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Magic Mask in Avid Media Composer

Learn how to use the Magic mask feature with a tracker in Avid Media Composer to create an effect similar to the Pleasantville effect.

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You can create a cool effect using the magic mask feature combined with a tracker in Avid Media Composer.

Check this out.
To create this effect, navigate to the effects palette and look for the paint effect within the image category.

Drag the paint effect onto a clip.

Make sure the position indicator is at the first frame of your segment.

Then press the effect mode button.

Within the effect editor window click on the tracking tool.

Place the tracking crosshair on a high area of contrast.

Then press the start tracking button within the tracking window.

After the track is complete, close the tracking window.

Move the position indicator back to the front of the clip.

Now move back to the effect editor window and click on the ectangle tool.

Twirl down the disclosure triangle for the magic mask parameter.

Drag the cursor from the color well into the Canvas window to select a color you want to change.

Now drag a rectangle around the area you want to change to a different color.

Change the mode from solid to hue.

Now adjust the gain and/or softness controls until your back to original color of your image.

Twirl down the disclosure triangle for the color parameter.

Adjust the hue slider for until you get the desired color your looking for.

The last step is to twirl down the disclosure triangle for the tracking parameter.  

Go ahead and activate the first tracker.

Okay, that's it.  

Press play to watch the composite.

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