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No, you can't apply the Track Matte to two layers at the same time, Roy.
In fact, I'm not sure -- because of the way Track Mattes work -- that you'll be able to do what you want to do.
According to a Premiere Pro sample I saw on the web, the track matte is only applied to one layer (the video) layer. The duplicate text layer (for the shadow or outline effect) is placed below the video track. So the track layout would look like this.
Video2 video + track matte
Video1 duplicate title.
But in PE4 the track matte only works when the video is on video1 and the title is on video2. As soon as I move them up, the track matte isn't working any more.
Sometimes the track matte works and sometimes it doesnot.
Regardless which track. I can see the matte correct in the thumbnail but not in the monitor.
Yes, as Ann says the track matte in PE is and has always been flaky. I generally do a seperate project for the track matte effect I want to create, then export it as a DV-AVI and use it in the main project.
If I'm not the only one it must be some kind of bug and probably won't be fixed until PE5. :-(
Can you export as a DV-AVI and import into a new project and apply the track matte again?
I read some other articles about this issue. The general advice is to create a new project and setup the tracks before applying the track matte. Then apply the track matte as the last step. And this works (at least for me!). Then export this porject and import in the excisting project.
It would be nice if you could choose the color of the title shadow yourself and not be limited to the preset styles. Shouldn't be that har dto implement for Adobe.....
Hi Peru, if you export as a DV-AVI you can reapply the track matte to the clip... you can not "break apart" the imported clip... it will be the same as any other clip that you import.