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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.
Perhaps one of the biggest reasons that professionals use Premiere Pro is its unbelievable integration with Adobe After Effects, which is one of the all time greatest applications on the face of the planet in the history of all humankind. And so, well, I'm going to show you one of the greatest tricks in working with Premiere in After Effects. Let me go down to the bottom of Project panel in Premiere. I'm going to create some new black video, plain old black video here, and we'll go ahead and add that to our sequence. I'll just hit Backslash so we can see that a little bit clearer and let's say for example, that this black video I wish that it had some cool fiery texture and Premiere really doesn't have a capability to create a variety of textures and whatnot.
So I'm going to right-click on this clip in my Timeline and at the bottom of the right-click menu, I'm going to choose Replace With After Effects Composition. So what that does is it automatically launches After Effects, if it's not already open and brings in the clip that we just sent over to After Effects. It comes over as a composition in After Effects. If you're not familiar with After Effects, basically a composition in After Effects is the equivalent of the sequence in Premiere. So it's also pops up this Save As dialog box.
It wants to know where to save the AEP file, which is short for After Effects Project. So we'll go over to Media and then we'll just go ahead and create a new folder in the Media folder. We'll call this AE Projects and we'll go ahead and save this as fire.aep and then all of a sudden you could see the black video that we created in Premiere comes in here as the black video in this composition. And so we'll go ahead and apply an effect called Fractal Noise.
Do a search for that and apply Fractal Noise, not anything else just Fractal Noise, apply that here and then we could go ahead and take the Fractal Type to Dynamic Twist, and increase the Contrast quite a bit. Take down the Brightness, open up Transform, un-check Uniform Scaling, decrease Scale Width, increase Scale Height and we have kind of like a wispy fiery texture here.
Then I'm going to apply the Colorama Effect and by the way, the Effects and Presets panel here in After Effects is almost identical to the Effects panel here in Premiere. Just like in After Effects, in Premiere we search for effects in the Effects panel and then we go to the Effects Controls panel to adjust them. Same exact thing in After Effects and by the way, since we're here in Premiere you might notice that the fire text that we've created in After Effects is already right here in Premiere. Even as you're working in After Effects you can see your changes update in your Timeline, in your sequence in Premiere.
It creates a dynamic link, which means literally that when you change something in one, it shows up in the other. So I'm going to apply the Colorama Effect to this clip and then I'll just close up Fractal Noise. Open up Colorama. Open up Output Cycle. Under Use Preset Palette go to this dropdown and choose Fire. I might be going pretty fast there for, if you're not familiar with After Effects so you can rewind a video if you need to. Also if you need to brush up on your After Effects skills, there are tons of great After Effects training on lynda.com and so you can check that out as well to get more familiar with this landmark amazing epic application.
And so here we have like a cool fiery texture, if we wanted to even we could open up Fractal Noise and click the stopwatch for Evolution, which probably seems very familiar to you as a Premiere user, because they have tried really hard to make these applications look and feel very similar to each other. So again, I could hit the Home Key to jump to the beginning of my composition. The End Key jump to the end. I'll just tweak these Evolution parameters, so this moves around a little bit. And then we can hit the Home Key, hit the Spacebar to preview this and it's kind of like the slow-moving fire.
It's not my greatest creation but it will work. Go back to Premiere, give it a second to update, not even a second and hit the Spacebar and you could see that even though it's not coming over, it's not animating perfectly, you could see that the animation is here in Premiere. So Premiere and After Effects form this great symbiotic relationship where things that you can't do very well in one, you do great in the other. So as we'll see in the next movie Premiere is terrible with titles but After Effects is amazing at titles and Premiere doesn't do very good in animation and motion graphics and that's what After Effects really excels at.
After Effects is also better for compositing and masking and a lot of those types of things but the downside to After Effects is if you have a video clip, you can't just play it. You have to load the frames into RAM and then it will playback in real-time, even if it's just a simple video clip. And so if you're going to perform edits and work with clips of video, Premiere is definitely the better choice. So again, using these two things together really helps our workflow to work out better and also from After Effects you can go to the File menu and go to Export and we could actually export an Adobe Premiere Pro project from what we've done in After Effects.
So if you're working in After Effects you are in the zone and you edit some footage and maybe you like to animate the Opacity fading in and out, you actually export those clips to our Premiere Pro project and then finish up your cutting in Premiere. So they go back-and-forth. You could take After Effects stuff into Premiere. Take Premiere stuff into After Effects. You even copy and paste clips back-and -forth between the two applications. The integration is truly remarkable. In the next movie, I'm going to show you another really common use of using After Effects and Premiere together and that's to create some really cool titles.
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