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Using adjustment layers

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Video: Using adjustment layers

One of the new features of Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 is being able to create something called an Adjustment Layer. Think of it as kind of like a container or a transparent layer that I can put on top of a clip that I can do lots of cool things to. Now, it's best to understand an Adjustment Layer by seeing how it works. So by default, you don't have any Adjustment Layers in your project. You need to actually create one, and you can go over to the File menu, under New, and just simply say New > Adjustment Layer.

Using adjustment layers

One of the new features of Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 is being able to create something called an Adjustment Layer. Think of it as kind of like a container or a transparent layer that I can put on top of a clip that I can do lots of cool things to. Now, it's best to understand an Adjustment Layer by seeing how it works. So by default, you don't have any Adjustment Layers in your project. You need to actually create one, and you can go over to the File menu, under New, and just simply say New > Adjustment Layer.

And it assumes that you want that Adjustment Layer to match your sequence, which of course we do, so I'm going to simply press OK. Now there's a new Adjustment Layer icon in my Project panel, and I am going to grab that and drag that and put that on the layer above my video. Now, the cool thing about this transparent layer is I can put filters on this layer and they will affect the clip below it. So for instance, if I wanted to make this clip black and white, I can go over to the Effects tab, type in black and quickly find the Black & White filter and drop it on, and now this clip is black and white.

And you're saying, "Well, so what? I could have just thrown it on the clip." But what if I actually wanted to make all my clips black and white, because I wanted to give a rough cut to my client or maybe just even create one version of my show with a specific look with a specific filter? Instead of putting it on every clip and then having to modify it, I could put it on all of my clips at once by simply putting an Adjustment Layer over those clips and then putting filters on it. Now, I put the Black & White filter on it, which you can adjust, so I'm only getting part of the benefit of an Adjustment Layer.

Let me go ahead and put another filter on it, and you can see where it really shines. I am going to go ahead and open up what's called the Timecode filter. Now, there's no Timecode on these clips, and if I put the Timecode filter on a specific clip, it will give me the running time for that one clip and then reset on each one. I'm going to go ahead and hit undo, because I'm going to put the Timecode filter on the Adjustment Layer. Now it will actually read the Timecode for my entire sequence.

So basically not only have I watermarked it, but if I hand it off to a client, instead of saying, oh, about 14 seconds in, they can see that at 16:06 is a shot that they may want to save or may want to change. I can also modify the effect, and we learned how to do that in an earlier movie by simply loading it into the Source panel, going under Effects Control, and there we go, Timecode. And I'm going to just go ahead and adjust the Position. I'm going to put it right over here on the left. If I had to do that to each of the clips after the fact, I would go crazy, but by doing it on the Adjustment Layer, all the clips have the same look, the same feel, with a very easy fix.

And if I want to put out a version without the Black & White and without the Timecode, I can simply go over here, turn off the Visibility of the Adjustment Layer and my show looks exactly the way it originally did. It's easy to turn on and off an entire track of effects with a single click.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training

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  1. 56s
    1. What is Premiere Pro?
      56s
  2. 2m 49s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 42s
  3. 27m 52s
    1. Launching the application for the first time
      3m 27s
    2. A tour of the interface
      4m 55s
    3. Customizing the window layout and the interface
      7m 0s
    4. Exploring the different ways to drive Premiere Pro CS6
      4m 33s
    5. Understanding system configuration and the Mercury Playback Engine
      3m 17s
    6. Adjusting essential preferences
      4m 40s
  4. 40m 7s
    1. Importing files and folders
      11m 2s
    2. Importing card-based media
      6m 1s
    3. Capturing from tape
      4m 10s
    4. Organizing media
      12m 3s
    5. Reconnecting offline media
      6m 51s
  5. 21m 0s
    1. Basic editing overview
      4m 44s
    2. Previewing and marking media in the Project panel
      7m 11s
    3. Previewing and marking clips in the Source panel
      9m 5s
  6. 33m 37s
    1. Editing clips into the Timeline
      7m 56s
    2. Marking and targeting destinations in the Timeline
      2m 53s
    3. Moving clips in the Timeline and performing a swap edit
      4m 11s
    4. Adjusting edit points in the Timeline
      2m 6s
    5. Splitting clips using the Razor tool
      2m 16s
    6. Deleting clips
      2m 38s
    7. Performing an insert edit
      4m 14s
    8. Performing an overwrite edit
      3m 9s
    9. Dragging to a second layer to edit cutaways
      4m 14s
  7. 43m 16s
    1. Performing a three-point edit
      7m 23s
    2. Performing a replace edit
      3m 48s
    3. Targeting specific tracks in the Timeline
      3m 1s
    4. Linking and unlinking audio and video tracks
      3m 51s
    5. Performing roll and ripple edits
      6m 51s
    6. Performing slip and slide edits
      6m 42s
    7. Creating subclips
      4m 29s
    8. Locating and working with different versions of a clip using Match Frame
      7m 11s
  8. 42m 51s
    1. Taking control of your Timeline
      7m 57s
    2. Adding video and audio tracks
      5m 32s
    3. Performing audio-only and video-only edits
      4m 49s
    4. Changing track visibility and locking tracks
      5m 41s
    5. Rendering
      7m 43s
    6. Using the History panel to undo multiple actions
      2m 31s
    7. Creating keyboard shortcuts
      5m 35s
    8. Creating buttons
      3m 3s
  9. 23m 28s
    1. Working with audio
      5m 22s
    2. Adjusting audio levels in the Source Monitor
      3m 0s
    3. Adjusting audio levels in the Timeline
      10m 10s
    4. Adjusting the audio mix on the fly
      4m 56s
  10. 9m 4s
    1. Inserting markers
      4m 8s
    2. Snapping markers to each other
      4m 56s
  11. 29m 52s
    1. Working with stills
      10m 57s
    2. Moving on stills
      5m 54s
    3. Exporting and re-importing stills
      3m 47s
    4. Working with still and animated graphics with transparency
      2m 39s
    5. Working with layered Photoshop files
      6m 35s
  12. 20m 58s
    1. Changing speed and reversing a clip
      6m 22s
    2. Changing speed at a variable rate
      9m 10s
    3. Creating and using freeze frames
      5m 26s
  13. 28m 21s
    1. Using transitions
      9m 36s
    2. Understanding the nuances of transitions
      6m 23s
    3. Modifying transitions
      8m 37s
    4. Setting default transitions and applying multiple transitions
      3m 45s
  14. 36m 36s
    1. Applying and modifying effects
      4m 51s
    2. Applying presets and motion effects
      5m 42s
    3. Saving favorites
      3m 50s
    4. Understanding color correction
      4m 4s
    5. Using adjustment layers
      3m 23s
    6. Working with green screen and chroma key footage
      6m 36s
    7. Using the Warp Stabilizer to stabilize clips
      6m 27s
    8. Applying filters to audio
      1m 43s
  15. 27m 45s
    1. Creating static titles
      7m 8s
    2. Creating lower thirds
      10m 2s
    3. Creating a credit roll and crawls
      6m 41s
    4. Using Photoshop for titles
      3m 54s
  16. 20m 0s
    1. Introducing multicam editing
      1m 46s
    2. Creating a multicam clip with timecode
      3m 25s
    3. Creating a multicam clip using sync points
      4m 1s
    4. Editing a multicam clip in a Timeline
      4m 26s
    5. Refining a multicam edit
      6m 22s
  17. 9m 51s
    1. Exporting a movie
      4m 12s
    2. Sending to Adobe Media Encoder
      3m 44s
    3. Printing to video
      1m 55s
  18. 1m 22s
    1. Next steps
      1m 22s

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