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4 Brilliant Ways to Remove Objects in After Effects


Finding leftover rigs, markers, and objects in your footage is a fact of life. Luckily, these techniques make it easy to remove objects in After Effects!

As one of the best compositing and VFX softwares in the world, After Effects is a great software for removing rigs, markers, and objects from your footage. Every shot will require you to solve your removal problem in a new creative way, but perhaps one of these tutorials can help! Let’s take a look at 4 ways to remove objects in After Effects.

Clone Stamping

You’re probably familiar with basic paint brush features in Photoshop, but you may be surprised to hear that there are a lot of really helpful painting features built into After Effects as well. If you frequently work on compositing gigs or with green screens, then the Clone Stamp tool is an invaluable feature for cleaning up your backgrounds.

In this video tutorial from Peachpit TV, we learn how to use the clone stamp tool to remove tracking points in After Effects. You might be surprised to hear that you can copy and paste tracking data onto a clone stamp’s position, meaning your clone stamp will move with your footage.

Removing Objects from Drones

As you can imagine, it’s going to require a lot of motion tracking to remove objects from your scene. Good motion tracking takes time, but with some creative problem solving you’ll be able to track most of your footage using a combination of After Effects and mocha.

This video tutorial from FX4 Aerials shows us how to use a grid system to track objects across flat planes. The tutorial also shares how to create a flat plate for compositing. This is a really great example of a creative way to problem solve in After Effects.

3D Tracking and Object Removal

Sometimes the footage you’re given is less than ideal, and the following video from chinfat provides an excellent example of this situation. In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at how to replace windows and do some basic rotoscoping work using solids. This method is by no means perfect, but if the audience can’t tell the difference? Well, you’ve done your job!

Wire Removal in After Effects

Power lines are a fact of life for VFX artists. Fortunately, they’re easy to remove… it just takes time. While there’s certainly more than one way to get rid of power lines in After Effects, the best way is to use the wire removal effect. Unfortunately the effect is somewhat limited, so you may have to make more than one copy if your power line is ‘droopy.’ Nonetheless, it’s still a great way to quickly remove power lines if your VFX gig requires it.

This tutorial from Crush It TV shows us how to remove power lines in After Effects using the simple wire removal effect.