NEW TUTORIAL: Magic Tracking

In this exciting new tutorial we will go beyond basic tracking with a new Video Copilot preset for utilizing corner-pin tracking data. This new preset allows you to create dynamic Null Objects based on corner pin data from Mocha AE. It’s a simple solution to getting precise control over your tracking data and the tutorial shows you all you need to know. The explanation is more complicated than the process!

The preset interpolates a specific point based on your corner-pin data so you can attach elements to an infinite plane of a moving shot to fake depth and parallax; without 3D tracking. Trust me, you should watch this tutorial, it may give you some cool ideas! Plus I say some crazy stuff…

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88 RESPONSES TO "NEW TUTORIAL: MAGIC TRACKING"
October 19th, 2010 @ 7:26 pm
This looks interesting man.
Y
October 19th, 2010 @ 7:30 pm
Very nice! Always loves when a new tutorial comes out.
JhonyBay
October 19th, 2010 @ 7:31 pm
dammit second!! D:
looks nice.. im gonna watch it.. thanks ANDREW!!
matt estrada
October 19th, 2010 @ 7:32 pm
tracking has always been my favorite part about AE
with the new improvements and this new preset, i can't wait to get working on some new projects!
los
October 19th, 2010 @ 7:36 pm
sweet deal! good stuff.
Brian Davie
October 19th, 2010 @ 7:38 pm
That's my work on the right hand side of the video!! I work at 47th and Broadway! Cool indeed!!
Brian Davie
October 19th, 2010 @ 7:41 pm
Now I feel really stupid cause I realize that's 7th Ave. But my work is on the other side of Jamba Juice. Can I have an award for dumbest tutorial comment?
October 19th, 2010 @ 7:51 pm
Cool tutorial Andrew, I need to give this a try. And by the way, your painting skills are l33t! :D
October 19th, 2010 @ 7:52 pm
Tracking is always a touchy subject :O
October 19th, 2010 @ 7:56 pm
Preety nice andrew!!!!! :)
erick
October 19th, 2010 @ 8:09 pm
amazing andrew! this is a really helpful information that will save me a lot of time, thank you so much!
October 19th, 2010 @ 8:13 pm
simply can not wait for the skulls dvd!!!! oh man!
October 19th, 2010 @ 9:02 pm
Tracking is always fun, uh, once you get it done and you can add stuff into the footage. Then it's fun.. lol, thanks for the tutorial Andrew!
October 19th, 2010 @ 9:03 pm
Thanks for not making another tutorial on "how to blow things up (by buying action essentials)"

This is really useful, in everyday circumstances.
Ramzes
October 19th, 2010 @ 9:25 pm
Andrew you are an angel!! That's what I needed for my project, and you made tutorial, you reading our minds man:)) thank you very much!!
Erick
October 19th, 2010 @ 9:41 pm
Thanks, Andrew, as always a great tutorial. :)
October 19th, 2010 @ 10:03 pm
Andrew Kramer I love you. When I get my Production Company on it's feet, I am buying every product 3 times!
D3FO3
October 19th, 2010 @ 10:04 pm
Thanks for being there for all of us! Happy fourth quarter.
Blanky
October 19th, 2010 @ 10:18 pm
Ai, nothing special..
Jovem
October 19th, 2010 @ 10:41 pm
Another great Tut, thx Andrew ;)

I love mocha^^

and the sign is funny : "beyond this limit, the responsability of the garden can not be engaged "^^

ok my english is worst, i know lol

greets from france ;)
Wanjohi
October 19th, 2010 @ 10:55 pm
Love it, tracking has been problem to me. But got a solution now.
Eshita
October 19th, 2010 @ 11:17 pm
Love your work :D
TmHigh
October 19th, 2010 @ 11:23 pm
Nice tutorial,its cool when you have a tutorial that you watch and can do something else with it and get creative i love doing my own videos.Again Nice tutorail keep posting :)
October 20th, 2010 @ 12:53 am
Nothing beats some vector matrices in the morning. ;-)
Madhab
October 20th, 2010 @ 1:30 am
Thanks man, u r the genius in AE.. ANDREW.. love u man
October 20th, 2010 @ 1:42 am
Wow ! , I can not believe this soon
Joraph
October 20th, 2010 @ 12:54 am
I think this will be a very nice one.
Will the preset work with cs5.
max
October 20th, 2010 @ 2:22 am
where can i find a video, that you use in tutorial? (it not in the project folder)
October 20th, 2010 @ 2:37 am
Those were some pretty sweet drawing skills haha, cool tutorial as always!
Hendrik
October 20th, 2010 @ 3:15 am
Very nice :)
and also very nice painting :D
chris
October 20th, 2010 @ 4:08 am
... stunning about ur skills that make our lives with AE easier :)
mystic7
October 20th, 2010 @ 4:28 am
What bums me out even before watching the tut is that picture, with all of those square signs, just ripe for four corner tracking, which tells me that not just any video footage will do for this tutorial. I hope I'm wrong.
Lindco
October 20th, 2010 @ 4:31 am
This worked really well for compositing extra trees into a scene. Thanks for the tutorial AK. Oh, and thanks for continuing to include some of the basics in each of your tutorials it helps tie together some of the more advanced steps and makes the lessons crystal clear.

One thing I'm a little confused about is, what is a Zombie going to do with cash money? I guess he will just eat the presidents faces out of the center and leave the rest behind.
Lindco
October 20th, 2010 @ 4:35 am
@ TmHigh, Hey you otta try the 3D text technique using Shatter it was a fun two nights experimenting with that and causing the 3D text to explode. I love this stuff !!!
sushy
October 20th, 2010 @ 5:02 am
french sign ahahah
merci andrew !!!!
jorberg
October 20th, 2010 @ 5:10 am
Thanks for the Tutorial Andrew! Looking forward to new products to support you further!
Sivafx
October 20th, 2010 @ 5:12 am
Where is footage? It is not in the Project folder!
Daniel
October 20th, 2010 @ 5:25 am
Wasn't it "I'm Legend" with the zombies?
don't know but I think the guy with the red pants was the leader...
DigitalGreen
October 20th, 2010 @ 5:54 am
lol, everytime there's a new tutorial, I get so excited :D
Antoine Delhaye
October 20th, 2010 @ 6:05 am
Hihi, you know the signs actually are about a garden?
October 20th, 2010 @ 6:12 am
Yaaay... it's NEW TUT DAY!!!! Thanks Andrew!
October 20th, 2010 @ 6:13 am
this is what I am looking for now!!
thanks so much to my andrew, your my man!!
October 20th, 2010 @ 6:26 am
Thanks Andrew !
Please Make a new Blog Show!
October 20th, 2010 @ 6:53 am
Thanks Andrew !
Rutger
October 20th, 2010 @ 7:40 am
Hey, i've only one question...
Do you live in NY??
October 20th, 2010 @ 7:43 am
Wow! Can't wait to see this one when I get home! I'm with my notebook on vaca :\
October 20th, 2010 @ 7:47 am
I've been really diving into Mocha ALOT over the last couple of months trying to get different results with tracking.. Can't wait to see what you've come up with here. Thanks!

BTW - Optical Flares - Absolutely the best Plug in I've ever used. Using it a lot lately and I can't imagine my projects now without it. It has added so much. Thanks!
danny
October 20th, 2010 @ 8:03 am
wow, isn't that movie called "I am Legend" ( you said Independence Day )?
Just saying..but maybe I just didn't hear the irony :-P

great useful tutorial, I think this could be used to literally put any object into a comp
Nic
October 20th, 2010 @ 8:14 am
Excellent tutorial and info given here. I've struggled in the past with tracking, this more then helps. Mocha's saved many heartaches for me, now made even better with this info.

You da man!
ehab
October 20th, 2010 @ 8:15 am
Thanks Andrew ;)
Dave
October 20th, 2010 @ 8:35 am
Hey Andrew,

Great stuff as always! Why do you always render out stuff as a sequence instead of a movie. What's the advantage?
October 20th, 2010 @ 8:56 am
You, sir, are the man.
October 20th, 2010 @ 9:12 am
Woohoo! Watching now!
illd
October 20th, 2010 @ 9:18 am
;=) And its even free?
October 20th, 2010 @ 9:32 am
thanks Andrew :)
October 20th, 2010 @ 9:49 am
c'est marrant les panneaux en français :-)
moi aussi j'utilise mocha depuis quelques mois,
bravo pour ce tutoriel !

it's funny with french signs :-)
me too, I'm using Mocha since a couple of months,
thanks again for this new tutorial !
October 20th, 2010 @ 10:02 am
Looking cool.. I Wanted to learn about Mocha & Thanx to Andrue Kramer for another new Intresting Tutorial... Cheers !!!
October 20th, 2010 @ 10:18 am
Looking forward to hear the crazy stuff! XD hahaha
Andrews’s mom
October 20th, 2010 @ 9:21 am
I'm more excited yo hear the crazy stuff you say!!!
October 20th, 2010 @ 10:29 am
Cool! It looks like the sign is on the footage for real! And the Preset is great!
October 20th, 2010 @ 10:47 am
Cool! Thank you very much!
October 20th, 2010 @ 11:01 am
Very nice! im excited for the next!
October 20th, 2010 @ 12:17 pm
Great as always.



M3DD


www.youtube.com/m3DD
October 20th, 2010 @ 12:46 pm
Nice french sign !
Vive la France !
Kai
October 20th, 2010 @ 1:47 pm
Infinitely useful. I've been in corner pin hell all weekend. Thanks for this!
rednivog50
October 20th, 2010 @ 3:06 pm
This looks f****n awsome....

I Love this
October 20th, 2010 @ 3:31 pm
just a small tip for you, post news regularly instead of not posting for a week and then 2 or 3 at once. Btw you're unbelievable!
Zombie
October 20th, 2010 @ 4:40 pm
Damn it! I cant go anywhere because of people like you...Kramer!

Zombie

P.S. Got any brains?
rasool
October 20th, 2010 @ 6:44 pm
thanks for all of your tutorials
Goldorachox
October 20th, 2010 @ 7:04 pm
Thanks Andrew again and again best instructor (°_°)
Blindpixel
October 20th, 2010 @ 8:06 pm
where can I send you a 6pack of coronas?
RicharD17
October 20th, 2010 @ 9:28 pm
All your tutorial are very important but this is very very importan Andrew thou of thank to you......God Bless you
October 21st, 2010 @ 1:10 am
mantape polll.. :D :D
October 21st, 2010 @ 2:17 am
Hey, I just couldn't get this to work. I had 2 issues, but finally resolved it.

Firstly, I have CS3, and used the standalone Mocha AE (pre-CS4) to export a CS3 Compatible Corner Pin Data. However, the exported data is a combination of Corner Pin AND Transform data..... I don't think this works with your preset - so those of you who have CS3 Still (and paid $99 for MochaAE) I think you're out of luck.

So, I tried the newest version of Mocha, and CS5. This time there were 4 output options in Mocha. One of which is Corner Pin Data ONLY. So I tried that. Unfortunately this Data is NOT backwardly compatible with CS3, only CS4+ ...

Anyway, pasting the Corner Pin ONLY Data into CS5, and it still didn't work. Null was drifting all over the place!

Anyway, I solved it - You need to make sure, in Mocha, you DON'T track Perspective. Only Translation, Scale, Rotation, and Shear. NOT Perspective. Then, align surface, export and import into CS4/CS5.

Also, a possible solution for the CS3 issue, by manually editing the keyframe info, it might be possible to export from CS4 version of Mocha and use it in CS3 (http://forum.imagineersystems.com/showthread.php?t=670) But, if you have CS4, why would you need to?? Might be useful to someone out there!

Hope this helps someone!!

Vince.
    jagx
    June 9th, 2011 @ 2:01 am
    Hi Vince, thank u for ur info,

    If u can help me out of my problem rgarding the Mocha Corner pin, ie; Im using CS5, but whn i paste it to after effect, it shows an error, "Please Load some Corner pin Data" I couldn't solve it,

    awaiting for ur solution,

    thanks & regards
    jagx
October 21st, 2010 @ 4:31 am
You are amazing!
I really wished VC to make this preset!
Thank you :)
charlie gold
October 21st, 2010 @ 4:37 am
lol, actually Andrew it was "I am legend" not "independent day". great tut
charlie gold
October 21st, 2010 @ 4:38 am
independence day i meant to say
ryan
October 21st, 2010 @ 8:48 am
this is pretty awesome (ive been a loyal fan since 2007)
October 21st, 2010 @ 8:50 am
you are the best.... thanks a lot for nice tutorlials ...
ahahah i think the name of that movie is The Legend ...
October 21st, 2010 @ 10:29 am
Excellent tutorial... will give this a try!
October 21st, 2010 @ 12:18 pm
I loved this tutorial. The things bout your tutorials, especially the ones on tracking are so simple to understand and get! And this was by far the funniest one :D

Thank you for taking time and making these tutorials Andrew:)
October 21st, 2010 @ 1:04 pm
I regard every new tutorial as a treat to be savoured once I finish work in the evening. Absolutely loved this one - I know little about Mocha. May they never stop! Thanks!!
October 21st, 2010 @ 3:01 pm
Nice! thanx man i need this plugin for work... we don't have anything for 3dtracking... this will relieve me from an extra 30 min of work... its hard to put a 30 foot monster on screen without something like this... anyway i hope you guys see the movie Super8. Here at the office we hard at work designing 3d models for the super 8 characters and set extensions.. we started filming at the end of September... look for my name in the credits as special effects coordinator when it comes out in theaters!!!
October 22nd, 2010 @ 1:32 am
its awesome i love new tutorials
October 22nd, 2010 @ 1:52 am
Wow looks amazingly nice!
here another magic tips similar:

http://vimeo.com/15920209

have a good day all.
October 22nd, 2010 @ 1:45 pm
Another Great Tutorial!
Here is what I made using this footage and technique Mixing Action Essentials Elements
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnvjuEjsN8I
I hope You Like it!
Chris
October 31st, 2010 @ 10:56 am
This tutorial was awesome, not to mention it was worth watching for the jokes...
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