02-05-2005, 09:18 PM
As far as I know, it's just like adding an extension onto a person or a set. You can either take the footage and carefully match the extension frame by frame (exhausting), or if you have some control over how the footage is shot, request that markers be placed on the animal, and that you have accurate measurements of where the camera is in regards to the animal (distance, what lens they are using, etc.) Then it's just a matter of using tracking software to match the camera and the motion of the animal.
Markers can be several things, but I prefer a small 1 inch by 1 inch square sticker placed on the top of the muzzle, and on the lower part of the mouth (for speaking animals). Then all you have to do is blend the animated mouth onto the existing footage.
Then again, if you're just trying to add a neat section onto your demo reel, just shoot some footage of your dog or cat lying down (they move less) with a stationary camera, so you only have to match one shot and animate from there.
Hope this helps!
02-05-2006, 10:00 PM
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