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  • How can I cover up a mistake on the background of my video?

  • Roger Sherman

    April 23, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    As I was about to begin a Zoom Q&A I was conducting for a film festival screening, something changed and the edge of my black background shifted. A tiny bit of background showed through. I can’t crop in the image because most of the frame is my PowerPoint – video and slides.

    Is there anything short doing an After Effects fix every time I’m on the screen?

  • W thomas Leroux

    April 23, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    Sure! You can crop the left side of the video in the Video inspector using the crop feature.

  • Roger Sherman

    April 23, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    thanks, but it you look at the other image, I’m in the middle of the frame and I don’t think I can add black in the middle.

  • W thomas Leroux

    April 23, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    You could add a black colour solid over the video track and crop it to hide the section, or you could double up your track (kill the audio on second one) and crop one from left, other from right to create a gap that you could have a colour solid under. It sounds more complicated than it actually is. ;-P

  • Roger Sherman

    April 24, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Yes! That’s it. Crop the solid.


  • Roger Sherman

    April 30, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    Now that I finally able to insert the solid, I realize I don’t know how to use a solid to cover a sliver in the middle of the frame, see the right image. The place that needs covering is the sliver that pops out of black between me – small image – and the food. Is this possible?


  • W thomas Leroux

    May 4, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    Place the solid (make it an easy to see colour like red) above your video and trim it left and right to that it’s only thick enough to cover the bad part of your background. Then pick the colour picker and select the background of your video – that will match it and you should be good. You can also trim from the top and bottom if you like. Make sense?

  • Eric Santiago

    May 5, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    You could compound the lot,dupe it and crop one side.

    But the solid on top is an easier fix.

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