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Compositing with blend modes

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Video: Compositing with blend modes

There are a lot of times when keying effects like the Ultra Key are great, but they really don't get the job done, such as this clip right here. We have a white background. We have some live smoke and an explosion being filmed in front of that white background. And Ultra Key just really could pull this off, but we can use blend modes, which actually are an easier way to get rid of flat colored background sometimes. What we have to do is select the top layer, the layer we want to remove the white background of, and go into the Effect Controls panel with that clip selected.

Compositing with blend modes

There are a lot of times when keying effects like the Ultra Key are great, but they really don't get the job done, such as this clip right here. We have a white background. We have some live smoke and an explosion being filmed in front of that white background. And Ultra Key just really could pull this off, but we can use blend modes, which actually are an easier way to get rid of flat colored background sometimes. What we have to do is select the top layer, the layer we want to remove the white background of, and go into the Effect Controls panel with that clip selected.

Open up Opacity, and we have the Opacity. We can adjust the Opacity here, but right below Opacity are our blend modes. These are ways that allow you to take this layer and blend it with the footage beneath it in different ways. Now it's a little beyond the scope of this training series to explain all of these blend modes and what they do. But suffice it to say, this first group removes light tones. It removes white and brighter tones. This group removes black and dark tones. This group, quite peculiar actually, removes 50% gray, that's midtone gray, and tends to brighten highlights and darken shadows.

These two tend to create very weird psychedelic effects. The final blend modes blend just what their name implies. For example, Hue would take the hue of the top layer, the blend layer, and blend that into the layers beneath it. Saturation would blend the saturation of the blend layer into the layers beneath it. So what I want to do is get rid of this whiteness here. So I'm going to choose Multiply. When I do, boom, it's just that easy. The white is gone. It takes away a little bit of the layer as well.

There is no control here, but with things like smoke and fire, oftentimes these blend modes get you where you want to go faster and better than a keying effect would. So now as we play this, we have a very cool little simulation. Nice little composite of this house appearing to kind of blow up. Really, a great look. The edges are perfect. It's just the white that goes away. It's a phenomenal look. It looks great. What we could do is add some color adjustment to the houses here, and some color adjustments to the smoke to make them look like they belong in the same scene a little bit more.

But for the time being, this is pretty awesome. Now one quick word here, this black smoke cloud is from detonationfilms.com. If you're independent filmmaker and you're looking for things like explosions and fire, bullet shots, blood spatter, that type of thing. If you're looking for good footage of that and you're looking for it really cheap, definitely checkout detonationfilms.com as seen in the beginning. If I double-click this here, detonationfilms.com, and they have really cheap, oftentimes free video clips like this that they give away for very cheap.

Sometimes, just a few dollars, really high quality stuff that you could use in your projects.

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Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training

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  1. 4m 1s
    1. Welcome
      55s
    2. What is Premiere Pro CS5?
      1m 41s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 25s
  2. 16m 44s
    1. The Premiere Pro workflow
      2m 21s
    2. Adding footage to the Timeline
      2m 19s
    3. Understanding timecode
      3m 3s
    4. Making basic edits
      5m 15s
    5. Getting familiar with the interface
      3m 46s
  3. 21m 59s
    1. Setting up a new project
      3m 48s
    2. Creating a new sequence
      5m 30s
    3. Capturing and ingesting footage
      2m 51s
    4. Importing files
      5m 23s
    5. Sorting and organizing clips
      4m 27s
  4. 33m 19s
    1. Making a rough cut
      4m 0s
    2. Making preliminary edits
      4m 55s
    3. Creating overlay and insert edits
      4m 16s
    4. Using video layers to add B-roll
      3m 47s
    5. Using ripple edits and ripple delete
      3m 1s
    6. Performing slip edits
      2m 54s
    7. Using the Razor tool
      3m 51s
    8. Moving edit points
      3m 47s
    9. Navigating efficiently in the Timeline
      2m 48s
  5. 28m 45s
    1. The job of an editor
      2m 59s
    2. When to cut
      5m 54s
    3. Avoiding bad edits
      6m 31s
    4. The pacing of edits
      3m 47s
    5. Using establishing shots
      2m 44s
    6. Using emotional cutaways
      2m 1s
    7. Fixing problems with cutaways
      2m 48s
    8. Matching action
      2m 1s
  6. 21m 38s
    1. Using markers
      3m 31s
    2. Replacing clips
      2m 36s
    3. Exporting a still frame
      1m 51s
    4. Creating alternate cuts
      1m 25s
    5. Rearranging clips in the Timeline
      2m 15s
    6. Targeting tracks
      2m 32s
    7. Disconnecting audio and video
      5m 0s
    8. Reconnecting offline media
      2m 28s
  7. 9m 46s
    1. Adjusting the rubber band
      3m 13s
    2. Adjusting clip position
      1m 21s
    3. Moving the anchor point
      2m 50s
    4. Adjusting clip size and rotation
      2m 22s
  8. 8m 15s
    1. Changing the speed of a clip
      1m 58s
    2. Using the Rate Stretch tool
      1m 57s
    3. Playing a clip backward
      4m 20s
  9. 10m 26s
    1. Understanding pixel aspect ratio
      5m 15s
    2. Understanding frame rates
      2m 15s
    3. About HD standards
      2m 56s
  10. 10m 32s
    1. Using layered Photoshop files
      2m 31s
    2. Animating clip position
      3m 33s
    3. Fading layers in and out
      4m 28s
  11. 12m 40s
    1. Applying transitions
      6m 2s
    2. Using transitions effectively
      4m 41s
    3. Setting up the default transition
      1m 57s
  12. 38m 31s
    1. The importance of ambient audio
      6m 35s
    2. Cutting video to music
      7m 38s
    3. Changing audio volume over time
      9m 55s
    4. Fixing audio problems
      9m 57s
    5. Censoring audio
      4m 26s
  13. 16m 25s
    1. Creating censored video
      5m 22s
    2. Creating a lens flare
      2m 20s
    3. Creating a logo bug
      3m 27s
    4. Creating background textures
      5m 16s
  14. 13m 23s
    1. Intro to compositing
      1m 11s
    2. Removing a green screen background
      9m 14s
    3. Compositing with blend modes
      2m 58s
  15. 22m 37s
    1. Adjusting white balance
      2m 24s
    2. Increasing contrast
      3m 5s
    3. Adjusting luminance
      4m 30s
    4. Creating cinematic color
      5m 21s
    5. Creating a vignette
      3m 12s
    6. Creating a day-for-night shot
      4m 5s
  16. 16m 5s
    1. Creating titles
      4m 55s
    2. Creating a lower third
      9m 12s
    3. Animating rolling credits
      1m 58s
  17. 14m 13s
    1. Exporting sequences from Premiere
      3m 57s
    2. Exporting with the Adobe Media Encoder
      2m 13s
    3. The most common formats and codecs
      4m 42s
    4. Exporting portions of a sequence
      1m 54s
    5. Rendering letterboxed footage
      1m 27s
  18. 6m 46s
    1. Examining the other apps that come with Premiere
      4m 25s
    2. Working with Final Cut Pro
      2m 21s
  19. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

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