Element 3D: Compositing fun
Speaking of high temperatures in my season change matte painting post: Imagine playing a nice game of golf in the heat, and all of the sudden there is this redeeming giant soda can. Thanks to the Video Copilot plugin Element 3D for After Effects, this can be done quickly.
The setup for basic shots like this is very easy, you even won’t need to use any 3D programs like Cinema 4D or Maya.
The basic steps: Track the camera of your clip in After Effects (Adobes own plugin will do the job most of the times, if not: take a look at the Cameratracker plugin from The Foundry), ad a new solid layer on top of your clip, and apply Element 3D as an effect. With its simple scene setup options you can load your model, add the environment ambience and setup ambient occlusion. Use another solid layer for the cans and shadow you’re done with this withing minutes.
I think I will do a more detailed tutorial on this as soon as I find some time for it. Until then, try Element 3D, its big fun for quick compositing work.