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Creating a waving flag

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While Premiere Pro certainly isn't a Motion Graphics application, it does have a lot of cool features that allow you to create stuff from scratch, if you're creative. That's what we're going to do in this movie. We're going to create a waving checkerboard flag from total scratch, here in Premiere. Now we're going to do this with effects, but you can't apply effects to nothing You have to apply effects to something. So what we're going to do is go to the bottom of the Project panel, go to the New Icon here, and we're going to create new black video. Essentially, again, this is basically just black pixels. That's all it is. So I'm going to go ahead and click OK.

Creating a waving flag

While Premiere Pro certainly isn't a Motion Graphics application, it does have a lot of cool features that allow you to create stuff from scratch, if you're creative. That's what we're going to do in this movie. We're going to create a waving checkerboard flag from total scratch, here in Premiere. Now we're going to do this with effects, but you can't apply effects to nothing You have to apply effects to something. So what we're going to do is go to the bottom of the Project panel, go to the New Icon here, and we're going to create new black video. Essentially, again, this is basically just black pixels. That's all it is. So I'm going to go ahead and click OK.

I'm going to take my Black Video. Because it's just a simple image, we can make this as long or short as we want it, we can extend it, we can shorten it. I'm going to actually hit the Backslash key so we can zoom in there. But I could trim this, I could extend it beyond, where it was, do anything to it, because again, it's just kind of like a still image, just black video. Next, I'm going to go searching in the Effects panel Search area here for the checkerboard effect, apply Checkerboard from under the Generate category to our black video, and there we have some sweet-looking checkers.

These are kind of cool little Ska checkers, but I want big, racing flag checker. So I'm going to open up the Checkerboard effect for its parameters. I'm going to increase the Width value until I get some acceptable racing flag size checkers. That looks pretty good, a value of about 92 or so. Now, these are some sweet checkers, but we need to make these come to life a little bit, or otherwise it doesn't look too much like a flag. So what we're going to do to do this is use an awesome effect called Turbulent Displace, and you'll find that in the Distort category.

By the way, I have several third party effects from Trapcode, Digieffects and other vendors that I use, personally. So if you see those and you don't have those, don't freak out and worry, because you probably won't have those installed. So I'm just going to apply the Turbulent Displace effect to our black video, and you could see, instantly we get this cool distortion, reminds you of kind of like a Scooby-Doo 60s go-go psychedelic distortion. It's kind of fun, not what we're looking for though, so let's close up checkerboard, open up Turbulent Displace, start fiddling with some of these settings.

First thing I want to do is take down the amount. I probably don't want things to wave quite that much, and I also want to take down the size. If we had a flag waving here, it would probably be more subtle waving, and not these huge movements. Now, you can adjust this to taste as well. If I take the size down too much, it's going to be kind of like really jittery like boiling water kind of because it's going to be small amounts of displacement, and quite a bit of displacement here with amount still. So it's going to kind of look ruffly, and that's not what we want either.

So it's kind of like a balance between amount and size. So I might go, actually, kind of bigger with size and then take down amount a little bit. That might give us what we want. Then to actually bring this to life, to animate it, we want to adjust the Evolution parameter. So as I click-and-drag this, you can see that this is moving. And what you want to do is just kind of fiddle with this. Before we start animating Evolution, take a gander over here on the program monitor at your flag, and just see if that's the right kind of size and shape that you're looking for.

For me, I think that works pretty good and actually, I might want to increase the size just a little bit, and maybe the amount just a little bit as well. That's probably a little bit too much. But as that moves, it looks okay. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to take Evolution down to 0, and I'm going to click the stopwatch for Evolution, and let's go to the end of the our video minus a frame. If we actually hit the End key, we'll jump to the end of our video, but it's actually the frame after the end of our video, so I'm going to hit the Left Arrow key on my keyboard to back up one frame.

So we're actually at the last visual frame of our video clip here. Now here's what I'm going to do is go back to the Effect Controls panel to the Evolution property, and I'm going to click-and-drag to the right on the Evolution value and notice that it goes up. But it goes up a little slowly from my taste. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to hold down the Shift key and drag again, and now you'll see that things go much faster, and you'll see that it starts changing into something different. Once it gets past 360, it turns into 1x and then something else or 2x something.

It looks a little cryptic. But basically what this is saying is that once you go up to a certain value, let's say, for this example that's 2x31, basically what that means is two full revolutions, the 2x, and then also 31 extra degrees on top of that. So Evolution is actually a matter of degrees. So after 360, it starts al lover again. So basically, it keeps going so there is one revolution, and then if you keep going, there is two revolutions and so on. So that looks good.

So I could hit the Home key now and hit the Spacebar to preview this. It degrades the quality, unfortunately. But as you can see here, we have a pretty awesome, little waving flag here. Now, we only animated the Evolution property, because that's the only one that we clicked the stopwatch for. So even though we've adjusted amount and size, we have not animated them. So adjusting them is really no big deal, at this point. So if we want to tweak those to our liking, again, it's really not going to affect the animation. However, if you were going to affect the Evolution property, make sure that your Current Time Indicator is currently on a frame that has a keyframe, one of these little diamonds here.

You can use this Keyframe Navigator to jump back and forth between keyframes to ensure that you're actually on a frame with a keyframe before you go and start making changes. Watch as I move and time to in between these two keyframes, notice there's no diamond here. If I change the value now, it automatically adds another keyframe, and that can create weird jumpy animation if you don't know what you're doing. So for the time being, I'm going to select this, hit the Delete key on my keyboard to get rid of it, and we have a pretty awesome checkerboard flag animation that we made, from scratch, in Premiere.

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Premiere Pro CS4 Beyond the Basics

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  1. 4m 11s
    1. Welcome
      56s
    2. What's new in the dot release
      57s
    3. Using the exercise files
      2m 18s
  2. 18m 54s
    1. Capturing ambient audio
      3m 12s
    2. Getting plenty of coverage
      1m 48s
    3. Telling a story with camera angles
      3m 18s
    4. The 180 degree rule
      2m 13s
    5. Framing shots
      3m 25s
    6. Allowing "emotional space"
      1m 40s
    7. Overcranking and time lapse
      3m 18s
  3. 11m 38s
    1. Why is metadata important?
      1m 40s
    2. Browsing and adding metadata
      6m 4s
    3. Creating metadata with Speech Search
      3m 54s
  4. 33m 12s
    1. When to cut
      7m 38s
    2. Avoiding bad edits
      9m 17s
    3. Using emotional cutaways
      1m 53s
    4. Fixing problems with cutaways
      3m 53s
    5. Pacing edits
      3m 49s
    6. Matching action
      4m 14s
    7. The power of suggestive editing
      2m 28s
  5. 26m 31s
    1. Contrasting targeting and selecting
      3m 17s
    2. Copying and pasting clips
      2m 36s
    3. Replacing clips
      4m 8s
    4. Editing to music
      5m 0s
    5. Using sample rate for precise editing
      5m 34s
    6. Creating J and L cuts
      3m 33s
    7. Working with subclips
      2m 23s
  6. 11m 17s
    1. Ingesting media
      1m 39s
    2. Examining P2 file structure
      1m 31s
    3. Importing P2 files with the Media Browser
      5m 15s
    4. Converting DVCPRO HD to standard 720p
      2m 52s
  7. 38m 11s
    1. Using the Reference Monitor
      3m 0s
    2. Using scopes
      8m 33s
    3. Primary color correction
      10m 11s
    4. Secondary color correction
      8m 28s
    5. Creating a vignette
      2m 28s
    6. Creating a day-for-night shot
      5m 31s
  8. 37m 19s
    1. Censoring video
      5m 30s
    2. Creating a waving flag
      6m 5s
    3. Creating a lens flare
      3m 36s
    4. Creating background textures
      6m 19s
    5. Playing with time
      6m 4s
    6. Using transition effects
      6m 13s
    7. Working with presets
      3m 32s
  9. 15m 30s
    1. Creating a garbage matte
      3m 56s
    2. Removing green screen
      5m 6s
    3. Compositing with blend modes
      3m 32s
    4. Nesting sequences
      2m 56s
  10. 15m 27s
    1. Creating 3D reflections
      5m 0s
    2. Creating growing vines
      5m 52s
    3. Creating a track matte
      2m 39s
    4. Using the History panel
      1m 56s
  11. 42m 25s
    1. Censoring audio using bleeps
      5m 16s
    2. Understanding sample rate
      3m 0s
    3. Normalizing audio across multiple clips
      5m 7s
    4. Recording audio
      2m 24s
    5. Removing audio problems with Soundbooth
      5m 43s
    6. Working with VST plug-in effects
      2m 3s
    7. Mixing audio
      8m 20s
    8. Changing volume over time
      5m 22s
    9. Working with surround sound
      5m 10s
  12. 23m 52s
    1. About this project
      2m 26s
    2. Performing preliminary edits
      2m 35s
    3. Working with multi-camera footage
      7m 27s
    4. Creating a visual "stutter"
      3m 12s
    5. Adjusting color
      8m 12s
  13. 6m 28s
    1. Transferring projects to another machine
      3m 24s
    2. Removing unused footage
      3m 4s
  14. 25m 46s
    1. Choosing a format
      5m 35s
    2. Understanding spatial compression
      2m 5s
    3. Understanding temporal compression
      4m 19s
    4. About HD standards
      5m 46s
    5. Changing footage interpretation
      2m 17s
    6. Getting the film look
      5m 44s
  15. 27m 10s
    1. Working with After Effects
      5m 56s
    2. Creating titles in After Effects
      5m 39s
    3. Working with Photoshop files
      2m 29s
    4. Working with Final Cut Pro
      2m 2s
    5. Working with OnLocation
      3m 12s
    6. Working with Encore
      4m 27s
    7. Introducing Adobe Story for pre-production
      3m 25s
  16. 15s
    1. Goodbye
      15s

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