Description
Course info
Level
Beginner
Updated
Aug 3, 2014
Duration
1h 34m
Description

In this series of lessons, we'll be learning how to use the Roto Brush Tool. A lot of people try to use the Roto Brush Tool without knowing how it works. They jump in, start painting one frame after the other and depending on their patience level, they soon give up. This is because there are a few ground rules for using this tool, and if you don't know them, your matte will not turn out well. If you understand the ground rules, then you don't need to be a certified "Roto Brush Tool Expert" to use it. This tool is meant to speed up your workflow. With that being said, this training doesn't use footage examples that are unrealistically easy to roto. So after we get a basic understanding of this tool, we are going to have some hard lessons with uncooperative footage that will help you learn the real challenges of using this tool; as well as, some of the perfect places to use it and how to trick your footage into looking just as you envisioned, with a combination of techniques. This training is for you if you've never used the Roto Brush before and you're ready to learn. It's also for you if you've tried it, had trouble, and want to learn how to make it work the right way. Software required: After Effects CC 12.2.0.52.

About the author
About the author

Laura is a passionate visual effects and motion graphics author at Pluralsight. Ever since her first exposure to After Effects in college, Laura has had an eternal drive to learn more about motion graphics, and teach others what she has discovered. Laura began working at Digital-Tutors (now a Pluralsight company) as a motion graphics artist, creating visually-appealing advertisements and informative art for the site.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Introduction and Project Overview
Hi, I'm Laura with Digital Tutors. In this series of lessons, we'll be learning how to use the Roto Brush tool. A lot of people try to use the Roto Brush tool to solve their rotoscoping problems. They jump in, start painting one frame after the other, and depending on their patience level, they soon give up. This is because there are a few ground rules for using this tool, and if you don't know them, your matte will not turn out well, guaranteed. That being said, not every single piece of footage is a good match for this tool. You might hear other people making tutorials about this tool saying, oh, it just takes practice to get really good at it. That's true to some extent, but if you understand the so called ground rules that I mentioned before, then you don't need to be a certified Roto Brush tool expert to use it. The tool is meant to speed up your workflow, not make you learn this one tool that solves all your needs. So, with that being said, I'm not going to use footage examples in this course that are unrealistically easy to roto. If you wanted to roto with static objects sitting on a counter with very little camera movement, you wouldn't be here. So after we get a basic understanding of this tool, we're going to have some hard lessons with uncooperative footage that will help you to learn the real challenges of using this tool, as well as some of the perfect places to use it, and how to trick your footage into looking just as you envisioned with a combination of techniques. With that being said, let's get started by learning what footage types are best with this tool, and then setting the ground rules and basic principles for how this tool works.