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6. Effects > Remove an Unwanted Object

Remove an Unwanted Object

Sometimes objects, such as boom microphones, briefly appear in your raw footage. Here’s how to get rid of them.

You can’t always capture exactly what you want. Accidents happen and objects sometimes creep into your scene. Figure 6-12 shows an object intruding onto the video at the top edge. This is especially common when using a boom microphone [Hack #53] or when a glitch occurs in your video. With some layering in your timeline, and a few adjustments to the image, you can remove the offending object from your scene.

A boom microphone dipping into the picture
Figure 6-12. A boom microphone dipping into the picture

If you have the opportunity to cut to a different shot and avoid the object, I recommend at least trying the cut to see if it is acceptable to you. If it is acceptable, go about your business and concentrate on the storytelling process. Choosing to remove an object should be a last resort, prior to reshooting a scene.


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