One of the beauties of working with NLEs is the limitless possibilities available at your fingertips. For example, you can use the mask tool in many different ways, but it’s especially helpful right when you need it the most. One of the worst feelings in the production world is looking at your footage only to spot that one little boom microphone in the corner of your screen. While you could just scale in to block it out, sometimes you don’t want to sacrifice the shot’s composition. The mask tool is here to help preserve your sanity. Let’s take a look at the many ways you can mask out unnecessary items and people.