Learn Media Composer Lesson 76: Motion Tracking

Learn Media Composer Lesson 76: Motion Tracking



hey everyone Kevin P mcauliffe here and I am back again with another creative cow tutorial and in our ongoing look at learning avid media composer and Symphony I thought in this last we would take a look at motion tracking and I thought what we would do is I actually was asked a question about an animatic tutorial that I just done a little while ago and the person wanted me to expand on it a little bit and show how we can actually have you know people or objects passing in front of text in the background so I thought what would be interesting for this tutorial and I actually have a shot here that I'm going to use and it's a shot right here and what we're going to do is we're actually going to put a title back here we're going to blend it into the background and we're going to track it because as you can see the shot moves a little bit and once we're done tracking it you can see that car passes through the frame so what we're going to do is we're not only going to put the text and we're going to track it so that it matches the background movement and then we're going to put this car passing in front of that text to really make it look like it's blended in with the background okay short introduction here let's just get into symphony and let's get started okay so let's alt tab into avid symphony obviously command + tab for all of my mac friends out there I'm just going to double click on my footage bin here let's just organize things a little bit here just that we can see exactly what is going on here there we go very nice and here is the shot that I just showed in the intro very cool and what we're going to do first is we're going to drop this into a new timeline now of course to do that I need a sequence has been open here so let's just clear all that out from the previous tutorial and I don't even really need the sequence has been to be highlighted here but what I can do now is with the clip selected again T on the keyboard both Mac and Windows I'm simply going to hit B to drop it into the sequences bin what we're going to do now is we're going to create our title we're just going to place it roughly where we're going to want it to go so I'm just going to come back to the beginning here again I'm going to navigate up the clip we'll come down to new title will give Symphony a second here now you can see that I have the standard title tool set to open and work with now for some reason you want it to happen to use the marquee title tool but you've defaulted to opening the standard title tool no problem you'll remember that if we go into settings we come all the way down here to our key title this is where we can double click on that I'll just move the standard title tool out of the way here there we go and you can see this setting is where we get in and tell Symphony whether we want to open the marquee title tool the standard title tool or to prompt you there we go okay so what I'm going to do here is I'm just going to type in let's get our text tool here I'm going to type in creative cow rocks why not because creative cow does rock and of course I'm going to use my favorite font here which is impact and let's just increase the size a little bit hey let's make it about 96 I'll make it relatively big and we're just going to position it right dead center on the screen here just like such and of course we got a little bit too much space in between creative and cow rocks here so let's adjust the letting you'll remember it's called letting not leading so all we'll do is we'll just have to be I don't know maybe minus 15 maybe even double that let's try minus 30 that's looking pretty good now most cases people might think that you'd want to get in and add a drop shadow around the text now what I'm going to do is I'm actually going to do that but I'm going to do another simple trick after we've done our motion track to really give this title depth what I'm going to do is I'm just going to give this a drop shadow of one of them you know maybe we'll give it a drop shadow to just that it stands out ever so slightly from the background I don't want too much of a drop shadow okay so I'm happy with this title now so what I'm going to do is simply say file and I'm going to say save title of course I'm gonna be prompted to name this title now if I had the graphics been open I'd save it in there but for the purposes of what we're doing I was going to call this creative cow rocks and I'm simply going to say save what we're going to do is just close the title tool I'm going to take this title I'll just mark an in-point really anywhere inside the title and I'm going to create a new video track by simply hitting ctrl + y and windows command + y on the Mac I'm going to deselect all the layers except the one that I want to actually edit this title onto and you see that I have my auto patching turned on so my video automatically defaults to that video level 2 or video layer 2 I'm simply gonna hit T on the keyboard on both Mac and Windows to mark the entire clip and then I'm going to hit B to drop that clip in now you'll see that this doesn't really look very realistic right here not looking too good so how do we get in and how do we track this now most people think that we're going to immediately come in hit ctrl + 8 on windows command and in on the Mac and we're going to start searching for the built-in motion tracker and they say okay let's probably in you know image oh there's stabilizer but I don't see tracking and this where people sort of you know sort of the train comes off the rails well a lot of cases what's important to keep in mind is it's sometimes what you're looking for is actually right in front of you and you just don't see it what I'm going to do is I'm going to step into effects mode by hitting it Shift + y on the keyboard now as everyone knows you can all sing along if you don't have a flexible map to your keyboard no problem you can always find it right up here in the composer window right down here at the top of your timeline what I'm going to do is I'm just going to step into effects mode and you're actually going to see right over here I actually have tracking built right into this title so all I'm going to do is I'm simply going to turn tracking on and as soon as I do you're going to see I now have a track point right here and you can see that I have the tracking window open over here right actually right in front of my preview window so all I'm going to do now is I'm going to pick something that I want to track now in those cases what I do is I tell people to pick an area that has high contrast in it so what I'm actually going to do is I'm going to pick this corner right here I'm just going to simply take the track I'm going to drag it right up here to the corner just like such once I have it up there believe it or not I'm actually ready to do a track now we're just going to do some basic track and here we're going to get into more complex tracking and later tutorials but I'm going to do again as I'm simply going to pick the tracking area that I want to track again like I just said and I'm simply going to say start tracking you're going to see that my little crosshairs moves along with the track and once it's done you can see that those yellow dots are it's kind of like a yellow sort of curved line represents my track now believe it or not all I actually have to do is close the tracking window and you're going to see now that the title has moved if I step out of effects mode and I come right back to the beginning of my timeline I simply hit play take a look you can see I'm what I'm going to do here just because I can hear this coming through my headphones here I'm just going to come back here and hit play you can see that that creative Cal rocks is now locked onto the background very cool now again the only thing you can see the car passes in front not a big deal we're going to take care of that in a second but also this title just kind of looks like it's hanging in the middle of nowhere I want to give it a bit of depth to actually make it look real so how am I going to go about doing that well the first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to hit ctrl + y on Windows command + y on the Mac we're simply going to grab our segment mode the overwrite tool and I'm just going to take this element I'm going to drag it right up to the topmost layer what I'm going to do then is I'm going to duplicate it by simply selecting the entire clip I'm going to press Alt + C in Windows that's option + C from my Mac friends out there and we're going to paste this onto video – so you see we have the exact same effect now on video – and on video 3 what we're going to do is I'm going to right click on this title now of course I'm using version six point five point two point one of media composer and I believe that right clicking and saying edit title was included in version six point five so so if you're not using six point five you're actually just going to have to go into the title itself and click update but I can just simply say edit title right here you'll see that I come in there's my creative kal rocks now what I'm going to do here is I'm just going to select the title and I want to actually deactivate I don't want to be able to see the fill which is the white on the text so all I'm going to do is I'm going to come down right here to the fill color which is white I'm going to move one step over here to the fill transparency selection once there what I'm going to do is simply click on and hold it and I'm just going to drag the transparency all the way over to 100% so all I now have is black as the color what this is actually showing me is the shadow now you remember I set the shadow to be two I can actually switch that back to be one but most what's most important here is I'm going to hit control shift + H on a Windows command shift in H on the Mac and we're going to soften the shadow I'm going to put the soften value at about 20 and I'm simply going to say apply and you're going to see now that I have this really blurred out creative cowl rocks in black which believe it or not is exactly what I want what I'm going to do is simply close this title and say save you'll see what I have now is I have the creative Cal rocks on the second layer in the black sort of shadow and on the top layer I have creative Cal rocks which is our actual you know filled in text so what I'm going to do is I'm going to come back to video layer two again I'm going to step in affects mode and what I'm going to do now is I'm actually going to promote this title to be 3d once I promote it to be 3d I'm going to navigate up to rotation and I'm going to turn rotation on and what we're going to do is I believe it's the x value here which it is it's the x value we're just going to rotate this in the X value not all the way around let's just rotate it to be about I don't know let's just do 65 for right now because I'm going to park it down here on this driveway what I'm also going to do is just grab the position and just drag it right down now that's sitting on the road which is a bit far I'm just going to rotate this a bit more let's put it at about 85 if I want to be able to see it down there on the driveway what I'm also going to do is just scale this up a little bit here so let's come right back up to scaling right here I'm just going to turn scaling on and I don't really care if we lose quality when we're just in the scale here now we going to get in and just adjust our position here maybe make this a little bit lower let's make it minus 180 that's perfect now the last thing I want to do is I just want to I don't need to be that dark so let's come down to our foreground I'm just going to turn that on I'm just going to put this down at about I don't know 60 because what we now have is we now have our creative Cal rocks with actually a shadow that gives this depth you'll see that I can come back and simply hit play take a look at that the shadow and the text is locked in together with each other very cool now if I wanted to get in and blur that it a little bit more what I could even do is just come back into effects mode here and I can actually turn on D focus and D focus this even more but I'm pretty happy with the way that this looks so that means that there's really only one thing left to do which is to have our car Drive in front of everything okay so let's do that what I'm going to do is I'm just going to come down to video layer 1 I'm going to select the entire clip again by hitting T on the keyboard on both mac and windows Alt + C to copy it up here into the preview window and what I'm going to do is create a new video layer again ctrl + y and Windows command + y on the Mac and we're going to drop it into our sequence again beyond the keyboard on both Mac and Windows and what I want to do is I want to navigate right down to that first frame where that car appears which is right there I'm going to mark that as my out point I'm going to remove everything up to that point just like such now you'll see everything disappears that's okay i'ma get the car out of the frame now the one frame that the car leaves completely right there perfect again we're going to mark an in-point we're going to remove everything else right down to the end here now what I'm also going to do here just for the purposes of making sure that this will play back in real time is I'm just going to render out this title because you'll remember what happens is that if you have a whole bunch of effects stacked on top of each other as long as you render the top most effect you don't need to render everything you can render just the top most effect and it's actually going to merge down all of those effects that you've created into one rendered piece important to keep in mind don't render everything just the topmost layer assuming that it stretches the length that you need it to be long in this case it stretches the entire length of the sequence so I'm good with that so let's just switch to the topmost layer again and what I'm going to do is just Park that car right in the middle of the frame just like such now what we're going to do is we're going to get in we're going to mask this car out so it's going to drive right through the frame and it's going to look like our title is sitting in behind it now what I'm going to do is hit ctrl + 8 on Windows command + 8 on the Mac and we're going to come back to my go to effect in fact I love to use all the time it's got so many different applications inside a media composer and symphony and of course I am referring to animat I'm going to take animat drag and drop it down onto that clip on the topmost layer again I'm going to step into effects mode shift + y on the keyboard let's just make sure we have that layer selected let's get that car parked right in the middle and all I'm going to do is you can be is you know obviously as you know simpler as precise as you want to be I'm just going to use the polygon tool here just because I don't need to be super precise when I'm showing this – because you'll get the idea of how this is going to work and all I'm going to do is I'm going to cut out most of this car here just kind of like this so I can probably cut it off about there and you'll see what I have now is the car in front of Creative Cal rocks now of course you know when we look through the window we can see that it's not there but the car is going to pass so quick that you're not even going to notice it what I also need to do here because you'll see if I step out of effects well that's a very hard mat and that would never happen because as you see as the car drives through we got some motion blur going on so I'm just going to simply add some motion blur here let's select our mat here we'll just put the blur value at about I don't know maybe about five let's step out again that let's step out again up looking very very good okay so what I'm going to do is step back into effects mode here I'm going to add a keyframe right there now what I'm going to do is just back up a little bit here I'm going to select the animat we're simply just going to grab and drag it roughly where we want it to go now what's most important here is that we line this up right here and you see that I can adjust the actual mat itself as the car drives through very cool like I said we want to make sure that we line up with the windshield on the top of the car because we can adjust the mat just like that very cool now you'll see because the car doesn't even actually start to pass the creative Cal rocks until this point I can actually remove the first part of the clip very cool and you'll see there goes the car very cool we get to about there we're still good now of course here we need to adjust our mat again we're lining it up with the top of the car and I always like to raise it up a bit and bring it down like that very cool just going to come back to here still looking pretty good although maybe we need to back up a bit just so that the windshield lines up a bit better there we go okay now of course we might not need the whole clip but we'll just get things to roughly where we need them to go just line it up with that back windshield perfect okay see it requires a little bit of work here but overall not too much okay I think we're actually good to go what I'm going to do now with this last keyframe that I said is I'm just going to copy and paste it right down to here because we don't want that actually you can see we need to actually slide it down a little bit more because we have our shadow on the ground here so let's just do that just grab this position it here perfect and then we'll do is we'll copy this and we'll paste it right down to the end now let's just drag through and see what our car looks like as it passes in front now like I said you can't actually see it as it goes as it drives past it but that's okay because it happens so quick you're not even going to notice it very cool what I can do now is simply come back to the beginning of the timeline hit play take a look at what we have a car driving right in front of our super just like that very very nice well we could do if we wanted to as I could get in I can actually add another mat in here and what we could do is just put that it like a 50% transparency so that we could see through the window and see part of that creative Cal rocks just add a little bit extra level of realism but to be perfectly honest without cars driving through really fast you don't even notice it very cool okay so I hope this tutorial has shown you two things one how simple it is to get in and use the motion tracker with things like titles you have access to all the trackers that you need right from within the title itself and remember animat is an awesome tool that has so many different applications many of which you may not even have thought of to take a look in this situation how to create an ultra realistic looking move without having to leave the comfort of your non-linear editing application so if you have any questions you have any comments you have any tutorial requests you can send them to kevin p mcauliffe at gmail.com this has been Kevin P McAuliffe thanks a lot for watching

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