What’s up Western! I’m back, and bringing you another fun little video clip.
This eye replacement was actually moderately easy to accomplish. There was only one step that was difficult, which was the motion tracking. I took the raw footage into After Effects and motion tracked two points in his left eye, when the tracking points got out of place, I had to just manually adjust them. Then I made a new null object which I attached all the tracking data to. Then I had footage of my self spreading my eyes wide open, looking to the left, then to the right, and took a freeze frame of each direction. After that, I masked out the white parts in my eyes, using two seperate masks and blended them together by feathering the masks together.
Once that step is done, I went back to the footage that I wanted to do the eye replacement on, create a new solid layer and masked out the eye. I then took the parenting whip for the mask and the eyes from the other footage, and attach it to the null object. Then I made sure to put the main footage on the bottom of the time lime, followed by the null object, the eye, and finaly the mask of the original eye. Then I set the track matte of the eye to an alpha matte.
From here, I added a little bit of shadow to make the eye feel like it was actually in there. I added a new object, the color of the shadows from the darker side of the face, and masked out a shadow-like shape and feathered it. I then copied the eye mask and pasted it above the shadow on the timeline. Then I set the track matte for the shadow to alpha matte, and also parented it to the null object.
Then I did the same thing for the right eye except I used different track points and a different null object. I also wanted to make the eye look glossy so I added a little light flare on the left eye.
And there you have it! Sounds complex, I know, but it’s nowhere near as difficult as it sounds.