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In this movie we are going to learn how to put filters on top of clips to give them a different look. To find the filters you simply go to the Effects panel and under the Effects panel you'll choose Video Effects. Now there are a lot of different effects inside each of these folders and from my experience I use maybe 10% of them, there are some basic ones I use all the time, another ones sometimes just may seem a little bit distracting for my viewer. Just because you have a lot of effects doesn't mean you need to use them.
So let's go ahead and look at how we can apply a basic filter to this clip. Now something that I like to do a lot is desaturate a clip, so I am going to put the black and white filter on here. Instead of hunting for the black and white filter in each of these folders, because I don't remember where it's located, I am going to simply type the word Black and Premiere Pro will show me the black and white filter. Let me go ahead and grab that filter and simply drag it on top of the clip and immediately it's desaturated.
But what's happening under the hood? Let's go ahead and double-click to load this clip into the source monitor. If we step into the Effects Control panel, I see there is my Black & White filter. Now there is no controls for me to modify how saturated this filter is. It's just an on or an off, and as a matter of fact, if you put a filter on a clip and you want to temporarily toggle it off, simply click on the fx button, and I can see what the clip looks like with and without the filter. Now let's take a look at a filter that I might be able to modify some parameters.
I am going to go back down here and instead of typing in Black I want to put a blur on, so I am going to type in Blur, and I can quickly find all the different filters that have blurs. And I want to make sure that I'm in the Video Effects folder, and I am going to choose the Gaussian Blur. Now if the clip is already selected, instead of dragging the filter all the way over and dropping it on the clip, I can simply double-click on the filter and it's immediately put on the clip. Now you're looking at the clip, and you go, you just put a blur on it, looks the same, that's because by default my blurriness is 0.
I can go ahead and I can make it as blurry or as focused as I want. So as you can see, it's very easy to modify this filter, as a matter of fact, when I make it really blurry, do you notice how I have black edges, because literally it blurring the black that's off screen and the image that's on-screen. If I click this button here which says repeat edge pixels isn't that cool? I now have a nice clean blur, if a blur can be defined as clean. So I want to go ahead and bring it down a little bit, but still's not the effect I want.
What I would really love to see is for it to start really blurry and then become sharp. Let's go ahead and learn how to do that. I am going to make it perfectly sharp to start with and pick a part in my timeline where I want it to come into focus. Now we learned a little bit about keyframing in both the audio chapter and the speed changes chapter, and it works pretty much the same way. So I am going to position my playhead where I want it to be fully and focused and I am going to go over here and click on this little stopwatch.
That creates a keyframe where the blurriness is absolutely 0 or not blurry at all. Then I am going to move back in time, and you notice that I can move my playhead in either the Timeline or The Effects Control panel, and it updates in both locations. And now I am going to simply turn the blurriness from 0, to really blurry. I mean you can go crazy with this but I'll tell you, 167%, that's pretty blurry. But this is the important thing: I've created a new keyframe here from my start point.
Let's go to the beginning of the clip, play it back, and see how it looks. I like that, it slowly comes into focus, a little bit too slow, so I can just grab that keyframe, move it to the left, and I am almost good to go. Because I don't think I really like that Black & White effect anymore, but I love the blurriness. So, instead of just turning the Black & White effect off, I can select it and delete it.
Now let's go ahead and watch our final effect. Well, as you see, for a moment there wasn't black and white, but as soon as I hit the spacebar, it removed the filter and everything was good to go. So working with filters is pretty easy, it's a simple drag, drop, adjust, and if you want to stack filters, repeat as necessary.
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