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Premiere Pro Mask is Horrible

Explorer ,
Mar 07, 2020 Mar 07, 2020

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I'm using the 2019 Premiere Pro CC.

 

I tried to put a mask on the opacity property of an layer, but when I go to alter the mask, it creates new points on the mask.

 

When I try to select one point to move, it moves the entire mask.

 

The cursor also transforms into the hand tool when I am altering my mask, which is really clunky.

 

I have no idea why the mask options don't work like they do in After Effects. I would work in After Effects, but the render would be too long.

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Community Expert ,
Mar 07, 2020 Mar 07, 2020

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When animating a mask use the same amount of nodes through out the animation.

For moving a point use the magnifying option or go full screen.

The hand tool is indeed a bit clunky.

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Community Expert ,
Mar 07, 2020 Mar 07, 2020

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Read this carefully please, what is happening is not a mistake of Premiere Pro is lack of knowledge of how to use the masks.


https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-pro/using/masking-tracking.html#MaskinginPremierePro

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Explorer ,
Apr 12, 2022 Apr 12, 2022

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I dissagree. Even the tutorial you provide shows how much effort goes into making a Premiere 2020 mask that Premiere 1995 could produce in two steps. It needs rethinking from the bttom up.

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Explorer ,
Apr 12, 2022 Apr 12, 2022

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It's garbage. It is the epitome of a project that developers didn't want but users needed so it exists in the absolute minimum functional state that could be maked "done". It's the saddest part of the entire Adobe suite IMHO.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 12, 2022 Apr 12, 2022

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Do you have something you need help with?

If you are attempting to help the OP, please note this topic is more than 2 years old and they have probably moved on.

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Explorer ,
Apr 12, 2022 Apr 12, 2022

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No. I use Ae for anything other than CC - Titles, layering, motion graphics, absolutely anything other than straight scaling. I dropped into Pr's mask tool hoping it had been updated. Found it was as broken as the last time I used it in 2019 and left it where it was. Completed the task with Ae and happier for it. Appreciate the follow up.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 12, 2022 Apr 12, 2022

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No problem. I spend a

lot of time in Ae, too. 

Audition for audio. After Effects for FX, Premiere Pro for assembly and export. 

As my father-in-law says, a job goes better when you use the proper tool. 

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 19, 2022 Nov 19, 2022

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Just another example of why Adobe neeeds to go bankrupt. insane that they cant get one UI to work well or with any improvement over the years. bunch of tools. Just have a look online and see that everyone feels the same (https://www.reddit.com/r/premiere/comments/f47l19/masking_first_point_when_masking_a_video_is). Only at Adobe can they act like its our fault, put out USELESS "resources", and keep increasing the price for an absolutely terrible suite of apps. Adobe is almost Corel... GL HF. cant wait till the next gen you absolute clowns.

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Community Expert ,
Nov 19, 2022 Nov 19, 2022

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You're saying that the render would be too long makes me wonder if you're familiar with dynamic link. You could right click on the clip in Premiere, select replace with After Effects Composition, save the AE project and do your masking. When you save in AE it should update in Premiere. 

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Nov 19, 2022 Nov 19, 2022

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All these apps have their own unique process for masking ... even changing the names, like Resolve's "power windows" ... yea, whatever It's a MASK.

 

And in each app, you have to figure out how they set that tool to work. For some people, one app is 'intuitive' while another is totally opaque. For a different user, it's reversed.

 

Everyone's mileage always varies.

 

And as I work in both Pr & Resolve daily, and do some stuff in Ae & Au ... yea, it's a pain to remember the different ways things are done. But each has their usefulness. They're tools, that's all.

 

Neil

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