Rotoscoping hair

When rotoscoping hair or trees, does Silhouette have a tool comparable to AE’s Refine Edge Tool, or is such a thing even necessary?

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When rotoscoping in Silhouette, you can blur, shrink or grow the edges of shapes if you want. In addition, you can add feathering on a point by point basis. However, enabling motion blur will produce more realistic blur for objects in motion and in most cases, this will be all you need.

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With all due respect, motion blur isn’t really an answer to the question. I know it can be nearly impossible to separate wisps of hair that are not even moving from the background using normal selection tools. If Silhouette doesn’t have the same feature, it would be a great addition. AE’s version sometimes works great, but sometimes not so much.

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AE’s Refine Edge is a collection of matte manipulation tools. Silhouette has matte manipulation tools both within the Roto node and the Matte Repair node. Within the Roto node, you can blur, shrink or grow the edges of shapes if you want. In addition, you can add feathering on a point by point basis.

I am not sure how familiar you are with Silhouette, but the Roto node is where you manually create shapes and animate them over time. Motion tracking aids in the animation of those shapes. Typically, this is a very exacting process and there is generally not a need for a lot of matte manipulation. Sure, there are times where some shape points require more blur than others and motion blur is normally required for natural motion. When manually rotoscoping, you can place your shape exactly where it needs to be, so there is generally not a need to shrink or grow that edge.

When using AE’s RotoBrush, Refine Edge is usually needed since RotoBrush is not as exacting as manual roto and some kind of clean-up is required. In any case, Silhouette has some matte manipulation tools within the Roto node as well as a separate Matte Repair node. For more information see: Matte Repair

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