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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.
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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