Tutorial 2 | The Abyss – Part 2


The second part of this tutorial is all about taking in the 3D footage we created in part 1 and compositing it together into a finalized scene. We will learn how to key footage, do some color correction and a lot of other cool tricks to make your own movie epic. To do this though, you will need to have the completed file from the part 1. Fortunately for you, a downloadable copy of the 3D files as well as the green screen footage is all available at the bottom of this post so you can follow along. Press the picture below to begin the video tutorial!

The first thing I would suggest doing is key out your footage using a plugin built into After Effects called Keylight. It’s a very simple plugin to use and you can adjust your key matte in the Screen Matte option box.

Another trick to help make your footage a little more convincing is the use of tint, tritone and curves adjustments. The tint and tritone are very similar, only different being tint uses 2 colors and tritone uses 3 to build your range of colors from high to low. They also have a blend to original slider that will allow you to adjust the amount of color tint-age in your scene. You don’t want to completely get rid of your original colors, only to add enough so that your keyed footage matches your scene. Also apply curves adjustments so your highs and lows match the highs and lows of your background.

To add an even greater sense of realism to you composition (I use this term loosely), use of depth of field in your 3D or 2D elements to sell the scene. At minute 6 or so, there are 3 main elements on the screen; the background, my keyed footage, and the tentacle. By adding blur to the background elements and depth of field to the foreground tentacle, you can give the viewer the impression that all three elements were originally shot in the same scene. If you rendered out your footage as an RPF sequence, you can use the depth of field plugin built in AE. If not, you will need to render out a depth pass layer and use lens blur to get the desired effect.

Besides any additional cosmetic adjustments through the use of curves, lens flares, and vignetting, you should be set to build your own scene. And as promised, click HERE to get a copy of all of the footage necessary to complete this project yourself. Remember though, you need to render the footage out on your own system to have content to bring into AE. Also, don’t forget about adding in the plugin for AE to read Cinema 4D made compositions.

1 Comment

  1. Erkan
    14 July 17, 9:19pm

    Thank You!!!!

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