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Geoff Boneham
display video within a shape ?
on Sep 4, 2011 at 12:56:30 am

Hi All,

Im sure this is a simple overlay or mask or something like that...

What im trying to achieve is to overlay a video over a giant number 4.

The video should play within the number 4 shape as a skin/layer.

Pls excuse my an after effects beginner, who has only really dabbled with modifying templates.

Thanks in Advance !!!


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Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Re: display video within a shape ?
on Sep 4, 2011 at 8:44:33 am

It should be as easy as masking out the footage in the shape of the 4.
But, if the 4 moves then you need to track the footage on top of it, so you need tracking.... hard to be more specific without knowing details.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist

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ben g unguren
Re: display video within a shape ?
on Sep 4, 2011 at 1:25:50 pm

The other primary way to do this, other than using masks, is to use a "track matte" -- more specifically, an "alpha matte." Here's how you do it:

LAYER 1: a large number 4 (make it in photoshop, illustrator, or with AE's text tool)

LAYER 2: your video

If you press the F4 key you'll toggle between showing a bunch of check boxes with each layer, and a couple of drop boxes with each layer. The drop box to the right is for Track Mattes. For the VIDEO layer (layer 2), click the Track Matte drop box and choose the "Alpha Matte" option.

Immediately, LAYER 1 is hidden (eyeball turned off), and LAYER 2 is "cut out" to match wherever LAYER 1 had been visible. Adjust the position of LAYER 1 and you'll see it updates where LAYER 2 is visible. Scale, rotate, reposition LAYER 2 and you'll see it moving within the shape of the 4.

Ben Unguren
Motion Graphics & Editing

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Todd Kopriva
Re: display video within a shape ?
on Sep 4, 2011 at 6:32:29 pm

Here's more on track mattes.

Todd Kopriva, Adobe Systems Incorporated
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