Hi Mary, thanks for the reply, it is appreciated.
I’ve gone through the entire tutorial that you shared with me, but only a few things in it address what I’m trying to do.
We are producing a regular series with puppet characters. Right now it is only two characters, but more will be added over time. The puppets we are using are nicely made sock puppets with the standard large ‘googly eyes’. We want to replace those eyes with animated eyes. This will help give the puppets a way to express emotion which will allow the viewing audience to better connect emotionally with the puppet characters.
There are two puppet characters that interact with each other on screen. This means that sometimes they are looking directly at the camera, and other times they are looking at each other. As they turn back and forth there will need to be proper tracking of the area where the plastic eyes are located. The eyes are also on top of the puppet’s ‘head’ (the hand of the puppeteer) so they both move up and down as the puppet mouths open and close, and go side to side as the puppet ‘head’ turns toward and away from the camera.This seems like it should be a simple thing to do, but using only After Effects the motion tracking is very unpredictable and often goes completely off the puppet faces on to something in the background.
We were told that Mocha Pro is the best option for this kind of task. My partner has an entire suite of software on his laptop, Mocha being one of them. He is currently out of the country and it gives me a good opportunity to learn how to do this and show him how to do it when he returns. If Mocha can do this task then we won’t have to go looking for other software.
Are there tutorials out there that will show me how to perform this task on frequently moving characters? Because the characters turn their ‘heads’ to and away from the camera regularly it isn’t as simple as replacing something on a face which moves very little. I’d even be willing to pay someone to teach me how to do this with Mocha if there is no tutorial available. Any direction you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!