I have footage from a drone, and there's a rather unsightly floating thing that I'd like to remove. I've heard that one could export this video as frames and use Photoshop's built in "Content-Aware" function to remove an object like this, but there's quite a few frames to work with here (and it's a rather complex object), so it doesn't seem completely feasible to do just that.

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Here's a link to a GIF: Hosted on Imgur

I'd like to know if there's an easier way to do this (Maybe via plugins if necessary). Any help would be very much appreciated.

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    Welcome George :) "Content-Aware" for every frame isn't a option since the algorithm produces a different solution per frame. I'd recommend to track this part of the image and replace it by a part next to it (left or right or should give best results, because of the camera movement and the floating sea).
    – p2or
    Oct 8, 2015 at 15:18

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Can I suggest that you try Davinci Resolve for this? It's free, and has a fantastic "clone stamping"-style tool, called Node Sizing - see "Example 2: Using Node Sizing to duplicate a windowed area of an image to cover a blemish" p638 in the manual: http://software.blackmagicdesign.com/DaVinciResolve/docs/DaVinci_Resolve_11_Manual_June_2014.pdf

It allows you to clone one region of a video over another, and to feather the edges. You can track the positions of moving items too - it's remarkably effective.

Update: After Effects now has content aware fill for video: https://helpx.adobe.com/after-effects/using/content-aware-fill.html

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