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Todd Segal
Parenting a matte to a null object.
on Dec 12, 2010 at 12:35:05 am

Is it possible to parent the position and rotation of a matte to a null object?


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Parenting a matte to a null object.
on Dec 12, 2010 at 1:27:08 am

Sure. You can parent any layer to a null... including nulls themselves.

I don't exactly understand what you mean by the term, "matte", but if it's a layer, yeah.

Dave LaRonde
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KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Jesse Toula
Re: Parenting a matte to a null object.
on Dec 12, 2010 at 6:03:18 pm

If you are referring to a 'mask', then no. Masks are a series of points, each with different position coordinates. This also means they do not have a rotation property. So there is no way to simply parent the mask to the null.

However, you can create the 'mask' on a separate layer, then parent the layer to the null and use it as a 'matte'.

Jesse Toula


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Michael Szalapski
Re: Parenting a matte to a null object.
on Dec 14, 2010 at 6:47:52 pm

Here's info on Track Mattes. I would do as Jesse suggests and put the mask on another layer, parent that layer to your null, and use it as a track matte.

Here's a tutorial for an alternate method of getting a mask to follow a subject.

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