4 Replies Latest reply on Oct 20, 2009 4:57 AM by gelocks

    How to mix 2 video feeds like...


      Hello guys and gals.


      I'm not an owner yet of Adobe After Effects but I just learned that you can actually mix 2 feeds into one like the following:




      Question is, is there a step by step on how to do that?

      Is it difficult?

      I would definitely buy this piece of software if it's easy to do (I mean, I know it will take time -- as a newbie music editor still using Cubase SX3 -- but is it doable?)


      Any comments or suggestions feel free to comment.


      Thanks! ;-)

        • 1. Re: How to mix 2 video feeds like...
          Mylenium Most Valuable Participant

          You mean you and yourself on the sofa? You don't need AE for that. A free video processing app like VirtualDub can do that, assuming there's enough spacial separation to provide a clean edge in the middle. As for the rest - why not simply try? Adobe offer trial versions of all their products and while the install may be a pain in the neck at times, those 30 days should siufficiently allow you to get a feel for everything, especially when you follow the extended links from the online help to a selection of tutorials and additional helpful pages.



          • 2. Re: How to mix 2 video feeds like...
            gelocks Level 1

            So, it's basically 2 videos but one is cut in the middle and the other one is superimposed on it and shows what's left?

            Still, how would you be able to do that in After Effects or Virtual Dub?




            • 3. Re: How to mix 2 video feeds like...
              Andrew Yoole MVP & Adobe Community Professional

              In After Effects you would use a Mask to isolate the foreground mandolin-guy.


              But as Mylenium said, After Effects is potentially overkill if you just want it do what's seen in your example.  Most non-linear editing applications (like Premiere Pro) offer masking tools.


              If the foreground guy's mandolin moved in front of the guitar guy, however, that would become a much more difficult masking situation - each frame would need to be "traced" with the mask, essentially cutting him out.  That's where After Effects would be the better tool for the job.

              • 4. Re: How to mix 2 video feeds like...
                gelocks Level 1

                So Premiere Pro will do the same thing and is cheaper?

                Also, is the correct method of doing this called "masking"?

                (I'm a complete n00b which is why I asked if it's difficult to do or which tools to use -- still haven't received a specific answer for that though.. :-( )