As many of us often do, we get into the situation that we need to implement photos into a video (documentary, image film, reportage,… you name it) The easy way of doing this is to simply zoom into the photo or pan over it. If you want to give your photos more “life” you begin to draw masks and animate single parts of the picture to give the illusion of some camera movement. This can be very time consuming. So I started to build a tool wich helps me do this and cuts the time doing so tremendously. I have been using and improving it for over half a year now and it has already saved me so much time. This is what you can do:
Place object within scenery (since V2):
Add wind and waves to your composition (since V3):
Dust Particle Sys., Text-Placeholder, Advanced functions (since V4):
(Please note that all animations in the preview video have been made without individual layer masks and without plates, I only used the simple basic controls)
I’ve found that randomly playing around with the options yields fun and crazy results, it’s really easy. There are many possibilities to animate your photos. Try it!
It is pretty easy to use, but there are some tricks i’ve figured out to get some cool results. So I have made a 60+ minute tutorial to show you different kinds of approaches for different types of photos.
Please keep in mind that this is no “super magic tool”, and there will still be some kinds of photos which will work better then others. Especially photos with many things in the foreground and background are more difficult. Also “flat” photos with no depth, like somthing infront of a wall don’t give much of a 3D effect. But for most of the photos I have tried it on, it worked great.
If you want to use the Photo Animator for illustrations, please be aware that due to the nature of illustrations and cartoons (sharp, defined strokes) the borders of the layers might be more visible! If you have created your illustrations digitally, I would recommend you extract planes and use the Photo Animator layer rig to animate your plates. This way you won’t receive undesired breakings in your animated illustrations.
If you have any wishes or ideas that you want me to implement, don’t hesitate to write me! I’m always happy to get some input and feedback. This will help me improve the tool!
What you get: