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Of course it's possible, and there are half a dozen ways to do it.
The simplest is to open the titler workspace (click on the "T" on the bottom of the Monitor panel) and either type an "O" in the titler or draw a circle and, using the color tools, give it a stroke but no fill. Then position this object or letter over your son in your video.
If you're son is moving and you want to track him, you'll need to keyframe a motion for the title so that it follows him.
OK, got that, I have him circled, and the drop shadow makes him dark gray. is there a way to make the background darker (I'm assuming the answer is yes), and then make that circle light? Am I making sense?
Yes. that's called a track matte, and it's rather complicated to create.
Here's how to do it.
My explanation is for blurring a face -- but the process is the same. It's just that, instead of blurring, you want to lighten it (or darken the upper layer).
awesome, I'll try it. thanks for your quick response!
You might get some ideas from this article:
My "example" involved highlighting a moving object (football player) and list several ways to get the object to standout from the background.
I do the same thing with my son's football team. Instead of a shadow or highlight, I fade in then out a yellow circle before the play begins to get the viewer's attention. I added a link to my tutorial.
Bill, I still need to try your method. Football season is over and I've been too busy.
When you get around to it, also look for an adequate piece of footage, that I could use to create a motion tutorial to go along with the written one, please. I'll bet that you have just the right 30 sec. of football footage to work from.
Good luck to all,
I thought you already got the footage. Go to the link above and at the bottom of the page is the file "football_behind_the_back_original.avi" this should work for you.
It is 195 mb avi and is uncompressed.
I also have the final out put of my version as well.
I am looking for the FTP, in my Inbox, but am not finding it. When I last checked it, all I found was your tutorial. Please be so kind as to e-mail me again, with the FTP link. Sorry for not having found and downloaded this one already. Gotta' just be OE on my part.
infoAThuntphoto.com (replaceing "AT" with "@")
cool, nice tutorial