December 30, 2016 at 9:02PM


Compositing with masks in Premiere Pro, can anyone help?

Hi guys,
In Premiere Pro, I'm trying to cut one face from a video (using masking) and stick it to a different video. The cut out floats around when applied to the new video but I want it to stay in the same place. Is this possible?


I would recommend After Effects and track the mask frame by frame.

December 31, 2016 at 10:36AM

Cary Knoop

I did figure After Effects would be preferable, considering Premiere is (I think) barely considered compositing software.
Would it be impossible to use Premiere, or would it just be quite difficult? I don't have AE, since it's quite pricey...:(

Ariel Casanova

December 31, 2016 at 10:35PM, Edited December 31, 10:35PM

move all to after effects, you have tool to track mask, tool to track old face where you want to attach new face, many tools to reshape and manage new face on old.

January 2, 2017 at 11:08AM

Carlo Macchiavello

I'm afraid I don't currently have AE, but thank you for your reccomendation, anyway. :)

Ariel Casanova

January 2, 2017 at 8:59PM

does the face move around on the original video? is that why the face is floating around?
either way you could still have it float in one spot in premiere, you just have to track it manually frame by frame, if I am understanding you correctly. I do that sometimes when on certain section of the video with exposure when it doesn't auto track properly.

January 3, 2017 at 6:00PM

Keith Kim

Sorry, maybe I could have explained better. What I mean, is that the cut out seems to float around in the video, because it isn't tracked to the new video. It's basically sitting on top, and doesn't appear to be part of the video because of it. I can track it frame by frame, but even then it doesn't look right; maybe After Effects is the only way.

Ariel Casanova

January 3, 2017 at 8:14PM

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