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  • Tracking Text in Premiere Pro CC

    Posted by Matt Hensler on November 7, 2014 at 1:33 am

    Long time lurker, first time poster.

    I’m relatively new to Premiere. While I’ve used it since 7 off and on, it was only for simple movies with sound, simple transitions, and titles.

    I’m working on project where the opening scene is a roof mount on a truck driving through a winding country road. I want to have text appear in the distance (appearing quite small) and then enlarging in place (anchored to some object in the scene), as the truck gets closer, and then passing by as the truck passes the object its anchored to.

    Is this a job for After Effects or Premiere? I looked for some tutorials, but don’t really know what the effect is called. Any input or insight would be greatly appreciated.


    Ross Shain replied 9 years, 7 months ago 4 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Angelo Lorenzo

    November 7, 2014 at 3:24 am

    After Effects, specifically a bundled application launched from an After Effects menu called Mocha. Mocha is a planar tracker so it trakcs flat planes in space; i.e. it is great for motion tracking things like screen replacements, signs on flat surfaces, etc. Mocha comes with an excellent help manual that walks you through what it’s like to track a cell phone screen.

    I might suggest tracking your shot backwards. Set your tracking points when the truck is near and auto track backwards as it grows smaller. You’ll need some manual adjustment at the extremes (when it’s too small or as it leaves frame) but Mocha is easy to learn.

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  • Dennis Radeke

    November 7, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I can agree with Angelo’s assessment – mocha is a great tool and it’s a great plugin/add on with After Effects. A lot depends on visually seeing the shot where you can make the best decision on how to approach what you’re looking to do.

    Besides, mocha and perhaps a tad easier is the 3d camera tracker tool which is probably just as good as Mocha in this case and is much easier to use. If this fails, then definitely go try mocha.

    Here’s one tutorial that should give you some idea:

    Hope this helps,
    Dennis – Adobe guy

  • Ross Shain

    November 10, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Keep in mind that AE’s 3D camera tracker is great for static objects with moving camera, but not really the proper tool for an object that is moving within the scene such as tracking a moving car.

    You can find this link for free learning tutorials:

    mocha AE CC is free with Adobe After Effects and launched from the animation menu.


    Ross Shain
    Imagineer Systems

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