Compositing the Raven Track

My final step was to composite the raven into the scene. I tracked a camera through the 3D scene, and matched the camera in a separate 3DS Max file and tracked the raven in flight.

Bird cam track raven

I rendered the ravens flight as a PNG sequence with a built-in Alpha channel, in After Effects I overlayed the raven track over the same track of the room.

Bird cam track backgroundBird cam track raven background

I adjusted the trajectories of the ravens flight, as well as masked its flieght path so that it would appear to emerge from  with inside the mirror, before continuing its flieght outside the open terrace.

Bird cam track raven rescale

The final stage was colour correcting the raven, and keyframing colour changes to match the lighting from within the scene.

Bird cam track raven cc

This turned into a botched job, it wasn’t the most well executed part of the sequence.

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