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Adjusting brightness and color


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Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training

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Video: Adjusting brightness and color

Alright, now it is time to get into some real good hands-on stuff with effects, we would like to follow along. I am using the Brightness and Color project from the Chapter 6 folder and first up and perhaps most important and most commonly used, we're going to be talking about adjusting color and brightness of clips. Now, I will say this before we get started, often times as you look at some of this clips I will be using, they seem to be a little on the dark side. I will say that when you're shooting, it is better to have clips that are little bit too dark than a little bit too bright.
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  1. 11m 20s
    1. Welcome
      2m 22s
    2. What is Premiere Elements?
      2m 30s
    3. Why use Premiere Elements?
      2m 0s
    4. How to use the exercise files
      2m 40s
    5. About the video in this course
      1m 48s
  2. 33m 52s
    1. The basic Premiere Elements workflow
      5m 5s
    2. Importing video footage
      4m 13s
    3. Working with clips
      4m 19s
    4. Editing a movie
      2m 12s
    5. Adding transitions and effects
      5m 22s
    6. Adding a soundtrack
      3m 11s
    7. Applying a Movie Theme
      3m 54s
    8. Adding a title
      3m 24s
    9. Sharing the final movie
      2m 12s
  3. 37m 37s
    1. Tips for installing Premiere Elements
      1m 44s
    2. About the Welcome screen
      1m 32s
    3. Tips for creating new projects
      2m 41s
    4. Getting familiar with the interface
      5m 8s
    5. Getting video from camera to computer
      4m 27s
    6. Capturing stop motion footage
      2m 10s
    7. Importing media
      4m 36s
    8. Opening vs. importing
      2m 0s
    9. Using the Organizer
      3m 18s
    10. Working with the Project view
      3m 40s
    11. Finding missing footage
      2m 55s
    12. Fixing mistakes
      1m 44s
    13. Using the Help options
      1m 42s
  4. 53m 52s
    1. Introduction to editing video
      2m 22s
    2. When should we cut?
      2m 13s
    3. About the Sceneline and the Timeline
      1m 41s
    4. Navigating in time
      7m 34s
    5. Trimming video in the Sceneline
      4m 8s
    6. Trimming video in the Timeline
      1m 4s
    7. Splitting a clip
      3m 41s
    8. Rearranging the order of clips
      3m 14s
    9. Previewing a video
      1m 50s
    10. Making slow motion and fast motion clips
      4m 15s
    11. Playing a clip backward
      1m 7s
    12. Freezing a frame of video
      3m 6s
    13. Creating a temporary pause
      3m 1s
    14. Moving and transforming clips
      8m 10s
    15. Using markers to work faster
      6m 26s
  5. 18m 7s
    1. What are transitions?
      2m 32s
    2. Basic transitions
      6m 16s
    3. Customizing transitions
      4m 41s
    4. “One-sided” transitions
      2m 43s
    5. Important rules about transitions
      1m 55s
  6. 38m 35s
    1. What are effects?
      4m 4s
    2. Adjusting brightness and color
      7m 5s
    3. Chad's favorite effects
      8m 22s
    4. Giving clips an “old film” look
      2m 46s
    5. Stabilizing footage
      4m 29s
    6. Customizing effects settings
      5m 27s
    7. Making lightning shoot from your hand
      6m 22s
  7. 32m 28s
    1. The importance of audio
      2m 9s
    2. Working with audio
      4m 1s
    3. Mixing audio tracks
      5m 10s
    4. Automatically detecting musical beats
      4m 54s
    5. Unlinking audio and video
      5m 18s
    6. Using a consistent audio source
      3m 41s
    7. Recording narration
      1m 37s
    8. Applying audio effects
      5m 38s
  8. 19m 0s
    1. Understanding animation concepts
      2m 24s
    2. Creating keyframes for fixed effects
      8m 3s
    3. Animating effects
      4m 38s
    4. Fine-tuning animations
      3m 55s
  9. 28m 53s
    1. Using the titling tools
      10m 47s
    2. Animating credits
      6m 3s
    3. Creating titles using templates
      2m 56s
    4. Using the included free content
      3m 55s
    5. Making a slide show
      5m 12s
  10. 12m 5s
    1. What are Movie Themes?
      4m 33s
    2. Applying Movie Themes
      5m 25s
    3. Customizing Movie Themes
      2m 7s
  11. 20m 42s
    1. Adding DVD chapter markers
      5m 26s
    2. Creating DVD menus
      5m 11s
    3. Exporting to DVD and Blu-ray
      3m 14s
    4. Exporting to YouTube
      2m 7s
    5. Exporting to iPhones, iPods, Zunes, cell phones, and other devices
      2m 14s
    6. Exporting to a file on your computer
      2m 30s
  12. 11m 40s
    1. Tips for shooting good video
      2m 52s
    2. Getting a second hard drive
      1m 32s
    3. What camera should you buy?
      1m 46s
    4. Different types of camera storage
      3m 22s
    5. Optical vs. digital zoom
      2m 8s
  13. 49m 56s
    1. About the final project
      1m 54s
    2. Importing and setting up the project
      2m 16s
    3. Arranging the clips
      3m 1s
    4. Adding audio and markers
      3m 59s
    5. Intermediate video editing
      13m 5s
    6. Creating transitions and overlays
      7m 24s
    7. Changing colors with effects
      5m 50s
    8. Applying a Movie Theme
      6m 27s
    9. Personalizing the titles
      2m 45s
    10. Exporting and posting to YouTube
      3m 15s
  14. 1m 48s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 48s

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Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training
6h 9m Beginner Apr 25, 2008

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Digital video is a medium that is now available to almost everyone. It can be captured on anything from a mobile phone to a high-definition camera, and published anywhere from YouTube to Blu-ray discs. In Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins explores all the video editing capabilities of Premiere Elements 4. Chad starts with a real-world sample project, then covers techniques for importing and editing video; and adding effects, transitions, and animation. He concludes with a final project incorporating all the steps, including exporting and posting. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Purchasing a video camera and shooting video Capturing and importing video and audio Editing video in the simplified (Sceneline) and traditional (Timeline) interfaces Making titles and slideshows Mixing audio tracks, recording narration, and applying audio effects Creating animation and applying special effects Sharing videos on YouTube, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and iPods
Subject:
Video
Software:
Premiere Elements Elements
Author:
Chad Perkins

Adjusting brightness and color

Alright, now it is time to get into some real good hands-on stuff with effects, we would like to follow along. I am using the Brightness and Color project from the Chapter 6 folder and first up and perhaps most important and most commonly used, we're going to be talking about adjusting color and brightness of clips. Now, I will say this before we get started, often times as you look at some of this clips I will be using, they seem to be a little on the dark side. I will say that when you're shooting, it is better to have clips that are little bit too dark than a little bit too bright.

When your clips are little bit too dark, it is easier to bring back that lost information or to make things lighter and fix things, than it is if they are a little bit too light. So, just remember that while you're shooting, if you're the one using the camera. Perhaps, the simplest and quickest way to adjust brightness and color problems with the piece of video, is to just to go to the Effects tab and all you have to do is click Edit Effects and this takes us to our Fixed Effects here. We covered Fixed Effects in Chapter 4, when we talked about moving and transforming clips, we have barely skimmed over this Image Control area that is applied automatically to every piece of video footage that we bring in to our project and use.

There is four controls here, Brightness, Contrast, Hue and Saturation. Brightness makes a clip brighter as we drag this side to the right or darker as we drag it to the left and then we have Contrast which increases the contrast if we drag it to the right or decreases the contrast if we drag it to the left and then Hue changes the overall color of the clip and Saturation controls how much it is colorized. So, as we drag it to the right, we will notice the colors get more and more vibrant, as you drag it to the left, will turn this clip black and white essentially.

Now, I want to go through here and restore the default values, 0 for Brightness and a 100 for Contrast and 0 for Hue and 0 for Saturation. Actually, 100 for Saturation, excuse me, 0 would turn it black and white. This is basically the way the clip was when we brought it in. Now, you might be tempted to come in here and say it is a little bit too darker, let's pump up the Brightness. The problem with this Brightness slider is it is universally lightening every single pixel, every little tiny square that's making up this video clip is being lightened.

That might sound initially like a good idea, but trust me folks, it is not a good idea. This gooseneck is really cool, it is very dark and we want to keep it dark and as we brighten this clip up, it takes that gooseneck to white and we don't want that. So, I'm going to take this to 0, there are better ways to fix Brightness problems and we will get to those in just a moment. I do have refined myself often using Hue and Saturation. So, in this clip the colors are little warm, it is a little yellowish and if we drag this to the left, it is going to get even more red, more warm, if we drag it to the right, it is going to get a little bit cooler, a little bit more greens and blues.

I like that actually, if we want the greens and blues in this footage to be even more vibrant, then we would click on the number here, the 100 for Saturation, click and drag that to the right and see these colors get more and more vibrant. Now, it is going slowly and often times when you click and drag on these numbers, they do work a little slowly. What you can do is hold the Shift key on your keyboard and that will go much more quickly, if it is going a little bit too slow for you. So, that's probably a little bit too much, it is little overdone, so I'm going to take that back down a little bit, but you get the idea.

To see the before and after of what you originally had to what you have done, click this little eyeball here. Basically you're making it visible and invisible, so right now the effect is visible, if you click off the eye, this is what we started with and this is what we have now. That's quite cool actually, no pun intended. So, I'm going to close up Image Control here and go back over to Effects and most of the time the Color Adjustment effects, you want to add are in the Adjust category. With efects they are grouped in these categories, you will find on the left hand side here and the Adjust area is where the bulk of the good ones are found.

Now, as a general rule, I usually stay away from anything that says Auto, like Auto Color, Auto Contrast, Auto Levels because I like to have my own control over things, and usually the program guesses badly. But in this case, with Auto Color, Auto Contrast, Auto Levels, this is an exception, these work remarkably well and these will not harm and destroy your footage. So, if we were to apply maybe Auto Levels, it would automatically fix our Brightness problems. Now, we're starting to see a little bit, one of the problems of brightening dark clips is it starts to get extra grainy, so you want to be aware of that.

But even still, it did a remarkable job of balancing out the Brightness values of our shot and we have some really bright highlights here and our gooseneck is also still very dark. That looks infinitely better than had we gone into the Fixed Effects and adjusted Brightness there as we were just looking at moments ago. Now, Auto Contrast, I'm going to hit Ctrl+Z to Undo Auto Levels, Auto Contrast looks very similar, Auto Levels has a tendency sometimes to shift the colors very slightly, but they work very similarly, I am just going to Undo that by hitting Ctrl+Z again.

Auto Color will attempt to do Auto Contrast and fix the color. Now, it is done that here, it is sensed that our footage was a little bit too greenish, bluish and try to compensate for that by getting rid of it. However, sometimes if tactfully done, it is OK to leave a little tint in there. So, I'm going to hit Ctrl+Z to Undo that and get our footage back to the way it was. Now, let's see folks, the ways I have shown you so far are the ways, I typically would adjust color and brightness on my own, but there are many of these effects, you just experiment and play with here in the Adjust category.

Also if you scroll down a little bit, there is channel which will invert your colors, it is kind of a crazy effect, everything is inverted. So, everything that was black goes white and so on and so forth, kind of a psychedelic Jerry Garcia look and effect usually. I will hit Ctrl+Z to Undo that, I keep scrolling down here, there is another category called Image Control and you could use the Effects in this Image Control area to create a black and white clip or to tint a clip or to adjust the color that way. This is a little bit more sophisticated and advanced and usually the Adjust category gets you what you need.

Be aware that there are some kind of special effect type effects here, like Posterize for example, which creates just a few colors out of your image and creates like these really weird, painterly artistic kind of looks. In this case, it looks pretty terrible and in a lot of cases, it looks very 1980s, but that might be what you're looking for. In some cases, it does look very painterly and beautiful and very artistic. So, this might be something to try in the future and that's it for adjusting the Brightness and Color of video clips. In the next movie, I'm going to show you some of my favorite crazy effects in this huge list of video effects.

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