Mask Video INSIDE Text & Create RETRO INTRO Premiere Pro

CREATE THIS RETRO BURGER JOINT INTRO & MASK VIDEO TO TEXT! | Create a title and mask your video within that new text title.

In this Premiere Pro video editing tutorial, we will use the Type tool to create a title with some retro-style text and then we will mask our video to appear ONLY within that text title. As a bonus, we will also create an animated intro using this mask to make our video appear within the text and then zoom the camera “through” the text to reveal the full video. It’s a cool effect and you will learn all about how to mask video and even animate a mask to make different parts of video appear in your video projects in Premiere.

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Disclaimer: these are the actual notes I used to record this video and are written in a language you may or may not understand. Hopefully, you find them useful or cool.

  • Create a new Color Matte and set fill to white
  • Drag the color matte onto the video track (don’t worry about the duration of the color matte yet)
  • Drag the video on on a track above the white color matte
  • Stretch the color matte to match the duration of the video clip
  • Grab the text tool and type out “THE CLASSIC HAMBURGER” in all caps
  • Select the text object and look to the Effect Controls panel and choose a good semi-bubbly/retro style font like Cooper. I am using a free font called Henriette that looks like a good classic retro advertising typeface.
  • Center-align the text, set the sizing slider to 225, and change the Leading to -70
  • Drag the text around until you see it aligned to the center of the video in the video monitor
  • Drag the duration of the text object to match the size
  • Select the video clip in the timeline and open your Effects panel and search for the “Track Matte Key” effect and drag and drop it on the video clip.
  • Set the “Matte” for this effect in the Effect Controls panel to the video track which holds your text object.
  • You have successfully masked video to text. We’ll have some fun and zoom this text out as if this is an old retro intro to an advertisement.
  • Drag in a music track and place on timeline
  • Select the text object and choose where you’d like the zoom from nothing up to its current size and look to the Effect Controls panel and find the “Transform” option beneath the source text.
  • Select the animation timeline in the Effect Controls panel where you want the animation to finish (and the text be at 100% scale) and click the stopwatch to the left of “Scale” to drop a keyframe at this point in time and then move backward down the animation timeline and change the scale to 0% and Premiere will automatically add a keyframe and create the animation you want.
  • Select both keyframes and right-click and choose to Ease these keyframes OUT
  • Move further down the timeline and click to add a keyframe for the Scale and also hit the stopwatch to the left of “Position”
  • Move down the timeline a little further and boost “Scale” to 4000 to make the text huge and then click and drag the numbers next to position to move the text so you don’t see it anymore. This animation will give the illusion of the text zooming forward to reveal all of the underlying video.
  • Add Ease OUT to these keyframes as well to finish off this effect.