Join Luisa Winters for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Compositing and Masks.
- If you're a premium member of the lynda.com online training library, then you have access to the exercise files that I used in this title. Please go ahead and download these files and after you do so, if needed, unzip them. You will have then a folder that you can put anywhere you want in your system, but I will place mine on the desktop. If you open the folder, you will notice that there is a Premiere Pro project file and a couple of other folders that contain all of the assets that we will use.
You will use this Premiere Pro project throughout the entire title. If you are not a premium member of the lynda.com training library, you can still follow along using your own media. Ideally, for compositing, you want to use the least compressed files that you can use, but in this case, please keep in mind that these files are not original media. These files are highly compressed so that your download times are short. Let's go ahead and open this Premiere Pro project.
Depending on your system, you may get a warning message stating that the project was saved using the Mercury Playback GPU acceleration. All you have to do is click OK. In my system, I'm using a qualified video card for GPU Acceleration so I don't get the message, but you can always configure your Mercury Playback Engine settings in your project settings. After that, your project should look a lot like mine. There's the possibility that you may need to re-link the files. If this is the case, there are other titles in the lynda.com training library that can help you with this task.
Once you have the project, let's take a look at the project panel. In here, you will see that we have three different folders: One for clips, one for sequences, and one for titles and mattes. Let's go ahead and expand this sequences folder. In here, you will notice that I have this divided in sub folders. The sequences in here are named as follows: The name of the chapter followed by the order of the movie so for example, this sequence here is named 2.2. It corresponds to chapter two, movie two.
Just one more thing before we get started. Your sequences might look different than mine in terms of track height, lightness of interface, et cetera. This is because I had to record these movies at a certain resolution and your screen resolutions might not match mine. OK, let's get started with Premiere Pro Guru Compositing and Masks.
- Working with alpha channels
- Keying blue and green screen footage with Ultra Key
- Affecting a moving piece of video with Track Matte Key
- Creating a composite with the Difference Matte effect
- Using Luma key for a brightness-based composite
- Changing the character of footage with blend modes
- Masking effects to certain portions of your footage