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What are effects?

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Video: What are effects?

In this movie, we're going to look at one of the most exciting components in all of Premiere Elements and that is effects. In this movie, I just want to give you an introduction as to what effects are and what they are capable of doing. Now, as for the question, what are effects and what do they do, that's kind of a tough one to answer as you will see as we go throughout this movie. They are capable of quite a bit. I will say though that they are really fun to play with, kind of like transitions, and you could just sit there and kind of goof off them all day. Transitions though are special effects that are applied between clips and effects are things that are just applied to the clips themselves.

What are effects?

In this movie, we're going to look at one of the most exciting components in all of Premiere Elements and that is effects. In this movie, I just want to give you an introduction as to what effects are and what they are capable of doing. Now, as for the question, what are effects and what do they do, that's kind of a tough one to answer as you will see as we go throughout this movie. They are capable of quite a bit. I will say though that they are really fun to play with, kind of like transitions, and you could just sit there and kind of goof off them all day. Transitions though are special effects that are applied between clips and effects are things that are just applied to the clips themselves.

Now, in my first clip here, I have some zebras and I have two effects applied. I have this Ripple effect, which creates this wacky ripple distortion and then I have also got this Color Balance effect, which completely changes the color and also the motional tone of the shot. Now, you notice that unlike transitions, you can have multiple effects. With transitions, when you drag a new transition to one that's already existing here between clips it replaces that one. But effects, you can keep piling on more and more and more effects.

So we could have the Ripple and the Color Adjustment at the same time. Let's look at a more realistic example of using effects to adjust the color of a shot. In my next clip here, I have this swimming goose and it is a great shot that's really beautiful the way that this goose comes down this water, I love this clip, but it is just too dark. It was sunset, I was losing the light for the shot and it just turned out, well just a little lackluster and dark. So what I can do is come in here to my Image Control and Auto Contrast and really brighten this clip up, make it much more vibrant.

I am going to show you how to do this as well as the rest of the tricks I'm going to be looking at here in this movie as we go throughout this chapter. So again, this is not a hands-on, don't try to follow along here, I just want to get you acquainted with some of the ideas and concepts we will be looking at in this chapter. This next clip is one of my favorites in my collection, this is my buddy and the lynda.com editor Paavo who is a master unicyclist and he is leaping off of these stairs, see if I just scrub this clip. He is going and he is bouncing down these stairs and it is a really cool clip. But we could go a little bit more crazy with the camera angles.

The camera is very still during this shot, so what I did is I applied an Earthquake effect. So as we hit the Page Up key and play this again, we will see that there is just all sorts of crazy randomness happening in this shot now because of that Earthquake effect. It is much more of an extreme sports type effect because we have applied the Earthquake effect to this clip. Now, new to Premiere Elements 4 is the Stabilizer. I have this clip here and the footage is just unbelievably shaking these ducks are moving around all over the place and you could apply the Stabilizer effect, and as you playback the footage now, these ducks are going to try to stay in about the same spot.

It is not perfect, but it is much closer. You can tell as I'm scrubbing this here, all these black lines where the border of the frame is moving around and that's because it's trying to keep the duck's centered, it is going to keep the ducks in the same spot and basically this black area was where I was off in my footage as I was shaking the camera while holding it. Finally, here is this clip of me in front of a green screen and I will explain this a little bit more at the end of this chapter. But basically, when you're filming Hollywood movies and that type of thing, often you're filmed in front of a green screen and the green screen is removed in editing.

So let's say for example Superman Returns where Superman is flying, he is really just filmed in front of a green screen and then they remove the green screen and place it with the city to make it look like he is really flying. Premiere Elements even has that capability as well, so we're going to add a Lens Flare to my hand. Add some lightning to the palm of hand and remove the green screen as well. So that, it looks like I have lightening generating from my hand there, great effect. So all this and more coming up in this chapter on effects.

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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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