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i was just having some issues with Blender. I wanted to edit a video clip in the VSE. The filmed footage contains one person running through the woods a couple of times. I did not change the position or angle of the camera too much, so the background is mostly aligned - some changes in leaves for the wind etc excluded. I thought i could just mask out the people moving and overlay all the three shots to combine them to one. But as the mask doesn't move in the VSE after being animated in the clip editor, I am stuck right here.

Maybe the best option would be if there was a tool to just find out which one is the background, have some tolerance to variations in leaves etc., and than mask it all out by this sort of clean plate. This would idealy leave me with a sequence that only contains the moving man that is different for all the three shots, and the rest is alpha so i can just drop two of those over the last one which will bring in the woods again. Do you see any way to achieve what I'm trying to do?

Thank you for your help!

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  • $\begingroup$ Strange that the mask animation doesn't update in VSE... It actually does. $\endgroup$ – Leon Cheung Jun 19 '16 at 13:43
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    $\begingroup$ It seems like the mask animation isn't aligned with the single strip but more likely with the whole video sequence. If I switch to the Clip Editor to add a mask and then in the sequence Editor go to point A, my Clip Editor view will already be at point B, with the difference being the frame at which the clip starts... I guess this would kinda work if it was just the single VFX-shot, but if i start doing the VFX now, then render it and re-import it into the whole editing of the video, this will not allow me any changes too easily! $\endgroup$ – Dave Jun 27 '16 at 8:13
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Actually you can animate mask in two ways:

  1. By Inserting shape key for selected mask points:

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  1. By parenting one or more mask points to a tracking marker in Clip Editor. First select one or more mask points, then hold Shift and select the marker, press Ctrl P:

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VSE Mask modifier effect will be synced with the changes.

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  • $\begingroup$ Well I already found that version with the Shape Key. Problem is: I use the shot i want to apply those effects to some minutes into the video. If i use the animated mask on the strip i want to edit with this, the mask is not animated the way i want because the time doesn't align... Tracking is not an option for this shot, as it is in B/W and lacks the spots i could easily track $\endgroup$ – Dave Jun 27 '16 at 7:29

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