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Rotoscope Tracing Preparation Demo
Preparing footage in After Effect
  1. Create your composition file as 24fps
  2. Import your footage
  3. Effect > Text > Timecode, and set the setting like the following
  4. Adjust Starting Frame until your timecode start as 000001.
  5. Render the film out as 24fps MOV
  6. Create a new compositiong file as 24fps (can skip this step if your source footage is already 24 fps)
  7. Import the new renedered footage and interpret footage to skip frames.
    • To animate on 2s: set the footage to be 48fps; on 3s: set to 72 fps (counter intuitive from regular animation process)
  8. Export the footage out.

Import Footage into Photoshop for Rotoscope
  1. In Photoshop, create new file > Preset: U.S. Paper, Size: Letter
  2. Image > Image Rotation > 90CW
  3. Layer > New > Layer from Background > OK
  4. Layer > Video Layers > Video Layer from File, import your footage
  5. Adjust the footage to proper layout to the background
  6. Window > Timeline, Set Timeline frame rate to 24fps
  7. Layer > Vido Layers > New Blank Video Layer, and start rotoscoping
  8. To export the rotoscope out as image squences for print out: File > Export > Render Video
  9. In Render Video window: set to Photoshop Image Sequence, instead of Adobe Media Encoder
  10. Print