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New in Adobe After Effects! Remove Anything from Video with Content Aware Fill (April 2019)

September 21, 2019

Hello everybody and welcome back to Gal
yes it is Adobe update season the spring is here and NAB is next week and that
means that Adobe has just released a whole bunch of new improvements and
updates across all their creative cloud apps so I’m going to be doing a series
going into depth on how these different updates work because when Adobe
releases them it’s kind of like just like a list of the different updates
they don’t really go in depth so I hope that this will show you how to use some
of the updates so this video is showing you how to use the content aware fill in
After Effects and basically what this enables you to do let’s say you’re
shooting a scene in a landscape and a tourist is walking in the shot and you
want to remove them well you can use the content-aware fill to take those people
out as if they weren’t there at all or let’s say you’re doing an interview and
you have an object in the background that you forgot was there and you’re
like crap I don’t want to reshoot it you don’t have the budget to reshoot it but
you can use content aware fill to do this easily inside of After Effects so
now I’ve played with this just a little bit and so far it’s worked pretty good
so we’re really going to test this out together to really test the limits and
see you know what type of shot that works well with and other shots where it
might be more difficult to use and lastly Before we jump in be sure to let
me know what you want to learn next in the next episode on the update series
for this spring for example there’s updates to essential graphics as
essential sound panel for sound editing there’s a lot of different effects on
that I’ll put in the description box below as well as performance update so
let me know what you guys want to learn and I’ll stop talking and let’s jump in
all right you guys I’m in the newest version of After Effects make sure that
you guys update because the update is available if you want to try this out
and follow along make sure to go up to After Effects about After Effects and
make sure that you’re in version 16.1 which is the latest version so in this
particular shot I’m going to remove the Apple logo from the back of this laptop
because let’s say you didn’t have permission to use it or you didn’t want
to feature apples brand in this particular shot so all we have to do
here select the video clip from our
composition that I have open and then make sure you go up to the pen tool or
hit G on your keyboard and then we’re just going to draw a simple square mask
around this Apple logo just make sure it’s right around the Apple as close as
possible just like this and then from the mask that was created down here make
sure to select subtract because we want to subtract that from the scene next
because this is not a moving shot just a steady shot here we don’t have to worry
about tracking this mask so now from content-aware field this is where I can
go in and make sure I’m using the correct fill method so in this case we
want to be using a surface because this is a surface on the back of the laptop
and then we want to use the work area which is just the area in between this
blue handle start and the work area and blue handle here
then generate fill layer and what this will do is it will start to analyze the
clip and then it will start to render out a new fill in the place of this mask
so you can see a new fill layer was created and you can start to see the
magic happen so it’s rendering frame-by-frame it’s almost done and
shortly I will show you that if you had no idea that we created a mask you
probably wouldn’t have even known that the Apple logo was there so to preview
what it was like before just changed this back to none and then turn off the
fill layer and you will see the before and after which is pretty cool now this
was a simple shot let’s move on to a shot where there’s people so in this
shot it’s a moving shot it’s tracking shot and the people are moving so what I’m
going to do here is just draw a mask around these people and remove them so
to do that same method just select the video clip here now let’s zoom in I like
to just grab the magnifying zoom tool and let’s just
lasso and select them then go to the pen tool and let’s just draw a simple mask
it doesn’t have to be complex just draw like so that looks good we don’t have to do
like a very detailed mask it’s very simple to do
then from the mask drop-down choose subtract and the next step is just to
make sure that your fill method this time is not surface but object and also
we want to choose work area but before we had generate fill layer we have to
track this rectangle which means we want to make sure that it’s completely
covering the people as they’re walking so to do that just expand the mask and
click on the toggle animation next to mask path now as I scrub forward I will
look to see if I start to see the people there see how the people pop out so just
before that I want to select the mask path then use my selection tool and I’m
just going to move this mask over it very simply like so and same thing I’m
just going to move forward until I start to see somebody’s leg oh there it is
and then I’m going to move this forward and there we go keep doing it it’s not
the most fun process but it’s pretty simple to do I always like to do it
manually like this because I have more control so once again there’s a little
bit there so just before that I’m going to move this over and there we go let’s
go ahead and fit it and then all we have to do is generate a fill layer and once
again it will start to analyze the clip and it will replace the people so I have
to say that this did a pretty good job if I didn’t know that there were people
in the scene I probably would not even know that
there’s a mask there so this is pretty cool work one last shot that I want to
show you but it won’t actually create the mask and go over it because it’s the
exact same method that I showed you here and so in this shot there were actually
people here so if I turn off our fill layer you can see that there are people
walking so what I did let me turn the fill back on is I created mask here and
they’re more circular mask I use the pen tool and I just if you click and
hold you can create like rounded curves so that’s what I did I just created like
little little shapes around these people and then I track them just like in this
shot and then I was able to just generate this fill layer to make them
disappear and I think it did a pretty good job if i zoom in it’s more
noticeable and I would probably have to make a more detailed mask here but you
can see that these shadows from the edge of the wall are a little bit more
extended here because there is a mask but to the first observer it’s not that
noticeable so I would just play around with the content-aware fill until you
start to nail it down a little bit again this is my first time using it and
already I’ve had a couple successful shots so I think this could be useful
for you guys if you’re shooting interviews and there’s an object in the
scene that you need to get rid of you could use this tool for that and I’m
sure there’s tons of other use cases where you would find this useful so play
around with it have fun let me know if you guys have any questions
so content-aware fill good/bad some improvement not sure let me know what
you guys think in a comment below and also let me know what you guys want me
to cover next with the Adobe updates there’s essential graphics updates
essential sound stuff GPU performance let me know what you’re interested in me
covering I love doing this stuff the NAB stuff is really cool for me to cover so
just let me know and there was one other thing I want to tell you that oh yeah I
released a new wedding title pack on my store so I make templates each month and
I designed them specifically for my patrons so if you guys want some free
templates each month you should join my patreon community but I do sell
the template separately in my store if you just want to do a one-off purchase
so check it out it’s pretty cool I’m pretty proud of it I had a lot of fun
with the designs and they were designed in Premiere Pro I didn’t use After
Effects so I made all of the shapes custom so you can change the color of
all the lines and yeah I just hope you guys find it useful so that’s it and I
will see you guys next time for the next update video bye you


  • Reply Premiere Gal April 3, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    What new Adobe update do you want to learn next? Essential Graphics Updates? Essential Sound? Performance Updates?

  • Reply Bullet Time April 7, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Thanks gal ,this is one of the best featured they have released in a long time

  • Reply Ed Wouters April 7, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    Instead of blurring peoples faces, because of privacy issues, just remove their heads altogether. Much more colorful… 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Reply Kevin Mendoza April 7, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Awesome video and info! Thanks for this! This update is a game changer! 😱

  • Reply Pawaal Films Balochistan April 7, 2019 at 2:23 pm


  • Reply Rahul Sachu April 7, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    In the distribution link…. Isn't trail version or full version?

  • Reply Alain Patry April 7, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    I'm going to assume that if someone crosses the shot BEHIND the hero person in the shot, the bogey person cannot be successfully masked out, as they would at some point be behind the hero, correct?

  • Reply Jesica Billia April 7, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Hi! I having instal a old version 15.1.2 🙁 can i do something similar with this version?

  • Reply Holly April 8, 2019 at 1:37 am


  • Reply Iggy35 April 8, 2019 at 1:38 am

    Can't wait!!

  • Reply Rajiv kumar April 8, 2019 at 2:42 am


  • Reply Travel with Zameer April 8, 2019 at 9:50 am

    I have learned something new by watching your video and i didn't feel that wasted a second of my time very good process very kind way to explain and teach, i was feeling for a moment that that i am back in my elementary class thank you i love your personality all the best !

  • Reply SpringBoard April 8, 2019 at 11:37 am

    That is awesome Gal…

  • Reply Dee Kat April 8, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Premiere Gal, I think this AE update is amazing!! I can see myself using it!

  • Reply Paresh Masurkar April 8, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    Awesome….. 08.38

  • Reply Kong Kour April 9, 2019 at 12:44 am

    How to remove anything on adobe premiere pro cs6 ? How can u do ?

  • Reply Michael Zukerman April 9, 2019 at 6:14 am

    Does it render out in 4/6/8K? And I'm wondering how much more noticeable it would be in higher resolution than 1080.

  • Reply Samir Mondal April 10, 2019 at 10:07 am

    i dont show content fill option

  • Reply Sela Official Song April 10, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Nice video, Thanks for your sharing

  • Reply Noooura Fa Fahad April 12, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    hey thank you for the video but I have a problem 
    the footage won't render when I press on Generate fill layer ! the mask won't go away

  • Reply Alok Chowdhury April 13, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Hi, After updating to 16.1 I am unable to select the layer with left click on my mac. Do you have any idea how to solve this?

  • Reply Md. Abul Hasan April 13, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Thank you

  • Reply 3ds max April 14, 2019 at 5:42 pm

    Windows 10 only though!
    Way to alienate about 40 millions users Adobe!

  • Reply jan film April 16, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Great tutorial thank 🙂

  • Reply V2M OFFICIAL April 18, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    damnnn Premier gal,u got me on this.Thanks s billi sweetie.I have never tried aftyer effect but definitely im gonna do this

  • Reply Ali Naini April 19, 2019 at 7:14 am

    Thanks for Tutorials 👍

  • Reply Khak chang Jamatia April 20, 2019 at 7:40 am


  • Reply krish arts & photography April 20, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Nice & Thanks 🙂

  • Reply New Effects9 April 21, 2019 at 9:05 am


  • Reply wakadimas April 22, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    How much memory is required for this to work? Mine keeps saying "Not enough memory to complete Content-Aware Fill layer generation"

  • Reply Dane Andersen April 24, 2019 at 4:44 am

    I just need mocha pro remove module is amazing

  • Reply pashto tapa April 25, 2019 at 7:48 am

    great and i love u

  • Reply Vivek Narayanan April 26, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Thanks a lot…

  • Reply Jawahar s April 30, 2019 at 7:24 am

    Hi i'm jawahar i have one doubt its work on only 16.1.0 version, buz i have only version 15.0.0

  • Reply Kevin Cruz April 30, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Hold up I subscribed to Premiere Gal not After Effects Gal

  • Reply Timothée Ferreol May 3, 2019 at 3:19 am

    Great video but you should really improve your lighting setup, it looks very scary

  • Reply Kolt Air May 3, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    whats up with these eyebrows tho

  • Reply ROCKY NASH LIVE May 5, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Mind Blown! Love this tutorial. Gonna try it on my 360 videos! Thank you! 👩🏽‍💻

  • Reply Roberto Salazar May 8, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Thank you!!! I just used this to remove a coffee cup. Lol

  • Reply Amrith Raj May 14, 2019 at 7:11 am

    WOWW Amazing!!!!! Thanku…..

  • Reply SWEENEY BRO May 14, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    my rectangle isn't moving?? this is so frustrating. you make it seem so simple yet it doesn't work for me

  • Reply Adam steve May 17, 2019 at 3:39 am

    very nice video !! explains it all !!! appreciate you !!! my question is im willing to shoot a challenging scene where a man is standing in front of a mirror but i didnt wanna do the stable tripod with camera 45 degree angle away from camera {regular scenes) i wanna film him while im sliding my camera in a dolly and going all across him from his back shooting the scene, do you think this technique will work? i heard mocha pro does it well but i cant afford $600 plugin u know 🙁 what do you think or suggest please? 🙂

  • Reply Paul Richards May 17, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Great thanks 🙌🏼

  • Reply Devayani Chandra May 18, 2019 at 5:40 am

    I have a question if I have 2 different objects at two different parts in the video how do I edit that out ?

  • Reply InDaSoul Think Music talk May 20, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    Who would thumb down a great Tutorial. It's great to see a women do this for a change! Great job! I bet it's 25 men lol!! Nice opening by the way.

  • Reply Placido Possam May 23, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    Subscribed instantly. Amazing tutor you are, Gal! Thank you pretty much!

  • Reply Angelo Kochgor May 25, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    hey gal, am a filmmaker, i mean, can you pliz do a tutorial for green screen removal on premiere?

  • Reply VFX101 May 26, 2019 at 7:33 am

    I tried its work thanks

  • Reply Tiara is here May 27, 2019 at 12:06 am


  • Reply Exhaust Note Channel May 29, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    GOT editors should've watch this tutorial to remove that Starbucks cup they left in the scene..😂😂😂

  • Reply mithun krishna May 30, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    I work in AE cc19 it's not available .. Pls help me fix

  • Reply Max Mitchell June 3, 2019 at 2:56 am

    Thanks for the helpful video. I'm trying to remove myself (cameraman) from a mirror in the back of a shot. It seems much more difficult than the examples I find online. The guy being interviewed partially blocks what I want to remove AND he keeps moving. So I have to use a track mask / matte to keep two subjects in the foreground of the shot while removing myself from a mirror behind one subject's head as the head keeps moving. I have a section at the end of the video without me in the mirror and I'm replacing it with that. So far, I've only been able to do it manually, adjusting every few frames as he moves. Is there a way to make the track motion feature do this for me? Thanks for any ideas you may have.

  • Reply Bar Yafe June 5, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    how can I do it without this upgrade?

  • Reply 4thwalltvandfilm June 11, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Thanks for the great video. Do you have one on tracking masks?

  • Reply Calvin Bryant June 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    After Effects and Premier Integration / workflow would be good to dig into
    FYI… you're awesome and thanks for the vids!!

  • Reply dileep kumar June 16, 2019 at 5:27 am


  • Reply inna moramento June 17, 2019 at 6:25 am

    are you try with shutterstock please ?

  • Reply Meghjit Mazumder June 22, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Great, easy & informative tutorial. I have 2 questions though.
    1.(relevant) can I do something similar to this in PP also?
    2.(irrelevant) mic model?

  • Reply Mi Na Koko June 26, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Great and useful thanks !!

  • Reply Paul Farage July 4, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    Great Job! Love the video and can't wait to try it…:)

  • Reply Fil Dutra July 8, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Thanks for the tutorial Gal! Well explained. Cheers!

  • Reply Roshan Patel July 12, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Amazing tutorial!

  • Reply Bahinie Theva July 13, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Thanks so much for this!! its so amazing! but when i export it back into premiere pro and render its pixelated even on full resolution , and im using 4k red footage. any way to over come this? Thank you!

  • Reply Sa Jones July 14, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Please let people know you have to add the Content Aware Fill to the panel. You have it already there. Go to Window and add the panel. I was going crazy looking for it.

  • Reply miscellaneous Singh July 16, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    how to use content aware fill in 3d tracking

  • Reply Faltu Filmmaker July 22, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Content aware fill does not show

  • Reply I Hate Living in Apartments July 25, 2019 at 2:53 am

    video starts well after 2:20

  • Reply Jaroslaw Dudkiewicz July 27, 2019 at 6:55 am

    What if we have movement on the shoot? You know, we some rotation, and the subject in some moment disapear?

  • Reply Cyrel Gumawai July 29, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    I got Adobe After Effects CC 2019 and its 16.0 but I cant find content aware fill.. Can you please help me?

  • Reply Nightwolf9220 July 29, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    best tutorial thank u

  • Reply Viral Killer July 31, 2019 at 8:44 am

    6:40 good but just set mask to none, so you can see the people

  • Reply Rangeen Tv August 4, 2019 at 9:58 pm


  • Reply Ong Taik Kheng August 5, 2019 at 12:47 am

    Hi. How do I use the content aware fill to remove background from a person. Thanks!

  • Reply Elad Vashdi August 5, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Great tool! Thanks for the tutorial

  • Reply kaleem khan August 5, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    is option is available for after effect cc 2015

  • Reply Dakota Sixkiller August 9, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    The steps didnt actually work…

  • Reply Muhammed Sami ŞARK August 10, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Real Supergirl is here.

  • Reply KSA Khmer August 15, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Good video

  • Reply Foxfire August 15, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Triple like. Nice, to the point, no diversions, but not dry either.

  • Reply Bloom Ideas August 18, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    What a Tutorial ! You are genius. Keep rocking.

  • Reply Harry Jacob August 18, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    is it work on after effect cs6

  • Reply xXuidmod August 20, 2019 at 2:28 am

    how do I know what version im on, on windows?

  • Reply LOLPlayPH August 21, 2019 at 10:53 am

    THANKS !

  • Reply HERMAN FRANC August 21, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    What about Adobe CC 2018? is content aware fill available there?

  • Reply Joshua Beharry August 27, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    my tracker thing isn't like yours

  • Reply 李一泉 August 30, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Very helpful

  • Reply Wanyama Musa September 1, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    we miss you

  • Reply Daniel Zh September 3, 2019 at 4:40 am

    That's great. but i need to learn something more if there's a tutorial. how can i change shadows or get more texture for ex in last work. shadows wasn't great when u did zoom.

  • Reply aktive X kontrol September 4, 2019 at 11:19 am

    wow – Thank you for this video, every clear explanation

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