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In Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training, author Chad Perkins shows not only how to edit video with Premiere Pro, but he also explains how to use video to tell compelling stories. This course covers the Premiere Pro workflow from a high level, providing a background on how projects go from start to finish before diving into basic clip adjustments, such as color correcting scenes for more dramatic impact, applying transitions effectively, and slowing down and speeding up clip playback. The course includes creative techniques, such as making titles and removing a green screen background from a shot. Exercise files are included with the course.
In this movie, we're going to talk about fading in and out, but we have a couple of extra cool tricks to look at as well. Now, I'm continuing where I left off in the last movie. I don't really like what I did with the Scale. It kinds of looks kind of cool how it's pops up and then kind of comes forward or whatever, but I don't like this. I'm going to scroll that up, select the California layer, and to delete all the keyframes on a layer, I first want to move my Current Time Indicator to where I want the value to stay. So I want it to be 100% constantly and I don't want this to animate anymore. I want there to be any more keyframes.
I wanted it just stay on 100% all the time. So instead of deleting these keyframes, what I want to do is just click the stopwatch and then the little pop- up will say, "this action will delete existing keyframes. Do you want to continue?" Yes, it's exactly what I want to happen. I want to get rid of all existing keyframes and I don't want to animate Scale so I'm going to click OK and instantly, all these keyframes are gone. Now if you want to fade in or fade out a layer, let's say we go to the Explore layer at the top here, it's easy enough. We select the layer at the very top of the video tracks. Now if you want to animate a layer fading in and fading out, super easy.
I'm just going to select the Explore layer, which is actually at the top of the video tracks and so I will select this and then, I'm going to go to my Effect Controls panel here, open up Opacity, and then after you open up Opacity for whatever reason, for Opacity this stopwatch is already clicked for you. It's the only property that's like that, but whatever. So we can click and drag to the left to set a keyframe for Opacity at 0 percent, and then move in time and let's say we want to fade on or fade in right when California comes in, which is at one second in.
So let's click and drag this value to the right to make it 100%. So now Explore and California come on at the same time and that's not looking too shabby. Now what if I wanted this entire logo to fade in and what if I wanted to shrink it down in the corner with some other footage in the background maybe? Well, here is the way to do that. The way to do is with nested sequences. We wouldn't want to go and select each one of these clips and then fade it in, because if we want to make a change later, it'll be so tedious.
It's just not worth it. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to click here to make a new sequence at the bottom of the Project panel. Let's go ahead and go into the Digital SLR category. Open up 480p. Let's go ahead and select DSLR 640x480p60 and go ahead and click OK. Now we have a blank sequence here, because again, we can have multiple sequences in our project. What I'm going to do is do something called nesting a sequence. When you take a sequence that we already created, the Explore CA Logo layers animation, and I'm going to take this sequence and I'm going to drag it into the new sequence we've created as a layer in this sequence.
Now the sizing is off a little bit. But that's okay because we are going to shrink it down anyways. Next time, I hit the Backslash key on the keyboard above Enter or Return to stretch this out so we can see our little logo a little bit better here. I'm going to select it, and I'm going to go to the Motion category in the Effect Controls panel and click Scale. Drag to the left to reduce the size of this layer here. So now, what we've done is we've made it so that this logo is not just a series of layers in its own sequence, but now that entire sequence is a layer or a clip in another sequence.
Now we could scale down the entire thing and we can click on the word Motion and then move this logo into place. If we want to fade it in, we could go to let's say to the first frame, open up Opacity, take it to 0, move in time a little bit and then drag this back up to 100%. So now we could do is we can fade in the entire logo, all the layers in that sequence. We can manipulate the entire thing as one piece.
So if you ever have a series of layers that you want all them to fade out or fade in, or you want to affect all of them in some way, then try nesting that sequence. So taking that sequence and putting that into a master sequence. Now if we wanted to, we could put a video layer here in the background and then take this sequence, Sequence 05, and nest that as a clip or a layer in another sequence. Now my purpose isn't to fry your brain here. It is to show you that you do have a lot of control over multiple layers when you nest sequences.
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