VFX Rotoscoping 101 with After Effects and Mocha (Udemy.com)

A hands-on approach to the secrets and tricks in rotoscoping for live-action films in post-production visual effects.

Created by: Vicki Lau

Produced in 2022

What you will learn

  • Know what, when and how to do proper rotoscoping
  • Know how to use After Effects and Mocha AE for rotoscoping live-action shots
  • Apply basic and advanced techniques in rotoscoping

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Overall Score : 92 / 100

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Course Description

If you want to learn how to use After Effects to create realistic visual effects (VFX) shots and not just motion graphics, then you're looking at the right course. This course will reveal the tips, tricks and applications of rotoscoping in post-production visual effects - one of the first step to creating any visual effects shot.
Learn How to do Rotoscoping the Right Way.
Using 2 real live-action films as test shots for this course, learn by actually working on a shot while following the course as a step-by-step guide to proper and professional rotoscoping.
Why This Course?
  • Taught by a real professional in the visual effects and film industry who worked on actual Hollywood blockbusters
  • Step-by-step guide with practical and hands-on live-action shots to work on
  • Insights and know-hows that would save you time and money when working on your own visual effects shot
  • Primer to a series of other more advanced visual effects tricks, tips and methods
  • Networking and open collaboration opportunities with instructor and students

Say Good Bye to Buzzing Edges and the Frustration of Trying to Mask out a Character from a Shot!
You will Learn How:
  • Rotoscoping is applied in film and television
  • To do proper rotoscoping
  • To use After Effects and Mocha AE for rotoscoping
  • To apply basic and advanced rotoscoping techniques and tricks
  • Rotoscoping can be avoided and the other effective ways of doing rotoscoping
Complete with additional documents, students who complete the course will also be awarded with a bonus section - kind of like that satisfaction you feel when you finally finish that visual effects shot.
If you participate in this course, you will walk away learning and applying what I learned myself, whilst working on the visual effects of major Hollywood film and television.Who this course is for:
  • Film students and graduates interested in visual effects post-production
  • Professionals from other industries looking to try some visual effects shots
  • Aspiring or new filmmakers working on their own visual effects film
  • NOT for seasoned visual effects professionals who are currently in the industry

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Vicki Lau

Vicki started as a humble student of digital media back in the small city of Singapore with a background in visual effects and programming in film and television. Without any contacts or connections in the United States, she began her career at the age of 18 from Singapore, working her way up into the Hollywood film industry and landing her first break working on AMC's hit series, The Walking Dead (Season 4), as well as other movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy, War for the Planet of the Apes and the recent Aquaman.
Already recognized by her country and by major organizations as an expert in her field, Vicki has made great strides for someone her age, being in consistently high demand for jobs - averaging about 4 job offers and requests for interviews per freelance month(s) of availability, whilst her peers are still struggling to find their first entry-level position in the field. At only 24 years of age, she was one of the youngest speakers and presenters at the SMPTE Annual Technical Conference in its time, where she was a panelist and speaker for virtual reality in motion pictures.
She gave a TEDx talk on visual effects and virtual reality in May 2016 at Napa Valley, CA and in November 2018, was invited to speak as a k



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The course gives a good overview about how and when to use rotoscoping with good tips and tricks on how to do it. The instructor demonstrates to have a very large knowledge about the subject. I'd like an extended course about rotoscoping and others techniques using Mocha AE.

Very in to depth, but feel outdated since is 2019, Found easier ways to do it. But all in all very good tutorial.

Great course. Good instructor.

Well done and well-explained. Exactly what a beginner would need to get their hands on rotoscoping - nothing less, nothing more. I also had lots of fun with the practical exercises and homework. Also good for getting back to different parts of the lectures for future reference.

Great course! I wonder if there are more shortcuts and processes to help to get even better solutions...

Was expecting a bit more than this. I would say this course is more likely for the people who are already practising roto and wants to fix their mistakes.But i would advise that instead of squeezing the course into 1 hour length , better add an extra hour and illustrate by doing some perfect rotoing rather than some rough things and show a bit more of the process of rotoing, so we should follow along and try to catch the way you resolve a lot of issues which later comes up in the middle of the roto. Even after taking this course i still had to go on YouTube and watch other tutorials to get more information as the instructions i got from this course were not enough to handle other shots.Anyway, i'll still go and buy another course of her as it is on discount and would see how it goes.

Great sense of humor, clear explanations, very effective teacher! A few quirks in English expressions, but they added to the charm. :)

I was able to have a better understanding of rotoscoping, after participating in the lessons. Vicki knows what shes talking about and is good at clearly instructing you along the course.Viewing how she would tackle a more complex rotoscope would've been great too. But, I believe she said she was going to do other courses that would cover something like that.I would recommend this to someone just starting out working with After Effects & Mocha and/or someone who needs a refresher course in understanding the basics of rotoscoping.

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Very informative and hands on approach to rotoscoping! Would definitely recommend to beginner rotoscoping artists!

detail is very good, only thing i would suggest is that you follow throw the rotoscoping till the end and not assume we will figure it out because you jump ahead and leave out important info and for someone like me that needs this to make my movie, every piece of detail left out is frustrating because now we have to figure out the little stuff and takes and if we go to the next video and we left anything out, now we have to take a step back and correct it and that takes up more time.

Vicki cuts out the boring stuff and gets you up and running quickly. Then afterwards when you need to improve on this then you have the basics and can practice them until you get better. A great way to learn.

I have learn a lot ,,,much to digest at first I came back to stab at it again and its hitting home..Thanks.