Motion Tracking in After Effects (Sci-Fi Interface)

//Motion Tracking in After Effects (Sci-Fi Interface)

Learn how to motion track inside Adobe After Effects and create Sci-Fi elements and radars from the Rocketstock Interface Pack.

Download the project file


We don’t publish After Effects tutorials that often, but when we keep it for beginners. One of the most used tools in After Effects is the motion tracker. This is a tool that allows you to track the movement of you actor. Once you understand how this technique works, you can basically assign anything to that tracking point.

In this tutorial video we’ll be using Rocketstock’s Interface, which is a pack with more than 400 Sci-Fi elements. Simply drag and drop to create your own custom designs.

You can download the the project file from the big button above and all the elements used in the video (from Rocketstock Interface) are in there as well!


The Setup

Sci-Fi Film Set

We had a lot of fun shooting a demo for the tutorial. You can get pretty creative with lighting and set dressing for a sci-fi themed scene.

We simply put up some fake walls with some black plastic around it. On here we applied some Auralex foam which we had laying around. It has a nice shape which helps to create long depth to the back. Underneath the foam we applied an LED strip, which we put on green lighting.

Further more we mostly worked with magenta lighting from the back and green lighting on the front (key light). This color contrast creates a lot of depth, which suits perfect for this sci-fi genre. To keep the sin tones natural, we’ve added some clean tungsten lighting from the front. It’s an 800W redhead with softbox as you can see in the picture above.

Motion Track

Once we had the demo clip, we could bring it into After Effects to motion track. Instead of using the automatic ‘camera tracker’, we used the manual ‘motion tracker’, which gives us more control. Tracking doesn’t always go as planned, so it’s important you keep an eye to your tracking points. Every time they move to a wrong position, stop your tracking and preposition them.

RocketStock Inferface

Featuring over 400 video elements, the Interface pack is the definitive Heads Up Display (HUD) pack. Whether enhancing futuristic videos, adding impact to corporate projects or beyond, this collection makes it easy to build your ideal HUD. With Interface, you have total creative control. Large resolution files make for seamless scalability, while in, out, and loop options allow for customized timing.

2018-04-17T14:52:09+00:00July 14th, 2017|After Effects Tutorials|17 Comments

About the Author:

Graduated in 2012 from filmschool, I immediately started as freelance cameraman for commercial work. Quickly I was noticed by educational platform Tuts+, where I made over 25 online courses about film making and video editing. Here is where the passion started for sharing my experience on Youtube since 2014.


  1. Am Elvis December 16, 2018 at 12:06 am - Reply

    Hi Jordy
    I must confess your tutorials from cinecom has really enhanced my editing and thinking skills.
    Is there a way you can be contact one on one
    Via any direct chat or social media.


  2. Tim Lowndes November 29, 2018 at 8:34 am - Reply

    There are only 3 files in the project folder Jordy. Have you taken down the full version?

    Cheers bro

  3. david July 29, 2018 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    i can’t download the proyect file :c

  4. Abdullah Yeahyea July 27, 2018 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    The project file isn’t working. It shows only 3 files

  5. Aditya April 22, 2018 at 9:13 am - Reply

    sir is their is any way to import 3D files in after effect and edit it and sir please upload more video for after effect.

  6. Darren5728 April 22, 2018 at 5:25 am - Reply

    Where did you get the sound effects? Could you give me the link, please?

    • Jordy Vandeput May 3, 2018 at 5:52 pm - Reply

      You can get them from Premiumbeat or as a free alternative.

      • Darren5728 May 13, 2018 at 12:36 pm - Reply

        I went to PremiumBeat every time but it still said: SFX Collections Coming Soon!

  7. Smile December 29, 2017 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    In China, we can’t watch Youtube videos.Is there any other way to see your videos?

    • Jordy Vandeput December 29, 2017 at 1:13 pm - Reply

      I haven’t thought about that before, but it’s indeed something we could do. Which platform would you recommend us to upload to? Youko?

      • Smile December 30, 2017 at 3:43 am - Reply

        I’m sorry to reply you so late.Oh,I guess you mean Youku? If you can upload videos to Youku,that must be a great thing.Thank you so much!

  8. Gabriel A Torres July 31, 2017 at 2:52 am - Reply

    It worked, thank you brother really appreciate the feedback.

  9. Gabriel A Torres July 29, 2017 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    Really want to use this in a video, any help would be amazing.
    Says the videos are encoded in a format no supported.

    • Jordy Vandeput July 30, 2017 at 7:29 pm - Reply

      Try installing Quicktime. That should come with the right codec.

  10. Gabriel A Torres July 29, 2017 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    The video assets don’t work.

  11. George July 17, 2017 at 3:19 am - Reply

    It’d be nice to think of us poor people that can’t afford the latest version.
    I’m on CC 2015 and the project isn’t opening up.
    All the best from sunny Scotland

    • Jordy Vandeput July 21, 2017 at 6:41 pm - Reply

      Hi George, it’s a subscription. You can just update the program to the latest version, no need to pay extra.

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