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Media Composer four point tracking effect

Learn how to use four tracking points within Avid Media Composer to replace a picture frame with different content.

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You can use tracking data within Avid Media Composer to replace the content of an existing picture.

First, right click within the grey area of the timeline and choose new video track from the contextual menu.

Edit your new image above the clip you want to replace.

Move the track monitor icon to the V2 track.

Now navigate over the the effects palette within the project window.

Click on the Blend category.

Find the 3D warp effect and drop it onto your new clip that's on V2.

Make sure the position indicator is at the front of your clip.

Then click on the effect mode button.

Within the effect editor window, use these crop controls to position your picture into the image you're replacing.

Now twirl down the disclosure triangle for the corner tracking parameter.

Activate all four of the tracking points.

Move over to the Composer window.

Zoom into the frame using the zoom button.

Hold down command + option keys to move around within the frame to place your tracking points.

Place each tracking point on the corner of the painting.

Zoom back out when you are finished.

Press the start tracking button within the tracker window.

Media Composer will now track the points for the picture frame.

When it's done close the tracker window.

That's it, back up and watch the final composite.

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