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    Default Help with two person effect

    Hello

    Can you please help me; I am relatively new to video editing (started with Windows Movie Maker and now progressed to Premier Pro)

    I am trying to do the classic scene where the same person is seen having a conversation with themselves. I have filmed the person in the two roles (without moving the camera) and imported the video into Premier Pro.
    I have placed the two parts of the video on two video tracks; I have then applied an image matte mask on the second track. The mask is just a Photoshop image left half black, right half clear.

    This almost works. The problem is that the second person (video tract two) is very slightly transparent and you can see the background (video track 1) through the person.

    Has anyone got any ideas?
    Thanks in advance

    PS
    Machine spec is Dell 3Gig, Pentium 4, half Gig ram, not sure about the video card.
    Thanks
    Bazza_100

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    My guess is that your photoshop image you are using for the mask is not quite full black. It's probably a dark grey and so al ittle bit of light is going through.

    Also, in case you haven't already thought about, make sure that the join line is feathered or you will likely notice the join when the two clip sare placed together. This will happen from very subtle lighting changes between shots.

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    Seams to be black (R = 0 B=0 G=0).
    does it make any differace what format the file is in ~ what works best
    I have exported a BMP of the problem ~ how can I show it to you?[/img]
    Thanks
    Bazza_100

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    PSD files work the best for masks.

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