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After Effects Compositing: 6 Tracking and Stabilization

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Learn to create precise, accurate, locked-in tracks with the five motion trackers in After Effects.

Tracking is one of the most powerful ways to make your After Effects work more sophisticated, and one of the hardest to get right. The human eye has an uncanny ability to sense the accuracy of motion. But once you learn to take advantage of the automated 3D tracker, automated motion stabilizer, and 2D point tracker in After Effects—as well as third-party scripts and planar tracking with mocha—a world of possibilities is opened.

Here, Mark Christiansen shows how to use the five different After Effects trackers, customizing them to work best in the situations that motion graphics artists encounter most often. He covers the fundamentals, as well as opportunities to think outside the box, especially when an automated approach won't work.


  • Welcome
  • Using the exercise files
  • Why so many tracking options?
1. Why Point Track?
  • It's the 21st century: Why point track?
  • Effectively track motion
  • Easily select a good track
  • Continue motion offscreen
2. Complex Motion Tracking
  • Introducing complex motion tracking
  • Recognize trackable points
  • Plan for a track to be interrupted
  • Easily reset a track that goes astray
  • Adapt to a changing target
  • Offset a tracker
  • Keep position precise and rotation simple
  • Apply the track to a matte
3. Adding Tracking Tools
  • Introducing tracking tools
  • Track a mask directly with Tracker2Mask
  • Combine track points with TrackerViz
  • Solve problems with nulls and parenting
4. Tracking and Stabilizing Objects and Planes
  • Introducing tracking and stabilizing
  • Lock an element for roto
  • Reverse stabilize to put roto in motion
  • Point stabilize to put multiple layers in motion
  • Track a plane with mocha AE
5. Working with Automated Tracking for VFX
  • Introducing automated tracking for VFX
  • Adjust Warp Stabilizer VFX for effects work
  • Reverse stabilize with Warp Stabilizer VFX
  • Solve and adjust with Camera Tracker
  • Apply a 3D track
  • Evaluate Camera Tracker for your shot
  • Import and integrate a third-party 3D track

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Mark Christiansen

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