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Using the Tracker

From: Premiere Elements 10 Essential Training

Video: Using the Tracker

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.

Using the Tracker

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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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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