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Using the Effects Mask tool

From: Premiere Elements 10 Essential Training

Video: Using the Effects Mask tool

So, what if you had an interview such as the one we have here and you want to apply a mask on her face? You've seen it on TV before where they have some kind of a key witness to the murder or some celebrity that's cheating on another one and you want to mask them so you don't know exactly who it is. So, that's pretty easy to do here in Elements. Let's take a look how. So, I have this clip-- I'll just show you a little bit--- of her talking, and I want to mask her. I don't want anyone knowing who she is. So, I can right-click here on the clip, go down, remember our right-click menu, and down here it says Effects Mask, and I'm going to Apply. And what that does is it creates a duplicate of the clip, just the video only, on another layer above, and now this box here, whatever I choose to put behind it is going to be masked.

Using the Effects Mask tool

So, what if you had an interview such as the one we have here and you want to apply a mask on her face? You've seen it on TV before where they have some kind of a key witness to the murder or some celebrity that's cheating on another one and you want to mask them so you don't know exactly who it is. So, that's pretty easy to do here in Elements. Let's take a look how. So, I have this clip-- I'll just show you a little bit--- of her talking, and I want to mask her. I don't want anyone knowing who she is. So, I can right-click here on the clip, go down, remember our right-click menu, and down here it says Effects Mask, and I'm going to Apply. And what that does is it creates a duplicate of the clip, just the video only, on another layer above, and now this box here, whatever I choose to put behind it is going to be masked.

So, let's go up here, and I want to make sure I cover her face. That's looking pretty good. Let me just scroll through this, and that looks good. A person that you're masking, if they move their heads back and forth or they stand up, you have to do things like keyframe, which we'll talk about later, but on this particular one, she's sitting down talking and we're just going to mask her out. So, let me go back to frame 0, and now I'm going to go into my Edit Effects, and inside of my effects I'm going to Video Effects, and I'm going to look under the Show All, and Stylize, and let me just bring this down a little bit.

I am looking for Mosaic. So, I could have easily just typed in Mosaic here and it would have found it. So I want to make sure that this clip is selected, my mask, and here's a preview here. So, we see that's what's going to have an effect applied to. I'm going to drag it onto the clip, and now you can't see her. And we're going to edit that a little bit and clean it up a little bit. So, I'm going to go into Mosaic. And there're really only a couple of options where I can change the horizontal or the vertical blocks, so let's see what that looks like.

If I bring it all the way up, it doesn't do too much, but just a little bit. It adds a little more blockage. And then this one, if I bring it too far, it does some weird stuff. So, we're just going to leave it like about right there. And Sharp Colors bring some of the color through that make it sharp. So, if you want that kind of a look, you can. It looks like some ancient video game, but we're not going to do that. So, once again you'll see the red line. That means we might have to render this. Let's press play and see what happens. (Female speaker: It's interesting because with BDN it's a sort of duality.) So, that's not such a demanding effect, and it's only to a small area, that I don't really need to render this, but if you want to or your computer is playing slow, then you can just press the Enter button and it will render this out, but as we can see-- (Female speaker:--having youth help youth. So it's--) --we have her totally covered.

So, adding an effects mask onto your footage is easy to do in Elements 10.

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Premiere Elements 10 Essential Training

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  1. 3m 1s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. How to use the exercise files
      2m 9s
  2. 11m 10s
    1. Understanding the interface
      6m 45s
    2. An overview of the editing workflow
      4m 25s
  3. 14m 29s
    1. Creating a new project
      2m 14s
    2. Importing media
      2m 9s
    3. Capturing media
      4m 24s
    4. Managing media
      2m 44s
    5. Missing media and correctly saving projects
      2m 58s
  4. 15m 35s
    1. Sceneline or Timeline?
      2m 25s
    2. Adding, arranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      2m 2s
    3. Adding, arranging, and deleting clips in the Timeline
      3m 16s
    4. Modifying clips with the context menu
      4m 57s
    5. Rendering: What is the red bar?
      2m 55s
  5. 23m 18s
    1. Adjusting clip length in the Preview window
      2m 4s
    2. Adjusting clip length in the Sceneline
      2m 43s
    3. Adjusting clip length in the Timeline
      4m 40s
    4. Playing with time: Freeze, change speed, and duration
      6m 31s
    5. Splitting and moving clips
      2m 10s
    6. Applying transitions: Getting from scene to scene
      5m 10s
  6. 30m 17s
    1. Applying effects to clips
      3m 29s
    2. The new Pan and Zoom tool
      1m 42s
    3. Adjusting the position, scale, and rotation of clips, and creating picture-in-picture effects
      3m 35s
    4. Using the Tracker
      5m 26s
    5. Using the Effects Mask tool
      3m 1s
    6. Videomerge and Green Screen
      3m 38s
    7. Creating and using effect presets
      4m 12s
    8. Making color adjustments using effects
      5m 14s
  7. 16m 38s
    1. Understanding animation
      5m 57s
    2. Animating video effects
      3m 30s
    3. Using keyframes with motion effects
      3m 4s
    4. Working with keyframes directly in the Timeline
      4m 7s
  8. 18m 44s
    1. Recording voiceovers and narration
      3m 25s
    2. Using SmartSound for great music soundtracks
      5m 39s
    3. Applying audio effects
      2m 48s
    4. Mixing audio with SmartMixer
      6m 52s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Creating and animating text
      9m 24s
    2. Creating lower thirds
      5m 31s
    3. Using style presets and templates
      2m 55s
  10. 9m 40s
    1. The Auto-Analyzer
      2m 36s
    2. InstantMovie and themes
      4m 5s
    3. Smart Trim
      2m 59s
  11. 10m 7s
    1. Creating your first DVD
      4m 17s
    2. Creating Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, and web DVDs
      5m 50s
  12. 8m 58s
    1. Sharing your project to YouTube
      2m 36s
    2. Sharing your project to a video file
      4m 42s
    3. Sharing your project to a mobile device
      1m 40s
  13. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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