I’ve been using After Effects for 20 years, and during that time I have watched the masking tools in the software go from primitive and painful, to robust and very useable. The video below shows the history of After Effects rotoscoping tools from the humble pen tool though the Roto Brush. The thing that has me excited in this video is the sneak peek at the end of this clip. The one that shows what Adobe will be introducing at NAB this year. I like this a lot. If you are an After Effects user, I think you’ll like it too.
I check out the Vimeo Video School stuff all the time. There is always something relevant and useful in this educational series. The video above is one of the latest installments and focuses on how to use your car as a low budget dolly and platform to get some really good cinema effects for little to no money. One thing I am going to add to the video is, get a copy of After Effects CS6 and use the Warp Stabilizer to get rid of any camera shake you might pick up.
Most of the shots in the film above looked like they done on fairly flat level smooth streets. The Warp Stabilizer will save your shaky cam butt. Over half of the hand held shots in this film were stabilized with this tool from Adobe.