How to track an object that goes off screen with Adobe After Effects

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How to track an object that goes off screen with Adobe After Effects

In this tutorial, we take a look at how to track an object that goes off screen with Adobe After Effects.
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8 Responses to “How to track an object that goes off screen with Adobe After Effects”

  1. Aaron Says:

    I find that when it comes to stuff like this, I spend twice as long as I should on it — I make multiple tracks, apply the tracks to separate nulls, parents the nulls into a chain, and then finally make a “master track” null with an expression that turns it into an absolute comp position. The result is pixel-perfect, but it’s almost always overkill. Just eyeballing it is usually the better route. But what if the track slips half a pixel for a frame? WHAT WOULD MY PEERS SAY?

  2. Tracking an object that goes off screen in After Effects - GFX WARRIOR Says:

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  3. Arnar Says:

    When you pieced the last chunk of tracking data to the rest, you had to guess where it was. I would actually do it the other way around, take the big chunk (which consists of part 1 and part 2) and line it up to the cross. That way you don’t have to guess anything :)

  4. Kert Gartner (VFX Haiku Admin) Says:

    Good idea :) that would have worked too!

  5. D.S. Says:

    There is a trick in AE, so you dont have to guess after the tracking.
    Hold the alt/option key, while dragging to the new trackmark. AE knows automaticly that you choose a new one and makes a seamless track.

  6. Jamie Says:

    Thank you for your excellent tutorial Kert!! Very easy for noobs like me to understand! Now how do I save all the changes in the video and export it to premiere as an mpeg clip?

  7. Jason Says:


    I’ve tried this and I had an object that appears throughout the scene, but for whatever reason this isn’t tracking to the single place I want it to.

    Here’s a link to the issue. I want the “Fin Project” to stay where I have it started.

    I mapped to tracking of a Fin in the back, but I don’t know what I’m doing. Any Ideas?

    VIDEO >>


  8. Kert Gartner (VFX Haiku Admin) Says:

    It looks like you’re trying to attach a 3D object to a 2D Track. Try precomping the text and attaching that precomp to the track and see if that helps?

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