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Understanding video effects

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Video: Understanding video effects

Video effects add polish to your project. You apply them directly to video clips. Premiere Elements has more than 90 video effects. You use them to alter the color of clips, distort images, add an artistic appearance, put clips in motion. You can fly them on or off the screen, rotate them, change their size, zoom or pan on images. All the effects have default properties but you can change those properties and have those properties change over time. That latter characteristic, the ability to animate effects is a wonderful creative tool. In this tutorial, I present an overview of the video effects in Premiere Elements and demonstrate how to apply and adjust them. If you want to follow along with this demo, just open up the 07-overview project. What I have here are several clips on the Timeline and I have applied effects to each clip.

Understanding video effects

Video effects add polish to your project. You apply them directly to video clips. Premiere Elements has more than 90 video effects. You use them to alter the color of clips, distort images, add an artistic appearance, put clips in motion. You can fly them on or off the screen, rotate them, change their size, zoom or pan on images. All the effects have default properties but you can change those properties and have those properties change over time. That latter characteristic, the ability to animate effects is a wonderful creative tool. In this tutorial, I present an overview of the video effects in Premiere Elements and demonstrate how to apply and adjust them. If you want to follow along with this demo, just open up the 07-overview project. What I have here are several clips on the Timeline and I have applied effects to each clip.

In general I applied one effect but sometimes I apply the same effect twice. But you can apply as many effects as you want to a clip. But I have not done that in this particular case. To see the effects first of all just go to Edit > Effects and this is the list of all the effects that come with Premiere Elements. If you hover over one of the effects you will see it's animated a little bit to give you an idea of what it can do. To see an effect that's been applied to a clip, just click on the clip, click on Edit Effects and this shows you the effects that have been applied to that clip. Now all video clips have three effects already applied to them automatically.

They are called fixed effects. These are the three on top and I'll talk about them in upcoming video tutorials. You can tell an effect that has been applied to a clip by seeing one below those three. In this particular case, I have applied the Replicate effect to this particular clip. So let's see how Replicate works. But before I do that let me show you that I split this clip to apply the effect to the inside of it but not to the entire clip. So if we take a look at that, here is where I split it there and there. In this clip here has no effect applied to it, notice it doesn't show up here and this part has no effect applied to it.

But in the middle I applied Replicate right there. So we will see how that works. Splits and it will animate over time. It changes over time because I have put something called a keyframe on this effect. Let me show you how that works. This is a keyframe, in fact these are three keyframes and what keyframes do is they allow you to change an effect over time. This is the starting point and the starting point it tells the keyframe to splitting it into a set of four, two and two, two rows, two columns.

At this next keyframe I say split it into seven rows and columns. At this keyframe I tell it to split back into two. What it does, it changes over time. Each keyframe marks a beginning and an end. This is the beginning and that's the end of that particular shift and the beginning of the next one, that's the end of the whole thing. So that's what keyframes do. They allow you to say here is the starting point, here is an ending point and then the effect changes between those two keyframes. Let me go on to the next one. This clip has one effect called Zoom Blur applied to it and that effect has three parameters. I applied keyframes to three of them, this one is set at just the beginning, no end point, so it won't change but these two will change over time. Let's see how that works. Have that shark appear out of the blur and that effect works because I can center the effect on the shark's nose. So I changed the location to have it be on its nose, otherwise it would be right here in the middle of the screen.

Let's take a look at the next one. Now this is an octopus against the blue background. If we have got something with sharp edges like this, you can apply an effect that works well at the edges, like Emboss. So I applied Emboss here and you can see that Emboss has one, two, three, four parameters. I did several keyframes here to allow them to change over time plus change the direction that the light is falling on the emboss. So you can see that the intensity of emboss changes over time. This next one I applied something called Metallic to it. And what's cool about some of the effects in Premiere Elements is that you can change the color over time. This particular effect allows you to apply a color that has a metallic feel to it and I can change that color as the clip goes forward which is just an amazing characteristics of some of the effects here.

Unlike transitions that have a maximum of seven parameters from a set of only seven parameters, effects can have many parameters from a huge set of parameters. So it's impossible for me to teach you every single effect and every single parameter. What I want to do is give you a taste for the effects as you go forward with this, then you are going to play with them on your own to kind of select things that work well for you. But let me show you this metallic one, because the color will shift over time, as well the intensity of the metallic effect. As the clip sort of changes there is a locale to this sort of bed of seaweed, then I have the effect shift back to just the normal look to it.

This next clip has something called Ripple Circular and notice all the parameters here. Tons of parameters but I have done keyframes on only four of them. You don't have to change every single parameter; you can just select parameters that you want to change over time. Now as you watch these clips on the screen here, you might see them sort of stutter a little bit. We are really pushing the processor to the max here, so sometimes they might stutter in your particular view. But I can assure you when you create them on your system they will be very smooth.

This next one I applied a Mirror effect but I applied the Mirror Effect twice. I applied it once vertically and once horizontally and so it meets and creates a kaleidoscope effect. This shows that you can apply the same effect twice and give it different parameters. Take a look at this. Isn't that cool? I wait till the fish go out of the scene then I end the clip, like that. This next clip, I also apply the same effect twice. It's called Lens Flare and any marine biologist out there watching this are going to grimace in pain, when they see what I have done here but take a look at all those keyframes. What I have done here is I have put a Lens Flare on each eye on this ray and then had that Lens Flare follow the movement of the rays. Difficult and tedious to do this and it's very hard to do perfectly but we could do it pretty well inside Premiere.

So let's watch this. We will watch Lens Flare follow the movement and then change the intensity as the ray gets closer to the camera. As it turns, this next one turns on like headlights, the one fades, the one increases. You can have effects change over time intensity and location. Isn't that wow? Well this next particular clip is a Lightening effect. I didn't want that lightening shooting off any fish or horses. So I decided to create a red background color, red matte and that's a fairly simple thing to do if you go to Project, you see this little button here, it says New Item. You can say Color Matte and you click that, you can make any color matte if you want. But I made a red one for this particular effect. We will click on that, go back to Effects, click on Edit Effects. You can see I have applied Lightening twice. Lightening has probably the most parameters of any effect. Check this out.

All those parameters. Now I that I have the parameters change over time, I just set them once, but lightening itself is an animated effect. So I don't need to really change too many parameters. I might change the location over time but in this case, the location I start for both effects right there and then had spread out. Pretty wild there. Now I got to move to something that's really advanced that you will encounter several tutorials later if you are going in order here but it's something that involves what's called Compositing. Compositing is layering clips. Premiere Elements lets you as many video tracks as your computer can handle. I have four here. What I did was I put a blue matte on the bottom and then three video clips above sit.

I am going to have each clip go into motion using the Motion Effect, which is a fixed effect that's applied to every single video. And you will see that the motion will change its position and its scale over time. We will have three effects one after the other shrink down and appear over the clip on the bottom. Now I'm going to have beveled edges appear with it as well. So see how that works. One, two, three. (Video playing) That's called compositing and you can do pictures in picture like that and we will show you that in another tutorial later.

Let's move to the last one. The last one is something called the green screen. What I'm going to do is I'm going to click on this now. That's how it looks normally. There is this green background shot at a studio over something called a chroma key green screen. If I click on that there is the Green Screen Key. What I'm going to do is I'm going to turn it off for a second by clicking this eyeball. And notice there are two more fixed effects here. What if you have audio associated with the clip? You also have two other fixed effects for volume and balance left and right, but I talk about audio effects in another tutorial. If I go to this clip, there she is over that green screen and if I apply the Green Screen and turn it on, something will appear behind her. Let me just kind of back off here and I'll show you what appears behind her. That.

Let's see what happens. Watch out, Watch out! Oh, the last minute it turned away. Thank goodness. But you might notice if you have seen this shark video before the shark was not that large. I also applied motion to that shark video right here and I increased its size. I increased its scale to 165 and changed its position so that it would be off to the side over here. Let's do one more thing. You can create titles in Premiere Elements and apply effects to titles. Let's watch this effect change over time. So you can apply effects to regular clips. You can put clips in motion. You can apply multiple effects to clips. It really is a huge creative tool in Premiere Elements and we will talk about all the various things you can do with it in the number of other tutorials.

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Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training

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  1. 3m 47s
    1. Overview
      1m 21s
    2. Understanding the workflow
      55s
    3. Using the exercise files
      23s
    4. Relinking missing media
      1m 8s
  2. 10m 47s
    1. Understanding Premiere Elements 7 features
      5m 49s
    2. Touring the workspace
      3m 14s
    3. Using the Help function
      1m 44s
  3. 14m 2s
    1. Starting a new project
      2m 52s
    2. Getting video from a camcorder
      5m 22s
    3. Getting media from other sources
      2m 36s
    4. Managing clips with the Organizer and in Project view
      3m 12s
  4. 10m 6s
    1. Adding, rearranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      3m 31s
    2. Adding, rearranging, deleting, and replacing clips in the Timeline
      6m 35s
  5. 19m 29s
    1. Using the Monitor panel to trim video in the Sceneline
      3m 51s
    2. Trimming video in the Timeline
      4m 3s
    3. Trimming clips in the Preview window
      3m 58s
    4. Changing clip speed, duration, and direction
      7m 37s
  6. 16m 18s
    1. Understanding transitions
      4m 31s
    2. Applying transitions
      4m 47s
    3. Adjusting transitions
      7m 0s
  7. 17m 53s
    1. Understanding video effects
      9m 47s
    2. Applying and modifying video effects
      8m 6s
  8. 30m 16s
    1. Understanding animation
      4m 34s
    2. Animating video effects
      9m 29s
    3. Using the Motion effect with keyframes
      4m 5s
    4. Working with effect presets
      8m 22s
    5. Controlling changes between keyframes
      3m 46s
  9. 18m 17s
    1. Recording narrations
      2m 53s
    2. Making soundtracks with SmartSound
      4m 16s
    3. Applying audio effects
      6m 2s
    4. Mixing audio tracks
      5m 6s
  10. 17m 56s
    1. Creating titles from scratch
      7m 25s
    2. Having fun with titles
      10m 31s
  11. 13m 10s
    1. Understanding compositing
      3m 6s
    2. Creating picture-in-picture overlays
      4m 52s
    3. Creating transparency with Videomerge
      5m 12s
  12. 6m 45s
    1. Using Instant Movie, themes, and Smart Tags
      6m 45s
  13. 12m 22s
    1. Understanding DVD authoring
      1m 34s
    2. Adding DVD scene markers
      3m 37s
    3. Creating DVD menus using templates
      7m 11s
  14. 8m 52s
    1. Sharing from the Tasks panel
      7m 4s
    2. Archiving projects
      1m 48s
  15. 6m 46s
    1. Shooting video to make a great story
      6m 46s
  16. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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