VFX Rotoscoping 101 with After Effects and Mocha
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VFX Rotoscoping 101 with After Effects and Mocha

A hands-on approach to the secrets and tricks in rotoscoping for live-action films in post-production visual effects.
4.2 (83 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,873 students enrolled
Created by Vicki Lau
Last updated 7/2017
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I 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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  • Passion and Good Follow-Through
  • After Effects CC with Mocha AE

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.

The best part of it all - this course is utterly and ridiculously AFFORDABLE.

Who is the target audience?
  • 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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Curriculum For This Course
Rotoscoping Basics
3 Lectures 05:25

Have you ever tried masking or tracing something out from one shot to another only to find ugly and horrible swimming and buzzing edges? If you are completely new to the whole world and idea of visual effects, this lesson explores what rotoscoping is, how it is used in visual effects in film and television, and the purpose of this course.

Preview 01:48

A continuation from the previous lesson, this lesson covers how rotoscoping is used in the film industry, what it is used for, when it would be used and the future of rotoscoping - including current developments of this area.

This is Rotoscoping

After Effects and Mocha are only some of the many software available for accomplishing this task of rotoscoping. There are many other options out there which will be explored in this class. In this course, we will focus on two of the most popular - After Effects and Mocha - for our rotoscoping needs.

Software for Rotoscoping

Rotoscoping Basics
3 questions
Rotoscoping Practices
6 Lectures 46:14

For new After Effects users, this lesson goes through the basics of the default interface of the software as well as my own personal preferences and set-ups, in preparation for the heavy task of rotoscoping. If you are a seasoned After Effects user, feel free to skip this class.

Rotoscoping with After Effects - Interface Walkthrough

This lesson will explore the art involved in breaking down your shot and your shot elements in order to begin rotoscoping your characters or elements. We will cover important points to note as well as how and where to start in the shot.

Rotoscoping with After Effects - Breaking it Down

This lesson will explore how to deal with swimming edges in your rotoscoped shots and the different methods in handling hard and soft edges of your elements and characters. Tips and tricks are revealed on how to solve both as well as prevent your rotoscoped characters from having buzzing edges.

Rotoscoping with After Effects - Edges and Points

This lesson will explore complex cases of rotoscoping from overlapping characters, lots of motion blur and interesting elements. More advanced techniques to be revealed in a future class in this visual effects series.

Rotoscoping with After Effects - Complex Cases

This lesson will explore a quicker way to roto your elements using Mocha AE from within After Effects. Importing masks and using Mocha AE in various ways to help with your roto is also covered in this lesson. A brief walkthrough of the Mocha AE interface is also covered before we begin this lesson.

Preview 12:41

Now that you've followed along, it is time to put your skills to the test with this new shot to try. Once again, post in the Q&A board if you have any questions or go back to previous lessons in order to figure out how to solve the shot.

SHOT TRYOUT: Rotoscope this!
Rotoscoping Summary
3 Lectures 04:24

A summary of all the points, tips and tricks of rotoscoping we have covered so far, including a take-away sheet that summarizes the lessons and best practices learned about rotoscoping in post-production.

Rotoscoping Best Practices

Ending on a conclusive note, we will touch on some discussion points of rotoscoping and the effective ways to use or apply rotoscoping in your own personal projects, including how and when to avoid rotoscoping, if at all possible.

The Thing about Rotoscoping

Well done! Rotoscoping is tough work, as you can see. For more in this series, stay tuned for future courses where we cover compositing, other best practices and cheats in the visual effects world.

Stay Tuned for More!

Rotoscoping Summary
3 questions
4 Lectures 03:17

BONUS: For staying in the course, you get the opportunity for continuous networking with the instructor, students, and also to form potential film production collaborations wherever you may be at, all around the globe.


BONUS: Looking to learn to be a generalist and take your visual effects skills to the next level? Here is your chance to get in, cheap. Learn the entire visual effects pipeline from modelling, animation to compositing with three software in one (Autodesk Maya, Photoshop, After Effects), from start to finish in this innovative learning movement of learning through film (Filmtorial®). Limited discount coupons are available for interested students of this course.

Bonus Lecture: "Creating a VFX Shot from Scratch with Maya and After Effects"

BONUS: Looking to take After Effects to the next level? Here is your chance to get in, cheap. Learn both basic and advanced compositing with the popular software After Effects, including relevant and current compositing-related tips and tricks not available in other After Effects courses on Udemy. Limited discount coupons are available for interested students of this course.

Bonus Lecture: "VFX Compositing with After Effects"

BONUS: Jump from working on your own projects to getting a job working right on blockbusters themselves. The instructor has worked on the following titles listed on her IMDb profile and instructor bio and is willing to share her tips of the trade with interested students. Limited discount coupons are available for active participants of this course.

Bonus Lecture: "How to Get a Job in Hollywood"
About the Instructor
Vicki Lau
4.4 Average rating
401 Reviews
12,949 Students
5 Courses
VFX Professional, Emmys 2014 Attendee, TEDx & SMPTE Speaker

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 GalaxyAlice Through the Looking Glass and the recent War for the Planet of the Apes.

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.

Why Learn from Vicki?

What makes Vicki different from other VFX instructors is that she actually worked IN Hollywood, California itself, brushing elbows with many names and even being invited to the Emmy Awards in 2014. Vicki shares with her students REAL insights that people in the Hollywood industry uses.

Learn from someone who actually worked IN Hollywood, CA at the MAJOR studios and blockbuster hits, and not some project outsourced to a small country or city at an unknown studio or from someone who claims to know "the secrets," by mimicking other successful instructors' language and content.

Trust, but verify. You can check out Vicki's IMDb page as proof.