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If I have already modeled, rendered, and animated a fish, and I had video footage of a person walking in the park, and I'd like to make a new video with the fish appearing alongside that person, can anyone give me a head start or a general idea on how I can go about accomplishing that?

We see CGI being used in movies all the time, and I know those 3D models started from software like Maya. But I haven't the foggiest idea at this point on how to incorporate my byproducts in an actual video. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.
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by:Dan Craciun
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Didn't do film editing for awhile, but I don't think it changed much.

Export you fish sequence as a TARGA sequence, with transparency.

Then use something like Adobe After Effects to import the sequence and place it on your footage. The procedure is quite simple and you can do it in minutes.

Synchronizing the fish with the person... that might take longer.

HTH,
Dan
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I do use After Effects, and I do know I can import a sequences of images. But Maya doesn't seem to have an Export Animation clip to a series of images. I say this because the output file types are either binary or some other types I do not recognize.

I don't really need exact details at this point, but I was just trying to get a "feel" of how it's done. I realize you're most likely not using Maya, but is this the typical way animation sequences are used in videos, as exported separate image files?
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Dan Craciun earned 500 total points
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This was the typical workflow about 5-6 years ago, and I doubt it changed.

I worked in 3ds Max, but I'm sure Maya has the ability to export your animation as an image sequence.

There is a (longer than needed) clip on youtube about Maya export options for using your animation into After Effects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KIldobDJbw
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You're right. I'm new to Maya and had just gone through the Modeling and Rendering aspects, and I asked this question out of curiosity before I got to the Animation part. I never expected image sequences to be the way things are done, but you're right. I was able to find the part of Maya that exports animation sequences to images (under Render Settings) as opposed to the Export function.

Thanks for your help.
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