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Giving clips an “old film” look

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In this movie, we're going to look at creating the ever popular old damaged film look, as if we're creating film from the 1920s or what have you. If you like to follow along, I'm using the Old Film Project from the Chapter 6 folder but, basically all I have done here is brought in any clip and used this. So, it doesn't really matter which clip you use, everything will pretty much work the exact same way. So, I'm going to go over to the Effects area in the Tasks Panel, I'm going to search for an effect called Old Film. Alright, just type Old and that will be the first thing that comes up here. It is in the NewBlue Film Look category.

Giving clips an “old film” look

In this movie, we're going to look at creating the ever popular old damaged film look, as if we're creating film from the 1920s or what have you. If you like to follow along, I'm using the Old Film Project from the Chapter 6 folder but, basically all I have done here is brought in any clip and used this. So, it doesn't really matter which clip you use, everything will pretty much work the exact same way. So, I'm going to go over to the Effects area in the Tasks Panel, I'm going to search for an effect called Old Film. Alright, just type Old and that will be the first thing that comes up here. It is in the NewBlue Film Look category.

So, let's go ahead and apply Old Film to our footage. Now, first it doesn't seem to do too much, so let's go over to Edit Effects, click this button here and we will go over into the Effects area, so we can edit this footage. We will talk more about customizing effects later on this chapter, but with the Old Film effect, you really need to be able to come into this Edit Effects area to adjust the default settings because by default, it doesn't really look like old film that much. So, what we need to do is open up Old Film, there is only a few parameters here, but they are very important, Damage for example, what is really important about Old Film is that it just looks damaged, there are scratches and all that kind of stuff.

So, let's crank up the Damage meter quite a bit and then also we have this little slider here which indicates color, Sepia tone or that kind of yellowish tint that old movies sometimes have and also black and white. So, as we drag this to the left, we see that we can get black and white and as we keep going here, then we can get like a Sepia tone here and this yellowish look is really what we're going for here, kind of like the first of wizard or what have you. Jitter is basically kind of like a vibration like how much is it moving.

So, we definitely want to bump that up a little bit. And actually want to delete the audio track for playback, so I'm going to go over the Timeline quickly, I'm going to right click on the clip and select Delete Audio, this is an optional step that you don't have to do, but I'm going to do that here and go back over to my Sceneline. Now, Let's hit the space bar to preview this and we can see that this looks a lot like old film. Not only is it having this yellow tint, but these highlights are also blown out like it is in old film as well.

If you would like to treat the settings more to your liking, feel free to go over to the Effects area in the Tasks panel, click on Edit Effects and just play around and explore with these settings. This might be a little bit too old film look for - you might want just something a little bit softer, a little bit more subtle or you might want something to go a little bit crazier. So, just be aware that this is how easy it is to create the old film look inside Premiere Elements. In the next movie, we're going to talk about another effect that's going to help us create more stabilized footage.

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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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