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Spot Clone

VFX Spot Clone TrackerSPOT CLONE TRACKER

Fast, simple spot cleanup and object removal with a built-in tracker.

 

 

 

 


Getting Started

  • Drag the Spot Clone Tracker effect onto your clip.
  • If another source will be used for covering Spot Clone's area, bring it into the timeline as well.

Modify the Effect

  • Enable Overlay toggles the sampling reticles and area controls on and off over the frame.
  • Overlay has an option for showing Wireframes & Tracking Preview when working with the plugin, or just Wireframes Only (Faster Tracking), which decreases preview render times and is useful for setting up and configuring the tracker positions.
  • My Footage Is contains options that help Spot Clone Tracker determine how best to sample, track, and blend its areas. Select Video, Log, or Linear depending on whichever footage type is getting worked with.
  • Spot contains parameters that adjust the spot position, shape, and scale. Note that each of these parameters (with the exception of Spot Wireframe and Spot Rotate) are linked to the sampling area as well.
    • Spot Wireframe defines the color of the spot's target reticle.
    • Track Spot configures how the spot's area is tracked:
      • Position tracks a spot's position based off the horizontal and vertical axis.
      • Position & Scale tracks a spot's position based off the horizontal, vertical, and Z axis. Useful for tracking positions moving to and from the camera.
      • Position, Scale & Rotation tracks a spot's position based on all axis, including any rotations.
    • Playback Controls

      • Standard tracker playback controls, including First Frame (), Previous Frame (), Next Frame () and Last Frame (). Use these to monitor the tracker position.
    • Spot Center, Spot Size, and Spot Rotate are all basic controls for adjusting the positioning, scale, and rotation of the spot position.
    • Spot Shape is a keyframeable parameter for animating adjustments to the spot shape. Shape adjustments are animated between keyframes, affecting both the Spot and Cloned areas.

      The shape animates its boundaries based on the keyframes set for Spot Shape.
    • Feather adjusts dithering around the area's sample.
  • Spot Options
    • Method contains presets on how frame information is transferred between the sampled and masked areas. Each preset modifies other parameters in this subsection, which can be adjusted based on preference (resulting in the Custom option).
      • Repair respects the masked area's original colors, while overlaying the sampled area's texture and darker information.
      • Clone is a 1:1 duplication of the area sampled onto the area masked.
      • Texture Repair attempts to clone only the texture information from the sampled area (darker areas), and merge its colors in with the masked area.
      • Fill ignores the sampled area and fills the masked area with whatever color is at its center.
    • Match Spot Color controls how much of the masked area's color is retained.
    • Unify Clone Colors adjusts blending of colors shared between the sampled and masked areas based off their luminosity.
    • Texture defines how much of the darker, textured areas of the sampled section carry over to the masked area.
    • Add Noise brings in an optional noise overlay to help blend the sharpness of the masked area.
    • Spot Opacity adjusts the transparency of the masked area.
    • Respect Alpha toggles whether areas containing alpha information are masked over (enabled) or not (disabled).
  • Clone From
    • Clone From Layer allows you to select which layer to sample from. When None is selected, the tool samples from whatever layer it's applied to.
    • Clone From Wireframe defines the color of the sample area's target reticle.
    • Track Clone From configures how the sampled area is tracked:
      • Position tracks the sample area's position based off the horizontal and vertical axis.
      • Position & Scale tracks the sample area's position based off the horizontal, vertical, and Z axis. Useful for tracking positions moving to and from the camera.
      • Position, Scale & Rotation tracks the sample area's position based on all axis, including any rotations.
    • Playback Controls
      • Standard tracker playback controls, including First Frame (), Previous Frame (), Next Frame () and Last Frame (). Use these to monitor the tracker position.
    • Set Clone From Point defines where the sampled area's position is parented to the masked area (With X/Y Offset), or if it works independently (Explicitly). Both options work in conjunction with parameters below.
      • Clone From Center provides coordinates and controls for where the sampled area is in the frame when Explicitly is selected for Set Clone From Point.
      • X Offset and Y Offset dictate where the sampling area is positioned in relation to the masked area when With X/Y Offset is selected for Set Clone From Point.
    • Match Spot Size toggles whether the sampling area always matches the masked area.
      • Clone From Size controls the size of the sampling area when Match Spot Size is disabled.
      • Clone From Rotate adjusts the rotation of the sample taken.
      • Flip Horizontally and Flip Vertically toggle whether the sample is flipped on its horizontal or vertical axis.
  • Rendering Options
    • Render on Transparent toggles whether the layer the effect is applied to only shows its output (enabled) or the entire layer.
    • Render Method switches between utilizing the GPU resources or CPU resources for rendering an output. GPU tends to be faster but less stable on less robust systems, while CPU is more stable with longer rendering times.