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So you have a nice clip with your subject moving across the screen and you would really love to attach something to it, maybe some text or an arrow pointing which way they're going, or even a piece of video or a clipart-- whatever you'd like. Well, Elements is great and lets you do this. So I have this piece of footage of this boat cruising across the water here, and I need to let it know to watch out for whales, so I might attach some text to it. But first I want to track, so I'm going to go here and select the clip and go to this little icon and choose Motion Tracking mode.
Now it's going to pop up this window to ask you if you want to run the Auto Analyzer to track moving objects. Well, Adobe Elements lets you do a lot of things automatically, and that's pretty cool, but when you're tracking something, what this will do is it will track the boat right here; it'll probably track the buoy, if it's moving at all; definitely the birds will have so many tracking points it will be ridiculous. So, on this particular one we are going to say no. So this brings up the Tracking mode window. And now I need to add an object, so I am going to click here to add a new object, and we get this little box that has got four circles. And yes, I know what you are thinking.
They look like anchor points. Well, they are not anchor points. They are track points. So we are going to select one, move it over. And when you track something, you really want to find something that's noticeable, like the red here or the house over here, something that's stable, that's in throughout the shot, and the tracker can really pick up on. So I am going to start here, I am going to go for the red, and we will just move this over, and we are going to go start from there and track the red. Now, one thing you need to keep in mind when you are tracking. You need to be at 0, so make sure you are at the beginning of your movie.
And now, I am just going to click on Track Object and we are done. So let's take a look at how that looks. So, not bad. It's following it along, stretching out a little bit. It's not too bad of a track. Okay, so let's stop that, and let's go back. And you know what? I really want it to have a better track and I am going to try and track the whole sail, so I am going to go back into Tracking mode, click No again, and anytime you have a track that you want to get rid of--and this actually will show you why we didn't run Auto Analyzer because we would have had a ton of these little yellow boxes.
So I select the box, and it turns blue, I right-click, and I choose Delete Selected Object. Now it's gone and we have no more tracks, so we are going to start from scratch. So I am going to add an object, and this time I'm going to the whole sail. I will go here. Make it as tight as you can. So we will do that. Now I am going to track this. And the tracker actually moves pretty quickly. And now we are done, and let's see what it looks like.
That's pretty good. It's really capturing the whole essence of the sail there. So it's moving along with it really well, not too many fluctuations. I am feeling comfortable with attaching something to that. So let's attach some text. So I am going to go back here. I am going to click on the T for the Default Text tool. Now don't worry about this. We are going to cover text in a later lesson. Just don't even pay attention to me making this text right now. So I am just going to write "Watch for whales!" And I am going to make this a little bit smaller, and now I am going to go back into the Timeline and I am going to select this Watch for whales! text and I am going to delete it, so it's not even there.
But if you look into the Project panel, it's still there. It says Title2, and I can change name to whales by selecting it. And now I am going to go back into the Tracker panel by selecting my clip, choosing Motion Tracking mode again, No, and I see this is where my track is. So I am going to make sure I am at 0, and I am going to go into my Project panel, click on the whales, hold and drag, and let go. What do I want it to say? "Watch for whales!"? Yes, I do.
So click OK and now it's part of that. So I can actually just click and hold it and move it behind the boat, and it's a little bit small in the viewer, but I will make it a little bit bigger and we will see what happens. So now I keyframed it, I press play, and this is one of those instances where we've provided a ton of data to the computer and it is just not processing in real time, even though we've got a pretty quick computer here.
So I am going to clean this up a little bit by dragging the ends, so let me press Enter, and we will render that out. Okay, so we are done, and now you can see the boats cruising along and the text, Watch for whales! is following it. So you can add all kinds of fun things to your projects and attach them to moving objects within the videos, all in Elements 10.
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