Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Cloning and tracking objects in a scene, part of Editing with Composites and Effects in Avid Media Composer.
The Clone parameter within the Paint Effect allows you to draw shapes in your video and then clone areas to be pasted in other areas. I think it's one of the most useful tools within the Paint Effect. So we have a rocket blasting off here and I would like to have two rockets blasting off. So I want to basically take all of the pixels in here and copy them over here. And I can do that with the Clone parameter within the Paint Effect. So I'm going to go over to the Effect palette, Image > Paint Effect, and drag it on.
And let's go ahead and draw a shape around our rocket with the Polygon tool. And what I'm going to do is actually track that. We examined tracking in the AniMatte chapter, and you can do it within the Paint Effect as well. So I'm going to turn on the Tracking tool. And we want to track the rocket. Again, you want to put it on an area of high contrast so it can grab on. And let's go ahead and start the tracker.
So you want that yellow cross to stay in the same area, so that we can attach our paint shape to that, because right now it's creating very important tracking data. And we're going to be able to very easily just make our paint shape go right where that tracking data says to go. Okay, so it looks like a little yellow blob but it's actually very important, all of that tracking data. So I want to select my shape, and then twirl down my Tracking parameter, and select the first tracker.
Again, you can put up to four trackers on the same object. And let's just see how it did. (video playing) It's keeping up with it fairly well, but we just need to kind of change the shape of it at the very end. And I'm going to double-click inside of here to get some reshaping tools.
And it's hard to see, so I'm going to change my Mode from Solid to Outline, and see my rocket a little bit better. So, let's see if it stays with it. So, that works out pretty well. Very good! So now that I have tracked my rocket, I want to put another one right next to it. So I'm going to select both keyframes, and I am going to change my Mode to Clone.
And then all I'm going to do is move it over to the right. I'm going to double-click to get my tool that I can move with, and here we go! So we should have two side-by-side rockets now, and let's see how it looks. (video playing) All right. Pretty good! Now I think I neglected to put some Feathering on those two shapes, but it actually looks pretty decent.
And I think we've got our side by side twin rocket ships, thanks to Clone.
- Introducing compositing
- Pulling chroma keys with SpectraMatte
- Animating a chroma key
- Working with luma keys using the 3D Luma Keyer
- Masking out part of an image with the AniMatte effect
- Using AniMatte effects as transitions
- Using alpha channels in keys
- Creating a title sequence using a layered Photoshop file
- Changing the color or characteristics of an area inside the video frame using the Paint effect
- Writing words with the Brush tool
- Cloning and tracking objects
- Removing scratches and artifacts