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Hi,

I have 3 layers of the same video aligned on: video 1 (background), video 2 (track matte key) and video 3 (HSL secondary).  My goal is to be able to make Lumetri color changes to video 2 "sandwich filling layer" which  will be viewed through the masked off portion of the top layer.  On the top layer, I keyed out the blue sky using White/Black masking in HSL Secondary.  On the "filling" layer, I added the track matte key set to Video 3 and Matte Luma.  For this demo, I set the exposure way down on this layer in the basic Lumetri control. Result:  if I leave the scale of the top (mask) layer set to 100%, the track matte key is quite a bit smaller than it should be.  If, however, I set the scale of the top layer to exactly 102.1%, the matte looks much better.  I am using the 102.1% scaling of the top (mask) later as a workaround and it works pretty well.  The keying holds up while playing a test clip and even matches if I scale up the test clip.  Please see attachments.  Any observations or advice on this phenomenem will be greatly appreciated.  

Zaffer

track matte key 100.jpg

Top layer scale set to 100%

track matte key 102.1.jpg

Top layer scale set to 102.1%

 

Ivy walk mask test_01.jpg

Ivy walk test video_01 (day)

 

Ivy walk mask test_02.jpg

Ivy walk text video_02 (night)

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just a shot in the dark, but screen capture clips are often variable frame rate which can cause all sorts of weird issues.  


use mediainfo to determine whether your source is variable or constant frame rate

https://mediaarea.net/en/MediaInfo/Download

if it's variable use handbrake to convert to constant frame rate

https://handbrake.fr
and here's a tutorial on how to use handbrake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=34&v=xlvxgVREX-Y

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Hi,

I have 3 layers of the same video aligned on: video 1 (background), video 2 (track matte key) and video 3 (HSL secondary).  My goal is to be able to make Lumetri color changes to video 2 "sandwich filling layer" which  will be viewed through the masked off portion of the top layer.  On the top layer, I keyed out the blue sky using White/Black masking in HSL Secondary.  On the "filling" layer, I added the track matte key set to Video 3 and Matte Luma.  For this demo, I set the exposure way down on this layer in the basic Lumetri control. Result:  if I leave the scale of the top (mask) layer set to 100%, the track matte key is quite a bit smaller than it should be.  If, however, I set the scale of the top layer to exactly 102.1%, the matte looks much better.  I am using the 102.1% scaling of the top (mask) later as a workaround and it works pretty well.  The keying holds up while playing a test clip and even matches if I scale up the test clip.  Please see attachments.  Any observations or advice on this phenomenem will be greatly appreciated.  

Zaffer

track matte key 100.jpg

Top layer scale set to 100%

track matte key 102.1.jpg

Top layer scale set to 102.1%

 

Ivy walk mask test_01.jpg

Ivy walk test video_01 (day)

 

Ivy walk mask test_02.jpg

Ivy walk text video_02 (night)

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just a shot in the dark, but screen capture clips are often variable frame rate which can cause all sorts of weird issues.  


use mediainfo to determine whether your source is variable or constant frame rate

https://mediaarea.net/en/MediaInfo/Download

if it's variable use handbrake to convert to constant frame rate

https://handbrake.fr
and here's a tutorial on how to use handbrake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=34&v=xlvxgVREX-Y

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Have you any scaling applied to the clip on V1? And to create your track stack, did you Alt/drag the clips up a track?

 

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Hi Neil,

No, I didn't apply any scaling to the clip on V1 (bottom clip).  I tried to scale V2 (sandwich filling) and that worked somewhat, but scaling V3 worked better.

When I created my stack, I think I remember dragging from the source monitor.  For some of my early tests, I actually used 3 different copies of the clip (imported from 3 different files in File Explorer).  I didn't use Alt/drag.  I found that using 3 different clips from 3 different files made no difference -- same as using 3 different copies of the same file in Premiere.  Thanks for answering.

Zaffer

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I always Alt/drag the clip up to V2, then Alt/drag that to V3.

 

I've never had a scaling issue, like what you seem to have, and that puzzles me.

 

Neil

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I just tried Alt/draging -- same result as before!

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Hi Neil,

News Flash!  I tried the same stacking/matte track key procedure with another movie clip.  This one was recorded live (don't know what camera) of people dancing, and it came to me as MP4.  The clip I'm having the trouble with  was a screen capture made with Snagit -- also an MP4.  Do you think that could have made a difference?  Screen capture vs recorded live?

 

This might also be of interest.  I tracked down a video by someone who also had the shrinking track matte key problem.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1XnJmUfI_M. In his his video he recommends putting a Turbulent Displace on the track matte key layer and setting the amount down to zero.  This worked on my clip, but the Turbulent Displace effect used a lot more computer resources than just increasing the scale of the top clip.  Any thoughts will be appreciated.

Zaffer

 

 

Ever have that annoying issue with track matte key in Adobe Premiere where the graphics shrink? Here's a fix for that (same fix applied two ways).

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just a shot in the dark, but screen capture clips are often variable frame rate which can cause all sorts of weird issues.  


use mediainfo to determine whether your source is variable or constant frame rate

https://mediaarea.net/en/MediaInfo/Download

if it's variable use handbrake to convert to constant frame rate

https://handbrake.fr
and here's a tutorial on how to use handbrake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=34&v=xlvxgVREX-Y

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Thanks MGrenadier,

I just checked and Snagit does use variable frame rates.  I'm planning on getting better quality screen capture software, so maybe that will fix the problem.  Thanks!

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just be sure and check that the new screen capture is constant frame rate.  Here's the adobe party line on screen captures.

https://community.adobe.com/t5/premiere-pro/faq-issues-with-screen-recorded-footage-in-premiere-pro/...

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Will do.  I'll let you know how things work out with constant frame rate capture.  Thanks!

Zaffer

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Might want to try the mask with text feature in the Ess Graphics instead of the track matte.

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I was thinking the same, Ann ... it's so quick & easy to mask things with shapes from the EGP now. Multiple shapes each as it's own layer in the EGP layer stack, each easily animated.

 

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No more nesting. Assets can be panned and zoomed independently.

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Hi MGrenadier,

You are absolutely right.  I bought Camtasia which lets you chose the frame rate, and my test screen captures all came out *without* the incredible shrinking track matte key.  Here's a couple of screen shots to prove it.  Thanks so much for your inspired shot in the dark!

Zaffer

blue sky.jpg

Normal blue sky

 

pink sky.jpg

 Too pink sky!

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