Animate models within live action
I don't know if this is the correct forum, if not please forgive. I posed this issue in adobe's after effects forum and a couple of guys acted like I came over to kick sand in their vaginas. Made me feel really stupid. You all are much more civil.
Here's what I'm wondering is possible: I want to animate a hovering 3D robot within a live action scene. I found some instruction on opening the model in Photoshop Extended and saving a format that allows me to import as 3D file into AE. I would assume that I could make the live action a 3D layer and move this model around in 3D space within the live action.
My question, though, may or may not involve some degree of motion tracking. It's revolutionized the way I storyboard my projects. I love the concept of putting an object into the scene and locking it down. But this is different. I want to put that object into the scene but animate movement to interact with the shot. One suggested I don't use AE at all for this and do everything in my 3D software (which is Carrara 8 Pro). But I'm not seeing how that is possible. I thought I would be going the other direction and doing the animation within AE with keyframes or something.
I know I'm over-simplifying the work involved but, surely I'm not the only person who wants to do this type of shot. How would you approach it?
If it won't work, I'm bummed because part of my movie has a monster who is stalking characters in live action sequences.