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Using the clone stamp tool with video
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Adobe® After Effects® 6.0 includes a clone stamp tool, similar to the clone stamp tool in Adobe Photoshop®, that allows you to paint an area of one video frame into another. You can use the clone stamp tool to easily fix such problems as removing powerlines, mike booms, and other unwanted elements from a sequential series of frames.
You can reference a single frame as your clone source or set the clone source to advance in time. You can paint the same pixels each time you click the mouse or you can paint more of the source frame. And, you are not limited to painting in the same layer—once you’ve set your source point, you can paint any other layer in a composition.
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Import a motion footage file.

In a new project file, import a motion footage file. You can use any movie file or sequence of still images that After Effects supports. Drag the footage file to the Composition icon in the Project window to create a new composition with same dimensions and duration as the file.

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Apply the clone stamp tool.

In the Composition window, double-click the footage to open it in the Layer window, which appears as a new tab in the Composition window. Select Auto Open Palettes, and then select the clone stamp tool in the Tools palette.

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Choose a brush tip.

When Auto Open Palettes is selected in the Tools palette, the Brush Tips palette and the Paint palette appear. You can use any preset brush tip with the clone stamp tool or create your own tip by adjusting and saving the brush tip properties. To change the brush values, drag the underlined value. You can resize your brush tip as you draw by pressing Ctrl (Windows) or Command (Mac OS).

The Paint palette contains two options that are specifically for use with the clone stamp tool. For now, make sure that both options are deselected. Choose Constant from the Duration menu so that each clone stroke appears on all subsequent frames.

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