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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.
As you start getting more and more into effects, you will start realizing that sometimes these things can take a long time to set up before you get the exact look that you are looking for. When you first start playing with the effects, it's kind of like, when you first apply it. It's just like, "Oh, instant magic, very cool." But very quickly, you learn that if you want to create professional, original results, that really go with your project, they do take some time to set up. So thankfully, Adobe has created something called Presets, which make it so you could automatically save your settings and then reuse them whenever you want. So if I open up Presets, for example, there's already a Presets category here, you will see some cool categories like Solarizes.
Open up Solarizes, and there is Solarize In and Out. So I am just going to drag Solarize In to this video clip and we will see that it automatically turns it negative in the beginning, solarizes it, and then automatically transitions the solarization away. So it's almost like a transition that's already animated for you, so it's from a negative, back to its original, and it's already done for you. Now I can just go ahead and select the Solarize effect that I added and hit Delete. And I open up Mosaics and apply Mosaic In, and it does the same thing, except with the Mosaic effect.
So it kind of like starts out all blocky and gets finer and finer, until the Mosaic effect goes away, kind of a cool little automatic transition that's already made for you, pretty cool. Now as you can see, what's kind of cool is that the keyframes also save with the Preset, which is fun. There is another cool thing is that you could actually save multiple effects at the same time. Over here on this Black Video, I have created this cool texture and I have done so by using the Cell Pattern effect, which looks like that, and then I have applied Color Balance and tweaked the color to make this kind of Cyan, so it looks like we have some kind of rhinestones or something like that, kind of fun.
So what I did is once I made these, I selected both of these effects, select one of them, and then hold the Ctrl key down on the PC or the Command key on the Mac to make sure both are selected, and then go to the flyout menu in the Effect Controls panel, and then choose Save Preset. Once you click Save Preset, you will be able to name your Preset and choose the type. Now, once you select that option, the Save Preset dialog will come up and you could name your Preset, give it some description or whatever, I am just going to hit Cancel. I have already done this for you. I have created a Preset called Chads Cyan Bling.
What I needed to do, by the way, is I needed to right-click on it and select Export Preset, which I did. So you can right click somewhere in the Effects panel and choose Import Preset. From there, you can navigate to the Presets folder inside the Media folder of the Exercise Files and choose this Chad Cyan Bling.prfpset. That's the file extension for the Premiere Preset. So you can select that, import it, and then if I go to a new timeline here, and here we have just Black Video with nothing on it, I can just drag this Preset, the Chads Cyan Bling, drag that to Black Video, and both effects with all the setting, Cell Pattern and Color Balance both come in intact.
So, as you can see, Presets are a great way to save yourself some time and to reuse some of the cool things that you might stumble upon while you are fiddling around with effects. So you might create something like this while you are goofing around. It might not be what you need right then, but you might be able to create kind of like your own personal library of cool tricks that you could then pull out of your hat whenever you need some stock stuff in the background, or what have you.
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