I am wondering if "Ghosting" effects like the one in this video are available in any Open Source software, like Blender.

Premiere Pro seem to call it "ghosting" while Final Cut Pro seems to call it "Ghost Trails".

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To my knowledge, there is no Open Source tool with a built-in feature for producing that ghosting effect. However, I believe there exist the necessary tools for you to create the effect yourself.

Breaking down what's happening, it looks like the effect consists of:

  • Freezing and extracting the skater from the background at certain moments
  • Animating those freeze frames to track with the camera movement

There are Open Source tools to do just that.

  • Rotoscoping to extract the skater from still frames (Gimp or Blender)
  • Motion Tracking (Blender) to animate those stills to match camera motion
  • Compositing (Blender) to put it all together
  • Thanks. I did send you the bounty but will keep the question open in the hope some day some open source software will support this feature out of the box. - So long i have to learn a bit more about blender. May 5, 2017 at 3:08
  • I'd like to see more ready-to-use features like this, too. I'm hopeful that will happen as the open source software in this area matures. Right now Blender is an incredibly powerful program--in many ways able to go toe-to-toe with industry heavyweights--but it often feels like with Blender you're given a million free LEGO bricks, and no instructions.
    – Sean
    May 5, 2017 at 15:40

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