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Using video effects


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Video: Using video effects

At this point, you should have a solid sequence in place and you have even polished the piece with things like titles and audio adjustments. Now you can start thinking about putting in some finishing touches, including special effects. I have opened a project called VideoFX. It contains a sequence that's nearly complete. But a few of the shots have a problem that I might be able to fix with an effect. Let's look at this series of shots here. I like the edits but this shot look so much different from the other shots. I find it distracting.
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  1. 2m 5s
    1. Welcome
      1m 20s
    2. Using the example files
      45s
  2. 4m 27s
    1. Starting a project with the proper settings
      4m 27s
  3. 4m 34s
    1. Using the interface
      4m 34s
  4. 19m 4s
    1. Importing files as footage
      5m 30s
    2. Importing stills
      6m 44s
    3. Importing layered Photoshop and Illustrator files
      3m 21s
    4. Dealing with missing media
      3m 29s
  5. 8m 31s
    1. Setting up to capture from tape
      3m 22s
    2. Logging tapes
      3m 37s
    3. Batch-capturing footage
      1m 32s
  6. 11m 38s
    1. Viewing items in the Project panel
      7m 8s
    2. Organizing items in bins
      4m 30s
  7. 39m 55s
    1. Viewing clips in the monitors
      10m 28s
    2. Setting markers
      4m 58s
    3. Setting in and out points
      4m 53s
    4. Assembling a sequence by dragging and dropping
      5m 20s
    5. Performing overlay and insert edits
      4m 6s
    6. Using Sync Lock
      2m 52s
    7. Editing source clips vs. sequence clips
      1m 29s
    8. Three-point editing with monitor controls
      5m 49s
  8. 23m 42s
    1. Navigating the timeline
      3m 22s
    2. Using tracks
      2m 27s
    3. Selecting clips
      1m 29s
    4. Moving clips
      5m 23s
    5. Trim edits
      5m 10s
    6. Rolling edits
      1m 44s
    7. Making Slip and Slide edits
      2m 23s
    8. Lifting and extracting clips
      1m 44s
  9. 20m 40s
    1. Using the Titler
      3m 50s
    2. Creating titles from templates
      2m 14s
    3. Modifying a title
      2m 26s
    4. Creating titles from scratch
      4m 46s
    5. Superimposing a title
      1m 49s
    6. Creating a title roll or crawl
      5m 35s
  10. 7m 11s
    1. Adding a transition
      4m 29s
    2. Adjusting a transition in the Effects panel
      2m 42s
  11. 4m 30s
    1. Previewing a sequence
      3m 39s
    2. Reconnecting missing previews
      51s
  12. 13m 38s
    1. Viewing audio levels
      1m 0s
    2. Editing audio
      7m 0s
    3. Controlling gain
      1m 25s
    4. Rubber-banding clip levels
      4m 13s
  13. 9m 28s
    1. Using video effects
      3m 13s
    2. Using audio effects
      6m 15s
  14. 5m 49s
    1. Controlling a clip's anchor point, position, scale, and rotation
      4m 6s
    2. Applying motion parameters
      1m 43s
  15. 9m 54s
    1. Animating motion
      5m 40s
    2. Animating effects
      4m 14s
  16. 10m 42s
    1. Exporting a Clip Notes PDF for client review
      3m 38s
    2. Exporting to tape
      2m 14s
    3. Exporting to Encore DVD
      2m 12s
    4. Exporting to various formats using Adobe Media Encoder
      2m 38s
  17. 12s
    1. Goodbye
      12s

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In Premiere Pro CS4 Essential Training, Antony Bolante provides a step-by-step, hands-on demonstration of a typical video editing workflow, from import to export. After creating a project and discussing how to configure settings based on editing goals, he shows how to gather and organize assets, including video files, layered Photoshop and Illustrator files, and footage captured from tape. He applies basic editing techniques to assemble a rough sequence, then tightens and refines the edit while doing basic audio mixing. Titles, transitions, and effects are used to add a professional touch. Antony also discusses techniques for exporting the finished edit to disc, tape, and a variety of digital formats. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Performing assembly edits
  • Performing overlay and insert edits
  • Editing with Ripple, Roll, Slip, and Slide
  • Creating a title roll or crawl
  • Rubber-banding clip levels
  • Applying motion parameters
  • Using Adobe Media Encoder
Subject:
Video
Software:
Premiere Pro
Author:
Antony Bolante

Using video effects

At this point, you should have a solid sequence in place and you have even polished the piece with things like titles and audio adjustments. Now you can start thinking about putting in some finishing touches, including special effects. I have opened a project called VideoFX. It contains a sequence that's nearly complete. But a few of the shots have a problem that I might be able to fix with an effect. Let's look at this series of shots here. I like the edits but this shot look so much different from the other shots. I find it distracting.

I'd like to make this shot more consistent with the shots next to it. I'll try to do it with an effect. If you look in the Effects panel, you will see Audio Effects and Video Effects. I'll click the triangle next to Video Effects to expand it and you will see another level of folders that organize the effects into categories. I'll open the Color Correction folder. Now I'm sure there is more than one effect that could help my situation but I'll try just one possibility. I'll choose the RGB Curves Effect. Then I'll add it to the clip just by dragging and dropping. So I'll drag it from here and I'll drop it on the clip. I'll use the plus key to zoom in and I'll deselect the clip.

Do you see that highlighting? That indicates that this clip has an effect. Now I'll re-select the clip and select the Effect Controls panel. The Effect Controls panel shows the selected clips effects, which can include inherent properties like motion, opacity and volume but also added effects like the RGB Curves effect that I just added. I'll click this triangle to view its properties and I'll scroll down. These boxes represent the clips red, green and blue channels and the master channel.

The lines represent each channels value range. A range from light to dark. By adding points to this line, you can change its shape and thereby change the image. So I would like this clip to look more like this one. So I'll need to bring up the shadows and change the color. I'll do that by adding a point on to the master curve. I need to bring up the shadows a bit. So it looks more like the other shots. So I'll add a point down here where the shadows are indicated and I'll bring it up.

Look at the image in the Program Monitor. That brought up the shadows but it also brought up the midtones and the highlights little too much. So I'll add another point to bring those back down to where they were. Now I'll make a similar but smaller adjustment to the green channel. I'll bring the green channels shadows up slightly, but not too much and I don't want to affect the highlights. Obviously you could spend a more time perfecting the curves but I can already see that it matches the other shots much more closely. If I toggle this effect on and off by clicking this icon, you can really see the difference.

There it is with no effect; there it is with the effect. So adding an effect makes this shot a lot more consistent with its neighbors, so that it's no longer distracting.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Premiere Pro CS4 Essential Training .


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Q: When I try to send the Clip Notes PDF, as instructed in the "Exporting a Clip Notes PDF for client review" video, I get the Clip Notes folder, but not the video. Additionally, I do not get the Manage Trust for Multimedia consent appearing when I open the file. I have tried to follow the example diligently. What could be causing this problem?
A: Unfortunately, the Clip Notes feature is no longer supported by Adobe Reader. As of the release of CS5, Adobe has discontinued Clip Notes in favor of CS Live, a collection of online services intended to facilitate a collaboration and review process. CS Live is currently free, but may change to a subscription service in the future. Adobe Reader 8 was the last version to support Clip Notes, and you can continue to use Clip Notes if you have the older version, but bear in mind that Adobe and its software applications have moved on to CS Live.
Q: When I try to import the Illustrator exercise files into Premiere Pro, it keeps crashing. Is this the files or the program?
A: This is a known issue. When importing Adobe Illustrator files into Premiere Pro CS4 on Mac OS X 10.6, Premiere Pro CS4 will freeze or crash. Adobe has acknowledged that this is a bug and stated that it is resolved in the CS5 version of Premiere Pro.

However, as an alternative to upgrading, you can convert the Illustrator (.AI) files into Photoshop (.PSD) files. Photoshop files can be imported into Premiere Pro CS4 without resulting in any errors.
 
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