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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.
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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