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Let's say that I want to have two windows on this footage instead of just one. If I want to draw a second mask, I can reselect my mask shape tool and start dragging, but I'm rather blind as to what I'm dragging here. I can go ahead and hold the Spacebar to reposition a mask, but you know there is a better way, and that better way is to edit my mask shapes in the Layer panel. So I'm going to undo to get rid of my second shape, and double-click my layer to open it up in its dedicated Layer panel. That way I get to see just as footage with no distractions of external layers, any effects, any scaling.
I can focus just what I'm working on. The View popup defaults to looking at masks, which is what I want. Also, the Render option defaults to on. This means that it actually going to cut out my footage. However, if I want to see the entire clip and just the mask outline, I'll turn off Render and now I get to see the whole clip and now it's much easier to go ahead and select around an additional object I might want to mask out. There I've used the rounded rectangle, which was previously selected. I can undo and change my tool to something like the Ellipse tool and drag that out.
Draw my layer, hold the Spacebar to reposition a mask, release, and there is my second shape. Click Render, turn Render off, there is my whole footage. I go back to my Comp panel. I will now see this footage in context with my cutout layer revealing portions on my background layer behind it. Turn off my mask outline and now I get to see the footage with a nice clean mask edge.
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