What computer operating system is your Premiere Elements 11 running on? For now I will assume some version of Windows.
Please use ChromaKey instead of a Green Screen Key.
If your image includes lips-chin-nose in one image and individually pained green and no similar color in the vicinity, after you create areas of transparency in where the green exists using ChromaKey, then you can move the lips-chin-nose image to wherever you want it in the frame. And, I assume that you would be moving the background image as well that is going to be showing through those areas of transparency?
The above are some first thoughts on what I think you asked. If I have not targeted your question, please let me know, but supply more details.
Thanks for replying AT!
I am using Mac version. Good question since I do NOT have Chromakey.
To help us along, I have uploaded a number of images from a test I did yesterday.
I am getting some results but they are imperfect.
I do believe my main issue has to do with a lack of uniform LIGHTING. As my subject's lips move, it creates shadows thus making it difficult for Elements to pick up the green.
I used Non-Red Key and then Garbage Matte to get the results that you see.
You are at a definite disadvantage with Premiere Elements Mac and the no ChromaKey or Green Screen Key. Some would encourage you to use Videomerge under those circumstances. Never preferred Videomerge for anything.
There is a Difference Matte under keying in both Premiere Elements Windows and Mac. The feedback from the Mac users has been good. Maybe give this a try in your situation and determine if helps in your task.
I suspect that the problems are the right keying tool for the job as well as the what looks like uneven application of the green makeup.
Videomerge is useless, as far as I can tell.
Turns out that Difference matte works even less successfully than Non-Red key, at least for these test shots.
The exercise that the blogger provides in that link works like a charm because the image is completely white against a green background. It works like a charm in that case!
I am going to experiment with red lipstick, more uniform lighting and more evenly applied make-up. Then perhaps Difference matte will work. If not, I'll continue with Non-Red key.
Thanks again ATR!
Thanks for the update.
I am particularly interested in Mac Non-Red key since I did not get the Windows Non-Red key to work for me in this case.
We will be watching for further developments.
Turns out, the Difference matte works extremely well!
I used lipstick (darker on lower lip since it reflects light more strongly); applied the green makeup thick and evenly; and used a mirror to ensure that there was no shadow under lower lip. I then took a photo and cropped it to only include the green makeup.
ATR, You've been such a big help. I have one more question.
Is it possible to automate rotation in Premiere Elements 11?
Thanks for the great news of success. Great creative work.
You can keyframe the Rotation property of the clip
a. At the Timeline level (clip's rubberband)
See Section on Observation and Rotation.
b. using the Rotation feature in Motion Panel expanded which is found
Applied Effects Tab
Applied Effects Palette
Motion Panel Expanded
and in the middle of the Motion Panel is the Rotation feature.
Have you gotten into keyframing properties so that the property varies across the clip rather than being
applied the same across the clip duration?
Remember, Elements Windows person here so let me know if my Elements Windows based details are in sync
with your Premiere Elements Mac workspace.
From Adobe document..
Any fine tuning of details needed, please let me know.
Thanks for the very impressive work.
Okay, got another one for you. I can't seem to get this one clip to automate scale (zoom). I've taken two screenshots. You can see how there are keyframes where they should be. And what's crazy, is that if I play the clip, there number value for the scale will go up gradually just like you think it would in light of the placement of the keyframes. But, it has NO effect, as you can see from the screenshots.
I need some perspective on this one.
Please confirm that you are referring to keyframing the Scale property (Width and Height together) for the Timeline video clip named IMG_0452.mov, essentially going from 148% to 1144% Scale.
What is the image that this specific .mov clip is supposed to contribute to the composite that we are seeing in the Edit area monitor?
At about 148% Scale, we can see clearly eyes. Whereas at about 1144%, we see what could be zoomed in image. Your zoomed in effect?
You have white dots on the clip's rubberband. What keyframes do they represent - Opacity or Scale?
Let us start here and then let us see if we can sort this out.
Yes, we are talking about the clip named IMG_0452.mov.
It is the background image, the psychedelic colored background image (behind the stars and eyes and lips).
The eyes are not the clip we are concerned with. And the only difference you noticed is that later in the clip, the eyes are closed. Lol!
Those keyframes do indeed represent Scale (if you look close enough, you can actually see the "-le" in the title, the word "Scale" having been cutoff).
Thanks for playing, ATR!
Please close the project.
Go to Users/Owner/Libraries/Application Support/Adobe/Premiere Elements/13.0
and see if you find there a file named Adobe Premiere Elements Prefs..
Remember, Elements Windows only user here...so I am going on from what I have read recollection
of where that Adobe Premiere Elements Prefs file is in the Mac. It is there somewhere. Please delete it.
Reopen your project and determine if the Scaling issue still exists.
Also, based on the screenshots, you are dealing with unrendered Timeline content. What happens if you
render the Timeline content by pressing the Render button above the Timeline? Scaling triggered after the
Just some thoughts for now.
Okay. So I closed the project. I deleted the Prefs file and I rendered the timeline. Nothing worked.
Any other ideas?
Make a copy of the problem project and for troubleshooting purposes work from the copy.
Right click the clip in the Timeline. Select Reveal in the Media. That should automatically open
Project Assets with the thumbnail for that file highlighted.
Right click the highlighted thumbnail in Project Assets, select Replace Footage, navigate to the file
saved to the computer hard drive and select it.
That should replace the file in the project but retain the original edits for the Timeline file. Worked or not?
If that was a no go, then try replacing the file with a fresh import of it and re-edit the file. Worked or not?
More later if the solution is not found short of starting a new project (unthinkable).
Replace footage did not work.
I opened a NEW project, threw a random clip on the Timeline and keyframed the Scale. It worked immediately!
So, I returned to my original project, deleted the clip in question and MANUALLY replaced it from the Project Assets.
It worked! Maybe there's a bug that won't allow you to keyframe Scale after you've done a number of edits, like stretching and color distortion like I had done. In any case, I know now to do the Scale keyframing FIRST.
Again, thank you SO much, ATR!!! You've been a big help. I'll post a link once I get the video online
Really great news and great follow through. Thanks for the update.
The remedies for this type of situation often are on an at the moment project to project creative basis.