Motion tracking : Customizing motion
Customizing motion
Using the Customize Motion feature, you can manually match the motion of overlays and titles with the motion of elements in a background video without reference to any existing tracking information. This means that you can define your own motion path and modify various properties to create complex motion effects.
Customize Motion dialog box
1 — Playback Control
Buttons that control video playback.
2 — Timeline Control
The Video Timeline along with zoom controls.
3 — Attribute Panel
Defines the Position, Size, Opacity, Rotation, Shadow, Border, Mirror and Ease in/out controls.
4 — Preview Window
Shows the current video being played.
5 — Motion path
The path of the motion as manually defined. This is shown only in the Customize Motion dialog box.
6 — Object distortion window
Controls the orientation of the video clip / overlay object.
7 — Keyframe Control
Adds, removes and controls the position / offset of key frames.
8 — Timecode
Lets you jump directly to a specific part of the video by specifying the exact timecode.
To launch the Customize Motion dialog box
Right-click a video clip on the Timeline and choose Customize Motion.
You can also open the Customize Motion dialog box by clicking the Attributes tab from the Options Panel, and then clicking the Advanced Motion option. This option is available only when a clip is selected on the Overlay Track.
To customize a motion path
1 Right-click a background video or an overlay clip in the Timeline and select Customize Motion. The Customize Motion dialog box opens.
In this example, the title is shown with a straight line motion path.
2 Change the shape of your motion path by dragging line segments and key frame nodes.
Note: Key frame nodes are automatically added every time you move to another frame and make a modification. You can also create a key frame node by dragging the scrubber and clicking the Add key frame button .
3 Adjust the properties of your title depending on the requirements of your project.
Each time you set a value, a key frame is added.
The example below shows the title after adjusting Position, Size and Rotation values.
Note: You also have the option to change the opacity, add a shadow and border, and mirror your image by adjusting the values under Opacity, Shadow, Border, and Mirror. Clicking the Ease in/Ease out button / allows the motion to start out slowly or slow down as it comes to an end. Drag the slider to control the easing in and out timing.
4 Play the video to test your animation. When done, click OK.
If an existing tracking path is customized, existing match motion information in the video will be converted to a generic moving path.