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Creating background textures

From: Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training

Video: Creating background textures

In this movie we're going to look at creating textures from scratch. Now, the textures that we create can be used for backgrounds. Let's say I have some green screen footage. You remove the background and you can put this texture that we'll be creating back there. You also might want to use these backgrounds for lower thirds or for titles. So, open up the Video Effects category in the Effects panel, and you'll see all these different categories here. If you open up Generate, the Generate category is full of stuff that allows you to make stuff from scratch. However, if we want to let's say use Cell Pattern which we're going to be looking at, and you can just drag- and-drop it and apply it to nothing.

Creating background textures

In this movie we're going to look at creating textures from scratch. Now, the textures that we create can be used for backgrounds. Let's say I have some green screen footage. You remove the background and you can put this texture that we'll be creating back there. You also might want to use these backgrounds for lower thirds or for titles. So, open up the Video Effects category in the Effects panel, and you'll see all these different categories here. If you open up Generate, the Generate category is full of stuff that allows you to make stuff from scratch. However, if we want to let's say use Cell Pattern which we're going to be looking at, and you can just drag- and-drop it and apply it to nothing.

So, what we can do here is go to the Project panel, and end at the bottom of the Project panel the same where we create new everything, we create new sequences this way and new Bars and Tone. We can also create Black Video and Black Video as well as Color Matte and Transparent Video very similar to a Black Video just creates a black nothing. So I'll click Black Video, set the default settings, drag-and-drop this Black Video in my Timeline, hit the Backspace key to expand this, and we will see there is just Black Video and we could use this to apply effects to So we could apply the Cell Pattern effect now to this Black Video and I've hereby created something from nothing.

Because this is just a dummy video clip we can extend this as far as we want to or trim it as much as we want, and that's not really going to effect anything, because it's almost as if it were a still image that we now can apply video effects to. Now, let's look at this Cell Pattern effect for a second. I can open up Cell Pattern look at all of these properties. This is meant to generate kind of like cellular looking patterns. But you can play with it and generate stuff that doesn't look anything, like anything cellular or whatsoever. We can change the Cell Pattern from Bubbles to something like Crystals or Plates and there is a variety of options here.

Tubular which is kind of interesting. We can check Invert to flip that, which is very interesting, and you can see throughout the other options here like Bubbles and Crystals that Invert makes quite a big difference. I can increase the Contrast, which is interesting. It tends to isolate the objects as we increase the Contrast these little dots appear to be less connected and more on their own which is interesting. We could also increase the Disperse value, which actually causes them to mush together more as we take this Disperse value to a lower number.

Let's say I'll click in here and just take this to 0, then they appear to just kind of be more orderly which also might be helpful in some instances. Now, because these cells are being created from scratch in Premiere, we can increase the size infinitely without any loss in quality. We can also take this down. Make this very small if we wanted to. It's also a cool little pattern. We could move this pattern without moving the actual clip itself by adjusting the Offset values. Now, I'm going to go ahead and reset this whole effect taking every value back to its default by clicking this button here, which is Reset.

Now, I'm going to click Invert only and one of the coolest parameters of this whole effect is this Evolution value. Evolution might as well be called the Spring to Life Value, because as we click-and-drag it and move this value, these cells appear to just come to life. Now, unless you're making a medical show or something this might not come in handy, but if you ever did that'd be really cool. But we can still use like say Crystals here or Plates and still brings these to life regardless and create cool looking backgrounds that way.

Now, of course Cell Pattern isn't the only texture generator here. I could select Cell Pattern, hit the Delete key on my keyboard to remove it and we could play with several others here such as Grid. Select that and delete that. There's Lightening for the times if we need lightening. This is also an auto-animating effect so we can just press Play, we can see that the lightening animates, select that and delete that. And there's also a Checkerboard if we ever need a checkerboard, and we can adjust all these parameters of the checkerboard as we move this around, just the width.

So, a lot of control here, a lot of stuff to play with, a lot of these patterns you've been looking at so far in this movie have been black-and-white, they've been grayscale, and you can colorize them with several effects here as well. I can go into Color Correction and there are some effects like Tint that we could use. I'll just drag-and-drop Tint here. And as you could tell again that we can just keep piling effect on after effect, after effect and there's really no limit as much as our computer can hold. I'll open up Tint and you could map black to black by default and map white to white by default, but I might click on white and change this to a bright green color.

I select the Hue, the basic color family from this tall skinny bar right here and then I select the Brightness vertically and then I select just the Saturation from left to right. So, it's desaturated to the left and saturate to the right and dark up top and bright towards the bottom. So, I'll drag this to the lower right so we have a bright saturated lime green color and you see now we have a black and lime green checkerboard. Now, if you find yourself really wanting to get into cool backgrounds and motion graphics and that type of thing, if this is kind of turn you on, but you're wanting more, I advice you to checkout Adobe After Effects which is really built for this type of thing.

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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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