How to Use Adobe After Effects to Track a 3D Camera

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Watch how to use the 3D tracking camera in Adobe After Effects to develop motion graphics and animation.

Sometimes in graphic design and visual information, it makes more sense to tell a story with graphics. The Adobe After Effects 3D camera tracker analyzes video sequences to extract camera motion information, allowing you to input 3D elements over 2D footage precisely. Watch this video by Jordy Vandeput from and review the steps below to learn how.

  1. Enable the Tracker feature via the 3D camera tracker option in the tracker window.
  2. Select a clip in the Composition panel and click the "Track Camera" button.
  3. Set an origin by selecting a point, group or a plane between several points and right-clicking and choosing "Set ground place and origin."

  1. Add a virtual camera to your composition by selecting "Create Camera" from the 3D camera tracker effects menu. 
  2. Insert a new layer into the composition. 
  3. Mask the image using the pen tool from the toolbox. 
  4. Enable 3D from the layer options. 

  1. Add floatation effects by animating the position property.
  2. Alt-click on the animation stopwatch to automate the animation.

  1. Finalize the effect by enabling the "Motion Blur" for the selected layer. 
  2. Enable the "Global Motion Blur."

Now, as you move around your camera, the image floats on the position you have chosen, and there's a natural motion blur.

For more detailed steps, refer to Adobe Support Tracking 3D camera movement.

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