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Showing off vacation highlights or making a music video with a professional touch is just a few keystrokes away with Premiere Elements 7. In Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training, Jeff Sengstack, Adobe Certified Expert in Premiere Pro, breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, about everything from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. In between, Jeff covers the basics of editing as well as advanced features like picture–in–picture overlays and dazzling visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
There are several ways to apply video effects to clips and basically one way to adjust those effects. I'm going to show you those processes in this tutorial. If you want to follow along, open up the 07-apply-and-adjust project. What I have here are three clips in the Timeline. We are going to apply and adjust effects on these clips. But first of all you want to see the fixed effects that are applied to all clips. So start by selecting a clip. Go to Edit > Effects and then Edit Effects. That shows you the effects that are applied to that particular clip and the three fixed effects for video are Image Control, Motion and Opacity. We are not going to deal with Opacity here because that involves layering clips and we will talk about layering or compositing in other tutorials. We will focus on Image Control and Motion.
If you open up Image Control and you see that it talks about Brightness, Contrast and Hue and Saturation. Now when you shoot underwater, almost always it's kind of soft focus. Unless you are really close, the contrast is kind of weak in underwater photographing or underwater videography. So you want to probably knock up the Contrast a little bit. Knock down the Brightness a little bit to kind of make the picture a little richer. If you adjust the Saturation a little bit you also make it a little bit richer in color. If you go all the way left here, it makes a gray scale, all the way right probably overdoing it a bit. But that would be a typical adjustment that you might do under Image Control.
Now you might say to yourself, "that's not really working. I want to start all over again." If you click on the effect name and you can go down here and press Reset, and that starts it all over. So we will try that one more time. Knock the Brightness down a bit, knock the Contrast up, give it a more Saturation, a little brighter. Now I'm thinking I like that but I'm not really ready to sit with it. I can let it stay in that formation, but not show it by turning off the Eyeball. That way you are not seeing the actual effect. You are seeing the original video and you can make those changes and sort of keeping there in abeyance in case you want to use them later by switching off the eyeball.
Let's go to Motion now. I go to Motion. Motion lets me change the size of the clip. Well I can rotate it. I can zoom in on it. Let's take a look at this little turtle. I want to go zoom in a little bit. So I'm going to zoom in on him. I want to change his position a little bit. So if I click on Motion, that will put a target on the screen. I can drag that target and adjust the location of that turtle on the screen. When you do zoom in on a video clip, it won't as sharp as original image because you are interpolating the pixels as it's called, it's kind of getting a little fuzzy but at least you can zoom in, let me see how that looks. I just get a tighter shot of this turtle now. So that's how Motion works. You can zoom in, change the scale, you can also rotate it if you want.
Now you probably don't want to rotate like that but you can. And I'm going to show you the Rotate thing in just a second. And that's about it for that. If you do change the Constrain Proportions thing you could make them long and thin, because you are going adjust the width or the height independently. But if you go back to Constrain Proportions it does things proportionately. Let me go back now and show you one thing that I want to show you regarding rotation by going to this horse clip. If I click on a clip it doesn't necessarily show up here in the Monitor; you have got to move the current time indicator to it to see it. And there is this horse clip and right away when I click on it you might see something. It has two more fixed effects, Volume and Balance. Whenever you have audio associated with the clip these will show up as fixed effects as well. Obviously Volume control how loud it is and balance how far left and right you can pan it.
We are going to talk about Volume and Balance in other tutorials because we are focusing only on video effects here. But you notice that this picture is tilted. This was shot very quickly to grab this horse shooting over that jump in just a moment's notice. So I quickly turn the camera and didn't quite get the ground level. Well we can fix that inside the Motion effect, by clicking on Motion here and going Rotation. Now if I can change the Rotation by dragging this, I can adjust how it levels up. That's more or less right. If I really want to check and make sure it's right out to scale and expand the scale so I can get it to the edge of the screen. Now I kind of adjust it a little bit more, I'll fine-tune it little bit, maybe like six degrees will work really well.
And once I see that it's pretty well aligned up I can take the scale and move it back. If I move it back to 100% you will see that there are gaps here, because when you rotate it, it will leave little gaps around the edge. So you do need to zoom in a little bit like that. So now we have fixed that little problem and the horse goes through there, it looks like it's leveled ground, instead of crooked ground. So that's how you work with those fixed effects, Motion and Image Control. The next thing you want to do is add effects to a clip, not just work with the fixed effects. To add effects you go to Effects and here are all the various effects. There are several ways to adding effects. Let's go to something that's going to be really obvious like Find Edges. Well I can't find edges right now, so let me put Find and there it is. I can search for here and find an effect that I need to look for. If I can't find it in that great big list. There is Find Edges and I'm going to apply it to this clip. And the way you apply to a clip is one of several ways.
You can drag it right to the clip, which you want to apply to. There it goes. I'll do Ctrl+Z to undo that. You can select a clip. I'm going to select this one here and it's not visible here because when you are in the Timeline and you select the clip it doesn't move the current time indicator to that clip. So you don't see it. If I'm going to take that, I'm going to drag it to that clip. I'll be applying it to it. You can see the preview here but it doesn't show up here because I don't have the current time indicator there. I'll drag it around, there it is. So you can drag it to the clip down here or you can drag it to the Monitor.
I'll drag it over here to the Monitor and it will apply to whatever clip is showing up on Monitor. So there are multiple ways to apply it that way. If I'm in the Sceneline, Sceneline behaves a little differently. Sceneline will show you what's in the Monitor when you click on one of these thumbnails and if I take Find Edges for example and drag it to this one over here it will immediately change to that clip in the Monitor. There is a little difference the way Sceneline behaves versus the Timeline. But that's how you apply an effect to a clip.
Now you want to adjust the effect. Select the clip, go to Effects and click on Edit Effects. That shows you all the effects. Those are the three fixed and here is the one we just applied, Find Edges. If I want to change that I can change the one parameter that comes with fixed effects. How much am I blending with the original clip? Is it really dramatic like that or I might kind of letting some of the previous clip show through. So as you go to an effect you will see what parameters are available and then you can adjust them there. We apply different effect to this one over here.
Right to Effects, I'll erase Find so I can see all the effects. We will try something different. How about the one with the Metallic and where is metallic? m-e-t and there it shows up. Drag Metallic down here. It won't show up until I actually slide the current time indicator over there. There it is Metallic. If I want to see those effects I go to click on that, Edit Effects, there is Metallic, open it up, there are the parameters. There are two parameters for Metallic. It's going to be three. Color, and these two guys here.
Now when I have a different color, if I click on this I can pick a color from this color picker, have the Metallic look be red instead. If I want to change how metallic it is, I can slide this, more or less metallic. And the Picture effect is just another kind of little tool that allows you kind of blend it a little bit. So three different parameters there. As you apply effects you will discover that some effects have many, many parameters and some have only a couple. We have applied Metallic here. I'm going to apply Find Edges to this one as well, to show you can apply more than one effect.
Let me go back here. We will go Find, Find Edges, drag Find Edges to the Monitor to show you can add it that way. There is Find Edges. I'll click on Edit Effects to show you that now Metallic and Find Edges have been applied. I'm going to let Find Edges blend a little bit with the original. So you can see that you can apply more than one effect to a clip and adjust those effects independently of each other. So what I have tried to show you is that you can work with the fixed effects, in this particular case, Motion and Image Control, and how you apply those effects to the clips. We will talk about how you can animate those effects over time in other tutorials.
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