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I didn’t know you could do that effect in Camtasia 8.
Okay, I’m going to show you how I did the green screen where I was able to go through
a window in a picture. The first thing I did was I went to Lowes
and got a board and then I took my green screen paper that I have, I know I’m probably out
of focus here. Took green screen paper that I had and simply
wrapped around the board. You can probably use any green screen paint,
any green paint, any green paper that you want to use.
I set up two boxes, which you can’t see in the frame of the camera, and simply stood
it up against the boxes so it would lay that way.
And, it kind of bounced back and forth, so I put a, something heavy behind, so that it
would be more permanent. So let’s go ahead and move on to Camtasia
and how I set up the cut out of the green screen.
Start with a new project and save it with an appropriate name.
Then import the media you are going to need. You’re going to need the video, the background
sound, the background, and the image. Add several tracks, about seven or eight to
work with. On the bottom track add your background and
adjust the width of the background for a little more than the approximate size of the video
effect. I like to label my tracks at the start to
help keep track of what section of the effect I’m working on.
This will be my background track. Next track will be labeled Bottom Back. This
will be the back image of where my arms will be hanging over the wall.
The next track is the video track. Let’s move our video down onto this track.
Now here is one key piece of important information when you are actually taping your video.
I stood in one position with my arms up for a few seconds, so I would have any idea where
the left and right side of the picture would be.
Also, scrubbing forward here, you will see I turned and walked off frame.
By doing this, it helps with the illusion of moving the picture window off screen and
by walking off frame gives me options of how and where I want to top the effect.
Now, we are going to start adding our images to the various tracks.
We are going to add the image to our Bottom Back track, making it the full width of the
video. Then copy and paste the image to the tracks
above the video by clicking on the Bottom Back track to highlight it, then Control +
C to copy. Click on the empty track above the Video track
and paste by using Control + V. We will call this track our Cut Out.
These tracks must be in this order; otherwise, this effect doesn’t work.
So your Cut Out must be above your video. Then the next track, Control + V again to
paste, and we will name it Left side. Next track will be our Right side.
Then on the next track, we won’t add the image yet.
We’ll simply name it Bottom front. We need this here so you and the Cut Out has
something to go behind. Then let’s turn off all the image tracks
off for moment, so we can remove the green screen.
Click on your video track, then on visual properties.
If visual properties is now showing, then click on more and you will see it in the drop
down menu. Go to Visual Properties.
Click on remove color. If green is not already selected, then click
on the drop down button and click on select color.
Then with your eyedropper, click on the green screen.
Then adjust your tolerance, softness, and hue sliders.
Be careful not to over extend and lose your image.
I’ve already done this, so I know for this particular video, I can set the tolerances
at 11, 11, 12, and 0. Once you have the green screen adjustments
made, then turn your Bottom Back track back on.
Then toggle the crop mode icon on. If the crop mode is off, you will see a white
guide outline border. If it is on, you will see a blue guide outline
border. Making sure the crop guidelines are on, you
click and hold on the top blue square of the guide and crop the image down below the arms,
across the bottom where your body ends. Scrub through the video to where the arms
are laying on top of the image with the hands over the image.
Click off the image to make the blue guidelines disappear and double check to make sure everything
looks good. The wall is not too low or too high.
Click back on the image; copy it by clicking on Control + C.
Scroll up to the Bottom Front track and paste by clicking Control + V.
Scroll down and hide the Bottom Back track. Scroll back up to the Bottom Front track and
click on it to highlight it. Scroll forward until you disappear behind
the wall and to just before you pop back up. Leaving your play head there, click on the
end of the image and scroll it back to the play head.
Go back down to the Bottom Back track and turn it back on.
Move your play head back to the beginning, turn on the Left track, and click on the track
to highlight it. We should still be in crop mode.
We are working on our left side, so click and hold on the right blue square and drag
to the left until you are to the left of the arm.
Scrub out to make sure the hand and arm does not overlap the left side.
We now turn on the Right track and highlight it.
Click and hold on the left blue square and drag to the right until you are to the right
of the arm. We then scrub it to make sure our hands have
room and are not butting up against or hidden behind the right wall.
Now turn on the Cut Out track, this is where it gets a little bit tricky and a little bit
fun. Make sure you have highlighted the track.
Click and hold on the left blue square and slide it to the right.
What we want to do is match it up to the yellow guideline, but to be on the safe side, so
no background shows, we want to move it a little bit over to the left, so it slightly
overlaps. Then we’ll do the same thing on the right
side. Go up to where it’s yellow and then move
it just a little over to the right side. Then we’ll do the bottom, same thing.
Now we will toggle back to the regular mode with the white guidelines.
Now we are going to start working with our animation.
Click on the Visual Properties and move the play head just a little bit to the right,
then click on the add animation button. Hold your shift key down, click and hold on
one of the bottom corners of the cutout. Move inwards until you see part of the top
of your head and some of the left side of the hand.
Now you are going to keep adding animations as you scrub forward and the body behind the
cutout moves. You want to keep everything matching as closely
as possible. So we scrub forward just until we see the
body turn a little, click on the add animation button.
Put your cursor over one of the center circles until it turns green and you see a little
circular arrow. Then slightly tilt the Cut Out image.
Then we are going to scrub forward again to add another animation.
What I like to do is try to keep the top of the head showing as much as possible to help
with the illusion. So continue with the scrubbing forward, click
on the add animation button, moving the Cut Out image to match the body behind it.
You can also now start seeing why we have to have the Video and Cut Out tracks below
the Left, Right, and Bottom Front tracks, which allows it to appear to fall behind them.
Keep scrubbing and adding animations to the body movement until the image is completely
out of frame. Quickly test to make sure everything looks
right. Now group the image and video tracks together
by holding your shift key down and clicking on each track until they are all highlighted.
Right click on your mouse and select Group, or you can hit Control + G.
Right click on your mouse again and remove all empty tracks.
Rename the group track as Cut Out Effect, you can also name it here.
Then right clicking on our Background track, we’ll Insert Track above, and we’ll also
add a track above our Cut Out Effect. This one we will call our Splash or Logosting
track. This one will be our background audio.
Lock the background track. Then I’m going to scrub out to where I am
starting to walk off, just to where my hand is about to touch the right wall.
Then I’m going to cut off this section of the track because I won’t need it.
Now we need to add an animation for the effect that I am walking off with the image and taking
it with me. I’ll move the play head close to the very
end. Click on the Visual Properties, click on the
Add Animation button, and slide the video completely off to the right keeping in alignment
with the yellow guidelines. What I want to do is make sure my play head
is right over the center of the beginning of my animation on the Cut Out Effects group.
Now I am going to add my Splash Logosting, which I have in my Library and bring it down
to the track and move it right up against the play head.
I lock the Cut Out Effect track, making sure my Splash Logosting track is highlighted,
I move this off to the left, making sure everything stays aligned with the yellow guidelines.
Move the play head a couple seconds past the Cut Out Effect and cut and delete part of
the Splash Logosting that will not be needed. Move the play head right over the center of
the end of the animation on the Cut Out Effect track, so the animations on both tracks will
match. Making sure your Splash Logosting track is
highlighted, click on Visual Properties, click on Add Animation button, and make sure the
beginning of the animation starts at the beginning. Now simply slide the Splash Logosting image
to the right until it is fully in frame and lined up with the yellow guidelines.
Move the play head to the beginning, click on the Clip Bin, and add your background audio
to the track. Scrub forward to where you have just popped
up and are about to speak. Then cut and delete the audio there.
Making sure your audio track is highlight, click on the audio tab, move your play head
to where you want to start fading out and then click on the fade out button.
Unlock your background track, move your play head to the end of the Splash Logosting.
Make sure your background track is highlighted, and cut the end of the background image off.
Now it’s time to produce it. Click on Produce and Share.
Make sure your MP4 only up to 1080p is selected because that is the size of your video.
If your video is 720, then select the MP4 up to 720p.
Click Next. Keep the same name or change it to whatever
is appropriate, save to the location, so you can easily find it.
Then click on Finish. Dumdi dum di dum
There you have it. I hope you enjoyed learning how to do this
and look forward to seeing your version. Please feel free to leave a comment below.
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