Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Using AniMatte effects as transitions, part of Editing with Composites and Effects in Avid Media Composer.
Most of the time, the AniMatte effect is applied to a segment, as we've seen in the previous movies. However, I should mention you can also use AniMatte effects as transition effects. In this way, you can design a shape to wipe off one layer and wipe on another layer. Let's take a look. Okay, so I have just two shots here, very simple. And I want to apply a customized AniMatte transition right in between. So I'm going to go to my Effect pallet and my Key category AniMatte, and this time just drag it right onto the transition.
And we'll open up the Effect Editor. And if you aren't zoomed out, I would recommend that you do so. Again, just press the Reduce button here, you can zoom out, because we want some off stage area for this. Okay, so I'm going to go ahead and just draw a shape. You can draw any shape that you want. I'm going to come over with Polygon tool. And let's go ahead and just draw very simple saw tooth shape, like so.
And what we want to do is have it off screen on the first keyframe. And right now this is only lasting one second. You can of course change this; if I want it to last two seconds. I can just type in 200, and now this will last 2 seconds. And now I'll go to the last keyframe and I can do a couple of things. I mean, I can just drag it over here so that you see the shape go across, but that's not as interesting, for example, if I wanted to just have it overcome the frame.
And so I'm going to actually copy the keyframe characteristics from here, Command+C or Ctrl+C on a PC. And I've already moved this but I'm going to go ahead and just move it back by pressing Command+V or Ctrl+V on a PC. So if you ever want to copy the keyframe characteristics from one to another, that's how you do it. So this time I'm just going to select the last keyframe and I'm going to reshape, so I'm just going to double-click here, and then just drag these across.
So you can kind of just see these jagged movements just coming across the frame, and here as well. So, this is what it's doing. And let's go ahead and just watch it happen. (video playing) All right, pretty cheesy, but you get the point; you can draw any shape that you want. If you wanted to draw a rocket ship going across, and you were good at drawing, that would work as well.
And you would literally just be wiping on one image and wiping off another. I'm going to go ahead and remove this. I'm going to go ahead and apply the AniMatte effect just one more time to my transition, because there is one parameter category that we haven't gone over yet that can be useful to wipe on and wipe off an image. I'm going to make sure that both keyframes are selected. And I'm going to come down here to the Brush tool. The Brush tool is interesting because it's going to allow me to just gradually write on a transition.
And so I'm going to just open up the Brush category, and I'm going to make this fairly large so I don't have to just go back and forth a million times. And let's go ahead and just press it. Okay, so I think this is going to to work. Again I'm going to go back and forth, and you can write your name. You can write anything that you want. Right now I'm just going to go back and forth. So I cover the whole image, and now we're going to come in, and I'm going to just get my Selection tool here and select it.
Now, what we want is for it to be fully written on at the last keyframe, which it is. And we want none of it to be written on, on the first keyframe. So I'm going to select the first keyframe, making sure the last keyframe is deselected. And then, I'm going to come to my Path parameter. And right now it's 100%, I'm just going to go back all the way to 0. Okay, so let's go ahead and play this and you'll see exactly how it works. (video playing) So it definitely struggled.
We see down here in the timecode track that we were dropping frames. The red line indicates that we were dropping frames right here and this indicates that we are just about to drop frames. So the buffer kind of got overloaded there. We are working in high definition, so we might want to just drop our video quality to Best Performance and see how we do again, just one more time. (video playing) And you can see that it blew right past that no problem, and no dropped frames.
Okay, so there's a lot of interesting things you can do with AniMatte, including making custom transitions. And if you're an artist, there's some really interesting things you can do between transitioning from one image to another.
- 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