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Tutorial: Using Text to Mask Video in Adobe After Effects CC

This tutorial demonstrates how to use an After Effects alpha matte to make your video "shine through" your text.

Creating the Track Matte

Once you have your layers built, navigate to the Toggle Switches/Nodes button (Figure 8, below) at the bottom of the UI and click it to extend your timeline options (Figure 9, below Figure 8). Then click the video layer in the timeline to select it.

Figure 8. The Toggle Switches/Nodes button.

Figure 9. Timeline options extended, video layer selected.

Then right-click on the Track Matte drop-down menu for the video layer and change the Track Matte option from No Track Matte to Alpha Matte "NYC" (Figure 10, below).

Figure 10. Choosing Alpha Matte "NYC."

You'll now see, as shown in Figure 11 (below), that the video layer is shining through the text layer you made.

Figure 11. With Alpha Matte "NYC" selected, the video layer now shines through the text layer.

You can animate the text, resize it, change the position of your video--the options are really endless. For example, I added a fade-from-left-to-right animation to my text. Overall it's a great, simple way to give your text some extra pizzazz and production value. 

 

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