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Your video effects can be subtle and naturally integrated into your movie or they can be dazzling, turning your movie into a truly special video and audio experience. In this session, we are going to look at how to add video effects to your movie and then we'll show you how to adjust and to customize these effects for your particular needs. On our timeline, we've got a pretty simple clip. It's just a truck arriving. And let's use some special effects to make it really interesting. The Effects panel, by the way, you'll notice I am in Quick View. When I open up the Effects panel by clicking on the button on the Action bar along the bottom of the interface, I am going to extend the size of the panel by hovering my mouse over the top and dragging. Make it a little bigger, so you can see all the effects.
You notice we have about 20 effects in Video Effects. We also have some FilmLooks, and that's all you get in Quick View. So Quick View has a lot of advantages as you are editing, but it does have a limited catalogue of effects. If you want the full catalogue of Premiere Elements Effects, go over to Expert view. Here in Expert view, we click and select Effects and I am going to extend the panel a little bit. We have 16 categories of effects, including 275 presets. We have 80 video effects total, and we have a selection of audio effects.
So there are many more effects available in Expert view. By the way, you can access the different categories by clicking on this Category button at the top of the screen and you see you can jump immediately to any category of effect. You can also browse through the different categories by using the arrows at the top of the panel to go left and right through the various categories. And if you want to locate an effect, you can locate it quickly by simply clicking on this little magnifying glass in the upper-right corner.
That opens up a quick screen so that can you can go directly to any effect just by typing its name in there. In this particular case, I'd like to apply the NewBlue Old Film effect. NewBlue--I'm just going to type Old Film and you see it comes up immediately for me. Now, NewBlue is a world-class special effects company. They provide a number of video and audio effects for Premiere Elements, and some of them are very, very cool, including this one here. Let's drag Old Film onto our clip on the timeline and you see an immediate change.
Now it looks like an old film. We can further adjust and customize this, or virtually any effect in the program. To do it, we go to our Applied Effects panel. Make sure, by the way, that your clip is selected on your timeline, because the effect you are looking at is on the clip. So make sure that when you're adjusting your Applied Effects that you have the clip that you want to adjust selected on your timeline. Open up Applied Effects by clicking on the button on the right side of the interface. Now, every video that you add to your timeline is going to have by default Motion and Opacity properties and these are effects that you can open up and adjust, for instant Scale, and Position, Rotation, and Motion, or Opacity, which has to do with the transparency of the clip.
Those are by default on every video clip that you add to your timeline. But on your Applied Effects panel you will also see listed any effects you've added to your clip, in this case, Old Film. And when I click on it, you see that I have a number of options for controlling how this effect affects my clip. This is the default setting, but I can increase the damage if I want, make it even more beat-up by moving the slider. By the way, whenever you see a slider, you'll also see a number up here to the upper-right of it. If you'd like to adjust using the numbers, you can either click and type in a number numerically or just click and drag over it and kind of scrub across it and adjust. So I'm adjusting here.
You can set your video so it's still in color or come over this direction and make it completely black and white. Midway through, it's got a sepia tint to it. We can apply Jitter, which makes the video jump up and down, as if it has sprocket hole damage, and then you see we have a couple of presets here for making it Wavy, Blotchy, Grainy, Fine, Splotchy, Lite, or Crackly. Let's make it Splotchy. And I am going to render the timeline because this is a pretty intense effect, so you get a better idea of what the output will look like if you render it first. I clicked the Render button in the upper-right of the timeline.
Now, let's take a look at what our video looks like. A fun little special effects, and now it looks much more like an old beat-up movie. I'd like to apply another effect here so you can see that there is a difference in how you adjust certain effects. Let's try the Crop tool. So I am going to the Effects panel, and again I am just going to the Search box, and I am typing the word crop. By the way, if you notice when you go to your Effects panel that there are only a couple of effects or maybe one effect showing, it means you maybe have something in your Search box.
You can erase it by clicking on the X. I'll type crop. We get our Crop tool and apply that. Now when you apply a crop, this is the default setting for Crop. If I'd like, I can disable an effect, in other words make it essentially invisible but still keep it applied to the clip, just by clicking on the little eyeball here on the Applied Effects panel. When I click on that, the effect is essentially rendered disabled. I can turn it back on just by clicking the eyeball, or I can remove it completely by clicking on the trashcan.
Now we can concentrate on the Crop effect. Now the Crop effect, there are a number ways to adjust cropping. You can adjust them using these sliders, or you can drag and scrub across the percentage. But Crop is one of the tools that it's sometimes more intuitive to adjust by actually clicking on the Monitor panel. So if I click to select the effect by clicking on it here in the Applied Effects panel, notice that I get a bounding box around my video with little corner handles, and I can adjust my Crop effect just by dragging on those corner handles.
Is that much more intuitive than moving sliders? Now, there is one other way to adjust an effect, and I want to just apply the Cartoonr effect. I like the Cartoonr effect a lot. It's one of the NewBlue's selection of effects. We'll drag that onto our clip, and I am just going to remove Crop, so it's not on the clip anymore. And you see what it does. It's suddenly turns your movie into a cartoon. That's a pretty cool effect as is, at its default setting, but you don't have to keep it at that. There are a number ways to adjust the effect.
When I open it up here in the Applied Effects panel, you see I can go ahead and make these individual adjustments to lines and paint if I want. This is a little beyond me. Look at all these adjustments you can make. Fortunately, NewBlue has made it simple. There are a number of effects like this. You can just use one of the presets and the presets are right here at the top of the panel. See, it's set for animation now. When I click on that button, I get a number of options-- Hallucination, Light Drawing, Paint Blobs--a whole bunch of different variations on this single effect.
So as you can see, effects can add something very, very special to your movie. They don't need to be big and obvious to be effective. In fact, some of the most effective effects are those that your audience isn't aware are effects. But they definitely do enhancive the viewing experience and sometimes can just be a lot of fun to play with.
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