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Creating a vignette

From: Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training

Video: Creating a vignette

Continuing where we left off with cinematic color, another way that we can add great cinematic quality to the visual aspect of our film is by creating something called a vignette. Basically, we're just going to darken the edges here. It's amazing what a difference that makes. To do this, I'm going to go to the Project panel, and I'm going to create some new, black video. I can go ahead and click OK here. Drag this down to video track 2 above our footage and extend this for the duration of our footage here. We're actually, believe it or not, going to apply an effect in the Generate category of our Video Effects, called Circle.

Creating a vignette

Continuing where we left off with cinematic color, another way that we can add great cinematic quality to the visual aspect of our film is by creating something called a vignette. Basically, we're just going to darken the edges here. It's amazing what a difference that makes. To do this, I'm going to go to the Project panel, and I'm going to create some new, black video. I can go ahead and click OK here. Drag this down to video track 2 above our footage and extend this for the duration of our footage here. We're actually, believe it or not, going to apply an effect in the Generate category of our Video Effects, called Circle.

Just stay with me here, I'm not insane. Drag this Circle effects to the Black Video, and it creates this little white dot kind of in the middle here. That's the purpose of this is to create maybe circles for our motion graphics or what have you. But if we open up the parameters for Circle, and first we're going to choose Invert Circle - yeah, we're getting a little closer now. I'm going to go ahead and click like the white color swatch here to get the Color Picker. And then anywhere in the very top row until RGB reads 0, 0, 0, I'm going to choose black and go ahead and click OK. Next, we'll increase the Radius value.

I'm looking about 450, somewhere around there. I'm going to open up Feather, and I'm going to increase the Feather Outer value. As I do that, then our circle gets all nice and feathered, softer on the edges, and we have a quite beautiful vignette. If we wanted to, we could take the Opacity of this layer down to soften the effect a little bit more. I actually kind of like it full strength there. So I'm going to leave that alone. Now, this doesn't seem like it's that big of a difference, but if we go down to our video track 2 here, and if we take off the visibility for the layer by clicking this Eye icon, we'll see that there definitely is a big difference between before and after.

What vignettes tend to do, aside from being kind of trendy right now and being just kind of a cool look, and also it's good for like nostalgia, or that type of thing, but it's also really good for any type of project where you want to focus the viewer's attention. That's why we have shallow depth of field and all those type of things, to be able to control where the viewer is looking. So, we don't want them looking in these corners. We don't want them looking at these lights at the top here. There actually is a lot of contrast in this area. This is a really beautiful part of the shot.

Because of the strong contrast, our eye has a tendency to go where there is strong contrast. So, by adding the vignette here, we're basically saying don't look there and don't look in the corners, don't look over here. This is where we want your focus. It's a way of, again, controlling viewer attention. And as we go through this video, you can see that this vignette really does focus where our viewer is looking. Again, here is this particular frame with the vignette and without the vignette. It's much more visually chaotic and distracting, and this, with the vignette, much more focused.

Now, kind of like lens flares, this effect can be overdone. So you want to make sure you use it with tact. So again, if you're shooting a documentary, you might not want to use the vignette. It might not be appropriate. It might take people out of the movie, because it is kind of like this forced storytelling technique. So use it with tact, but be aware that that's how you can create a vignette.

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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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