In this video, we will see how to create motion tracking in two different ways. Let’s start by defining what motion tracking is. In a video, there may be moving subjects. This follow-up makes it possible to follow this object and associate a text or an object with it.
With the first method, we will see how to do it with a feature integrated into Filmora. This technique is the easiest and fastest but does not allow great customization. With the second method, we will follow an object with the keyframes.
This will allow us to have a more precise effect, and it will also allow us to enlarge the text. If the building and the associated text come close, we will be able to enlarge the text to recreate a perspective effect.
Now, let's go to my computer and see the first method together, motion tracking, a fast but adaptable method. Here we are on the computer, and I’m going to work on this drone video that’s set in Hong Kong. We are going to create a motion tracking following this building there, and we're going to associate a text with it.
I will move the clip to track 1 of the timeline and double-click on it in the video tab. I'll look for "Motion Tracking," and we will activate it by clicking this button. We see a frame appearing on the right in the preview window. It can be modified by double-clicking on it.
We will resize it and place it on the building we want to follow in an area with strong contrast. Now that we have defined our area to follow, we will click “Start Tracking”, and there you go; Filmora created our motion tracking. This blue line indicates that there is motion tracking applied to this clip.
Now, we will add that element to the timeline which needs to follow this movement. I will click on "OK" to exit the menu. We will now add a title. Apparently, you can add titles in two different ways. It is done by clicking on this icon which would automatically add a title to the timeline, or by going into the “Titles” to choose the desired title and then dragging it to the timeline.
We’re only going to keep one, and therefore I will select one of the two titles and click on the trash can. We are going to personalize our title, so I will double-click on it and modify the text, font, and everything else as required. I'm quickly going to move on to this part. Okay, I'm happy with the results.
We have to associate this title with our motion tracking. So, I will click on the Hong Kong clip, go into the “Video” tab, then move into "Motion Tracking." We see that there is a drop-down menu. We will choose our “Basic 1” title. Note you can also place other elements, like an image or video, on your clip.
The items you added will start appearing in this list, and you have to choose them. Now Filmora knows that this title has to follow the tower. Well, I don't want the title to be exactly there; hence, I will double-click on it and move it to where I want it. Automatically, Filmora will resize the text.
We can change that later, and let's watch the video again to witness the results of motion tracking with the first method, the basic one. Well, we see that it works. Although it's still not very fluid, it will depend on your videos and their definitions and contrasts.
If you see these problems, I invite you to use the second method, Motion Tracking using Keyframes, which we'll see now. I'm back on my timeline, and we're going to remove previous motion tracking. For this, I will double-click on the Hong Kong video and deselect the motion tracking. There is a warning message. Now, we will click on "Ok."
Now, we will proceed differently and modify the text by replacing Hong Kong with the plus sign. You will understand later why it is so. Ultimately, this will help us to place our title while following the movement of the skyscraper. I made sure that the playhead was kept at the start of the Hong Kong video.
I will move the text above the tower and make sure that the plus sign fills the width of the building while placed correctly. You can also use markers. For example, I will use the boundary between the enlightened part of the building and the recognizable floors below. I’m happy with the position.
I placed the plus sign within the light on top of the building and an easily recognizable floor. Now my text is positioned perfectly. It covers the width of the building and is positioned with the makers I have chosen. Moving further, we are going to create our first keyframe.
I will click on "Animation," then click on "Customize," and I will add my first keyframe like this. We will see the symbol of this keyframe added to our timeline. Moving forward into the timeline, we will continue to adapt changes to the size and position of the text. A keyframe is created below, which you can see in the title.
In total, we created six keyframes, which should be enough. Let’s replay the video from the beginning. We see that the motion tracking is going well. We added six keyframes by modifying the values of the X and Y, following the size of the text. We'll delete the plus sign while typing the regular text.
I will double-click the text, then click the text tab and type HONG KONG. I will place the text wherever I want, and let’s see the final results together.
Guide On How to Create A Spectacular Motion Tracking Video
What you need to prepare:
- A computer (Windows or macOS)
- Your video materials.
- Filmora video editor
Import Video to Filmora Editor
After opening Filmora and creating your project, click the “Media” tab from the top left side of the screen, then press the "Import Media" button to import your required video. You can import as many videos as possible into the "Media" section. After this, drag your video to the project timeline below.
Start and Adjust Motion Tracking
Double-click on your video track from the timeline, and a window will open. Now select "Video," then choose the "AI Tools" category, and turn on the "Motion Tracking" feature. Suddenly the motion tracking box will start appearing on your screen.
Using your mouse cursor, adjust the box size according to the size of your object, and place the box on top of your object. Now, proceed further by initiating the "Click to Start Motion Track" button. Your motion tracking is finally applied to the video. Click “OK” to move further.
Add Quick Text Title
Add a quick text title to your video by clicking the "Quick Text" icon. Hence, a title track would be added to the timeline. If you want to add specialized text with the necessary font and style, click the "Titles" tab from the top, and select your desired title from the given options. After this, add the title to your timeline below.
Customize Title Track as Needed
Perform double-click on your title track, and from the editing window, you can execute a range of customizations. For example, you can write whatever you want in the text or change font size, style, color, margins, and position.
Afterward, go into your timeline and double-click the video track with Motion Tracking in it. From the window, navigate into “Video," then "AI Tools," then set "Motion Tracking" to the name of the title you opted for. From the screen, drag the title to the object where Motion Tracking is applied.
Proceed with Motion Tracking with Keyframing
If you want to apply Motion Tracking with keyframing method, first, you need to turn off the existing one. For this, double-click on your video, navigate into "Video," choose "AI Tools," and then turn off the "Motion Tracking" button.
From the available screen on the right, move your text towards your object for better positioning. Using a marker would be a great idea, so you can rewrite the text with a “+” icon and change it back to your actual text.
To add a keyframe in your desired position, move your playhead accordingly in the timeline on a given track. Double-click here, and from the window, select "Titles," then choose "Animation," now click "Customize," and finally, press the "Add" button to apply your keyframe.
From the customization options, you can also adjust your keyframe in desired scale range. Repeat the same process to add more keyframes.
Play the Final Video to Preview and Export
Now click on the “Render Preview” icon to view a smooth playback of your video in high-resolution graphics. Press the “Export” button from the top and select your file location to save the video. Also, choose the video name and click "Export" again to witness your new motion-tracking video on the device.
Motion tracking is an excellent tool for detecting the motion of any vital character or particular object within a video. After all, it provides a special focus on that subject to divert the audience's attention to it. This tutorial on Filmora instructs valuable tips and techniques to implement the motion-tracking functionality within your important videos.
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