Adobe Premiere vs Final Cut Pro

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Arild, Oct 26, 2003.

  1. Arild

    Arild Guest

    I've done some editing in Final Cut Pro 1.2, and now I've tried Premiere but
    I can't figure the damn thing out.

    How can I composite 2 or more layers of video and at the same time animate
    an alpha channel on each layer?

    This is to be able to take e.g. a mooving football from one shot and insert
    it into another.....

    Does Final Cut exist in a Windows edition?
    Are there any other editing packages that I should try which will give me
    this capability?
    Arild, Oct 26, 2003
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  2. Paul Harrison, Oct 27, 2003
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  3. Arild

    Dave R Guest

    Assuming that I've understood you correctly, and you're using Premiere
    6, then you can:-

    Create a black & white matte, with a circle that is the same size as the
    ball at it's largest point. You could do this by exporting the frame
    concerned as a bitmap into Photoshop and use the image as your
    guideline. Save the matte as a bitmap (BMP).

    Import the BMP into Premiere, and put it onto video track 2. It should
    pick up either black alpha matte or white alpha matte, but if not, you
    can set this yourself by right click->transparency.

    Put your video with the ball on video 3, put your new video on track 1.
    Now you should have the ball coming through.

    In order to have the matte track the ball, you need to set up motion.
    Right mouse click on the matte and select motion. The default is to
    move from left to right across the screen... just move your start and
    end points. If the ball doesn't move in a straight line at the same
    speed you can add additional points to the motion track. You can also
    zoom in and out as the ball gets closer or further away.

    I'm going on memory, but I think that should do it.

    If anyone knows how to do this in Vegas - I'd would like to know how,
    it's one of my stumbling blocks.
    Dave R, Oct 27, 2003
  4. Arild

    Arild Guest

    How is Vegas different from Premiere ?
    Cost ?
    System required to run it ?
    Gadget's ?
    Limited number og layers ?
    Easy to use ?
    Arild, Oct 27, 2003
  5. Vegas is easier to use straight away.

    cost - cheaper than premiere. for demo
    download for
    details of vegas 4

    It has unlimited video/audio layers and loads of effects transitions etc.

    I got my copy via ebay - US purchase but was cheaper at time than buying
    here in UK. It can be bundled with some hardware the canopus ACEDVIO for

    very easy to use i started with prem but took ages to get use to it and do
    simple things - vegas is a sinch compared to prem.
    Paul Harrison, Oct 29, 2003
  6. Arild

    Tony Morgan Guest

    Not in the demo or LE versions.
    The bundled versions are the LE version, which has severely reduced
    functionality compared with the full version. Same with the downloadable
    demo version.

    For starters, the demo version does not allow saving of projects, CD
    extraction, CD burning, or screen capture.
    Watermarks are applied to both the video and audio of all rendered
    There's also a two minute maximum for play/record, and batch capturing
    is not allowed.

    And in the LE (bundled versions) a lot of functionality has been
    appreciably reduced (e.g. the number of layers allowed).
    Tony Morgan, Oct 29, 2003
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