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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.
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.
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