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Creating a lens flare

From: Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training

Video: Creating a lens flare

Lens Flares are really popular phenomena that we see in videos and film all the time. They can occur naturally through the lens or we can make them artificially in Premiere, which I'll show you how to do momentarily. Here's an example of a real Lens Flare. This is from the music video that I did, and you could see here as we pan across through this building that the sun is creating these cool streaks, and that is referred to as Lens Flare. It definitely adds a lot to the shot. It just looks very cool to have these streaks of light coming in.

Creating a lens flare

Lens Flares are really popular phenomena that we see in videos and film all the time. They can occur naturally through the lens or we can make them artificially in Premiere, which I'll show you how to do momentarily. Here's an example of a real Lens Flare. This is from the music video that I did, and you could see here as we pan across through this building that the sun is creating these cool streaks, and that is referred to as Lens Flare. It definitely adds a lot to the shot. It just looks very cool to have these streaks of light coming in.

Here's another one from the footage we've been looking at here, throughout the training series, of these guys riding the bike. We see the sun, but the camera lens is making these flares shootout like that. Again that's a Lens Flare. So what we're going to do is we're going to add a fake digital Lens Flare to this shot right here. So I did a search for lens fla. You must do a search for lens. I'm sure it'd come up with Lens Flare as well. Then once it pops up underneath the Generate category in the Video Effects area, drag-and-drop the Lens Flare effect to the footage and then we see the Lens Flare pop up.

What's cool about these is that when you actually get a real Lens Flare, you get these rings and circles and all kinds of stuff, not just the flare itself. Premiere creates those also for you. So I'm going to go to the Effect Controls panel, I'm going to open up the Lens Flare effect, and see all the properties that we can adjust here. I'm also going to click on Lens Flare. So I can get this effect control point and move this flare where I want. Again you're seeing that the rings move around in a very organic and realistic way. So we actually don't have to figure out what would happen if the rings of the flare were over here or on the glasses or whatever, those rings just naturally go where they ought to go, which is really cool.

So let's put this in the sky. Let's say this is like the sun or what have you. We could adjust the Brightness, the Flare Brightness property. Take this down or up, again Flare Center is where it is. We can also adjust the Lens Type and for that I'll move this in the center so you can see it a little bit more clearly. You can change this from 50-300mm Zoom. Again, this is a function of the camera lens so the different types of flares that we're seeing here are result of these lenses, which are simulated here. 35mm Prime and 105mm Prime. Typically, I just leave the default 50-300mm Zoom.

So I can just click it on that and move it over, and there you have a cool little quick Lens Flare effect.

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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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