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In Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training, author Chad Perkins shows not only how to edit video with Premiere Pro, but he also explains how to use video to tell compelling stories. This course covers the Premiere Pro workflow from a high level, providing a background on how projects go from start to finish before diving into basic clip adjustments, such as color correcting scenes for more dramatic impact, applying transitions effectively, and slowing down and speeding up clip playback. The course includes creative techniques, such as making titles and removing a green screen background from a shot. Exercise files are included with the course.
Now we're going to look at animating. So let's go ahead and I'm going to resize my Timeline panel here and I'm going to look for the California layer and it should be towards the top here. I'm going to go ahead and click that to select it, so we can see the clip properties here in Effect Controls panel. I'm going to open up Motion and I'm going to look at Position here. Now again, every time you see one of these little stopwatches here that means that you can animate this property over time. Now here is the process for animation. First, I'm going to get my California text in place.
What I wanted to do is start off screen and then animate coming up from the bottom on to screen. So I'm going to increase the Y value, which is the second property here. Click and drag it to the right, to move it downwards, and that works. Now I'm going to have Premiere remember where this layer is at this particular time. I do that by clicking the stopwatch. So again, that tells Premiere two things actually. One, it says remember this value at this time. The second thing it tells Premiere is that I want to animate this property.
So now, all we have to do once we click the stopwatch is we move in time, I'll go out to about the one-second mark, and then change the value. That is it. I'm going to reduce the Y value to put this back into place and that looks about right there. Now if I hit the Home key to get back to the beginning, press the Spacebar to play this back, we'll see that we've created animation. That's all there is to it. So again, we click the Stopwatch to have Premiere remember a value.
Then we move the Current Time Indicator in time, then we change the value and Premiere automatically creates the automation. It remembers where you want it at a point A, and where you want it at a point B, and then it automatically creates the automation for you. Now we can continue on if we want to, because that's what the stopwatch means. It means that we wanted to animate over time. So if I moved out, let's say another second and then change the value again, let's move it along X axis here. This is not really what I want to do, but just showing you as an example here. It's going to move up, and then after that point it's going to move over, just like I told it to do.
Now if you go over to the Effect Controls panel and you click this little chevron here. If it's facing to the left, you can click it right here to the right so you can see the Timeline view in the Effect Controls panel. If you're not seeing the Effect Controls panel, you can go to Window > Effect Controls to see that. If you don't want one of these keyframes, which is basically what's happened here as it remembers the values that we've created, then it stores them in these little diamonds called keyframes. That last keyframe was just an example. We don't really want to keep that. So I am just going to click it to select it and once it's got this bluish fill, hit the Delete key on the keyboard just to get rid of it and now we have the original animation.
Everything works that way, not just Position but with Scale as well. If we want this to get bigger once it landed we can let's say take the Scale down little bit, and then click the stopwatch for Scale and move out in time, take this back to 100%, and that doesn't really work out all that great, because I'm going to have the anchor point set properly. But you still get a sense of what we can do just by animating it. It's just that easy to animate every single property that there is. Later on the in this training series, we'll talk about effects.
Effects animate the same way. Anything that has a stopwatch, you click the stopwatch, you move in time, change the value, and Premiere will remember that process and animate from one keyframe to the next automatically.
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