I have a video clip with a character animation, for example the character swings his hand.

I want to cut out the whole animation which is ~ 3 sec long and insert it into an other clip.

For this I need somehow to mark the character, so I can cut him out.

How can I achieve this? Do I need to cut out frame by frame? Which programm is able to do it? I have premiere element 15 from adobe, but i cant find how to do it and its hard to search for, I only get topics on how to cut general video parts.

I could probably do this in photoshop frame by frame and save as gif with transparent BG.

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When you create a mask around a part of a video it is called rotoscoping. Premiere elements doesn't have the capabilities to do rotoscoping but there are other free pieces of software which do. The following bits of software are composting software which are designed for composting clips together.

The first software is Blackmagic fusion https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/uk/products/fusion. Here is a simple tutorial showing you how to rotoscope in it


The other option is http://natron.fr/. Here is a tutorial on how to rotoscope with it

. This tutorial is for a slightly different software but should work fine.

Once you have made the clip in either of these bits of software then export it and import it into premiere elements as a new video file.

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