MOTION TRACKING WITH A LABEL
Premiere Elements 8 has a feature called “motion tracking” that identifies moving objects in a video clip and lets you attach clipart to those objects. It’s one of those features we Missing Manual authors refer to as a gem in the rough. It works but it’s not perfect. For example, if there is a lot of camera movement, it makes it harder for Premiere to identify moving objects. That said, you may find it handy for chores such as attaching labels to some of the characters in your video.
In a thumbnail, here’s how it works. When you turn on Motion Tracking mode, Premiere places frames around objects that it identifies as moving in the scene. These moving objects can be a car, people’s faces or as shown in the example below, a dog named Lola. You can attach clipart to those frames so that the artwork follows the frame around the screen. Clipart could be something as simple as an arrow, or it could be text that identifies the moving object.
Premiere identifies moving objects with the Auto-analyzer tool. That means if your Elements Organizer preferences have Auto-analyzer turned off, you’ll need to run Auto-analyzer before motion tracking can do its work. That’s easy enough to do because Premiere prompts you as needed, as explained in the example below.
Here’s a quick tutorial on how to use it:
1. Drag a video clip to the Premiere Elements timeline or the monitor.
2. Below the monitor, click the Motion Tracking mode button as shown in the image below.
3. If you see the dialog box, as shown below, asking to Auto-Analyze the clip, go ahead and click Yes.
4. If Premiere identifies a moving object that you don’t want to track, right click the frame and then choose Delete Selected Object.
5. If Premiere Elements doesn’t select the object you want to track, click the Add Object button.
6. Drag the frame so that it is over the moving object you want to track. You resize the frame by dragging on the corner circles.
7. When you’re happy with the frame placement, click the Track Object button in the upper right corner of the Monitor.
8. Go File->Get Media from->PC Files and Folders to import clip art or a text label that you’ve created outside of Premiere.
9. With Motion Tracking turned on and a yellow motion tracking frame displayed in the monitor, drag your text label from the Project folder onto the frame.
10. Toggle the Motion Tracking mode button off.
11. Press Enter to preview your movie.
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