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Hey guys this tutorial’s going to be just a quick tip. As you can see I have thrown a really fast prime at RTP because we’re not going over this as a keying video. I’ve got a question, well actually I get this a lot; how do I make my text go behind something in my scene. As you can see I have this video of this woman in front of a green screen and I keyed it out and as you can see when I play it, she’s in slow motion, optical float. And open up my project, and turn off prime at, you’ll see what the original footage looks like when I play it; you’ll see the hair is in optical flow. Now this was a normally timed footage, it looked normal. I took it into shake and put the optical flow on it and now you can see the hair and everything’s really nice, really good quality optical flow.
Now that this is cashed, motion cashed this, playing back in real time as you can see, shake does a rally good job but that is not what this video is about. I think, shake has better optical flow retiming and motion and I plan on using this clip in a future video but I just wanted to explain that incase you’re wondering why this begun so slow or how I got the hair and stuff to be so slow and smooth like that. You know, you are not going to be able to do it like that in the final cut—you need optical flow. This video; I’m going to show you how to put text behind something in your scene; see I go this one person here in this video clip.
What if I had some text here and I wanted it to go behind her head; how would I do that? As you can see, what I got here, let me turn on my prime at RT, turn on my text, you can see my text now because my text is laid below my video clip so you cannot see it as long as the prime at RT isn’t on because it’s like below. I turn the prime at RT on the key after green. I can see below it and I have my name. Hence, the lightest layered over here in the layers tab. Names on top; I mean the clip is on top and the name is underneath the clip. So now, when I take my name here, you move it over, you can see it goes behind her head. And how do we go about doing this? It do not have to be a person, it could be a tree, or a house or you want when somebody disappear behind something. Okay, well this is not a problem, what you want to do is key a your clip, I’ll go ahead and delete this, key out your clip and if you lay your name underneath your video clip, obviously, you can see that it looks like it’s behind there okay? And that’s all good and everything but what if you do not have a green screen? What if you do not have to key this out with? So let’s remove my green screen here now we cannot see my text. So, how will we go about doing this? Okay, well I will turn off my text, so let’s select our original clip and duplicate it to make them handy. Now we have two clips and now what I’m going to do is I’m going to find a good spot to demonstrate this. I’m not going to be able to get her hair and stuff but this is going to be an example. I want to add a Rotoshape, a mask to my top clip.
So go into your custom shape, pick it, make sure you’re on your top clip and draw a mask around the object you want your text or whatever it may be to go behind so I’m just going to draw around the top of her head here like so. Now we have this mask on top of her head so what does that do for me? Well, I will show you; let’s take our text and put it in between the two movie clips; locks up. Now when I turn my text on, as you can see, we can see it and when I move it, we move behind her. We did not need to key out anything to get this to work but as you can see when I bring it down, you can see our mask that we put into play.
So the only thing that we are doing is we are masking our top clip; simply turn off our body clip and now you can get an idea of what we are doing. My top clip I put the mask on proportion of the clip I want my item to go behind. And hen I put another clip boom! And that filled in the rest of it. So our top clip is just masked off the top of her head, okay. And when we do that, our text will go behind as you can see, the text goes behind. We turn-on on another clip, we click on the click and it fills in the rest of the image and now you can’t tell one way or the other how it’s working but you can see the text does go behind our subject if you wanted to make it bigger we just want to open our mask just like our mask just to edit the points and let’s bring our points down here like that. Now, we can take our name and we can go all the way down with it you see? So the only thing we are doing is laying two clips on top of one another and putting in mask or Rotoshape around the top one and laying the item we want to go behind it in between as you can see here. We have our top clip, we have our Roto on it, we have our item; and then we have our bottom clip with nothing on it. It’s that simple guys, I hope this is a good little trick to help you express up your home movies if you need something to go behind a tree or a house; this is the way to do it guys so I hope you have learned something. Now remember, if your clip is moving, if you’ve got this mask on a moving person, you’re going to have to key frame it, okay? If she’s moving her head back and forth, I had to key frame this shape or it would not work. So that’s how you do it. I hope you’ve learned something and see you next time.