How to Use Track Matte Key in Premiere

Creating different kinds of color through key in Premiere is one way to develop your skills as an Adobe designer. The Track Matte Key will help you to build lots of different looks, and it is not too difficult to use if you are able to follow some simple instructions. Most people using Adobe Premiere can manage to complete this project within a few hours, so if you have some spare time and access to a computer and Adobe Premiere, then why not start a new project like this (and entertain yourself creatively).

Materials Needed

  • Adobe Premiere Software
  • Computer
  • Spare time

Step 1: Start the Project

In order to create this project, you will need to open a new file on your software. Call it MatteKey, or something similar, so that you don't confuse it with your larger video projects. Open up the file, and place it into the browser section of your window. In order to create the track matte, you will need to have what is known as a grunge background. Select this background from your file, and then take it to the project panel. Place the file, and put that up onto the time-line portion of the window. Touch the footage with the mouse pointer, and right click onto it. You should be able to set the footage for this next.

Step 2: Set the Effects

Once you have selected the grunge background, and have given it a running time, you should then go to your menu tab, and click on it. Your drop down window will open up a number of options. Choose Effect Control, and also Effects. When this has been done, pull open the Video Effects folder, and select Color Correction. You will see Tint. Pick up this tab, and drag it over to the project folder. Repeat for the tabs Brightness and Contrast, and Equalize. Once you have all of these in your folder, you can then move the effects bars up and down, to get the right amount of brightness, tinting and color equalization for your folder. If you want something very bright, then place more emphasis upon the brightness and contrast button; if you want something more natural, play around with the equalization button.

Step 3: Name the Video

Once you have got this area sorted, you will need to save the video that you have just made. Go up to the folder button, and click on the Title tab. There, you should be able to type in any name that you want. This will allow you to save the video in any location. Take the background from the project window, and place it onto the Video 1 slot.

Step 4: Add More Effects

Once there, open up the effects portion again, and then open up the Keyring section. You should be able to see a Track Matte Key title. Add this to the video. You can then add more effects of your choice before saving it.

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