Animated Mattes - Guided Edit

What are Animated Mattes?

Animated Matte is a Guided Edit which when applied to your video reveals it in different shapes and styles. Pick an overlay and apply it to add dramatic effects to your videos, or a select scene.

How will my videos look with this effect?

Here are some examples of Animated Mattes used in videos.

A video with Mosaic_02 video reveal matte applied.

A video with Bars_02 video reveal matte applied.

How to apply Animated mattes as overlays to reveal videos?

Select Guided > Video Adjustments Animated Mattes. Click Add Media to add a video . Select the appropriate import option and import media. Once imported, the media file gets added to the Project Assets bin. Drag-and-drop the media file to the Video 1 track on the Timeline.


Add media to Premiere Elements

Now, to add animated overlays to this media file, in the right panel, click on the Graphics icon. This will show you the available animated matte overlays. Drag the animated matte overlay you wish to apply and drop it on another video track (eg. Video 2) on the Timeline just above the video clip on the Video 1 track.

Note: You can add multiple overlay clips to get different effects.

A scissor icon appears on the playhead. Click the icon to split the part of the video where overlay is not applied. This helps you retain the remaining portion of the video.

 




Reveal Video Mattes showing available overlays

To ensure the video is revealed as the animation plays, add the Track Matte Key effect. Click on the Effects icon on the right panel and drag-and-drop the Track Matte Key effect onto the highlighted video on the Video 1 track of the Timeline.

In the Applied Effects window on the right panel, set Matte to the video track you have added it on (eg. Video 2) and Composite Using to Matte Luma.

Drag-and-drop Track Matte Key effect

Play the video to see the video being revealed in a dramatic way. To export the final output, select File > Export and Share. For information about various exports and share options available, see Export and share your videos.

Use mattes as transition from one video to another

You can use Animated Mattes as transition between two clips. Applying transition provides smooth shift from one clip to another. Transitions can also convey a tone or mood, suggest the passage of time, or separate parts of the story.

How to apply Animated mattes as transitions?

For using Animated mattes as transition, you require two video clips. Click Add Media to add the assets you wish to work with.  Select the appropriate import option and import media. Once imported, the media file gets added to the Project Assets bin. 

Add media to Premiere Elements

Drop Clip 2 (outgoing clip) on Track 2. From the Effects panel, select Track Matte Key effect and drag-drop it on the clip. To adjust the settings of this effect, set Matte to Video 3 (In the next step, you will add the Reveal Video Matte on track Video 3) and Composit Using to Matte Luma. Ensure the Reverse checkbox is checked.

 

Apply and adjust Track Matte Key effect

Add the Reveal Track Matte clip on video track 3. From the Graphics panel, open the Show All drop-down and select Reveal Video Mattes. Select the matte you want to apply for the transition and drop it on the track Video 3 on the timeline such that the end of the clip aligns with the end of Clip 2. You can use Timestretch to fasten or slow down the transition effect.

Graphics panel > Reveal Video Mattes

Place Clip 1 (incoming clip) on track 1 such that its beginning aligns with the beginning of the Reveal Track Matte clip on Track 3. To make this clip fade in, right clik on the clip > Fade > Fade In Video.

Aligning clips on time timeline

Play the video to see the video being revealed in a dramatic way. To export the final output, select File > Export and Share.

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