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Changing colors with effects

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Video: Changing colors with effects

If you like to follow along with me here I'm going to be using the project called Effects from the chapter 13 folder of the exercise files. And boy folks, can you believe how far we've come? Look at this crazy stuff going on. All these doohickeys all over the place, just so much weirdness. Visual stuff all over the place, but you understand what's going on. Isn't that amazing? We've really covered a lot in this training series. It's fantastic. Now what am I going to do again here is we're going to use effects to change what's going on with the look and feel of these clips.

Changing colors with effects

If you like to follow along with me here I'm going to be using the project called Effects from the chapter 13 folder of the exercise files. And boy folks, can you believe how far we've come? Look at this crazy stuff going on. All these doohickeys all over the place, just so much weirdness. Visual stuff all over the place, but you understand what's going on. Isn't that amazing? We've really covered a lot in this training series. It's fantastic. Now what am I going to do again here is we're going to use effects to change what's going on with the look and feel of these clips.

We want to add kind of like a rock and roll tinge to them. This muddy washed out, brownish tone that we see in like my carpet and couches and stuff- that's not super awesome. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to select the first clip and I'm going to go to the Effects area here in the Tasks panel in the Edit workspace. I'm going to click on Edit Effects. First thing we're going to do is adjust the Image Control here. This is a fixed effect already applied for us. I'm going to take Brightness down to about -17 or so. I realize that looks really dark and really terrible now.

Just bear with me here. Now I'm going to take Contrast all the way up to 200%. When you watch rock videos, it's very common to have this really strong contrast here. So if I click this Eye icon next to Image Control, I can see the before and the after. It's a really, really big difference and it may not seem super realistic to you or really aesthetically pleasing, but this is extremely common when you're dealing with things that are kind of edgy like this because this is kind of more muted and regular, but the rock and roll lifestyle is anything but mundane and regular.

So we have really high highs and really low lows and that's reflected in the tonality of our shot here. Finally, I'm going to take the Saturation, as I scroll down here, I'm going to take Saturation down to about 60 and I realize it's actually de-saturating it a little bit. Let me use this slider here, get down there a little bit faster. Yeah, about 60 or so. I realized that we've taken out some of the color here but that's OK we're going to restore it momentarily. Basically what we're going to do eventually is add a tint to this, a blue tint and if we have a lot of colors from the original showing through then the blue tint will not look as cool.

So I'm going to go back to the Effects area and I'm going to scroll down and actually I'm going to rearrange my interface here a little bit so I could see stuff a little bit better. This is optional, but I always like to apply Auto Levels. That's going to kind of make the darks a little bit darker and the lights a little bit lighter and so again we've kind of exaggerated this rock and roll effect, that we couldn't have done with just Image Control. That's why we applied Auto Levels. I kind of like that look. Another thing too, as this is my tendency, I shoot a little bit too dark sometimes. But I did that on purpose here because what that does is it brings out a lot of grain. When you shoot when it's darker it makes things really grainy, but I like that because in this rock and roll video we want things to be grainy and edgy and really high contrast like this. That looks kind of cool.

As we scroll down here a little bit farther we can get to the Image Control area. Let's apply the Color Balance RGB effect. Go ahead and drag and drop that onto this clip. Now, the default settings aren't working for me here so let's click on Edit Effects. We can close Auto Levels and we can close Image Control by clicking a little triangle here next to it. To kind of close up and keep things all nice and orderly. I'm going to take the Red value to about 120, I'm going to take the Green value to about 120 and I'm going to take the Blue value to 200.

Now if we want a blue tint, we really don't have to go overboard like this. We can just keep Red at about a 100 and Green at about a 100 and take down Blue a little bit more. But by punching up all the value so crazy like this, we're not only adding blue light to the shot, but we're also adding a little bit of red and green, which is kind of filling the whole shot with a little bit more light as well and because we've darkened things a little bit earlier with the Image Control settings adding a little extra brightness with Color Balance tends to still make the darks look dark. We've saw this great polarization between the light and the dark, which looks so rock and roll.

We got the extra grain. I realize this looks more like a Pearl Jam, video something you'd see in the mid 90's than something you would in modern times in like 2008. But still this has a very cool rock and roll effect that I like. As you might be wondering, how in the world that we are going to apply all these same effects? Are we going to go through and apply and change these settings for every single clip in our project? No, of course we don't have to do that. So what we're going to do is we're going to close up shop here and I'm going to select Color Balance, and I'm going to hold the Ctrl key, select Auto Levels, hold the Ctrl key again and select Image Control.

At this point on my keyboard I can hit Ctrl+C to copy the effect or I could right-click anywhere on these effects and select Copy. Now all I have to do is select the next clip and then right-click and select Paste. Select the next clip, right-click, Paste, so on and so forth. Then you want to make sure to get the confident face, our little overlay here on the video track two we covered in the last movie, so paste on top of that. But I'll go ahead and do that for us here, so we don't have to do it in this movie and so that way we move into the next movie on Movie Themes that's already set up and done for us.

But as we move through here look at the effect. This looks just so much cooler than had we left everything as it was. So you see that clip, the last one it has the effect on it, and then you get back to the regular old dull brown, what a difference. So here's after adding the effect and then again here's before, a clip without the effects. Huge difference, night and day in the vibe and overall feel. I mean this just looks kind of like a rock and roll video, doesn't it? And then this just looks like a home video.

So those effects really make a huge difference.

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Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training

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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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