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JaddziaDax wrote:for like pngs and jpg images: THE GIMP or Photoshop..
for video files: Sony Vegas or After Effects.
I wouldn't recommend doing hardcore (i.e. lots of frame-by-frame stuff) masking in Vegas, its Pan/Crop function isn't frame-accurate. I'd recommend doing what buma suggests, it'll cause you much less of a headache.
.. you can pretty much forget about it if your using Corel/Ulead Video Studio 11 Pro & Corel PaintShopPro Photo XI with Corel's KnockOut 2 Plug-in .. unless you only want 23 frames at a time to turn-out correctly w/o using Layers.
.. its not frame by frame but with some of the mistakes it makes, you'd wish it would have been frame by frame T_T ( sniff sniff )
I actually find frame by frame more annoying. maybe I was just doing it wrong. I was also in Premiere as well of coarse. But if you mess up ONE step in frame by frame EVERY consecutive frame will be off.