how to highlight person in video

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by joe, Dec 19, 2006.

  1. joe

    joe Guest

    I'm editing some video on my computer, and I'm trying to figure out how
    to do something but I can't find any information on what software
    supports this functionality. I'm hoping someone can help me with this.

    Basically what I'd like to do is highlight a single person within a
    group of people in a video. This is a familair effect that is often
    seen on news programs where they are showing surveilance camera footage
    of a crime or other event... the video is darkened slightly except for
    a circular area which contains the person or item of interest,
    effectively highlighting it. The circular area moves across the screen
    as the person or item moves in order to track it.

    Does anybody know any PC video editing software that allows you to do
    this with a video clip?

    All advice is greatly appreaciated.

    joe, Dec 19, 2006
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    PTravel Guest

    The technique is called a "traveling matte." You can see tutorials on how
    to do it here:

    Any decent editing program can do it (Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas, FCP, etc.).
    PTravel, Dec 19, 2006
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  3. joe

    joe Guest

    The technique is called a "traveling matte."

    Thats perfect. I think my problem was that I didnt know the right
    term. You wouldnt believe how useless it is trying to do a google
    search on "video editing highlight person", etc.

    joe, Dec 19, 2006
  4. joe

    PTravel Guest

    Traveling mattes are used for a variety of purposes, but they can be used
    for what you've described.
    PTravel, Dec 19, 2006
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    Ivor Davies Guest

    The software I use to do exactly that effect is produced by Canopus and is
    Called Lets Edit. I use Lets Edit 2.

    It is very easy to setup and track movement over a series of frames. The
    effect can be applied to the area within the highlight area or can be
    applied to the area outside the highlight area. You can even apply different
    effects to inside and to outside the highlight area.
    Ivor Davies, Dec 23, 2006
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