Your matte needs to be the same size as the sequence
I cant see very well due to a very small lcd at work but it looks like you scaled the matte down, that is causing the wrong view.
If i want to make a travelling matte (animate the mask) i nest them.
First of- thanks for the quick reply!
I didn't quite get what you suggested that happened. I didn't scale the mask layer (the title track) at all, and didn't animate it.
I scaled only the image track - the masked track.
The animation was for testing purposes for now, and I animated , again- the masked track, and not the title mask.
What do you mean by "same size as the sequence"? The time length of the mask should cover the whole timeline? (It doesn't sound right...)
I'm sorry if it's standard jargon, but I'm a rookie...
The size in pixels of the matte file (or title, if used) and its aspect ratio should match the size in pixels and the aspect ratio of the sequence settings (the setting you chose when you created the sequence). It works best when the source files also match the sequence settings.
If your sequence is e.g. 720x480 your maskbride... should also read 720x480 with the correct pixel aspect ratio.
Make your mask in the titler instead of using a jpeg.
Those very old links you gave us are from Elements, its quite a different program to Premiere Pro. Dont compare otherwise you will get in a muddle.
Yes, there did seem to be a Bug in Track Matte Keying in PrE (from at least version 4 through 8. Do not recall if it was in PrE9?), but from my testing, it never showed in PrPro.
The Effects are quite similar, but the programs are very different, and problems from one, seldom show up in the other.
Keeping everything related to PrPro is good advice.
Did I understand correctly:
The image I'm dealing with (the bride in this case) should be the same size and pixel aspect ratio as the sequence? (not the mask itself)
The mask I made is a title made inside PrPro and I didn't scale or move it (I drew the rectangle precisely where it should be on the screen), so I don't think that should be the problem...
So I can't scale images I want to apply the effect to? that sounds crazy... That's lowering the effect's strength a great deal...
In my case:
Sequence: 720X576 px pixel aspect ratio: 1.0940 (D1/DV PAL)
Bride's Image: 698X1030 px pixel aspect ratio: 1.0
So you are correct, they don't match, and I did (as I wrote) scale the image down.
So the solution would be changing it in Photoshop so it would be the right size+aspect so I won't scale it in PrPro? that doesn't sound right...
I am supposed to be able to manipulate the image in the video editting program... ain't I ? For example, if I would want to animate it getting bigger? can't I do that unrelated to the mask? how can that be? it's very limitting the effect, isn't it?
(By the way I changed the pixel aspect ratio of the image and it acts the same... it is as if I applyed the effect, it cropped the image and all the adjustments (scaling and positioning) is made on the cropped image.
So to sum it up - the matte effect works only on the default settings - I'm not allowed to animate the masked track - only the mask can be animated? (I tried - animating the title works as expected).
So there is a point in using this effect only when needed an animated mask?
Thanks a lot for all you help! (I guess I took the effect for something it is not...)
I must say I was positively surprised with the many fast responses. it's a very nicely maintained forum