How did I get such a fluid animation in the Nike Ad I posted yesterday?

I stared by having Gabi take pictures of me in different poses of an action.
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Thanks Gab! I know I have you take a lot of pics, but you really saved me on this project.

Once I’ve brought the pics into After Effects, I then created a bunch of ” colored solids” for each part. arms, legs, head etc.

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I then set a key frame for each part then move on to the next picture. Each individual control point has to be moved to the new parts.

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Once new key frames are set there, the program then interpolates the in betweens on them. here’s what it looks like half way

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If done fast enough with some motion blur, the result looks like real video. I’ve messed with key frame animation before, but never with a program that does it so well. I love after effects!

The rest of what you see on screen was done by STRAP (Stretch, Transparency, Rotate, Anchor points, Position) techniques.

Now that you know that, I bet it looks a lot more choppy now huh?

Next month finds us in Motion Graphics II, and we can finally start using real video. Hopefully this will be the last time I have to do something like what you see above. If I need an alpha channel of a boxer, I can just film it.