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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.
Vignettes are really trendy right now, whether you're talking about colorizing movies or in 2D design, motion graphics, vignettes are a really common little flair to add some nice pizazz to what you've got going on. So I'm going to show how to make vignettes very quickly here. I'm going to go and create a new black video and actually create a color matte as well, or even transparent video. It doesn't matter. I'm just going to stick to black video for now though. Go ahead and add black video above the current track, and then I'm going to apply, interestingly enough, the Circle effect to this black video, and the circle effect just adds a circle.
What I'm going to do is I'm going to open up Circle, and I am going to change the color to black, and you can do that just by dragging the upper left-hand corner there, click OK. Then I'm going to increase the radius and actually just so we could see what we're doing, just go ahead and click Invert Circle, which makes it so that we're seeing a bunch of black with a circle hole cut inside of it. Then I'm going to drag radius up to increase the size. If that's going too slowly for you, you can hold the Shift key while you're dragging to the right, which will make that happen much faster.
I'm going to take that up to a value of about between 550 and 600, and then open up the Feather area, increase the Feather Outer value, until it has the softness that you desire. Then let me take down the Opacity value to taste, and voila! There you have your vignette. It does a few things. It adds kind of like a nice vintagey look. It adds kind of an edgy quality to what you have going on, and also it artistically focuses the eye more on the center of the screen and less away from the edges.
So here's the before, and the after. So, automatically your focus is taken away from a lot of this other kind of junk that's around the screen. There's some very interesting texture here. It's beautiful, but we lose focus of what's going on. The vignette kind of pulls our focus and our interest inwards. Basically, it's like little policeman on the edges that say, "Nothing to see "here. Turn your gaze inwards. Nothing on the corners here." And that causes whatever is in the center to be more in focus. It's a great look.
It works for this clip, for the grunginess, but also for other clips too where there is something dramatic going on, vignettes are a great little design device.
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