Join Abba Shapiro for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding animation using keyframes, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Effects and Preset Management.
Up until now, we've been just putting effects on clips and they've been on the entire clip. But a lot of times you wanted to have it changed over time. You may want to have something go from clear to fuzzy. Or in this case I think it will be really cool to start off in black and white and then bring the color in. My first reaction is, well why don't I just go ahead and use them, the black and white filter. So I'm going to go ahead and put the black and white filter on, we used that earlier, and I will simply grab it, drag it, drop it on, and there it is inside my Effects Control panel.
But what's missing in the ability to be able to change it over time. To be able to change something over time, you need to see these little teeny clocks. I'm going to show you it in the opacity disclosure triangle. There you see the small clock. Any time you see one of these clocks, you can toggle the animation on and off and you can add key frames to change things over time. You can't do that with black and white. Now, I could kind of do a quick and dirty fix, basically position it where I want the transition to happen, go ahead and switch to my Cutting tool by hitting the C key.
Cut the clip in half, go back to my Selection tool with the V key, and remove the black and white effect. So there I have color, here I have black and white, and simply put in my default transition, in which case it's the dissolve. And I can kind of achieve this effect, but I don't have the fine control that I want. And, I'll be honest, I think the black and white default effect is a little lame. So let me show you something really cool, and show you how you can key frame changes over time.
I'm going to go ahead and hit Undo, going to hit Ctrl+Z or Cmd+Z until I'm back to the position where I have my single clip. Now instead of using the black and white filter, I'm going to use something called channels. Now some of you might be asking, why don't you just use a color correction filter and go from desaturation to saturation? That would work, but it doesn't give me that next level look that I want to take my program to.
So I'm going to go ahead, delete the word black. I'm going to go ahead and type in the beginning of calculations, C-A-L-C, and there it is under the video effect of channels. And I'm going to put the calculations effect on my clip. Now, before I do that, if you notice, I still have the black and white on my clip. So, I've full calculations on first and I am going to leave black and white there, just so you can see what the difference looks like, but I am going to go ahead and deactivate it. So, let me close some of these disclosure trials.
There is my Black & White. And I am going to turn that off. And what we see is our full color image, and we need to make a couple modifications to turn this black and white. And what I can do is I can go over here to my input channel, and instead of looking at the full color spectrum, I can actually look at it as gray scale, which is very similar to my black and white. Or I can look at one specific color channel, say the red channel or the green channel or the blue channel, and look at that in a black and white spectrum.
So, instead of looking at it in gray, if I switch to red I actually get something with a lot more punch and a lot more drama. If I look at green, it's different, not thrilled by it. And blue, I can go ahead. That's okay, as a matter of fact, just as a reference, the blue channel usually has the most noise inside of a color clip. Let's go back to the red, that's the one that I think looked the best. And just to show you the difference between that and the regular black and white I'm going to go ahead and turn off calculations and turn on black and white.
So there's regular black and white and there is, just looking at the red channel, a lot more dramatic. Now I want to be able to key frame it. So what I want to do is let it play for the duration that I want it to stay black and white. And at that point, I want to modify one aspect of my effect, and the aspect that I going to modify in this case is my opacity. And the opacity of the second layer. The second layer is really Premiere Pro looking at the fully colored layer of this clip.
It's actually looking at itself. So I'm going to click on the little clock and it creates a small diamond here. And that's my first key frame. So, from the beginning of the clip to this point it's going to stay with this really cool looking black and white. I'm then going to move my playhead further down the timeline. And I can do this either in the Effects Control panel or directly in my timeline. At this point, I don't need to go ahead and make a new key frame, all I need to do is modify the parameter that I've already placed that first key frame.
So instead of it being 0% opacity, I'm going to bring it up to 100%. And as you see, it brings the clip to full color. Let's go ahead and play this back and see how it looks. That's kind of cool. Just as the sunbeams come across the buildings they actually go to this really cool kind of greenish gray color. Creating key frames is as simple as positioning your playhead where you want something to change, clicking on the small clock to toggle the key frame on, moving your play head to the next location where you want the change to stop, and modifying that parameter.
- Adjusting effect stacking order
- Adding animation with keyframes
- Copying and pasting effects
- Using master clip effects
- Saving effects presets
- Applying effects presets
- Creating animated picture-in-picture and vignette effects
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: Premiere Pro keeps saying, "Project contains a sequence that could not be opened. No sequence preview preset or codec could be associated with this sequence type." What do I do?
A: Please read this post, which addresses this issue, and then try the suggestion in the order provided: https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-pro/kb/features-presets-missing-premiere-pro.html