Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding effects to master clips, part of Premiere Pro CC Essential Training (2014).
One of the most exciting recent updates for Adobe Premiere Pro is the ability to add effects to master clips. This is really huge. We already know how to copy and paste effect attributes from clip to clip. And we know how to use presets to apply to other clips. But by applying effects straight to the master clips, you can actually edit your source clips and then any time you cut that source clip into the timeline the effects follow the clip. So let's take a look at how this works. All right. So I've got my sequence here and I'm going to apply some basic effects to some of the clips that are included in it.
Now just so you know, this process can certainly work for clips that you have not yet edited into the timeline. So you can just load them here in the source monitor, perform some effect work and then edit them into the timeline. But I just wanted to show you this way, so that you could see what happens when you apply effects to source clips that already exist in a sequence. So before I do this, I want to remind you of a couple of things about the effects control panel. We know that when we single click on a clip and then open the Effect Controls panel, we get a series of baked in effects, right? The motion effects, opacity, time remapping, and some audio effects here.
So this is for sequence clips only, not for master clips. So right now I'm working on the Kelly sequence clip. If I click on the Kelly sequence clip and press F, it loads the source clip that this came from, into the source monitor. And then if I click on effect controls, you'll notice that there is nothing here, no baked in effects for source clips. However now, you can add effects, both video and audio to your master clips. So, I have the Kelly master clip here, no effects applied, no baked in effects. But if I just go over to the Effects tab. Let's go ahead and type in transform because this will sort of simulate a lot of those motion effects you'll see in just a moment. I'll go ahead and drag and drop that on. You'll see that I have scaling, I have position, I have rotation, opacity, that sort of thing. So the transform effect really does a lot of the same things that the motion effect does. And I'm actually going to tear this off, so that I can see Kelly here and so that I have access to all of these controls over here.
So, what I'm going to do is zoom in on her just a little bit. So, I'll just click this uniform scale box. And I'll increase the scaling, like so, and the position as well, move that a little bit. And let's add some contrast to her as well. I think my Brightness Contrast effect will work well. So I'll go ahead and drag that on. And I'll up the Brightness a bit and my contrast a bit. So let's say that I've added those two effects to the master clip for Kelly. Well, do you see over here? This is the output for the sequence. And you can see here is my Kelly clip and here is my Kelly clip in the timeline, so they've been corrected as well all because I corrected my master clip. So that's all there is to it. You apply effects to your master clip and then any instance of that clip within your sequence is also corrected. Now you can probably see when you would want to do this and when you wouldn't. Now, because I'm correcting the master clip and, hence, every instance of this master clip in this sequence, I have effectively altered the way this clip looks in my project. So, if sometimes I want a clip to look one way, say in it's natural state, and sometimes I want it to be stylized, for example like the way I have it here, then it might not be the best workflow. However, what you might want to do in that case is just duplicate your master clip. Just to remind you I'll do that. I'll come back over to my project pane. And I'm just going to right click and say reveal in project. And you can see that this is my Kelly interview clip. I can just right click on this clip and choose duplicate. And now I have a duplicate, as you can see here. And if I loaded this into the source and applied a different effect. Let's go ahead and apply the fast color correcter to this one. And I'll go ahead and just warm this up just a little bit. And it's not going to look great, but I just wanted to show you the difference here. So the duplicate has this orangish tint, and the original doesn't. So you can duplicate the clip, and apply a different series of effects. And that looks awful so I'm going to undo, Cmd+Z. So as you can see, being able to apply effects to master clips is a really powerful way to work. Because the changes you make propagate through every instance of that clip and the project, it's often a really great way to make your changes right at the source.
- Editing in Premiere Pro in eight steps
- Setting up a project and a sequence
- Importing and organizing media
- Marking and selecting the best takes from clips
- Performing insert, overwrite, and replace edits
- Trimming, splitting, moving, and deleting clips
- Performing intermediate editing and trimming techniques
- Customizing your workspace and using creative tools
- A brief look at Creative Suite integration
- Making audio level adjustments and mixing audio
- Recording voice-overs
- Applying transitions, effects, and filters
- Changing clip speed
- Color correction techniques
- Creating titles, credit rolls, and lower thirds
- Multicam editing techniques
- Exporting your final project
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q: This course was updated on 10/10/2014. What changed?
A: We added tutorials to cover the most recent changes to Premiere Pro CC. The "What's new" movies provide an overview of the UI and effects changes, and the four movies indicated by the "(CC 2014.1)" tag give you a deeper dive into these features. Additionally, the "Using the Exercise Files" and "What version of Premiere Pro CC does this course cover?" movies will help you become fully acquainted with how this course is structured.
Q: How do I open the exercise files in Premiere Pro? I can't open any of the files in the Hot Glass or Creative Letterpress folders.
Q: After loading a project from the exercise files for this course, the media appears "offline" and cannot be used. How do I fix this?
A: This issue occurs because the project was not created in your copy of Premiere Pro, so your copy does not know where to look for the asset files. To fix this, please see the video "Relinking offline media."
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