Let’s Edit with Media Composer – Working with Mask Margins

On thing that I always try to focus on in my Media Composer tutorials are “hidden” or tucked away features that may have been added to Media Composer, in a point update, but has for the most part gone unnoticed by the community at large and, for me, Mask Margins is definitely one of those features.  Introduced in version 8.6 of Media Composer, it’s a fantastic feature that, at first glance, is nothing more than an overlay that you can use as a reference, when conforming all your timeline’s letterboxed clips.  However, if you dig a little deeper under the surface, you’ll see that Mask Margins are a great way to save you a huge step when cropping and formatting your footage, as the feature is included in your export settings, to bake your new “Masks” directly into your outputs.  Enjoy!

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Kevin P McAuliffe is a three time North American ProMax award winning editor and a Media Composer editor for over 15 years. He is a featured trainer at MacProVideo and is also one of the Senior Editor’s at MIJO in Toronto, Canada, with current clients including Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures and E1 Entertainment to name a few. He can also be found helping out on the Avid Community forums in the Media Composer & Symphony Get Started Fast forum.

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Frank Feijen
Frank Feijen

In older versions, you can place the mask-effect on videolayer2. Same result – and it will render with the mask.