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In Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training, author Jeff Sengstack breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, covering topics from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. The course also covers the basics of editing and advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays and audio and visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
When working with video, effects become second nature. You'll probably want to use the same effect parameters or animations time and again. For instance, you might have a whole bunch of clips that you shot under the same lighting conditions and you want to apply the Image Control effect to those clips and adjust the brightness, contrast, hue and saturation, such that those effect parameters are uniform throughout all the clips. Well, you can do that by using what are called presets. Presets that come with Premiere Elements or presets that you customize yourself. So, let me show you how that works. We'll start with this underwater-wide clip and we are going to apply a preset to that.
The way you find presets is by going to Edit and under Video Effects, you click this dropdown list and say Presets. These are the presets that come with Premiere Elements. I'll just spin through them really quickly, but let me show you the categories. You can see the various categories here. I won't list them all off for you, but most of them are pictures in pictures. Here is the little ways that you can put one picture over another and then there are some things that allow you to, let's say, make something like a transition or something changes suddenly at the beginning or suddenly at the end.
So that's I want to show you here in this particular case. So I am going to look at Blurs. We have two blurs. We've Fast Blur In, Fast Blur Out. If I drag Fast Blur In to this underwater video clip, I will show you how that works. Just grab it down there. By doing that, I would go look at the Edit Effects by clicking on this. You will see that it added a blur and has blurriness and there are two keyframes. If I go to the beginning, see that the parameter for the first key frame was a very large blurriness and if I click the Navigation tool here to go to the next keyframe, you can see that there is no blur.
So it automatically created this thing with two keyframes for you and it looks like this,it blurs and starts blurring and gets sharp. You can also blur out, so let me go back to Effects again and Fast Blur Out on that exact same clip. Fast Blur Out. So now I have applied blur twice. I will show you that. Two versions of blur, one that has keyframes at the beginning, one that has keyframes at the end and you can just barely see that little keyframe there at the edge, but there are two keyframes at the end. If I navigate to this one, you will see that its normal Blurriness zero. Click through the last key frame and you will see that it's really blurry, and I'll will go back on frame so you can see that.
What's cool about things like this is that you can kind of use them for transitions. You fast blur out here. It'd be nice to fast blur in here, right. So let me just go click on this clip. Do another little preset by going Effects > Fast Blur In and you've basically done kind of like a Cross Dissolve. Watch this. It's kind of a cool little way to do a transition, but that's using a preset, the Fast Blur In, Fast Blur Out. There are whole bunch of other ones like that. I'll go down the list here and we'll look at some other guys that are similar. Solarize is one, Mosaics is another. Try the Twirls.
Because it's kind of intense, so I'll just drag this one over to the beginning of this clip and what's going to happen is it's going to be blurred and twirling. See how that one looks. There we go. And it did this little preset for you. You could have done this manually, but it's kind of cool that it does for you automatically. Let's look at some other presets. Say these tint presets, Color Effects they call. These tints are set up in advance. It's kind of hard to really select good tints. So here you get the preview of some ones and decide whether or not this works for me. I'll just drag this in, and try that preset there, whoa! But you can try these presets out that are done for you in advance and then let's say that's close to what I want, then you can go into the Edit Effects mode and say I am going to knock up these guys here and give rid of those two guys.
Open up Tint and there it says mapping black to red and mapping white to green. Well, it's maybe not exactly what you want, but at least you're kind of in the territory. Then you click on this color swatch and you can click on to see the red there, but let's say we want to tone it down to a slightly different color and you can make some adjustments to it to suit your purposes. So, you can always adjust a preset to suit your purposes and then if you like the adjustment that you've made, you can then save that as your own preset. So I am going to click on this guy and then right-click and say Save Preset. We'll save this preset as Jeff's Tint.
And it says Scale, Anchor to In Point, Anchor to Out Point. Well, this particular thing, I am just going to scale because I want the tint to be through out the entire clip and now I've made my own preset. If I want to track down my preset, go back to Effects. In this little dropdown here instead of Presets I'd say My Presets and there is Jeff's Tints. So if I go back to this previous clip, I can drag Jeff's Tint to that clip and have that pop up as well. I'll then move on to the photo clip that I've got here. I want to show you how to use the pictures in the picture kind of approach.
To see that, it's really nice to have some kind of a background behind it. So I am going to go make a background real quick here. To do that, I go to Organize and then Project. This is a hidden little thing that's only available in the Project view. Over in the corner, it says the New Item button. Put this little down arrow and there is a thing called the Color Matte. So I want to make sure you know it's there. I could have done this in advance, but I want you to see that this is where it's done. I click on Color Matte. What color do I want for a background? We'll test some little sepia like color just to make a little colored background. It makes it kind of look like an old photo background.
And it makes a little math. It puts there right there on the timeline. Oops! And it splits my clips and moves all the way a little bit. I'll put these guys together again. So I'll just move these guys over here. Now I want this photograph to appear over this matte. I'll drag the matte out a little bit to make sure it's big enough, so fit into the photo. Now, I want to do something to this photo such that we can see it show up over the matte. So I am going to apply a preset to it. So I'll go back to Edit > Effects. Go down to Presets again. This time, I want to do Pictures in Pictures.
So I will just click on that, just to limit meet to those particular PiPs they are called. If you go through, you'll see that there is lower right, upper-left and upper-right. You can pick any one you want. Within each group there are just tons of presets that allow you to animate up the presets from full to small, spin things in, just place it in the corner, whatever, but I'll just do 25% Upper Left. Applied it to this picture and then oops! I applied it to the effect by mistake. I'll put it to the picture. There we go. I want to get to the picture directly and now we have put it up there and it pops up in the corner.
Once it pops it up there, you can always kind of go, hmm! That's not exactly the size I want so I'll make it a little bit bigger, but that's a little preset that gets you started. At the top, we'll just do another preset. Once you've done this, it's kind of nice to have a little frame around the picture. So I'll go back to Presets. Instead of PiPs, I'm going to Bevel Edges. It has this Thin Bevel Edge or a Thick Bevel Edge. Let's just try a Thick Bevel Edge on top of that clip and see how that looks. That's little too thick. Let's undo that, Ctrl+Z or Command+Z on a Mac. Try the thin one instead. Now that looks pretty good. Now, we have kind of little bit of a frame around the outside of it.
Normally, when you put Picture in the Picture effect over some kind of a background, it's nice to have a drop shadow on it. So we'll go down over here and go to Drop Shadows. We have the Drop Shadows, Lower Left, Lower Right. You can actually have shadows moving with the clip, which is pretty wild, but in this particular case, I got this still image. We are not going to move it. So let me just drop the Lower Right Drop shadow on top of that clip and that puts a Drop Shadow on it. Now I am really thinking that I like all of these effects. So I'm going to go to Edit Effects for this particular clip and it's got Bevel Edges. I'll close this, so you can see on my Drop Shadow, and it's got Motion as well.
So I am going to select all of them. I'm going to click on this one, Shift+ click on that one, Shift+click on that one, so I've have selected those three things that I like. Now I am going to right click and say Save Preset. I am going to call this Jeff's PIP, and with the Scale, so it's going to be the whole darn thing, not just starting at one point and changing to another one, so it's going to be the whole clip. Now what I am going to do is I'm going to go to that first clip that I split. Select it.
I'm going to apply my Picture in Picture to that and see what happens. I'll apply my little preset to that. So I go here, go to Presets, and go to My Presets and its Jeff's PIP, drag it to this guy, and it should shrink it down, put a Drop Shadow on it and put a Bevel on it. Let's see, boom! There is the whole nine yards, all three things in one. Very cool that you can do that. Finally, let me show you that sort of a practical approach that I mentioned in my opening remarks. Where you have a bunch of clips that are all shot under the same lighting conditions and you want to make them all look the way you want them to look.
I mean you want to maybe change at the contrast or the hue or the saturation, something like that. So I am going to go to the Image Control. Get out of Presets now and go back to Video Effects. I'm going to scroll down a little bit to the Image Control and drag that to this clip. Now I've got Image Control and then nothing happens until you start actually start editing it, so I'll go back and edit this clip's Image Control. Let's say I want to change the Brightness a little bit, make it a little bit darker, increase the contrast, adjust the Contrast a little bit like that. Change the Hue a little bit, maybe make it a little bit richer in terms of orange or a little warmer, make it a little more saturated.
I am not sure if it's good, better and different, but that's what I am doing to this clip and I want to apply all these characteristics to other clips that were shot in the same day, the same location. So I just right-click on this guy. Go Save Preset. We'll call it zip image control. Say OK. Now I want to apply that preset to this thing without having to go through all those machinations of changing all the numbers. So I select this guy, go over to Effects, go to My Presets.
There is Jeff's image control. I drag it to that one. You should see it change. I am not going let go yet, but you should see it change, get the little warmer, slightly change in the contrast and get a little slightly oranger or a little more saturated colors. Boom, like that. By using that preset that makes these images basically consistent from one to the next. If I had 50 of those, I could select them all and drag the preset to all of them. It is an effective way to have a consistent look to your project. So, in this way with presets, you can use them to quickly get the look and feel that you want, and then if you want to you can always fine-tune them.
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