphere radiusx2Pi to do nice stuff?
/end just thinking...
Patrick
4 years ago
If you go through it frame by frame that boulder turns a bit too fast. but anyways, I didn´t see it while watching it at normal speed. always happy to not having to go 3d...nice! :)
4 years ago
Hey Andrew, Love your work very inspirational. I wonder if 3 time winner America's Strongest man Derek Poundstone could lift that massive stone rolling down the street?
I used that CC Sphere technique earlier this year in some of Derek's videos to make Atlas stones for titles and my logo. Derek and I love to use your Pro Scores in some of his videos. Gives him a Captain America feel in this training clip at 2:00 min http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ob5l152ZsZA
Alldin Dauti
4 years ago
ahahah well done! =D
Nikolas
4 years ago
Awesome. Where do you take all those sounds FX?
Is always something Better!
Spk202
4 years ago
Hey, Andrew, You should give some traffic sounds, to make more realestic the vid
Thomas
4 years ago
Hey, this is a French sign ! However I do have a question ^^ Do you know what's written on it ? Because I'm French and it made me laough a bit ^^
Cube
4 years ago
Thank you for informations.I'm looking forward to see others examples !!I will try to integrate 3d whit this technique.
4 years ago
The method of planar tracking doesn't allow for proper camera solving to be able to integrate true 3d. This doesn't mean you can cheat certain type of things.

This example basically shows how moving the null will not disconnect from the surfacce. I try to show additional examples of ways to use our presets and tutorials to help give additional ideas. I just hope people aren't missing the point of the information I'm trying to share. This preset offers some great abilities that I wish I knew was possible sooner.
AE User
4 years ago
thanks for the Tutorial andrew :)
Jim P Meister
4 years ago
What's with the French sign ? I could see if it was in Yiddish or Punjabi, but French ??????
illd
4 years ago
Looks so real - never thought its possible with a 2.5d solution. This is an awesome update for AE. It impresses me more then all the other new features of CS5! VCP should be in the developer team of AE - I am not joking! Thanks guys!
4 years ago
Slightly annoying that videocopilot is becoming like the simpsons - it does everything thats been done/or wanted to do.
Cube
4 years ago
O the video was great !!!!
Cube
4 years ago
Can I use this technique whit 3D Studio Max ? Please help me because I want to put object onto the surface but I don't know how to set up the scene for tracking in boujou ?
Thanks !
KulleR
4 years ago
Andrew, thanks for your work!!!
4 years ago
The movie you mentioned is called Iam Legend. Just sayin.. dont know if that was some of your typical jokes :p
Samael
4 years ago
Ironic how that looks mor real than the scene where you run away fromthe exlorion xD
Rodrigo Tavares
4 years ago
Cara você é muito doido, ta de parabéns !
adorei a trilha sonora rsrs

Dude you are crazy, congratulations on the project!
I loved the soundtrack!
Ravens666
4 years ago
Hi AK... The last tutorial was published just in time ... the "Align surface" has helped me a lot ... I thought the shot would never be properly track ... I spent about two days tracking it, the shot is so blurry and low quality and wasn't prepared so there wasn't any good track point for standart AE tracking...I tried it in Moccha but I didn't knew what's next step...You are my SAVIOR...

Here is the mentioned scene
http://www.vimeo.com/16115888
Yosh Rassovicz
4 years ago
well i think there is missing interaction of the poll, especially after collision with such a object, i would expect it move aside just a little bit :) And also how you could think that you could hide disappearing chunks on asphalt surface.. Otherwise funny seen :P
HAHA! Wow Great Job Andrew! I'm sure you had a Ball while making this vid! HAHA! No pun intended...8o
Indy J.
4 years ago
You Guys sure had fun in NY!!! ;)
4 years ago
Cool cool cool look at this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtDYrmq-CcM
Vicky Shah
4 years ago
awesome sir ji...
Ahmad – Ringleader
4 years ago
Try to make an Oval (egg) so it goes all around .... lol

good work Keep rolling.....

Ahmad - The Ringleader
Eshita
4 years ago
i dunno how it was funny........but at the end of this.......you still made me smile stupidly at the computer....... :D
4 years ago
hey i am a BIG beginner to AE, so how did you do that destuction of the sign?
Kevin Lee
4 years ago
Nice Andrew, very nice!
4 years ago
lol.. that was pretty funny. Thanks for sharing this kind of stuff!
D3FO3
4 years ago
falling on the ceiling smiling
Jonathan
4 years ago
I've seen this about 20 times... and I'm loving it more and more with each viewing! I love your wacky sense of humor =)
Ivan
4 years ago
Hey Andrew that's great...when are you going to show the facilities of Videocopilot, i want to see where all of these amazing things are done!
Greetings from Argentina...
PVSCITEACH
4 years ago
Very cool! I'd love to see a tutorial that shows how to export the tracking data from MochaAE to a 3D program like Cinema 4D or 3DS...
Is that a LUNAR SURFACE Texture???
4 years ago
Great work mate.Man the want to be's that nit pick, get me!
Correct me if I'm wrong "Your firing ideas at people" and knocking stuff out at record breaking pace only listen to the positives .Action Essentials has taken my project to a whole new level ,Starting to count the shots I don't use it than the other way around.Without these tutorials I don't think I would pick up the labyrinth of detail you explore. More Mocha, How about a desert Heat wave tut, in your spare time. You rock. J
Y
4 years ago
Thank you... I was waiting for that sign to get destroyed =D
Matt
4 years ago
So COOL! Love the Indy music :p
AB
4 years ago
Haven't seen the tutorial yet; but if I didn't know better, I would say that the surface of the ball looks remarkably similar to the features found on the surface of our moon. Maybe it's just my imagination.
AB
4 years ago
Love it. Thank you so much
DJayzed
4 years ago
At the end it spins a bit fast
but other than that awesome effect as always :) looked very real
ugo
4 years ago
very very very very very funny!!!!!
Eddie
4 years ago
Someday you'll get your point dude.
Paul
4 years ago
That is so real looking.

I d love to see you attempt a super slow motion effect. There are so many bad attempts out there I think it would be pretty 'WOWing' if that's a word to the DSLR community

When I say super slow, I'm meaning less than 10% speed.
Ben Kramer
4 years ago
hey instead of increasing the size like you did is it possible to move it in 3D space?
4 years ago
Very nice. I really like teh tutorials you do that approach a problem with a unique solution. Getting that result without matchmoving... cool!
i love me some indy!
4 years ago
hi Andrew Kramer I like all of your tutorial and also your

your smart effects and your product too

and I make aScene that's idea come's to me so my scene

is first I have apic of aplain Aquarium and I make it real by after effects using apic of fish too and make it them moveing and I used your water Blast 09.mov and I used apic of Rock too and I hope you see my idea
here what I did http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R9zOHSS8mM
thanks for your amazing tutorial
4 years ago
Hi Andrew!
This is what I made.. Not a Giant Ball running throught the road but I hope you Like it! :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnvjuEjsN8I

And Sam Running away from the boulder is a great Idea!
MCOD
4 years ago
I agree too, Sam needs to run infront of the ball lol.
David
4 years ago
Can you make one of Sam running away from the boulder?
Will
4 years ago
Props to you again Andrew
Leonardo Sonza
4 years ago
Great stuff as always...
Andrew always makes everything better.
Reza
4 years ago
dude!!!! You crack me up! The stuff you come up with, is hilarious! How about some Halloween tuts! Vampire stuff or morph? All in all, I am verrrrrrrrrry greatful for what you have shared with all of us! Thank you for all of your help!
4 years ago
HAHAHAHAAH!! the only thing missing is Sam runnning infront on the boulder. nice Work as always
Brian
4 years ago
you are hilarious! I love the way you think...
Brock
4 years ago
Shouldn't you be able to use functions to scale it relative to a VP?
4 years ago
sir thank you for this great tutorial. Because din't know that what are use of mocha. And after your last two tutorials i understood how to track motion in Mocha and export to AE.
4 years ago
yEAHHH!!!

this is freaking awesome!
Rad
4 years ago
Wow I just watched the other tutorial. And the fun continues :)
John
4 years ago
I think it's so funny how the music stops when it hits the sign, like it's such a big deal.
Enguerrand
4 years ago
A french sign, there?!? :)
Maga
4 years ago
Nice one ;) But when the ball hits poll it doesnt really seem to look that realistic :/
4 years ago
Hang on lady, we go for ride!!!
4 years ago
Hey Andrew, I have a new slogan for Video Copilot!

"Video Copilot, A Near Miss Every Time!"

;)
    Matt
    4 years ago
    lol he should
4 years ago
Nice Stuff AK!!!
4 years ago
Hehe you and indy!
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