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Chris Arthur
How do I show second layer of video through masked area of top video?
on Apr 30, 2018 at 6:34:13 pm

I am new to this forum and thought maybe someone would be able to help me. I would consider myself to be an intermediate user of After Effects but I have not worked much with masks and when I have the concept has always confused me.

I have a locked down shot of a log cabin and I want to be able to mask the windows and then composite a layer of fire behind it so that it looks like the fire is burning inside the cabin. What is the best way to go about this? I just can't seem to get the layers set up properly to achieve my goal. Thanks in advance for your help.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: How do I show second layer of video through masked area of top video?
on Apr 30, 2018 at 7:23:22 pm

Make your masks to cut out the windows. Put the fire layers UNDER the cabin layer in the timeline.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Chris Arthur
Re: How do I show second layer of video through masked area of top video?
on Apr 30, 2018 at 8:19:57 pm

Thanks Dave! So simple but masks are my Achilles heel in After Effects. Any recommendations that point me to a an in depth, comprehensive tutorial or set of lessons on masks would be helpful if anyone knows of any. The tutorials I've been able to find are not detailed enough.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: How do I show second layer of video through masked area of top video?
on Apr 30, 2018 at 8:30:54 pm

I'll point you to the AE Basics tutorials done by Andrew Devis, right here on the COW. They're for AE CS6, but don't let that throw you -- this stuff hasn't changed in... well, decades.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Chris Arthur
Re: How do I show second layer of video through masked area of top video?
on May 1, 2018 at 4:41:26 pm

Thanks but I am beyond the basics. I am having trouble finding more in depth tutorials. I have gone through quite a few basic AE tuts. I do appreciate your help though.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: How do I show second layer of video through masked area of top video?
on May 1, 2018 at 5:21:28 pm
Last Edited By Dave LaRonde on May 1, 2018 at 5:40:58 pm

Well, you wanted help in learning the ins & outs of masking.
That's what you'll get with these tutorials.
Just because the name of the series is "AE Basics" doesn't mean it's ONLY about the basics -- you can learn about using Text Animators properly, for example.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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