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Camtasia 2020 Video Editing: Utilizing The Power Of Track Mattes 1st Edition

Allen Smith, Motion Graphics & Animations

Camtasia 2020 Video Editing: Utilizing The Power Of Track Mattes 1st Edition

Allen Smith, Motion Graphics & Animations

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8 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Introduction

      0:50
    • 2. Setup basic structure

      0:58
    • 3. Luminosity Only

      2:25
    • 4. Luminosity Invert

      7:06
    • 5. Alpha Track Matte and Invert

      5:36
    • 6. Adding Animations

      3:53
    • 7. Luminosity Invert vs Alpha

      2:32
    • 8. Class Assignment

      0:54
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About This Class

This is a very unique training course for video editing with Camtasia covering a new tool called Track Mattes. Throughout this course you will learn how to use Track Mattes, which can be used in Film Production for your personal or client projects. By the end of this course you should have a clear understanding of how to use the Alpha Track Matte, Alpha Invert Track Matte, Luminosity Track Matte, Luminosity Track Matte Invert and the difference between each of them.

RECOMMENDED SOFTWARE VERSION:

1. Camtasia 2020 or Greater

OTHER COURSES I AM TEACHING:

Freelance On Upwork: Importance Of The Interface Phase 1

Camtasia Studio 2019 & 2020: 2nd Edition Epic Motion Graphics & Animations

The Power Of Video Compression To Reduce Video File Size for Web & Offline Use Optimization

Freelancing On Upwork: Secrets Learned From Closing Jobs & Analyzing Data Phase 2

Camtasia Studio 2019 and 2020: Create Epic Motion Graphics & Animations

Epic Motion Graphics & Animations 3rd Edition: Camtasia Studio 2019 & 2020

Camtasia 2021 New Features To Unleash Productivity

WHO IS THE CLASS FOR?

This class is for those who are looking to learning how the new Track Matte feature works in Camtasia 2020. Additionally this class is taught so that anyone of any skill level can follow along.

ABOUT ME:

I literally have used Camtasia Studio for well over a decade so my experience is of the highest quality. I have been solving problems for clients who use Camtasia including also provided one-on-one training so I really understand how to generate value from the program. You are truly learning from a Master who can teach you so much.

WHY STUDENTS SHOULD TAKE THIS CLASS?

If you expect to take your film production and video production skills to the next level by adding some new knowledge this course will be perfect for you.

WHAT WILL YOU GAIN FROM THIS COURSE:

A clear understanding of how Track Mattes work and how to use within inside Camtasia 2020.

WHY I CREATED THIS COURSE:

I created this course because I believe Track Mattes can enhance your film productions needs and save you time due to the efficiency of creating specific effects.

MAIN COURSE CATEGORY:

Film & Video

DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS?

If you have questions about the Camtasia Studio please let me know. I have lots of experience not only using the existing features in Camtasia but I can also often find ways to solve difficult problems for features that are not built into the software. I would be glad to take on a challenge to solve your problems and expand your knowledge on how to use Camtasia for a variety of purposes. 

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If you have suggestions or ideas for future course you would like me to create please let me know. I would like to offer my students the best teaching experience possible and part of that is understanding what you would like to learn most.

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1. Introduction : Hello everyone. Welcome to the Camtasia 20-20 video editing course, where we're going to be utilizing the power of track met. Now this course is designed for all levels of skill. So whether you're a beginner or a advanced user, you should be able to follow along with this course. However, you do need to have at least version 2020 of Camtasia or greater in order to be able to follow along with this course training. Now at the end of this course, the main objective or goal is to get you familiar with track mats and understanding how they work so that you can use them in your video editing projects within Camtasia. So I hope you're excited and get ready for the next video in this training course. 2. Setup basic structure : In this video, we're going to go over the basic setup or the basic structure that is required to create a track met. So let's look at our timeline area. And if you're now in the timeline area, this is where we're going to set up the basic structure for creating a track met effect. Now you'll notice to the left here, we have track one. In this case, we actually need to tracks in order to create a track mat effect. So let's go ahead and right-click. And then we're going to select Insert. And we're going to create a track above that. So in order to create a track met effect, you need to have at least two tracks on your timeline that are stacked on top of each other. So that is the basic structure that we're going to need in order to create a Check matt effect. So I hope you're excited, get ready for the next video. 3. Luminosity Only : In this video, I'm going to be going over the luminosity track met effect. So let's go ahead and get started. The first thing that you wanna do is go to track two again and place your cursor over the disabled track option, and then right-click on it. And in this case we need to unlock the track. So let's do that first. And then right-click on the disabled track icon and select luminosity. And you'll notice that the text disappears. If we, if we go ahead and lock track two by left clicking on the lock icon and then selecting the shape one track one. If we move this shape up and around, we cannot see the ABC text even though it's still there. So if I unlock this and select the APC texts, you'll notice that it's invisible. But let's go ahead and change the color of the text and see what happens. And you'll notice as I move the colors around, it becomes visible or invisible. And the reason for this is because it's based on luminosity, or in other words, the brightness. So if I move all the way to the left, the text because visible, because that's one of the brightest values. But if I move it towards black, it becomes invisible because the luminosity has changed or the brightness has changed. Moving all the way to black, makes it invisible, will be all the way to white, makes it fully visible. Moving to a different color hue that may be darker. It becomes darker. But in theory, you don't really need to deal with the different color values. You really just looking at the white to black ratio. So if you go all the way to white, it becomes fully visible. You go all the way to black. It becomes fully invisible. But it's still pulling the data from track one. In terms of the color value, we're just adjusting the luminosity. Okay. So you now have a generic understanding of how luminosity works. Hopefully that was helpful. If it wasn't, please let me know and I'll do my best to answer your questions. 4. Luminosity Invert : In this video, we're going to go over the luminosity invert feature. So let's go ahead and get started. The first thing that you wanna do is of course, make sure we have our basic structure setup. So if we go here, we can see that we have one track. But we're gonna go ahead and right-click on it and select Insert track above, so that we have two tracks. So once you have two tracks, let's go ahead and go to annotations. And then we're going to make sure we're under the shapes tab. If you're under one of these other tabs, just place your cursor over this one and click it. And then it will say shapes. So once you select that, let's go ahead and change the style to all so that we can see all the different shapes. And within this list, you're going to pick a shape. In this case, I'm going to pick the third white rectangle from the top. So if we start from the top and work down, we're gonna pick the third rectangle here. And I'm going to place that on track one. And you'll see in our canvas area that we now have a white rectangle. Now I'm gonna go ahead and click on these resize handles in, left-click and drag it outward so that it's a bit bigger. And once you have a bigger rectangle, let's go ahead and go back to our shapes here again. And we're going to drag a shape onto track two. And in this case we're going to change the color of this shape so that we can actually see it. Because right now since we have a white shape on top of another white shape, we can't see that shape. So let's go ahead and go to our field, which you can see here. And make sure it's set to solid. And let's go ahead and change that to any color. It doesn't really matter what color you select. Ok, so we have a different color for the rectangle or square on track two. Okay? Now, the next thing that we wanna do is we wanna go ahead and activate the luminosity invert. So if we right-click on this disabled track icon and select luminosity invert. You'll see that it changes now. It's not really evident what's actually happening here. So let's go ahead and click on the Shape one, track two. And then let's go ahead and go to the field color. And what I really want you to focus on is the black to why you value. We're not going to really focus on the colors. Okay, I just did that temporarily so that you can see that there's two shapes in our canvas area. But let's go ahead and move this all the way over to white. And you might be thinking, well, when you move it to y is actually just turning the rectangle Black. Well, actually we were looking through a window right now, even though you're not able to tell that, that's the case, that's actually what's happening here. So let me go ahead and prove my point. Let's go ahead and go to track one and then right-click on it and select Insert track below. And we're gonna go ahead and drag a different shape onto track one. So let's pick a different shape. Doesn't really matter what shape you select and place it on track one. And now if you look at our canvas area, you can see that we can see the yellow circle. Now you might be thinking, what's going on here will actually, what's happening is on track three, we have the small rectangle, okay? Or small square, I should say. And we're actually making a cut through traffic to so this shape on track three is cutting through track two, which is the big white rectangle here. And it's allowing us a see-through this this square into track one which has the yellow circle. So if we lock track 23, and then we move the yellow circle around, you'll see that we're actually literally looking through a window of hay and we're able to see the yellow circle through that, the square root that's on track two. Okay, by cutting through it with the shape that's on track three. So let me just summarize. Track three, which has the small, the small square is actually making a cut through track two, which is the big square, allowing us to see the shape that's on track one, which the shape on track one is the shape that's on the most bottom layer. So think of these like layers, Even though it says tracks, track three is the most top layer check to as a secondary layer in track one is the third layer. I mean, he is the most bottomless layer, is on the bottom of it in terms of order, you know, if we were counting from one to three, track one is the lowest track mean is behind every other object. Okay? In terms of the order year. So hopefully that makes sense to actually make it more clear. Let's go ahead and go to File and select Project Settings. And then let's go ahead and change the color. So we'll make it some art color. And click Apply. And now you can see that there's actually blue inside of this, this window that we can see through, right? So you can clearly see that it's actually cutting through that object, allowing us to see the blue background, allowing us to see the yellow circle. And to, to give you a better idea of how this works, let's go to track three, select the square. And then let's go ahead and just the fill color. And we're going to change it all the way to black. Now when we change it all the way to black, it becomes no longer visible, meaning that you can't see through that window anymore. If we change our way to black, it becomes no longer visible. Okay, so in other words, we can't see through that window, but as we slowly raise it to the white, you'll notice that we can see through the window. So the closer you go towards black, The more you can't see through that window. Because you go through white is going to become more visible, meaning you can see through that window. So this is a pretty cool effect. If for some reason you have a client that wants you to make something that is visible through a particular object. This is the way that you could do it. Now you might think that maybe you can only use a square to see through objects, but that's not the case. We can take any shape and see through an object. So let's go ahead and change this shape on track three. I'm gonna go ahead and delete it by right-clicking on it and selecting the week. And then I'm gonna go ahead and select a different shape. In this case, let's select this circle and Dragon on track three. And then let's go to the field color because we have to adjust that to adjust how much we can see through the window. And let's go ahead and make it a white. And now you can see that you get fully see through that window. So you can take any shape that you want to and place it here and see through a particular layer. So hopefully that is useful for you for some reason. You have a project where you have a client that wants you to do something that's quite tricky and it requires the manipulation are seen through layers. This is the way that you could do it using the track mat effect. So I hope you found this video helpful and stay tuned for the next video. 5. Alpha Track Matte and Invert : In this video, I'm going to show you how to create alpha track mat effect, as well as the alphabet invert checkmate effect. So let's go ahead and get started. The first thing you wanna do is go to annotations. And then we're going to select shapes. Once you select the shapes option, go ahead and decide on what shape you want to use and drag it onto track one. In this case, I'm going to use a rectangle. And I'm going to left-click and drag it onto track one. The next thing that I'm going to do is add some text on track too. So let's go to our texts option for call-outs. And if you click on the icon here, it will reveal the columns. In this case, we're gonna select some text, so decide on what tax you want, and left click on it and drag it onto track two. And once you have some texts on track to initiate more on track one, let's go ahead and right-click on this disabled track icon on track to unselect alpha. And what we're gonna do is we're gonna walk track to by clicking on the lock icon. And then we're going to select the shape on track one. Now what I want you to take notice is, is the outline of the shape that we created. In other words, this square here. And I'm actually going to left-click on the right side, Resize Handle here in, drag it to the right just to make it a bit bigger. But I wanted it bigger because I want you to see it surrounding the ABC texts. So in other words, for this shape that we created on track one, for this alphabet track met effect. Basically anything on track two that's inside of this shape will be visible. But if we left click interact this shape down, you'll see that the text is invisible now because it's not inside of this rectangle. Okay? But if I left-click and drag it back up, it becomes visible. If I drag it halfway, only half of it is visible. So in other words, the visibility of the information on track two is dependent on the information on track one. Okay. And anytime that the information on track one is out of range or is not directly underneath or overlapping the text, it becomes invisible. So hopefully that makes sense, okay. Basically anything inside this rectangle will be visible. And the reason for me to lock the text track is because I want to be able to move this around freely without accidentally selecting the text itself and moving the text. So now let's look at alpha inverse. So if we go to the disabled track icon, right-click on it. Well, in this case we can't select it because I need to unlock the track. So click on the icon and then right-click on the disabled track and select Alpha invert. And now you'll notice that is the invert of alpha track man. In other words, instead of it showing just white text here is showing the text cut through the white background or this rectangle shape. And it actually need to lock this track too because I accidentally moved the text in. Now you understand why I always locked track to whenever I want to move that the shape on track one. So let's like the Track one shape. And if we move this upward, anything inside of this rectangle is visible and it does a cut out through the rectangle. So in other words, this text is black and it's cutting through. So anything inside this shape is visible. Okay. In regards to the Texas on track to where if we drag it halfway, only half of the text is visible. Ok? Now another thing you want to pay attention to is the fact that, you know, the color values for attract two are dependent on track one. In other words, if I tried to select as unlock this track by clicking on the lock icon and then select the text. If I try to change the color of the text, nothing will happen. Okay? So if we select the text and you go to your properties over here for the font. And you click on this drop-down menu and you try to change the color. Nothing will happen because the color values are dependent on track one. If we select Shape goin on track one here, and we changed the color, nothing will happen to the texts. But because we're doing an alpha invert the background color will change. Okay? So in this case the text itself is not directly impacted, but the shape is. However, if we were to go here, right-click on this and select alpha. Now when we change the shape one track one, it will change colors because this is the normal alpha track mat effect. In this case, it's changing the color based on that, okay? But the same general attributes will still apply if we move this shape downward. And I'm going to lock track to move this downward, half of the text is visible. So hopefully you now have an understanding of how Alphabet Jack met affects work. It also alpha invert track affects work. Okay, so hopefully that makes sense. And if it does, I'm excited for you guys to move on to the next video in this course. 6. Adding Animations : So now that you have a basic understanding of how Track Mets work, less, go ahead and add some animations to enhance the usefulness of attract met. So let's go ahead and get started. The first thing that you wanna do is go to animations. Left-click on it, and then select animations. And once you select the animations tab, go ahead and left-click and drag the Custom Animation on top of track one. And that's going to add the animation arrow indicating the duration of the animation. And then let's go ahead and zoom in by clicking on the plus icon for the Zoom. And I'm gonna go ahead and drag this arrow towards the far left. And then I'm going to double-click on the circle towards the end of this animation so that the playhead will line up directly on top. So this is the location or our end point for the animation. So actually you want to start at the very start of the track. So go ahead and drag your play far-left and make sure that we still have tracked one. Select the entires of the shape. Go ahead and left-click and drag it so that the text is invisible. And we're gonna double left-click on this animation. And so at the playhead goes towards the circle that's at the end of the animation, or the end point of the arrow that we're looking at. And we're going to drag this rectangle. And my apologies, must go ahead and lock track two. And I'm going to go ahead and left-click and drag this rectangle obsolete is fully visible. And if we play this clip from the beginning, you'll see that the text becomes visible as it goes up. Okay? But let's go ahead and apply the inverse relationship. So unlock track two, and let's go ahead and select Alpha in plate again. But as we change the relationship, it looks amazing, right? You get revealed the text in a unique way. Depending on which one you select in, it's just simply changing. It will change the effect. Let's go ahead and change it to Luminosity. Employee. Now, nothing special seems to be happening here, so let's make some modifications. Let's change the color for the endpoint of this rectangle. And we're gonna change it towards a darker value. And the next, play it from the beginning. So you can see that I start off with a brighter color value and then it went darker as it moved forward in the animation. So it start off brighter and then it gets darker as we move forward. Ok, hopefully you can see that on screen starts off a little bit brighter there and then it gets darker. Maybe we can make this a little bit longer. Maybe that'll make it more present, or maybe even move it closer towards the rectangle from the beginning. So you can see it change as it's moving. So you can see as I move this, it's brighter here, but it gets darker as it moves forward. Okay, so hopefully that makes sense. So I hope you guys understand how the luminosity effect works with animations. And hopefully that enhance your understanding and I hope you're excited for the next video in this course. 7. Luminosity Invert vs Alpha: In this video, I'm going to be going over alpha invert versus luminosity invert. And we're comparing these two things because it might get confusing. You may think that they're actually the same thing when you look at the actual functionality. But I'm going to explain the difference between those two things in this video. So let's go ahead and get started. The first thing that you wanna do is make sure you have at least two tracks in your timeline. But I'm actually not gonna go through the process of how to do that because you should already be familiar with it if you watch the previous videos in this course. So if you have at least two tracks in your timeline, let's go ahead and go to annotations. And then we're going to select shapes. And we're going to add two shapes into our timeline. One on track one. And they were going to make it larger like this. And then we're going to add a shape on track two. And we're gonna change the color to whatever color you want it to be. And then we're gonna go ahead and apply our track met effects unless right-click on the disabled track icon and select Alpha invert. Now you'll notice that it turns black and it's actually a cut through, allow you to see through the shape one track one. Let's go ahead and add a track below track one. So right-click, insert below. And then we're going to add a shape on track one. And you'll notice that we can see this stop sign like shape on track one. And that's because the shape one, track three. This small square is cutting through track two, which is this big rectangle, is cutting through that and allowing us to see the object on track one. But if we go to track three and we tried to adjust the track Mat Effect from black to white. Nothing happens. In other words, are you using a alpha invert the window was always open. In other words, we can always see through to track one. But if we right-click on track three and select luminosity, invert and change the color from black to white. You'll notice when we go to black, it closes the window. When we go to why it opens the one to which you should already be somewhat familiar with that. But just understand that when you're dealing with luminosity invert, you can open and close the window. But when you're dealing with a alpha invert, you cannot open and closed the window. It's always open. And that's the main difference. I hope you enjoyed this video. And if you did get ready for the next video in this course. 8. Class Assignment : Congratulations if you made it to this video, you're to the class assignment and you've completed most of the course. And if you're familiar with how these different track metaphysics work, what I would like you to do is to pick any of the track Matt effects that you learn through this course and create it. Do a small quick screen recording and upload a link so that I can see that you know how it works. And if you're able to execute one of the different check metaphysics you learned in this course. You can do your own creativity. You want to on top of it as well. And let me see what you are able to accomplish from the foundational things that you've learned throughout this course. So other than that, thank you very much. If you have questions, please let me know. And if required, I'll give you some information to help you with any questions or concerns that you have regarding the track metaphysics and Camtasia, Tony. Tony. Thank you.