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jennifer higgs
creating mattes/masks
on Sep 12, 2009 at 10:47:29 am

Hi,
I'm not sure what the difference between a mask and a matte is but what I want to achieve is the following. I want to create my own shape which I will use as a window through a video scene to see another scene beyond. I did this to a certain extent with making a black shape created in photoshop with a transparent background but I couldn't work out how to get the black of the shape to get replaced by the 2nd video track. As well as this I would like to achieve 2 colored & feathered edgings/rims around the 'window'. Thanks for any help you can give.
Cheers, Jenny


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Rafael Amador
Re: creating mattes/masks
on Sep 12, 2009 at 2:54:09 pm

If you use a Photoshop document with transparency, the transparent areas will be "filled" , no the solid one. To use it as a mask in FC you need to use the "Alpha Travel Matte" function.
You can just make a black and whithe document in Photoshop. The white areas will be solid in Fc, whilethe gray level will determine the transparency in FC, being the black 100% transparent.
In this case you need to set the foreground layer as "Travel Matte Luma".
More in the Biscardi's tutorial about mattes and masks here in the forum.
Cheers,
rafael.

http://www.nagavideo.com


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jennifer higgs
Re: creating mattes/masks
on Sep 16, 2009 at 3:30:19 am

Thanks guys. This has been helpful. Its a whole new world of learning. Can't quite understand why you offer this service for free but so glad you do. Look forward to more. Thanks again. Jenny.


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David Roth Weiss
Re: creating mattes/masks
on Sep 12, 2009 at 3:18:54 pm

Here is the tutorial Rafael mentioned.

http://library.creativecow.net/articles/biscardi_walter/FCPTravelMat1.php

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