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In Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training, author Jeff Sengstack breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, covering topics from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. The course also covers the basics of editing and advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays and audio and visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
You apply video effects to individual clips. You can apply any number of effects to a single clip. Once applied, you'll want to customize the effect parameters to suit your needs. Ultimately you can have parameters change over time. That is, you can animate effects. I explained that in the animating effects and clips chapter. For now in this movie I demonstrate several effects and show you some other parameters to give you a feel for the numerous possibilities Premiere Elements video effects have to offer. So the first order of business is to go check out the effects, take a look at them.
To find them you go to Edits and click on the Effects view and there are the effects. On the Windows side there're more than a hundred; on the Mac side, just a few less. To see how the effects might look on a particular clip, you can turn them on by clicking this Use current frame for thumbnails. When you click on that, nothing will happen until you actually select the clip and then this little preview window pops up and all these little thumbnails pop up. You can see that if you look at it, it's not necessarily obvious what some effects do.
Some of them are pretty obvious, but most of it is like what's the difference? That's because this is the default view for the effects. You need to change some of the parameters to really show how they're going to be different, but sometimes you can tell that there are some pretty obvious differences here. Let me show you the various ways to apply an effect. First way is to simply drag an effect to the Monitor panel. It will apply to whatever is visible on the Monitor panel. Boom, it's like that. I'm going to undo that by pressing Ctrl+Z here in Windows, Command+Z on the Mac.
You can drag it rights to a clip, on the Sceneline or the Timeline. Let me change over to Sceneline to show you how that works. Here's the clip that's currently selected. If I change that and show this one instead, we can select that one instead and drag it to that clip, there we go. I'll undo that. Now what happens if I drag it to one that's not visible? It adds it and then shifts over to it. Ctrl+Z there. You can also simply have one that's active here and click on the Apply button on the lower right-hand corner here. Just click that and it'll apply it to the currently selected clip. Boom, like that.
Switch over to the Timeline. Same kind of concept works, but it's a little bit more confusing here. Things can go wrong here. Right now you're looking at this video clip, the first one, but I'm going to make the second one active. You can't see it here in the monitor, because the current time indicator is here and this is where video editors sometimes get confused. I'm going to click on this clip and click on Apply and it's going to apply it to the currently selected clip and you won't see it show up in the Monitor, unlike what happened in the Sceneline. Boom, it's applied, but wait a minute, nothing happened. Golly, I'm sure I applied it to the clip! But in fact you applied it to the currently selected clip over here, here it is, not to the one that was visible on the Monitor.
So that sometimes throws people off. Make sure that when you're applying an effect, you apply it to the one you're looking at in the monitor and make sure that's the one that's currently selected. Let me undo that. Another very cool thing, as you select let's say this clip and the one next to it, Shift+Click and I have three clips selected. If I drag this Invert down to any one of those three, it will apply to all three. I can't tell you, but I'll drag-through. There it is, all three of them. I have that effect applied to it. Another thing you can do is you can apply multiple effects to the same clip.
When I click away so I don't have all three selected. I'll just click this first one and select it. I'm going to go down here little ways and we'll select it with an obvious effect. One I like is called Metallic. I can't find Metallic really quickly. Just kind of fooling you, but if I type in the word metallic, m-e-t, up here in that little Search area. Just start typing. It will go find Metallic for me. So I'm going to drag that to the Monitor that adds Metallic along with the Invert. If you don't believe that there are two effects applied, let me show you the way that you can edit effects.
When you have a clip selected and you've got the Effects view open, there's a little button down here called Edit Effects and that shows you what effects are applied. You see the two up here, but you can't edit them there. It just shows you what are applied up there, but if I click here, it shows me those two that were applied and lets me edit their parameters. By opening them up like that, like this. Some effects have multiple parameters. Some are easy. These are relatively easy. To Blend With Original means how much the original you want to show through and how much the effect you want to show.
Metallic lets you pick different colors, instead of default white, and make it look like that, whatever color you like. Let me close these guys just so that I can play with them a bit. If you change the order that the effects are applied, the most recently applied effect is the one on the bottom. So it basically is applied on top of it, even though it's reversed here. I can take this one and move it up. It'll change how the effect looks. So order counts, and let's say I want to sort of experiment. I say we've got these two guys applied, but I just only want to see one.
So I'm going to turn off Invert and see what happens. Ah. Looks different. You can click this little eyeball that turns an effect on or off. I'm not deleting it. I'm just turning it off temporarily or permanently. I'll as well leave it off all the time and just have it hanging there in case I want to go back to it. Now if I change the parameter a little bit, things will change up here, only in the middle one, not in the Invert. If, for example, let's say you have got this guy on, you go "This Invert effect is just completely useless. I don't want to use it at all," you can select it, make sure it turns black like that, then click on the little garbage can down here, and that will delete the effect from that particular clip and now you're working only with Metallic effect.
Notice here inside the Edit Effects view, there's also the Motion effect and the Opacity effect. All video clips have these two so- called fixed effects applied to them. They're in neutral, just humming there, waiting for you to do something to them, but these are guys down here, ones that you can add, these are standard effects that you apply here as you built up your effect on each clip. Now the effects I've shown you so far are just kind of fun effects. Let me show you an effect in particular that is something you'll use a lot when you're working with let's say portraits or landscapes or things like that, where you want to just make just things look a little better.
I'll go up to Effects here. Let me get rid of the word m-e-t, so I can see all the effects. Right now it's just showing me Metallic. I'm going to scroll up to the top, which is where I am. I want to go find the effect called the Image Control. Image Control is like your contrast and brightness and saturation. So I drag it right down to this agility clip. Notice that this clip is active, but if I drag it to agility, it will apply to agility and it will also make it active. It's a nice little thing, and so far what? Nothing has happened.
That's because you need to go adjust the effect parameters. I'll click on Edit Effects, and now here in Image Control, we've got Brightness, Contrast, Hue/Saturation. This is something I want to deal with to make this picture a little bit better, because it's in the shade, say. Adjust the contrast a little bit, just to make it a little more dramatic looking, to get rid of sort of soft color to it. Then you can increase the Saturation, which makes the colors a little bit richer. It's just kind of what I want to do here. So that's called Image Control. We move on to the end here. I want to show you what you can do with the new Cartoonr effect.
Go back to Effects. There's a brand-new effect called Cartoonr, and I'll type in car, and there it is Cartoonr Plus. I'll drag that guy down to the first clip, but notice that it makes me select a clip. I want to do that. Look what happened to the image. When we click Edit Effects on that particular clip, and notice that that NewBlue Cartoonr right there. If I open it up, it has what are called presets, a whole bunch of presets. Click through it and notice what happens to each use of the presets, and then I'll go down here to let's say Really Bad Dream.
I'm thinking I like that, at least for the purposes of this demonstration. The people on the picture are going "Jeff, what are you doing?!" But I like that and I want to apply it to this one as well. Now I could apply Cartoonr to this clip the same way I applied it to this one, or I can take this clip, right-click on it, and say Copy, and go to this clip, line up my Cartoonr indicator so that I can see it, make it currently active by selecting it, there we are inside the Edit Effects view, right-click and say Paste, and that will apply that one effect that we just copied and we'll paste it to it as well.
So we have a consistent look from one shot to the next. They are going, "What are you doing to us Jeff?" But anyway, I just wanted to show you how wild the new Cartoonr effect is. So what I've done in this movie is to barely scratch the surface of what you can do with Premiere Elements video effects. I suggest you try out a lot of the effects to get a clearer sense of all the possibilities.
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