Title Tracking & Masking
Using fayIN Plugin
For this weeks episode we wanted to switch it up and do a video on some post production. We recently visited NAB and found a brand called Fayteq. The guys over at Fayteq created an awesome Adobe After Effects tool called fayIN. This tool allows you to track stationary and moving objects in just a few easy steps. You can track images, text, and even allows you to work dynamically with Adobe Photoshop. It definitely was one of the best things we saw at the show. With that being said, we want to show you guys how to use it in your videos. We show everything from shooting the actual clip, to editing it in after effects. Check out the video and article below to learn more.
Import footage into Adobe After Effects and start a new composition.
Look up fayIN under the 'effects and presets' tab and drag it onto the clip you would like to track.
If you do not have the fayIN plug-in, purchase or download the free trial here.
In the pop window, click the add 'add track' button. After this, a second window should appear. Here, you will want to choose which type of tool you want to highlight the tracking and whether it is static or moving.
Tip: We recommend using the rectangle tool when possible because it seems to pick up the track a bit better. However, the masking tool because it acts as a paintbrush.
Draw out the rectangle or mask on the area you would like to track. The more precise you are with the outline, the better fayIN will be able to track.
Import your photo or title image and drag it onto the fayIN placeholder below. fayIN will also pick up any text you create within After Effects OR any Adobe Photoshop files that you are currently working on.
Note: hold down the ALT key while dragging your file onto the placeholder
Duplicate your clip and put it above both of the others in the timeline.
Using the 'pen' tool, mask the object that you would like the text to be behind.
Tip: Be sure to use the pen tool to draw points all the way around the object and not just the side you would like to mask. The points need to be connected in order for the mask to work.
Go to the 'masks' tab under the clip and drop key frames while you adjust the positioning of the mask you just created. To this for each frame until the entire text or image is no longer behind the object you are trying to mask.
Use the 'Mask Feather' tool to blend the title or image more naturally behind the object. This is what will make it look a bit more real and not just an image layered under a clip.
Behind The Scenes
Thanks for watching the latest episode to our series “Move with Rhino”. We want to help other filmmakers gain inspiration or give them tips on different types of shots. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for weekly uploads and updates. Now let’s go film.
If you want to know which gear we used to shoot this video and most of our films, we have provided the links below. Just remember, that aside from all the gear, the most important part of filming is the story. Good luck!
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