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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.
OK folks, in this movie we're going to talk about customizing the settings of Effects. Now, as you look at my project here, you'll notice that it looks remarkably stark and empty, that's because this is going to be a little bit different. We are actually going to start from total scratch here. I want you to go over to the Tasks panel and select the Project View here, click this Project button. Now, on the right hand side here you'll see this page icon, and what that indicates is that we're going to be creating something new. So if we click this icon, we will actually see that we can create many new things from this dropdown, such as a universal counting leader.
So like in the beginning of old movies, when you see the five, four, three, two, one, you can create this from scratch right here. What we're actually going to do is we are going to create Black Video. So go ahead and from this area, from this dropdown after clicking this page icon here, click Black Video. What that does is it creates just blank video that's basically just a still image it's black and it applies it to our project already here in the Sceneline. Now, you might be wondering, why in the world would we do that? Well, the reason is because we want to play around with effects.
But when you apply effects they have to apply to something, they can't apply to nothing. So if you're just filling out the Premiere Elements, you don't have anything to play with, you could just create Black Video and apply effects to that and play with the effects that you apply to that, this will make a little bit more sense as we go I think so. Go ahead and click the Effects button inside the Tasks panel, and do research for Lens Flare here in the Search window. I did that last so I already have that up here. So once you get the Lens Flare here, go ahead and drag it and drop it to your Black Video.
Now, that we only have Black Video, we could see a little bit more clearly really what's going on here in the beauty of this Lens Flare. This is a very high quality looking Lens Flare, it is a great effect. So I thought what better way to play with Lens Flare that just on a plain Black Video. So nothing else gets in our way, we could see exactly what's going on here. Now, virtually every effect in Premiere Elements has its own set of parameters and controls and different things that you can adjust and customize for it.
So we're just going to use this as a representative of that larger group. The way you edit effects is just basically the same way, even though they have different settings, it is still the same workflow. You basically come over here to the Effects area in the Tasks panel, click the Edit Effects button and you'll have all of these settings for the effect right here. You might need to click this little triangle right next to the name of the effect to open it up. But this is same as we looked at before when we were adjusting Transitions or when we were adjusting Fixed Effects like Motion and Opacity. Now, first of all for many effects you might have a center of location or maybe if it is a Distort effect, you might have a center of the distortion where everything is centered around, like maybe the center of the distortion or what have you.
In this case, it's the flare center, basically the center of the Lens Flare here and like most position properties, we have two values here, the first one is the X or left or right value, the second one here is the Y or up and down value. So we can click on let's say the first value, and over to the left or right and look at how awesome that is, look at how that reflection just moves along for the right and everything is just lined up in perspective like a real Lens Flare, just beautiful. Again, if you would like to have things move a little bit faster, because I'm dragging my mouse quite a bit here and it's really not moving too much, I can hold the Shift key and make things move much faster.
So that's awesome. We can also control the Brightness of the flare which is cool. So I can click and drag this to the right and make things swell up or drag down and kind of dry out or diminish a little bit. Later on, actually a couple of chapters down the road, we're going to be talking about Animation. So all these properties can be animated. So let's say, you wanted to create a short film or somebody was having like a vision or whatever, you can click and animate the Flare Brightness value, so that it keeps swelling up, so as they are having this vision, everything fills with white or what have you.
So you could actually animate these properties. So maybe the flare center moves around, maybe it gets brighter or darker or what have you, all these things can be animated. Take this closer down to 100%ish, there we go; there is also different types of lenses. So there is the 50 to 300 millimeter Zoom Lens which mimics that type of lens or the lens probably you would get from that type of lens. There is also a 35 millimeter Prime and there is also a 105 millimeter Prime. See what that looks like as we move the flare center there, just beautiful.
There is also this blend with original which is basically kind of like an Opacity setting for the Flare. In other words, it is kind of like adjusting its transparency. So as we increase the Blend With Original, we are basically fading out the entire Lens Flare. So there is that, so essentially this is how we adjust effects, it is the same way that we adjust Transitions or Fixed Effects that are already applied to our footage, such as Image Control Motion and Opacity. Again, if you have been following along, it is probably not too much of a huge revelation to you, but I just want you to be aware that if you like an effect, but it's not exactly the way you want it, this is the way you do it, you come and hit Edit Effects to be able to access its settings and tweak them a little bit.
In the next movie, the final movie of this chapter, we are going to be putting everything together and creating like a little mini project with effects, you don't want to miss; it is going to be a blast.
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