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In Premiere Pro CS4 Beyond the Basics, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins explains how to take video editing from simple nuts and bolts to an art form. He shares tips for shooting video in the field to get the most from a subject and get the best footage for a project. He demonstrates how to build a project through the careful use of cutaways, pacing, and suggestive edits. He covers special effects, color correction, and keying and compositing, integrating all these concepts as he builds a music video project from scratch. Exercise files are included with this course.
For many years, lens flares have been a key component in video and film. Premiere Pro allows you to create them from scratch, using the Lens Flare effect. All I'm going to do here is grab the Lens Flare effect from the Effects panel and just drag it and drop it onto my footage. So you see here we have this Lens Flare, and what happens is is that the Lens Flare is actually a natural phenomenon from pointing a camera towards a really bright light source, like the sun. So you get not only this flare, but you also get these cool concentric circles.
This was kind of, like, an annoyance in times past, but because we associate this with film, it's kind of have grown on us as a culture, as a society. So it's kind of become a desirable thing. You can also use Lens Flares for motion graphics, for text and things like that. I also have used this for computer- generated renders to make them seem a little bit more realistic and believable. What I'm going to do is open up the Lens Flare parameters, and we could adjust the Lens Flare Center. We could also just click the word 'Lens Flare' in the Effect Controls panel to get this little Plus icon, the effect control point, and we could just move it where we want.
So the sun might have been right about here. Actually, let me click outside of this effect to deselect it. So we have some kind of interesting visual little circles here that kind of make it seem like the sun was right here. What's great about this, if I hold the Shift key down, and move this on a left numbers, which is the X axis, left and right, you could see this kind of goes left and right back and forth. We get these concentric circles that move in tandem, just like a lens flare would if the sun was moving in that direction.
There are different types of lens. We could have it, the type of flare that we would get from a 50-300 millimeter Zoom, a 35-millimeter Prime, or a 105-millimeter Prime. I should point out, though, that even though these are pretty different lens flares and they are pretty particular with the type of lens that they go with, most of your audience will not know that this lens flare goes with the 50-300 millimeter Zoom lens. So I think it's safe to say, feel free to use whichever lens flare you feel goes best with your project.
In our case, here, we might want to animate the flare center to move rather quickly to kind of go with the sped up time lapse nature of this clip. I mean, it's already pretty obvious from the time lapse that it's going pretty quickly. Also, the people just kind of go in and out of frame really quickly as well. But if we wanted to, we could set a keyframe for the Flare Center, and then move in time, and then change the value quite drastically to make it look like, again, the sun is moving really fast.
But again, you also see lens flares all over the place in motion graphics when text, like, animates on a screen. You'll have maybe a lens flare be really bright, and then kind of fade out really quickly as if the lens flare just kind of illuminated the text or the text grew out of this big blossom of light, that is, the Lens Flare. Or, as I mentioned earlier, I might use this to add realism into a fake, virtual scene that I've created. Now regardless, I should probably put in a little disclaimer here to use these with tact. Because lens flares are so sexy and they can be used in so many different areas, people tend to overuse these.
So be very careful that you don't overdo it just because they are flashy and they are kind of already made for you. Don't take advantage of that just by putting them all over the place. Use them when it's very appropriate to use them.
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