Tutorial: Getting Started with Content-Aware Fill in After Effects

first_imgCreating a Reference FrameIn some cases, when Content-Aware Fill isn’t giving you the results you want, you may have better luck using a Reference Frame. (I find this ideal when removing static objects from footage, such as a cell tower or a parked car.) When you select Create Reference Frame, After Effects automatically exports a frame from your video to Photoshop. You can then use the Clone-Stamp tool to fill in the removed area. Then save and close the image in Photoshop.That reference image will automatically import back into After Effects and into your composition. Content-Aware Fill will now take that reference image into account when it generates the fill throughout the video.Extra TipsFrom my experience with Content-Aware Fill, it seems to work best on objects moving through your footage. This allows After Effects to “see” what the video should look like when the object isn’t supposed to be there. When removing static objects in the scene, results will vary. I recommend using the Create Reference Frame option in those cases. Also, I got the best results when I put a small amount of feathering on my removal masks. It doesn’t take much — usually about 2-8 pixels of feathering.Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Retro Vibes” by Wolves“Don’t Forget” by Marc WallochLooking for more video tutorials? Check these out.5 Ways to Animate with Trim Paths in Adobe After EffectsHow to Create the Double Exposure Effect in Four Manageable StepsVideo Tutorial: How to Create a Seamless Foreground TransitionHow to Export with Transparency from Adobe After EffectsHow to Properly Pancake Timelines in Adobe Premiere Pro In this video tutorial, learn the basics of the brand new Content-Aware Fill in After Effects — including a free project file!Adobe set the internet ablaze with the announcement of the new Content-Aware Fill feature in the latest After Effects CC release. Now, let’s see if this new feature lives up to the hype. (Spoiler alert: Yes, it does.) In this tutorial, we’re going to cover how to use the new Content-Aware Fill feature in After Effects CC.So, let’s get started! (Be sure to download the project file, which includes footage to follow along!)Download the project fileThis project file is free for personal or commercial use. By downloading, you agree not to redistribute this file.What Is Content-Aware Fill?Content-Aware Fill in After Effects lets you remove unwanted areas or objects in video footage, while automatically filling in the area of the removal. It analyzes frames over time to fill in missing pixels by pulling them from other frames in the footage. It’s similar to the Content-Aware Fill in Photoshop, except in After Effects, it’s temporally aware, and it works on video footage. How to Start Using Content-Aware FillTo begin using Content-Aware Fill in After Effects, navigate to the Window tab at the top of the screen, then select Content-Aware Fill. This will open up the Content-Aware Fill panel in your workspace. You will then need to mask out the object you want to remove from your footage. (You may need to keyframe the placement of your mask if your object is moving throughout.) Set the mask to Subtract so that you now have a transparent alpha channel where that mask is on your footage. You should be able to see a mini-preview of where that mask is on your footage in the Content-Aware Fill panel.You can now select Generate Fill Layer in the Content-Aware Fill panel. After Effects will then analyze the footage and render a .PNG sequence, which it places in the composition. That .PNG sequence fills in the masks/gaps in the footage.If everything worked correctly, the unwanted objects should no longer be in your footage.center_img Different Fill MethodsThere are three different fill methods you can select from when you use Content-Aware Fill. They are named Object, Surface, and Edge Blend. The Object Fill method will likely be the most commonly used, and it is the default fill method.Object Fill: Great for removing moving objects in your footage.Surface: Ideal for removing stickers, decals, or logos on a smooth surface.Edge Blend: Fast method, best used on low-detail surfaces like paper.last_img read more

Images of 1983 still give Bhajji ‘goosebumps’

first_imgHarbhajan Singh was all of three years of age when Kapil Dev held the 1983 World Cup aloft at Lord’s but the off-spinner still draws inspiration from that glorious triumph.Harbhajan Singh and Yusuf Pathan in New Delhi. APIn the Capital to join hands with a campaign against road rage and drunken driving, Harbhajan said that even though in the ensuing 27 years he has seen six World Cups, the 1983 tournament still serves as the biggest inspiration for an Indian cricketer.”Seeing Kapil paaji lift the trophy is an image ingrained in all of our minds. I have seen the reruns of that match so many times and it always gives me goosebumps,” the off-spinner told reporters here on Wednesday.To repeat the success of ‘Kapil’s Devils’ at the World Cup, Bhajji believes the key for India will be the explosive opening combination of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.”There is no doubt that they are great players and I think if they stay at the crease for the first 15 overs, it will be very difficult for the opposition to come back into the match,” he said.Asked about India’s combination for the quadrennial mega event, Harbhajan said it may not be the best team out there but he was still a good side. “It is wonderful to have a lot of options in the team. We have got different types of spinners. We have (Ravichandran) Ashwin who performed well in the IPL and leg-spinner Piyush Chawla brings variation into the attack. We have great seamers too and the batting can chase down any target. If we just focus on our processes, we should have a good outing,” he said.advertisementHarbhajan has always been a feisty character but he believes comparing sledging to a serious issue like road rage is ridiculous.”Sledging is part and parcel of the game. It just adds a bit of momentum to the game and, as a cricketer, we don’t carry anything off the field. Road rage is quite harmful and it hurts you for life,” he said. He even claimed that neither he nor his India teammates drink.Looking beyond the World Cup, Bhajji will be sharing a dressing room with Andrew Symonds for the Indian Premier League Mumbai Indians, and believes the ‘Monkeygate’ scandal that brought bad blood between them is a thing of the past.”I am looking forward to winning the IPL along with him,” Harbhajan said, guardedly adding: “What Symonds has done with his career is his personal choice and I don’t want to talk about any individuals.”Though he was surrounded by the media during his short stay at the event, Harbhajan did find time to thank Indian fans. “I salute all those who are supporting us. With their good wishes, hopefully, we will do well in the World Cup,” he said.last_img read more