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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.
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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