I have four videos each on their on layer, in sync with each other.. Each video varies slightly and I want to have each composite frame show one of the corresponding video layer frames randomly.. For instance, frame 0 would show frame 0 from a random video layer (1-4), frame 1 would show frame 1 from a random video layer (1-4), etc.. How can I do this?
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I assume the 4 layers are full frame so they cover each other?
Perhaps you can trying this:
Apply the Strobe Light effect on the 3 uppermost layers.
Set the strobe duration = 0.04 sec (1 frame in PAL)
Set the strobe period = 0.16, 0.20 and 0.25 sec (different for each layer)
Set the strobe to "Make Layer Transparent".
This will make each layer appear for one frame (0.04 sec) and disappear for 3,4 or 5 frames (depending on what you set as the strobe period.
The frames are not truly random but will give that impression because the strobe period is slightly different for each layer.
You can also animate the strobe period for each layer so that the particular layer appears more frequently or less frequently over time.