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brad hebert
Should I use a travel matte?
on May 2, 2012 at 6:46:37 pm

I'm a Final Cut expert, but motion graphics noob.

I have a scene where I've inserted graphics on a wall. An actor walks by the camera and I'd like to have him walk in front of the graphics I have inserted. Is the best way to do that to create a travelling matte for him as he walks by and make a layer with him above the graphics?

I'm not sure if rotoscoping should be used (or even exactly what the term means).

Could you help steer me toward the technique I should use. And do you know if there is a tutorial for something similar?

Any help is appreciated!

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Dave LaRonde
Re: Should I use a travel matte?
on May 2, 2012 at 7:07:48 pm

If you have good footage, you might be able to use a Difference Matte:

You can probably build a clean plate for this out of existing footage if you didn't shoot one.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA

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