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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.
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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