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How to Track Motion & Titles (Premiere Pro Tutorial)

Learn how to track motion and titles without the use of plugins in Adobe Premiere Pro in this beginner tutorial.

How to Motion and title track in adobe premiere pro

We’ve all been wondering, is it possible to motion track in Premiere Pro? Yes, it is, but…
There are some plugins available that let you motion track your shots in Premiere, unfortunately these are quite expensive. But there is another way to do it completely for free, however it takes quite a lot of time.

Tracking motion

Let’s start with a method to track motion in your shot. What you first want to do is enable the guides and rulers in your program monitor and make a cross with a horizontal & vertical ruler. Now look for a point in your shot that you look and use that to align with the cross. For example, if you want to motion track your head, position the face so it’s always in the center of your cross. The guides should be in the middle of your eyes and nose. Go frame by frame and adjust the position and scale each time so the aligment stays the same during the entire clip. When this is done you have a motion tracked video, simple as that but quite time consuming since you have to go frame by frame.

Motion tracking in Premiere Pro

Tracking Titles

The same principle also applies to motion graphics / titles. But in this case you don’t have to use the guides and rulers. Simply align your text to the center and place an ‘X’ on the next paragraph. Use the X as a point to align with your shot each frame and once you are all the way through, simply delete the X.

Learn Adobe After Effects

If you like motion tracking but don’t want to put a lot of time in it, I recommend using Adobe After Effects. We have a complete beginner course on Skillshare where you can learn all the basics of motion tracking, compositing and so much more. The first two weeks on Skillshare are completely for free so two weeks of free learning, how awesome is that!

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