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You might be happier with the 16 point garbage matte, or move over to After Effects to animate a mask.
Thanks Steven. I was afraid that I could not. I tried using the 16 point garbage matte, but I had a very difficult time figuring how it works. It was as though the matte was shifted from where I put the points.
I guess AE is the best way for me to accomplish what I need to do. Thanks.
I don't know why your matte shofted, but nonetheless, with AE you can use Bezier curves anyway.
I am at the beginning of the learning curve of creating a traveling matte using the titler. You are further down the road and may be able to help. The manual says "Use the Title window to create text ... save the title and then import the file as your matte". Well I've created the title - and saved it in the normal way. How then do I import it as a matte? Eventually the title will have motion.
You nominate the track for the mask when you apply the Track Matte effect to the base track of the composite pair.
So put your title on one track, apply the Track Matte effect to the content track and nominate the title track as the source for the mask, and with a few more steps you can get from the manual/help, away you go.
In CS3, you can then animate the mask directly. In earlier PPro you had to nest it in another sequence.
Many thanks David. I can get it to work fine except for one key point. I have an opening shot (Video 1) overlaid by Title 1(on Video 3). The title dissolves to Title 2 (on Video 4). This will be my mask through which you can see the second clip (on Video 2). The problem now is that I want this second title to zoom towards you until the screen is filled with the second clip. I can get it to crawl or roll of course - but zoom or other motion is ineffective. Am I clutching at straws ? I am using V 7.0
>I am using V 7.0
IIRC, you must nest the mask in another sequence, then animate the sequence.
Ah! That's what comes from asking Premiere Pro 1 questions on a Premiere Pro CS3 forum! There's a separate forum for earlier versions.
Never mind - the answer is simple enough.
You need to take your moving title and put it into a separate sequence. Do the animation in that sequence and put the nested sequence in the main sequence in place of the simple title.
You may find it easier to put a copy of the underlying video in the side sequence as well and disable the non-title track after you have set it all up as you want it before using the sequence as the mask for a track matte.