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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.
Alright folks, this is going to be a cool little mini project, basically combining a lot of what we have covered in this entire chapter, just kind of etch it in stone and have a little fun here. I have this extremely humiliating video footage of me, I seem like a complete idiot as if there is something magic in my hand. This is my little Chady Copperfield type thing here. So we want to make some magic in my hand to make me look slightly less embarrassing here. So what we going to first of all is go over to the Effects area in the Tasks panel and let's go down to the Keying category of Effects.
This is what we're going to use to remove this green background. Thankfully for us as we go down a little bit here, there is Green Screen Key. What I'm going to do is I'm going to drag this Green Screen Key to my footage and watch this part of being instantly the green is gone and I'm still left and watch if I even hit the Spacebar to play my footage, the green screen is completely gone from every frame of the video instantly, pretty sweet stuff. So I'm going to hit the Home key, the next thing I want to do is I want to add some super sweet lightening.
So what I'm going to do is I'm going to go in the search field at the top here in the Effects area and just do a search on light and eventually one of the very few effects that has light in it is in the Render category, the Lightening effects. So go ahead and drag and drop the Lightening effect there. Now, before we go any further, this looks absolutely ridiculous, in order for this to look cool, we have got to really customize this right off the back. So let's go ahead and click Edit Effects and let's open up the Lightening category. By the way the Green Screen Key has some parameters as well; it is a little bit beyond the scope of this training series.
But if you're not getting exactly the results you're looking for, you can adjust these settings such as Cut Off and Threshold to make the key or in other words the transparency of your footage be a little bit cleaner. So I'm going to close up Green Screen Key for now and come back down the lightening. What's really cool is we could set the X and Y values for the start point of the lightening and also the end point. Well, I want the start point actually to be in my hands. So, I'm going to move this over to the left, the start point is over here on the left hand side and I'm going to click and drag to the right to increase the Y value, which will set that point right smack down in the center of my hand, and I want the end point to be directly above that, so I'm going to clicking and dragging, maybe holding the Shift key.
So it gets right over where I want, there we go. Now, as I hit the Spacebar to preview this, yes, I'm shooting lightening out of my hand. How cool is that? Now, what I might want to do is adjust something like the amplitude which might tone this down a little bit. Now, I'm not going to tone down lightening, but if something is going all crazy all over the screen here, it's just looking even more hooky and cheesy. So what I want to do is bring that down just a little bit and as we scroll through we can play with some of these settings also, the Detail Level basically is how jagged these little shots of lightening are, the Detail Amplitude, the Branching like basically how many forks there are, so if we increase the Branching, these little tiny forks off of the lightening will increase.
It is just unbelievable to me how many controls there are for this lightening to get the exactly the effect that you want. So there is Branch Segment Length, I might want to take that down a little bit, there we go, there we go, the Branch Width, maybe take that down a little bit, so this is a little bit thinner and we could increase the Speed since its effect automatically animates for you and a whole bunch of other things that can we adjust it here. We could also change the color of the lightening as well by clicking on the Color Swatch. I am going to leave the inside color as white, but I could change the outside color which is by clicking that blue swatch, you get the color picker here and the color picker right now is in this bottom right hand corner, this circle.
I actually want a different Hue, maybe a red. So I can click and drag these little arrows here into the red color family and if I wanted to I can click and drag in this area to pick maybe a darker color or a brighter color or more desaturated color, kind of like a grayish red, but actually want to keep it the same level of vibrants in the bottom right hand corner here. So, I'm just going to leave it like that and hit OK, by the way, when you're in this color picker, the color beneath here, that's the original color and the color on top, on the top half is the color that you're changing that color to.
So I'm going to change it to the red, hit OK and now, my lightening is red. So I hit the Home key, go back to the beginning and now as I play that back, I have my own customized lightening storm shooting out my hand. Now, if you want to get some extra credit points here, you can go back to Effects and go back to our old buddy that we looked at in the last movie, the Lens Flare. Apply Lens Flare here. Now, we don't have the footage behind this and there is a Green Screen Key, so we're not seeing all of the Lens Flare here, so we definitely need to go edit the effects and let's go ahead and close up shop on this lightening, so we could clean up things up a little bit.
Come over to the Lens Flare, adjust the X value and there is the center of the Lens Flare, adjust the Y value. Basically I want to adjust this, so this is over my hand. So I'm going to adjust the X in the left direction here, click and drag to the left, click and drag to the left and I basically want it over my hand there. So it looks like things are kind of glowing from my hand, and I want to change the Lens Type to a 105 millimeter Prime. I think it is going to give me some better results, make some more light around my person here and I also might want to take down the Flare Brightness just a little bit.
So there we go, so now here is the before and after the Lens Flare, see what difference that makes, it is just a little tiny thing, but a lot times when you're creating special effects shots, a lot of times those little tiny things that really help to sell it and make a little bit more believable there. So now if I hit the Home key, hit the Spacebar to preview, that's a pretty darn sweet effect, look at that, it's pretty awesome. Also, you know really behind the scenes here, there is a lot of preprofessional things going on with the Green Screening and with the Lens Flare, with the Lightening.
I mean these are some really professional quality effects in this not really technically professional level application. Just amazing to me that you can do so much with a program that is so relatively inexpensive.
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