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Newbie question on masking in a AE/PP workflow

Sep 15, 2013 1:27 PM

Hi all,


First let me say that I'm just starting to use AE. I've done everything in PP so far but I think I might have reached the creative wall and need to integrate AE into my workflow.


I'm thinking that what I want to do is a combo of the 2 but not sure which will do what.


This is what I'm trying to do:


Video running on the first layer.

On top of that I want a black mask so that only a circle of the video shows in the center.

On top of the black circle mask I want to run other animations, graphics and video that have a transparent mask to reveail the circle of video below.

It's a music video and the circle maks will run the entore legnth of the video with numerous cuts to both the black mask overlays and the main video belwow.

As you'll see the screenshot I want the black areas to fil with these other clips in different blending modes..

How would you do this?

Thanks for your help!!!


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    Sep 15, 2013 2:50 PM   in reply to mspygmy

    I've done something similar to this in Premiere Pro by creating a black layer with a hole in it in Photoshop then using that layer on top in Premiere. With the video under it in Premiere it will play similar to what you have in the picture. I'm not sure what other effects you want but this will handle the video.

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    Sep 15, 2013 6:53 PM   in reply to mspygmy

    ae hole mask snip.PNG

    hope this is what you are looking for I put a black solid layer on top. Then used the elipse tool to draw a circle mask on that layer, put the video layer under it and used the settings in the image.

    Then put the other video on top of the black solid layer and copy the mask portion of that layer and paste it on to the top video layer. Now you should have a video playing on top with a hole cut down to the bottom video also playing at the same time.


    ae hole mask snip 2.PNG

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