Understanding Video Masks
The impact of masking on video editing
Masking is one of the newer mainstream tools offered by video editors to enhance your projects creatively. Video masks are all well-known video production tool that allows hollywood producers to achieve remarkable visual effects. You too can use video masks to expand your creative possibilities.
Video Masks are a revolutionary addition to your masking toolkit, with a wide range of uses. Video masks can be used for everything from basic fixes like subject enhancement and blurring out objects such as faces or license places, to pro-level edits like hiding unwanted objects, cloning subjects/objects, and creating unique transitions or title reveals.
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How are the different types of video masks used?
Each variation of video mask has different popular uses. Understanding each type of mask will help you to know which type to use in your video edits to correct footage, add creative effects, and take your video production to the next level.
Still masks are fixed in position. Once a still mask is created, it doesn’t change shape or location, and is not content-aware. It masks the same area of a clip from start to finish. Regular static masks are made using shapes or a paintbrush tool, so you can adjust them to suit the shape and size of the object you want to mask.
Basic static masks work great when you want to create a layout for footage with basic shapes, or overlay new material atop a stationary object within your footage, such as replacing what’s displayed on a computer screen.
Text masks are another example of a still video mask, but are created using text rather than paintbrush or shaping tools. Text masks offer unique opportunity to show footage through a word to add emphasis, context or creative effect to titles within your video project.
Video masks are similar to basic still masks, with one significant difference: they can be changed across frames. Rather than sitting stationary over the position that you initially set, video masks can be set in motion, following a preset path or tracking objects semi-automatically using edge detection and motion tracking.
Using Video Masks
The flexibility that video masks offer means that they can be made to feel more integrated with the objects and people within your footage than still masks. Because video masks are able to track objects across footage, it’s possible to target effects to a face or object automatically, saving valuable editing time and empowering you to achieve advanced effects including removing objects from your footage, blurring faces or license plates, enhancing subjects with effects, combining clips creatively, cloning subjects, and more.
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