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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.
As mentioned, one of the most common uses of After Effects for Premiere Pro users is to create titles because well, let's just be honest with ourselves, the Titler in Premiere is somewhat lacking and gosh awful. So, what I did is I created some black video and I dynamically linked it to After Effects as we talked about in the last movie. So, I am going to hop over back to After Effects, and we have Black Video here. Let's go ahead and create some type, shall we? Go to the upper left-hand corner of the screen. You will see the Horizontal Type tool, go ahead and click that.
And then click on the main area of the canvas here. I am going to just go ahead and type 'Coming Soon' and actually my type is formatted really weird. So, I am going to click-and-drag to select that the same way you would in Microsoft Word. And then I'm going to make sure that this little square, the left one, is in front. I am going to click white and I am going to click the background swatch with this little square, which is the Stroke, and I am going to click the None button. So, now we just have white text. Now, I will go ahead and pick a Font here for this dropdown in the Character panel.
Let's do a little bit more standard. We can just do Arial Black. That's always a good fallback. And I am going to take down the Font Size by clicking this little icon right here. And also, we might want to take the Tracking to zero, and that's this value. And I am want to take Vertical Scale up to 100, and Horizontal Scale to 100 as well, so we have some kind of nice plain looking text. By the way, if you are not seeing the Character panel or the Paragraph panel, you can go ahead and click this button while the Type tool is active.
And then you will be able to toggle those panels off and on. Okay, good. Now, to accept the text that we have made, go ahead and click the Selection tool in the upper left-hand corner, which is basically the Black Arrow tool. And then go over, and again this interface, it's kind of confusing when you work with After Effects in Premiere because they are so similar in function, feature, interface and everything that I often get them confused when going back and forth. And it's kind of annoyance but it's also really, really cool that you feel so comfortable in each application, no matter which one you're familiar with.
So, it's great for learning. If I go to the Effects & Presets panel, and again just like in Premiere if something is not showing, your panel's not showing, go to the Window menu and just select it from this dropdown. Now, I am going to go to the flyout menu of the Effects & Presets panel, and I am going to choose Browse Presets. And what that's going to do is it's going to open up Adobe Bridge, and the Presets folder inside of Adobe Bridge. Now just like we looked at earlier in the Training Series with Premiere, After Effects has presets and takes advantage of presets as well. So, this is the folder of presets that ships with After Effects and I have a few here, such as the Datamator presets that you probably will not have in yours, as well as these custom ones that I have created, or this one I've created.
This is a third-party plug-in. But nonetheless, you will have a Text folder, so double-click that folder to open this up and these are the different categories of text animation that you can have access to instantly because of presets in After Effects. So, let's say I will go to Animate In, so I open up Animate In. And here are all these different ways that we could animate our text to come in, our Coming Soon text. So you could click on one of these and Adobe Bridge will give you a preview of what that will look like when you apply that preset.
There is this cool Matrix like character raining thing. Smooth Move. There is Spin By Character, and Fade Up Lines. I am not sure why I am picking the worst possible presets. Some of these are actually really cool. Now, let me go back to text here and Organic has some very interesting ones, say Flying Formation, look at that, kooky zaniness. Hummingbird, Ocean Tide, so you see these are really complex animations.
Imagine you are trying to make something like that in Premiere. It would be pretty much impossible. So I will go back to Text by clicking the navigation buttons up here at the top. Go back to Animate In and I think I actually did like the Decoder Fade In. That would be kind of cool for our Coming Soon text. So, all I have to do is just double- click it, double-click it here in Bridge, and then once we go back to After Effects, we could hit Spacebar to preview. And bada bing, it's done. Our animation is already taken care of, keyframes, the whole bit. It's already here, which is really exciting, very quick, very easy.
And you really don't even have to know much at all about After Effects to make that work. And as always, when we go back to Premiere, hit the Backslash key to expand that again, and you can see that our text shows up here in Premiere, which is very cool. Now, if we want to be extra sassy, what we could do is select this Coming Soon text and take our Current Time Indicator out to a frame where we can actually see the letters Coming Soop. I am going to go to Effects & Presets and I am going to do a search on glow.
And we want this Stylize Glow, this Glow in the Stylize category. Go ahead and apply that. And you could see that we get this really cool glow, and of course we could play around with this and adjust these parameters, but that makes it look even awesomer. And we go over to Premiere, and there is our glow and we've created a fairly complex text animation that would have been very difficult to do in Premiere by itself. And of course, here we can go in and we can select this clip and we could fade out the Opacity of the entire clip, because we still have control over the clip here in Premiere as well.
So, we can have a combination of using After Effects and Premiere together.
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