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This course introduces Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, using a project-based approach that introduces video editors to all the skills necessary to cut their own program. Using a short commercial project as an example, author Abba Shapiro walks viewers through a complete and logical workflow that begins with importing media, creating a basic rough edit, and then refining the cut with music and sound effects, transitions, visual effects, and titles. The course also includes troubleshooting advice, such as reconnecting offline media and using the History panel to undo multiple actions.
In this movie we are going to examine another folder in the Effects panel, and that's the Presets folder. Now, if yours isn't already open, go ahead and click on the disclosure triangle, and there is a whole bunch of presets here. And in my opinion two of the folders are really, really useful: the PiPs--which stands for Picture-in-Picture--and the Bevel Edges. What I love about these is they are really Motion Effects, but Adobe has already done the work for you and put it in Premiere Pro. So I am going to open up the PiPs folder, and I see this 25% PiPs, which means basically these are quarter screen, and if we scroll down you can see Lower Left, Lower Right, Upper Left, Upper Right, actual motion, if I wanted to move Left Left or Left Right, lots of combinations.
All I want to do is I have this video here--actually stacked a B-roll above our narrator--and I just want to put it in a picture-in-picture over her shoulder. Now, let me go ahead and turn off this track. We learned how to do this in earlier movie. And there is my narrator, and I want to put the light bulb over her right shoulder. So actually that's the Upper Left. So let's go ahead and select the picture- in-picture for Upper Left. There we go.
We will open up that folder, and I don't want to do any kind of move, I just want it in the Upper Left. So I'll grab it, drop it right on the bulb, and there it is, perfectly positioned over her right shoulder. Except for the fact it's not perfectly positioned. It's a little bit too far up and a little bit too small. But the really cool thing about these Preset Effects, it's a great place to start, and also if you wanted to an animated effect, Adobe has done all the work for you. So I am going to go ahead and double-click to load the bulb into the source monitor, click on the Effects Control panel, and we don't actually see an effect here.
And that's because it's inside of the motion tab. We've just actually modified motion parameters. And so I'm at a good starting point, but if I wanted to change things, I could go ahead and change the scale by moving the little slider here, or as we learned earlier in the still image chapter, I could go ahead and click on this little motion icon, and I'll actually reposition this on screen. So I am going to make it a little bit bigger, position it exactly where I want. I don't want to cover her over, and I'm ready to go--except for it's not quite pretty enough.
So I'm going to take advantage of another preset effect that I really like, and that's the Bevel Edges. And in here I have a choice, Thick or Think, and I am going to make it Thick so it's easier for you to see and simply drop that on. And now I have this really nice beveled edge. It looks a lot more three-dimensional, and in this case it actually added a control set that I can work with. So for instance, if I wanted to, I could change the angle of the light to kind of match her lighting.
I can still control the thickness-- remember it was just the default--and if I wanted to, I could even change the color of the light, maybe to match the blue that's around here. It doesn't quite look as good as I thought it would be, so let's go ahead and hit Undo and get it back to White. I'm pretty happy with that, I have this great Bevel, I have a picture-in-picture, and the problem is is I need to crop it, and this is big. If I slide back up to my motion area, I don't see a cropping option.
That's because cropping is a filter. So I am going to slide down here to filters. I could just type the word in Crop to find it, but I want to show you where it lives. So we'll go under Video Effects, slide down a little further, and it's located under Transform. There you see, Crop. As a matter of fact, four of my favorite filters live in the Transform folder. Being able to Crop, being able to soften that crop with an edge feather, and then Horizontal and Vertical Flips.
This is great if somebody is facing the wrong direction on screen and you want to just flip the location. But let's go ahead and use the Crop filter and see how it works. Just like any other filter, I can drag it or double-click it. I am going to just drop it here right on our bulb. And as you see, no effect because I haven't told it how I want to crop it. I am going to scroll down. There it is. I just want to crop off the right side. Boom! Slide it over, perfect! And you're going, "Not perfect." I just completely messed up my Bevel. In Premiere Pro the Motion Effects are always put on before the filters.
So sometimes if I put a filter such as a Crop on it, it's going to mess up the Motion Effect. But what's really nice is there is also a Bevel filter that I can use instead of the Bevel Effect. So I am going to simply go over here, type bevel, B-E-V-E-L, scroll down and there it is, Bevel Edges. And I'm going to drop that on, and there I have this great bevel. I actually have a double bevel. I can go back up here and probably turn this one off. I just will select it and hit Delete.
And now I have a Crop and the Bevel, and I can reposition if I need to, but as you can see, with a little bit of planning, I can really leverage some of these presets and some of these filters to get a great look.
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