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Paint Brush effect using Media Composer animatte

One of the interesting features within Avid Media Composer is the ability to use the Animatte effect to create a paint brush wash effect. This entry also contains a video tutorial using Media Composer's Animatte feature for a paint brush effect. This effect is done by using two video layers and then drawing with a large paint brush to reveal one layer underneath the other.  Here are the step by step instructions:


avid_paint_effect.gifThis effect is done by using two video layers and then drawing with a large paint brush to reveal one layer underneath the other. 

Here are the step by step instructions:






The first step is to edit two clips directly on top of each other.  Drag the animatte effect from the Avid effect pallete to Video layer 2.

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Enter into the Avid Effect's mode by clicking on the effect editor button which should be located in the upper left corner of the Avid timeline window.

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Within the Media Composer effect editor, click on the Paint Brush tool.  Adjust the size of the brush so it is very large.  In this example, I'm using a brush size of 71.

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 Adjust the feathering of the brush to a value of around 20.

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Within the Composer window, zoom out so you can see the edge of the visible screen area.

reduce_composer_window.gifNow use the paint brush to draw across the entire frame.  Sweep the paint brush across moving left to right until the entire screen is cover.

*When you let go of the mouse, the white paint will dissapear. Don't worry about that yet.

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selection_tool.gif*Here's the tricky part.  Make sure you select the object within the composer window using the selection arrow within the effect palette.

 

 

select_paint_object.gifNext, select the first keyframe within the Composer window.

 

 

 

 

 

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Navigate back to the Avid effect's editor window and adjust the path to Zero.  The idea here is to leave the first keyframe at a path of Zero, and the last keyframe at a path of 100.

 

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render_effect.gifThe last step is to render the effect. That's all there is to it!

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