Masking in Premiere Pro: BASICS, EFFECTS and TRANSITIONS | Erik Aleynikov | Skillshare

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Masking in Premiere Pro: BASICS, EFFECTS and TRANSITIONS

teacher avatar Erik Aleynikov, FIlmmaker

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6 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. What you'll learn - Introduction

    • 2. Basics of Masking

    • 3. Clone Effect

    • 4. Awesome Transition

    • 5. Applying Masks to Effects - Blur someone's face

    • 6. Teleport Effect + Conclusion

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About This Class

In this lesson you will learn the basics of using masking in Premiere Pro, how to create different effects and transitions with masks.

I'll teach you how to:

- Work with Masking
- Clone a person
- Create an awesome transitions for your videos
- Make a person teleport
- Blur someone's face
- etc.


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Erik Aleynikov



In 10 years of making videos I managed to work with companies like Red Bull, GoPro, Dubai Government, Dubai Airports, Plastic Oceans and many more. In 2019 I shot my first feature-length documentary about a world record swim and plastic pollution.

I keep making commercials for big brands all around the world with true love and passion.

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1. What you'll learn - Introduction: in this lesson, we're going to learn everything about masking in Premiere Pro. Create cool transitions effects on other tricks My name is Eric. I'm a full time filmmaker doing feature length films and commercials for big brands. Let's dive into the basics off using masking in Premiere Pro, and then we'll go move on to creating clothes and transitions and effects. 2. Basics of Masking: Let's elect a clip from our timeline, then go to affect controls. And here you will find a pass ity under opacity. There are three Aikens. Click the 1st 1 for now and you can see that our mask was created. Let's change its shape. Just drug. This points here and here and now you can see that our girl was masked out the way we need . We can change the position of our mask if we just hold our mouths. And then we can move our mask to any position. We can also feather the edges off our mask. If we go here, mask, feather, and change this number from 10 to, for example 400. Now you can see that the feather off our mask changed. Let's bring it back to zero. You can also make your mask bigger or make it smaller. So if you go to mask expansion and play around with this number here, so as you can see, you can increase your mask or shrink it down. Let's go back to zero. And the last thing you can do here in opacity you can invert your mask so you feel click here. This box you can see that now our mask is inverted. Now, if I put our clip to video layer number two just like that and put another clip under our main clip, you can see our mask in action and everything that's going to be below. Our main clip is going to be visible. Let's delayed our oval shaped mask, so go to a pass, ity a mask and click delete on your keyboard. And now let's click on the second icon, that rectangle Aiken. And now you can see that we've created and rectangle shape so same thing you can increase its feather. You can also expanded, were shrink it down. Or you can change its shape by dragging one of the corners or all of them. For example, Let's delete it. And here is the tool I use most open is the Bentiu, so I'm gonna select it, and now I can draw any shape that I need. So I just need to create some points here on the screen, and now you can see that our mask was created. If you need, you can make some of the corners of your mask rounded. If I zoom in just a bit. Then click and hold on my keyboard and click on one of the corners. You can see that now we have the option to play around with it and changes roundness just like that, and we can do it with any corner. If you decide that you need to have some more points for your mask, you can just click anywhere on the edge of the shape and create new points just like that. And then you can move them to change the shape of damask. You can make them round it again if you click and hold out on your keyboard and move your mask to any position. So this word the basics of using masking in Premiere Pro. 3. Clone Effect: Let's learn how to clone a person in Premiere Pro. For this effect, you will need to put your camera on a tripod so that it doesn't move and also make sure that the lighting doesn't change. I have a clip of a girl standing in the middle of the shot. Then she runs to the right side of the shot and then she runs to the left side of the shot . Just like that. What we want is we want to see the girl in three different positions at once. So we will need to clone the girl three times using masks. Since we're gonna have three clones of the girl, we need to have three copies of our clip on top of each other, so I'm just going to select our clip. Then I'm gonna hold out and Kobe our clip by dragging it to leader Layer number two. And I'm gonna do it one more time. So, like our second clip hold wrote and drag, it's a video layer number three to greet another copy. So I'm gonna disable top two layers so that we only see layer number one, and I'm going to keep this position until the girl stars running right here. Then I'm going to disable it and enable our second copy, and I'm gonna find the right moment. So right here. And I'm gonna wait and cut when the girl starts running again. So right here. Now, when a disable our second layer and turn own our third layer and I'm gonna find our third position right here and I'm gonna go to down now, I need to put three copies on top of each other, just like that on day, I'm gonna enable our two layers as well. Let's make all of our eclipse the same length and start masking. We're going to start from the top video track and then go to the bottom because the top video truck has the priority of what we actually see on the screen. So let's elect our top clip than go to effect controls capacity. Let's select this pen to write here and let's draw a shape around our girl And don't forget to include her shadow as well. So here is our mask and straight away you can see that we've just created a clone. It's because now we can see everything that is located under our top clip. So here's our original mask, and if I enable everything that's below, we're going to see it as well. Now let's mask out our second clone. Let's elect our middle clip, go to effect, controls opacity select than to and draw a shape around the second clone just like that. And now you can see that we have some problems, so we have two masks, but here you can see that our first mask is a little bit bigger. That's why it kind of overlays our third clone to think that let's adjust the shape off our mask. So let's elect our top clip. Click on mask and let's adjust its shape so that it doesn't cover our third clone just like that. But we have another problem here. If I zoom in, you can see that we can clearly see where our mask iss can. You see this edge is because while the girl was running from one position to another, delighting changed. That's why now, somewhere is brighter and somewhere is darker, so we can fix that by feathering. You can see the same problem here, So if I choose our top clip go to effect controls opacity and I can increase feather to make the edge not visible. And now you can see the problem is sold. Let's do the same with our second clone. Select the middle clip with our second girl, Go to effect Controls mask and let's feather out our second mask at just its shape just a little bit. And now you can see that we've created a simple but very nice effect. Just like that. In a couple of minutes, you can clone yourself, your friend or your actor to make your video S'more Interest Inc. 4. Awesome Transition: Now we're going to create an awesome transition to make your videos better For this transition, you have to think ahead of time and make sure to have a foreground object that passes the screen from right to left or from left to right. It's always better to have both clips moving in the same direction for a better result. All right, let's get started. Like I said before, in order to make the effect work, you need to have something in the foreground of your shot. In my case is this metal thing right here and acid Best of the screen. We're gonna mask out the right side of the shot to reveal the next shot. And this way we're going to make the transition work. So if you have a look here, I have this metal pull right here. And as it passes the screen, we reveal our next shot, and this holiday effect works. Let's move on to creating that transition. I just need to find the frame where we started seeing the right side off our foreground object right here at a cut. Select the clip and go. Jeff controls capacity, then select Bantu. I'm gonna zoom out just a bit so that we have some room to play around. And now I need to start masking everything that goes after our foreground object. I'm just gonna draw a mask right here. Then I need to invert it. So take this box here. Then I'm going to click on this cloak Aiken right here to create a key frame and start an amazing our mask. Make sure your clippers selected than press the right arrow on your keyboard to move one frame forward and adjust the mask so clear here, mask to see the edge of your mask and adjusted to the right side off our foreground object . So, just like that, you can create one more point. If you need just by clicking anywhere on the edge of the shape, click on your clip again. Then arrow to the right. Moved a mask and adjusted shape, and I'm going to continue doing this and make sure that you mask out your foreground objects. So it's gone completely and the last one at the end you have to have black screen, so everything has to be masked out. Now let's see what we've done. So if I moved to clip forward frame by frame, You will see that our foreground object was successfully masked out. Now let's put our clips on video track number two and let's put another clip underneath. Let's play our video and see our transition one more time. As you can see, our transition works, but I'm not 100% happy with it. I want the edge off our mask to be a little bit softer, to blended better with our second clip and made that transition seamless. Let's elect our clip with the mask. Cut it down just a bit, too, where the transition ends just like that. Then go to effect controls capacity and let's set mask feather to 100 to make the edge off our mask a little bit softer. So here's before, after before, after and also let's play around with mass expansion just a bit. So I think this will work. And let's play the video to see the transition. We've just created one more time. Very simple. In a couple of minutes, you can create this awesome transition to make your video stand out 5. Applying Masks to Effects - Blur someone's face: Now we're going to learn how to apply a mask to different effects in Premiere Pro, for example, to blur someone's face or just to make it brighter. Here is our clip, and let's suppose that we need to blur the girl's face. So let's go to effects panel type. For example, God's from Blur dragged the effect to our clip. Go to effect controls. And here we can increase our blurriness to, for example, 100. Take this box for a beat edge pixels. So now you can see that the whole video is blurt, but we only need to blur the girl's face. So let's go to effect controls dog handler and let's big their lips, too, to create a mask. Let's in just its shape, just like that. Feather it out and now we've blurt the girl's face. But here's one problem. If I play the video, you can see that as the girl moves, the mask stays in the same spot, and because of that, we can see the girl's face again. To fix that, we need to any made the mask so that it covers the girl's face all the time and there are two ways how to do this manually or automatically. Let's begin with manual animation, so make sure your clip is selected than find your effect in effect controls. And you have to click this. I can hear the cloak Aiken to create our first key frame. Here it is. So now I'm gonna move this later to see how I need to animate the position of the mask So we can see now that the head of the girl moved. So we need to adjust the position of the mask. So select our clip. Go to fact controls. Goshen, Blur. Click here, mask and just drug the mask to the position of the hat. Now I'm going to move this lie there again and just the position a little bit again. One more time. And now let's play back. So here we can see the face again. So let's just the position a little bit again, laid back. Yes. And now you can see that the face of the girl stays blurt all the time. And now I'm gonna show you an easier way how to do it. So I'm just going to leave the mask, make sure that the Clippers selected go to effect controls Go Schindler and now I'm going to select a lips to and create a mask and just its position and shape. Feather it out just a bit. Then I need to make sure that this leather is at the very beginning off the clip. And then all I need to do is to go to effect controls gosh and blur and click on this play I can hear and Premier is going to any made the mask automatically. So now you can see that Premier created a lot of key frames according to the position of the girl's head, so less played back to see the results, right, Leslie, the goes from lure effect from our clip, and I'm gonna show you one more trick that I usually do when I edit my views. Let's go to effects panel type brightness and drag, brightness and contrast effect to our clip than increased brightness to 20 and contrast to 15. Then I'm going to select a lips to create a mask and just it's shape and position. Feather it out and you can see that the face is brighter. Now when I want a viewer to pay attention to something In this case, it's the girl's face. I just make it brighter. So as you can see, I applied Brightness and contrast Effect made the face a little bit brighter with mask So now I'm gonna animated just by clicking this play I can hear So now is you can see throughout the whole video The face of the girl stays bright which is what we need So have a look at before and after before after 6. Teleport Effect + Conclusion: Now I'm gonna show you how to create a simple teleport effect. For this effect, you will need to put your camera on a tripod so that it doesn't move and also make sure that the lighting doesn't change. So here's the shot that we have and we can see the girl walking into the frame and we want her to disappear. Asked you walk behind this white pool so that we don't see her on the right side of the pool. Let's find the moment before the girl walks into the frame right here. Cut it and let's put this clip on top off the clip with the girl walking. So all we need to do now is we need to select our top clip, then go to effect, controls capacity, then select Bantu and just draw as shape like that. So this our mask, But we have you can see we can feather it out just a bit, turned to both of layer back on. And this is what we have now. So now you know everything about masking in Premiere Pro, so don't be afraid to experiment. Go create your own effects and transitions and I'll see you later. Bye.