I have a video of a static background with a spider which is the only moving element.

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The spider is going forward for a few seconds, then the video stops.

I want to summarize the video into a single image where the background doesn't change, but where we see each frame of the spider going forward, like a superposition. Something that I can illustrate with the following image:

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I understand that I will probably need to downsample my video to a few frames, but I don't know how to do the rest. If needed I can put a green background like: (but I'd prefer not to)

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EDIT: This is the kind of results that I am looking for

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    You ned to look for something about "image stacking"
    – tomh
    Commented May 15, 2021 at 12:47

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You'll need to separate the spider from the background somehow. Then you can stack successive images of the spider on top of the initial background, and the previous spider image frames.

here's an ascii art representation


So on the first frame we see the BG with the first Spider frame composited above it. This frame is held, then on the next frame we add spider frame 2 and hold, then on the next spider frame 3 is added, and so on.

How you actually achieve this depends on the software you're using.

  • I can do it manually but actually I'd like to automatize it as much as possible. I can use softwares like Photoshop, Premiere, After Effect if needed. Commented May 18, 2021 at 9:15
  • You can script AE with extendscript to do this ae-scripting.docsforadobe.dev
    – stib
    Commented May 19, 2021 at 2:26

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