New Tutorial: Rotoscoping Tips and Tricks
Jesse Toula on November 17, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Rotoscoping... its probably not your favorite thing to do in After Effects, but its often necessary in order create the effect you are after. Most people I know cringe at the word, but rotoscoping doesn't have to be that bad. There are a lot of things you can do to make rotoscoping simpler, easier and faster. In this tutorial, I'll go through the way that I rotoscope and show you different techniques that will help you rotoscope faster while still keeping everything perfectly accurate.

This tutorial will not be a start to finish guide on creating the Invisible Tennis effect I posted a few weeks ago. The creation of that effect takes more time then you'd want to watch and is very repetitive. Instead, I focus just on the rotoscoping aspect and go into great detail on creating a good matte. For those who are interested in creating the whole effect, I give an overview of the whole process during the last 10 minutes of the tutorial.

Its a long one. Check it out now!

I am also releasing a couple of scripts that I used in this tutorial:

You can get more information about them and download both of these scripts for free over on the Extras page

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Barry Lares

November 18, 2013 at 8:18 pm
I Just spent a whole hour watching this tutorial that I happen to stumble upon youtube. I just would like to say that just from watching this tutorial, You do an outstanding job explaining thoroughly not only the HOW, but the WHY. I rarely see this in any VFX Tutorials. Second, I liked how you used all 3 Methods Of Rotoscoping and I preferably like Mocha, since its a Planar Tracker, I believe that It would of done a way better job. And Third. Man THE ENDING WAS EPIC. YOU CAN'T LEAVE US IN THE DARK BRO. YOU CLONED,PAINT AND TRACK THE BACKGROUND TO MATCH THE ORIGINAL PLATE?! who does that. Freaking Amazing. Who needs Green Screen? I'm pretty sure You'll come up with a script on that particular workflow. Lastly, You did some last minute 3D integration and compositing using maya. You basically tried to fit 5 tutorials in one lol. If you can, Can you make in-depth separate tutorials of the ending, but different footage of course for variety. **ALSO A TUTORIAL IDEA, I could not find anyone that could really help me achieve this effect. I want to achieve the clone effect of someone, and NO! not the easy tripod one where you crop the screen, I'm talking about while the camera is in motion like handheld. I know it may be difficult, BUT FROM JUST THIS TUTORIAL I KNOW YOU CAN PULL IT OFF!

Jesse T.

November 23, 2013 at 6:29 am
Glad you liked it.My original plan was to do a tutorial on everything, including the paint/cloning process, but it would have been way too long. I'll probably expand on those techniques in the future. As far as the other tutorial idea, I have been planning something like that, so hopefully you'll be seeing it not too far down the line.


March 27, 2014 at 5:39 pm
I second the previous poster, great tutorial. I hope you do more in the future.


January 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm
The Warp to Keys script doesn't work on my PC. I tried with AE CS5.5, CS6 and CC on two different PC. Where do i do wrong ?

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