How to Use Rampant Travel Mattes in FCPX

How to Use Rampant Travel Mattes in FCPX


Stefanie Mullen shows you how to use Rampant's Travel Mattes in Final Cut Pro X. Stefanie will show you why these mattes are different and how to use the individual pieces that come in the product.


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How to Use Rampant Travel Mattes in FCPX Tutorial Transcript:

Stefanie Mullen:

Hey, hey everyone. I'm Stefanie Mullen from . Today I'm going to show you how to use Rampant's travel mattes.



These mattes are different from Rampant's other matte products, because these mattes come in pieces. What do I mean by that? Take a look at this promo, and you will see that there's different types of video in each different box or each different matte. Rampant's made this really simple by giving us each piece separately. Let me show you what I mean by that.



I'm going to get rid of that. I want to show you, here's our product. Here's our travel style mattes. You will see here that there's one, this is style matte one, and then style matte one comes with part one and part two. That's kind of strange. Let's go ahead and take a look at what's happening here.



If I preview this, you will see here that there's, oh, there's two pieces. There's a piece here and there's a piece here. Well, that's really cool. Before, I'd have to mask this to put a video here and put a video here. But now Rampant's made these really cool pieces, and what they've done is they've put part one, so here's your first piece, which is really neat. Then if I click on part two and preview that, here is part two. All right, so if I put both of these together, I will have this, this full matte.



All right, well how do I use these? Well, I'm going to show you how to use these in Final Cut. Let's jump over here to Final Cut right here. First thing we have to do is we have to import these mattes. Importing's super easy. All I need to do is I'm going to come up here and I'm going to go File, Import Media, and then I just need to find out wherever my mattes are living. Mine are right here. I'm going to click on the whole folder. I want to create a new event. I want to call this Travel Mattes, and I'm going to say Import Selected.



Okay, now you can see all of my travel mattes have been imported. They're just like this. This is sort of a lot to look at, right? There's all kinds of things. To make this a little bit easier, I'm going to change this from this view, the filmstrip view, to the list view. There we go.



Now we have an actual list of all of our mattes, and then all of the corresponding parts. This will show you, really fast, which mattes have, like maybe you have a video that you want to include for two parts. Maybe you have one that has four, maybe five. So this is going to be an easy way for you to quickly see, okay, well this matte right here only has two pieces. This matte has three pieces, and so forth and so forth.



All right, so let's take a look at these. Here we can easily audition what's going on. I can click on the first matte, and I can press the space bar, and it's going to preview. All right? So I know, okay, well there's my animation. So let me go to number two. Okay, well there's my animation for that one. Number three, that's really cool. I'm just going to keep looking through this. You'll see where the pieces are. So I know that there's two pieces here. Going to five, again, really cool animation, two pieces. Number six, oh, that has four pieces. Okay? Number seven, that has five pieces. As you can see, this is a really quick way to audition. So here we go.



I really like this number nine, so that's why I stopped here. I'm going to stop on number nine, because this is the one I want to use. As you can see here, it's going to require two pieces of video. Perfect.



All right, so first I want to tell you, these are all 4k. All of our mattes are 4k in here, but we're going to be using these in an HD timeline. I'm going to quickly create a new project. I'm going to call this Travel Mattes Tut. You can see here it's HD, and I'm going to say Okay.



Here's my project. Now I just need to pull down some footage. Now remember I said we're using number nine, and there are two pieces here. So I'm going to bring in two pieces of footage. I'm going to go to my stock footage here, and I have this girl is in the city. It's really cool. I want to pull two of these down. So I'm going to pull in 35, and I'm going to pull in 31, and I'm going to zoom in just a little bit right down here on my clips so I can see them.



So I have this really cool footage, just like that. Now we have to get the mattes on top. So let's go back to our mattes. Here's our part one and part two. All I'm going to do is I'm going to drag each part down to the corresponding video that I want. So part one, I'm going to drag down here. I'm going to cinch up my matte to make it a little bit easier for right now. I'm going to grab my part two, and I'm going to bring that down. I'm going to cinch that up a little bit, just like that. So now we have our matte pieces on top of our video pieces. That's perfect.



Now the first thing I do when I'm working with 4k effects, is I want to make sure I change the spacial conform first. You can do that here by clicking over here and changing them this way, the spacial conform in a big group. If you want to do that, that's fine. I don't typically like to do that, because I might use, in this one edit, I may want to use the mattes as HD at one point, and then want to use them at 4K in another point. So I don't like to do that here. I like to do that down in my timeline.



I can do that by selecting both of my clips down here, going over to spacial conform and changing it from fit to either fill, which is going to be HD, or none, which is going to be 4K. Either way, whichever you like, whichever you prefer, maybe you only want a little sliver of this, or maybe you want to reposition. Whatever you want to do. 4K is None, HD is Fill. That's the first thing.



Now, because we have both of these clips selected already, we can now change the blend mode for each. We're going to change the blend mode from normal to stencil alpha. Now you will see that our matte is being, well our video is being masked by our matte. I can roll this through. You'll see here, here's my first one, and then if I jump ahead, here's the second one. Okay?



Now if you're looking here, this is a little wrong, right? I can't really see my talent here. She needs to move over. How do we do that? That's our next step. We're going to reposition. So I'm going to deselect both of my mattes. I'm going to select my video footage, and then I want to go up here to the inspector and change the X position. I'm just going to move it over so that she's in the frame. Now if we roll this back for her, you can see that she's fitting inside the matte. Perfect.



Now we have these two pieces, how do we get them on top of each other? Well, we're going to create two compound clips. So all we're going to do is we're going to select the first part. I'm going to right click, select new compound clip. You can call it whatever you like. And I'm going to do the same thing with the second clip, new compound clip, call it whatever you like. Now the next part's really easy. We simply want to put them on top of each other, just like that.



Now when I roll this back and play it, you will see, look at that. We've got two mattes, two pieces of video, all at one time, and that was so easy. I didn't have to mask anything. It was really nice. Love these pieces, just like that. All right? Super simple.



Now another thing you can do with these mattes is you can create an edit inside the matte pieces. So maybe I wanted to have an edit point. Maybe this is too long with the girl walking. Maybe I wanted to create an edit point right here in the middle, when she hits the middle, and put another clip in there. You see this all over TV. Broadcast stuff does this for their promos. It's really cool. It keeps you engaged. It keeps the matte there, but it keeps the edit interesting.



All right, so here she is, walking in the middle. I need to double click the bottom one, and then blade this. There we go. Then drag down and replace from start. Now if I rewind this, play this through, you'll see here she's walking, and then we have a cut. I'm probably going to also reposition her so she's a little bit in the center, just like that. Let's rewind that again and play that through. And that, we go. We have an interesting cut from where she's walking to where she's looking around. That's perfect.



Okay, so now let's go back to our main storyboard. Here we have it, if I rewind this and push play, now we have her walking and then she's looking around. That looks awesome. Maybe we want to do the same thing with the second clip. So we don't want the edits to be at the exact same point, because that would be kind of strange. Maybe we want her looking around, and maybe right here we'll cut to a different piece of footage. So double click on my second layer, my second compound clip. I want to blade exactly where I kept my play head. Then I'm going to come up and grab another piece of footage, maybe this one, drag it down and replace. Now I'm definitely going to have to reposition, so click on your second clip. Click on the X value and then move it over to about right there. Now we rewind this and play that through. There she is looking around, and it's going to cut to her walking again. All right?



So now if we go back to our main storyboard, rewind that and play that through, there we go. Now we have this really interesting cut, this really interesting edit, and we used the mattes from Rampant, and it's so easy to do. I love that Rampant is saving me time by creating these matte pieces. It's so great.



All right, now there's a couple other things that you can do with these mattes. I'm going to cinch both of these up. You see this black background back here, right here? We can change this. We can make it a color or we can make it video. You can make it whatever you want. How do we do that? Well, what we're going to do first, let's try the color. So I'm going to come down here to the end. I'm going to put option W and make a gap, and then I'm going to say go up to my titles, and I'm going to go to Generators and click on Solids. I'm going to drag down a custom solid here, and I'm going to change the color. Maybe I want to change it to a blue, okay?



What I'm going to do is I'm going to need to put these two clips on top of this blue. How do we do that? Well, I'm going to actually make a copy of these, and then I'm going to drag these on top. Now you'll see I can't actually drag like this. What's happening? Well, Final Cut is telling me that this clip right here needs to be in the main storyboard, because it's connected to this clip. So how do we do that? Well, I'm going to take this clip off, put it over there, then I can drag this clip, and I can put it on top of my color, and I can put this clip back on top, Then if we wind this back, play that through, we now have a colored background. Perfect. And I can make this color, I can change it to whatever I want.



Maybe now the client says, "Well, I don't really want this blue color. Maybe I want something that matches her hat." All right, well let's click on that. Let's click on our eyedropper, and let's go get her hat color. There we go. Now if we rewind this and play it through, there we go. Now we have that beige color, which looks a lot more pleasing, a lot nicer. All right? So that's how you add a color.



Let me go ahead and get rid of this color palette. I'm going to shrink this up just a little bit. I'm going to make a new one of these by copying it, oops, by copying it. Shrink up this color a bit.



Now I told you you could also put video back there, and you can. It's the same way as your color solid here. So let's go back to our footage, and let's grab another piece of her in the city. Maybe this is her feet, and I want that to be my background. So all I'm going to do is put this in the main storyboard line right there, and then I'm going to grab my clips, and I'm going to put them on top, and I'm going to do an option drag jut so I copy it. Maybe I'm going to put them here, and I want this to play here. I'm going to play this through, and you'll see my mattes are now on top of that footage behind there, which is really, really cool. Then it can go back to the footage as well, or we can cut, we can take a blade and cut right here, cut this footage out, and we have the same footage.



Now we can also make this blur, so I can add an effect. I can go over here to my effects panel, add a blur on here, and maybe I want the blur to start there, but I'm going to end it here. So let's have no blur, and then to a blur. All right? So let me rewind that one more time, and if I roll that through, you'll see it blurs out and it cuts right to the matte, and that's that.



Using these matte pieces is so easy, and now you can add easy matte style to your next video. Super simple, and that's all. Do you have a question about how to use a Rampant effect? Head on over to RampantDesign.Community. Go to Ask a Question under Support. Click here to add your question, add a video, add a photo, write your description, and hit Post, and we'll go ahead and make a tutorial for you. Once again, this is Stefanie Mullen with . Thanks for watching.


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