Knowing how to mask your video clips is a very useful skill. It allows you to add a bunch of cool elements to a video in a million different ways. The editing software or app you use will determine how much masking freedom you have; Some let you outline the final details, while others only offer a limited selection of masking shapes.
Today we are going to show you how to mask a clip in Filmora. This software falls somewhere in the middle when it comes to its masking capabilities. If you’re looking for an easy and creative way to hide your clips, but you don’t need anything over the top, keep reading.
Filmora is available for both Mac and Windows. You can use it for free if you’re willing to settle for less impact and features and watermarks on your videos, but there’s a free three-day trial that gives you access to all the bells and whistles . There is also a mobile version for both Android and iOS, called FilmoraGo.
Before you get started, you’ll need at least two things for masking: the video you want to mask, and some other form of media (a video or image) that can be used as some sort of mask or overlay. Will be done.
How to Mask a Clip in Filmora (Desktop)
Let’s start with Filmora for Dekstop. This is a fairly straightforward process. Download the software and open it.
Import the video you want to mask. Go to Media in the top left, choose Project Media from the menu, and click the Import icon in the window right next to it. For this example, we used a sample video from the Shared Media dropdown.
Drag the video you just imported to the Timeline. Make sure it is on the first layer; On the left there will be a row of play icons, put it at number 1.
If necessary split your video into clips with the scissor icon.
Follow the first step to import the image or video that you are going to use as a mask. Again, we just used a sample provided by Filmora. Drag it to the second layer in the timeline (labeled number 2).
Trim this second layer so that it intersects with the clip you want to mask.
Now we are ready to apply the mask. Double-click the second layer you’re going to use as the mask to select it, which will also open a window of editing tools.
Make sure you have selected Video. After that go to the mask. Filmora offers six different mask sizes, which may not sound like a lot, but they are customizable. You can also import a mask.
Choose whatever size you think will work best with the media on your second layer. We went with the circle mask because we are working with a circle countdown timer.
Our goal here is to isolate the timer and get rid of the surrounding background; Effectively masking the timer and placing it in the first layer on our original video.
You’ll have to edit it until the mask looks right. You can do this in the editing window with the rotate, scale, position, blur strength, width, and height controls, or you can tug on the mask with those little blue dots in the playback window itself. We matched the shape of our circle mask to the timer and applied a little blur to the edges.
How to Mask a Clip in FilmoraGo (Mobile)
Many editors these days rely on their smartphones; It’s awesome how complex and involved mobile video editors are. And FilmoraGo is no different. Go ahead and download the app and open it.
From the bottom tab, go to Pip > Add and select the media you want to use as the mask. We used a custom image of a black and red gradient, which is very easy to make.
With the second layer still selected, go to Mask. There will be a bunch of free masking shapes for you to choose from, and you can reverse them with the icons on the left. Tap the one you like best and hit the checkmark icon on the right.
Drag and hold your mask in the playback window. Use two fingers to make it bigger or smaller.
Depending on the type of media you mask, you may be good to go at this point. But for our example, we want to modify the opacity to achieve the effect we want; An overlay that turns the sky red. We did this with the Opacity setting. Trim the second layer to the same length as the first. Simply select the layer, then hold and drag the purple bar to the right until it pops up.
Masking Made Easy with Filmora
Most of the great video edits you’ll see online use masking of some sort; It really gives us the opportunity to put whatever we want in one edit. Using a mask from Filmora won’t give you the most jaw-dropping results, but it gets the job done, and pretty quick at that.
If you want to give masking a shot, or just want to try another editing program, try these simple steps.