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AE masking

Posted: Mon, 19th May 2003, 5:14pm

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cotsosdel

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i would like to ask anybody knows how i can mask a character in after effects to apply a separate filter.For instanse i want in a two persons scene to mask the one and apply on him a film effect filter in B/W with scratches etc.Please someone tell me if this could be possible and how in a short help guide to have an idea.


Thank you very much.
Posted: Mon, 19th May 2003, 6:15pm

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b4uask30male

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ok
2 layers
both the same scene starting at the same time

now click on mask and go around the person you want to change with fx.
i suggest adding some feathering ( all done within the mask popup screen )
if your actor moves you will need to select the time ( thingy ) to allow the mask to move each frame ( otherwise it will stay where you leave it and you actor will move out of the mask )
then add your effect for the layer and it's done.

i can do screen shoots if needed

( alot of masking this way, maybe someone knows an easier way )
Posted: Mon, 19th May 2003, 6:54pm

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danmec

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i think thats probably the best way. plenty of indepth tutorials on www.creativecow.com . (by the way B4uask, the time thingy is turning on keyframes lol )

dan
Posted: Mon, 19th May 2003, 7:40pm

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Aculag

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Here's exactly what you want, minus the black and white.

http://www.csb-digital.com/alamdv/community/forums/viewtopic.php?t=7627&highlight=
Posted: Mon, 19th May 2003, 9:05pm

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cotsosdel

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thank you but i would like some photo examples if that's not a big trouble
Posted: Mon, 19th May 2003, 9:28pm

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Aculag

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Go for it, B4.
Posted: Tue, 20th May 2003, 6:41am

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b4uask30male

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Here is a tutorial ( not very good but you get the basics ) with pictures


Select the footage you want, but select it twice.
then drag each one across to the window
this will give you 2 layers, and will show up down the bottom as 2 layers
http://sg.toson.net/a1.jpg

ok
now you need to add a mask around the top layer ( the footage )
drag the edges of the mask to go around the person you need.
Because the picture ( layer2 ) is the same as layer 1, this can be a little tricky getting the mask around your person, if the mask has not got enough dot ( move points ) you can add more masks
http://sg.toson.net/a2.jpg


Next you need to select the time ( thingy ) wink to do this
click on the layer at the bottom of the screen where the title is.
you will see an arrow shape, click on it, and it will push down some more bits, the bits will say transform and masks
now click the mask arrow and it will bring down the mask features, there are little circles, select them all, this will now allow you to move the timeline and the mask will move ( if you change it per frame ) if you don't click on the little circles (clocks) then each frame the mask will stay the same.
http://sg.toson.net/a3.jpg


Ok now select the effect you want, ( the same clocks apply for transform and any effects, so you can move them over time. )
now just move along frame by frame adjusting the mask around the actor.
http://sg.toson.net/a4.jpg

if anything is unclear let me know ( proberly all of it cry )