112. Magic Tracking
• Create 3D depth from 2D planar tracking with Preset
• Transform corner pin data from Mocha to Null Objects
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INSTRUCTIONS: Download project and install preset. Works with AE CS4 & CS5
For export information with AE CS5 and Mocha Click Here
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429 Responses to "Magic Tracking"
Dario
08/13/2014
Can i put 3d model from elements 3d attached on the street... for example a helicopter?
Zebulon
06/30/2014
Hello

When i open the Project, i have a lot of error with null object.
I use AE CS6.
Idem whe, i want to change Scale to null object .
Can you help me ?
Maybe need update Corner-Pin_to-Null script for AE CS6 ? no ?
thank's for youre help and for all of thse tutorial
Alf
11/08/2013
Hello, Andrew.

Thanks for the tutorial. I´m teaching years ago and I always recommend you to my students of after effects. I´ve tried to make this tutorial, but when I drag the corner pin present an afx panel say that the class "Effect" has no any property and method with the name layer. Do you know what´s wrong with this expression?
samuel sebastian huang
11/04/2013
i dont know why but my tracker from mocha is hell stupid it it doesnt stick to the ground
Yaakov Beckerman
11/10/2013
Did u click align to selected surfaces (right click the layer and click align selected surfaces.
Cyrus
09/26/2013
i'm trying to find out how to do some perpective track in mocha then exporting it to a 3d null to use with element,
please help i can't seem to figure out how to get x Y position tracked, my scene is a still camera with a moving object... please help me :D
Confused Guy
07/09/2013
Where do you download the preset??? srry...im confused
Alexandre
09/15/2013
You download the project file
Big Jcs
08/15/2012
Hi, i've followed this tutorial to the letter and other and anytime i do any motion tracking, when lay in text etc, i have issues of it changing scale and skewing and wondering off my scene with a mind of it's own. I've tried in mocha and also with boujou and seem to keep getting the same results. I'm on the verge of throwing my laptop out the window, any suggestions guys? Plz,,,,, this is what i keep getting,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-meIsr3eJo&feature;=plcp
Casey
01/26/2013
I've had the same problems. I've actually stopped trying that same tutorial due to my frustration with the tracking. When in Boujou the tracking seems good. One thing I haven't tried yet is scaling down and normalizing the track described in 132. Alien Surface.
Chetan Bhandari
07/26/2012
hello dear,
i have a 3d's max render with camera motion,
i want to place fire on so many places so
how can i composite real fire layer with the 3d render scene.
pleased do help me any one.


thanks alot in advance
francisco
07/19/2012
Andrew i have a problema, i have After CS6 and didnt come with Mocha :S where i can dowload it ?
Big Jcs
08/15/2012
I don't think mocha comes as a stans alone program, when in AE, click on ur animation drop down menu and u should see the option to track in mocha. You can only open it from AE.
Richy
07/12/2012
Hey, just wondering how i can have mocha... because i have AE CS6 but when i type in "mocha" to find it in my computer, it does, but when i click on it, it says that it needs to be open from adobe after effects... i don't really understand what they mean by that... please help... i'm new with all of this but i really need to do this effect for an important project. Is there an other way i can do this if mocha doesn't work?

thanks
Micahel
07/16/2012
Because you downloaded an illegal copy. Try paying for it.
Lan
07/13/2012
Open your project in AE, then select Animation from the top menu and then select Track in mocha AE. Then the Mocha program will begin.
nassos
04/21/2012
where can download mocha
273adham
05/02/2012
Mocha Comes With After Effects Dude,If You Installed After Effects Then Search For Mocha Too. :D
mohaned
03/24/2012
Thanks for the tutorial mr andrew kramer
i wanna to get mocha for after effects .
when i searched internet i never get it
please help me
give any example how to get it my teacher

solution
andrew
01/28/2012
why does my text follow the movement of the film and not stay in one spot?
andrew
01/28/2012
my text does not appear in the working comp? followed the steps but after i write some text then switch to the working comp my text is not there, any ideas?
nathanobrien
01/24/2012
The items track on a certain point will float alittle and not stay rock solid on the surface.
Any suggestions?
johnny
01/09/2012
Could you use this to track a moving object? Ie a hand so I could make a flame follow the hand,
Thank you
Bruce
11/21/2011
A word of warning about Mocha. My version came with CS 5.5 (which I JUST got), but it's version 2.3 and the current version is 2.6. I found out that in order to get the current version (even though it's only a partial upgrade), I'll have to buy it. Also, the version I have will NOT import mpeg files. Since my boss won't pay for the upgrade and Mocha won't import the format I work in, basically, it's useless to me. Good luck!
Imagineer Systems
01/04/2012
Simply export the mpeg to sequential files and your version of mocha AE will read them. mocha's planar tracking saves hours of time, so please don't let the lack of file support for your format turn you off an amazing product.

You can get more mocha support here: http://forum.imagineersystems.com/
Abple Vids
10/26/2011
Hey Andrew,
If i apply your preset to the null-layer, I get an error.
and if I fix it then the null starts well but then starts moving all over the screen. Please help me, I like this tutorial very much.

Keep up the good work!!!

Abple Vids
The One Dude
10/18/2011
"And, if you call now, we'll even finish the tutorial!"
xDDD
Twisted Studios™
09/09/2011
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Dreamer
08/21/2011
Just use adobe cs4 maybe it will work....:D
humxa
08/16/2011
any body having problem that when u copy to clipboard after effects cannot paste?

solution: just close after effects and reopen the project file it'l work just f9.Hope it helps

ur welcome
Derick
08/15/2011
Congrats Lt. Blak for being the 300th person to completely miss out on the joke. Maybe you should read through the comments first.
lussian
08/14/2011
Come on Andrew... guys ... someone
we have plenty of presets except this in spanish. I attempted in various ways but can´t find the error and there are many variables...some help would be nice.
Or go through the forum and look for:"Corner pin to null in Spanish"
i´m only insist because this site means that many still remain the best ... for everyone
Thanks again
Martin
11/30/2012
to open any english preset on AE if you have a Spanish version:
Create a direct access icon to AE.
Name it AE Spanish.

Copy and edit it:
Destiny:"C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CS4\Support Files\AfterFX.exe" -L en_US

Rename AE english

now you have 2 AE, one in enghlish an another in spanish to use


John
08/19/2011
I TOTALY AGREE!
Lt Blak
08/03/2011
u were wrong bt the Movie "I am Legend"
RobT
08/05/2014
It was a joke...
Rigzz
07/30/2012
Right it was " I am Legend" but the tutorials are awesome
Rigzz
07/30/2012
Right it was " I am Legend" but the tutorials are awesome
beto carlock
07/22/2011
where can i download the proj?? can't find it
Daniel
07/21/2011
I can NOT get this to work on CS5? Ive been trying different formats from mocha but no. Errors!
Someone knows what to do? please reply.
Robert
08/31/2011
What is it that is not working
mosadeain
07/18/2011
oh my god , this is the funniest tutorail I've watched , that is great Andrew thanks
ikechukwu Nwosu
07/16/2011
all this great stuffs....they just mind blowing. the corner pin to null, cool and a great innovation. well done guys. i hope to make my first tutorial soon.

ikechukwu from Lagos Nigeria
Peter
07/16/2011
This tutorial sucks! I have been at it for 3 hours and still can't get it to work.
Im using CS5 and it seems the files are for an older version.

I did everything step by step but my sign keeps moving with that zombie mind of its own. The first part works fine but as soon as you try the corner pin to null stuff it all goes to #$$%#

It's all good though because your other stuff rocks!!!

sanket
04/03/2012
peter i m agree with ur metter the same problem is here only i m watching this tuts n try in my system tht is working only bt the main this is " corner pin to null object " i m stug for tht problem only ...

we both r req. to andrew wht shod we do now bcz of this type of essue ... i wanna this " corner to null object " solution i like this tut too much ... plz help me ...
Roydolfje
07/21/2011
i Got extacly the same problems
im using adobe afther efects cs5.5
crix01
07/20/2011
I had the same problem, it's something wrong with the export tracking data, just use another format when you copy to the clipboard (i used the one that said "corner pin only"), but that messed with the "danger ahead" tracking data, so you have to use diferent comps each with diferent tracking data formats.....if i wrote something wrong is because i'm from chile
MineChrome
07/07/2011
HI!

Were do get the sign????

MUST KNOW
hilmanazraei
07/02/2011
i need help !! mines cannot paste !!....i already track it....but when i copy to clipboard it cannot paste it on after effect !! NEED HELP !!!!
brianimanuel
07/06/2011
i kinda have that problem too, just save your project and close it and open after effects again, probably it will work :)
Dave
06/21/2011
I get an error when i put the corner pin effect on the null object. How can i fix this?

please email me: Dave_ebbelaar@hotmail.com
Dan
06/30/2011
I had this problem, but there's a simple solution. In the project files download there are two effects the "Corner-Pin_to-Null" and the "Corner-Pin_to-Null_multi" Andrew uses the Corner-Pin_to-Null effects in the tutorial but that, like for you, gave me an error and was unusable. Instead, use the Corner-Pin_to-Null_multi and it should work. It did for me at least. Good luck.
James
06/19/2011
lol @ all you idiots, he was joking about the movie name dont take it so seriously...
bill
07/01/2011
yeah nobody can take a joke.
Andrew
06/14/2011
You speak French (the sign).
Brian
06/10/2011
thank you Andrew Kramer! it helps me alot! :D
Brian
06/10/2011
@Mason, mocha came with after effect, search it in "search program and files"
Mason
06/09/2011
where do u get mocha?!?! i dont have it!
mihdi
06/10/2011
It comes with after efects CS4 and CS5 ;) or you can buy it from their offical page.
TehRAWFL
06/06/2011
Saving gas...what a jerk xDDD
Aron
06/03/2011
Independence Day... yea. Well you were right about the actor. The movie you are talking about is called "I am Legend". Independence Day is just another movie about invaders from outer space.
John
01/03/2012
congratulations you found the joke...
lussian
05/26/2011
Thanks and very cool!

But I have a small problem for AE in Spanish, why not publish my comment! Always get a message that will be moderate and never published! I'm just trying like to share interesting things. I made a translation does not work yet. Look at the forum, corner pin in Spanish "and thanks again.
Afgdutch
05/15/2011
Da** you're funny haahahah

btw thx for tut
Joe
05/07/2011
HAHA. That part where he looks at the code was funny.
Silas Morris
05/04/2011
Verytime I watch this, I always hear you get the movie name wrong hahahaa. Loved the tutorial tho! Thanks a ton!
Tim
04/22/2011
Its actually called i am legend. Nice tutorials btw, but i want to see one where you show us how for example avatar was made, if you could!!
bill
07/01/2011
he was kidding dude.
LoL
06/19/2011
epic fail.
Michael
04/15/2011
and the zombies find him and take his money i laughed so hard i barelly died
Andrew C
03/27/2011
Hey, I'm having a problem when I precompose the text or whatever, because it works great in its composition. But Warps and shifts in the main Working Comp.
Seth
03/30/2011
Andrew, I'm trying to get a particle emitter to follow a brush. For example, I have a text layer, I make a square mask around it and apply a stroke effect to it, thus the stroke animates, boxing in the text. What I'm wanting to do is have a particle emitter follow the stroke as it's being drawn around the word, almost like it's a flame torch welding around the text. I've watched dozens of these tutorials and am quite slow at learning all of this. My mind is more artistic, and trying to mix in logic and expressions with all of this is rather a challenge for me.
Tim Mooney
03/26/2011
Andrew is the man...
this is the greatest website in the world...
i just got Ac tion essentials 2 and Pro Scores...
They rock big time...
i have had AE for a while but now with your help i am actually learning to use it...
thanks...
Will Smith
03/20/2011
The name of the movie was , 'I am Legend'.
Ramy
03/20/2011
Great Tutorial! Thanks
and btw the movie u were talkin about is "I am Legend" :D
hadi
03/20/2011
iam hadi halimi from iran.i have not animation blood in assisted suicide.if you can give me animation blood you will very happy me.
Simon H
03/13/2011
This is BS. I got cs5 and Mocha 2.2.0 and this crap isn't working at all. The paste part does f.a. and after that this tute is completely useless. i've watched it over and over...no help, no explanation of what does what and why so i can apply it to my own scenario. How is this education.
Austin
08/02/2011
What a terrible attitude toward such a generous person who has given so much time making the best After Effects tutorials available. I hope you can see the error in this attitude. Think what the world would be like if everyone thought like this.
Chase
05/31/2011
Sometimes mocha and monet have a problem with the paste function (at least on Macs) going to AE. The solution is to copy the track data, paste it into a Text Edit document, then copy that same text (from the Text Edit doc) and paste it into AE. But first relax. The guy provides free, pretty awesome tutorials. Show a little gratitude.
Nezjoe
03/21/2011
Hold on man, you may get a heart attack! I did on CS5 and work perfect, so I recommend you calm down and WATCH the tut carefully.
Johan
03/12/2011
Thx, I've been trying to do this for a week but it hasent worked. Then I watch this tutorial it instantly works ;)
PGoren
03/11/2011
Sergio, The Developer. You rule sir.
Kantarox
03/07/2011
Anyone can help me, what happens is that when I put the plugin corner pin to null this sends me an error, 3 in fact, with the 3 factors that have properties, position, rotation, scale ..... I do not know what could be if someone can answer the mail would be very happy.
Thanks .... tomasplc@hotmail.com
Google.com translator
Dave
06/21/2011
I have the same problem. did you already find a solution?
Alireza
02/27/2011
im alireza khoushechin from iran
very good
its best
im not write english a best
emmy joe
02/26/2011
am new pls tell me how i can get ur tutorials
Lisandro Faverzani
02/24/2011
This is magic! I'll use this GREAT tutorial in lots of things. Thanks a lot for this great tutorial. I'm really greatful for this website. lol Keep doing all this awesome work! lol Thanks a lot!
Zession
02/18/2011
It's difficult.. T_T
shadepro
02/14/2011
wow awesome mind blowing tracking ..i wont wait to get your stuffs ..good thanks dude
Jayar
02/10/2011
LOVE your tuts! thank you! can't wait till my job starts again so i can buy all your packages ;-P

kudos!
saidaraju
02/08/2011
it's a nice tutorial. thanks for u
Superman gone
02/07/2011
The URI you submitted has disallowed characters.
Alberto
02/06/2011
andrew u're amazing O.o.... u're like shuck norris but making videos w/ after effects, but i can't do it and i don't know what i'm doing wrong :s
arif ustad
01/24/2011
kus ka dhakam
umar
02/03/2011
you should appreciate the hard word... Naak mat katwaa
muzamil
01/23/2011
Wow......cool Tracking
rajesh
01/23/2011
its useful site...
TheGiesie5
01/23/2011
NO EXPLOSION AT THE END!!!!!!!!!! WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Princess Reynolds
01/21/2011
hahahahaha! The will Smith Movie is called: "I AM LEGEND"!!! Great tutorial!
Ruben Garay
01/20/2011
To all the people on CS5 who are having problems with the present once pasting it on the Null Layer:

On Mocha V2 you need to select the Export Corner Pin Data (CS3 or older versions). Then you paste the Corner-Pin_to-Null into the Null layer as per the tutorial and link it to the Tracking Comp. You then parent the Null layer to the Tracking Comp layer as well as parent the Red Pole layer to the Null layer. That did it for me.
Chamo
02/06/2011
hello, i do the same that you said and it seem to works, but when i quit the scale of the null objet like in the tutorial, it doesnt works, i think is for the parenting....
PY
01/19/2011
you draw very well! I mean, the skull..
Praneeth
01/15/2011
very nice
nelson
01/13/2011
eh friend will know of any page in Spanish does not understand English, and your tutorials are fantastic could help me, thank you for your contributions are fantastic
sixfishinc
01/12/2011
Wonderful tutorial....brain is explodin' with ideas on how to use this...much thanx
jyoti
01/09/2011
i like this tutorial
taufiq
01/08/2011
gud job!
Michael
01/08/2011
You skipped a step between creating the text and getting it to move with the tracking.
ULLE
01/07/2011
i have the same prob. as Mike, please help me (us)
my objekt never fixed
ULLE
01/07/2011
i need help at the pos. 8:56
i dont know how you fix the text on the road
can someone help me there. thx.
Mike
01/05/2011
What button did you press for the text to jump onto the ground at around 8:56 in the tutor. It looked like all of a sudden a magnet pulled it onto the ground and layed it flat.
maghoxfr
01/04/2011
Man, that skull was so realistic!
Asanka
01/04/2011
good
andrey
01/04/2011
Can't paste tracking data to the null object. Option is just inactive.
Kefren
01/02/2011
Wow Niiiiiiiice!!!!!!
kosaki
12/29/2010
DUDE! you have an epic voice.
MARIO
12/29/2010
The name of the movie youre talking about is I am legend
Adrian
12/26/2010
that's so awesome dude!
shams
12/25/2010
a nice work
NesAn
12/24/2010
I love you KRAMER! I want you!!!
Azmy
12/22/2010
Gr8 As USUAL
Nourvision
12/22/2010
Amazing tutorial i love it
Thank you Andrew you are the best teatcher
my videocoplilot site in the best dreams place for me.
thank you so much
Guy Redshort
12/22/2010
Hey Andrew

I'm the guy with the red shorts...
Red Shorts
12/25/2010
Well, I am those red shorts. BWAHAHAAHA!!
salim
12/15/2010
not independence day its I AM LEGEND
kini
12/21/2010
watta lame guy, dude, andrews kidding.
Tha Man
12/18/2010
Oh rly.
Heezzi
12/17/2010
He knows that..
miguel
12/14/2010
preset corner pin in spanish,please andrew..
www.youtube.com/JsprayaEntertainment
12/13/2010
This Dude Knows Magic
IrvinAnimation
12/11/2010
Red shorts on... what an idiot. Now we see a guy riding a bike, saving gas... waht a jerk.

LOL :D Nice Tutorial!!!
pedro
12/10/2010
hia,
thanks for the video,
when i try to paste the tacked data from mocha to AE, the paste option is not visible, any suggestions please
Pedro
Edgar
12/09/2010
hey guys
ive got a problem
in the part where Andrew puts a preset on the null and selects tracking comp from the list my null goes crazy and starts moving all aver the place
i dont know if its the wrong tracking or what but the first part of tracking text works just fine
please help
Dave
12/08/2010
I used mocha to track a simple footage and when pasting the track to AE I'm not getting the tracking correct, When I typed the text as in your sample but it doesn't stay put. Both videos are 24fps and 640 by 480. The tracking looks OK in Mocha but not in AE.
Mini
12/07/2010
that was just amazing~
great tutorial!
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