This video explores how to add effects to master clips. This allows you to add effects to source clips, which allows you to make changes that propagate to every instance that clip is edited into any sequence in your project. You learn when adding effects to master clips is a good idea (universal change needed) and when instead you may want to duplicate your master clip before applying such a change.
- [Instructor] In this chapter we've applied effects directly to the clips in the timeline or to entities like adjustment layers or nests, but in Premiere Pro you can also apply effects straight to your master clips which is incredibly powerful. This lets you adjust your source clips and then any time that you cut them into the timeline, the effects that you have applied are in place. Not only that, but every place the clip is already edited in any sequence in your project is affected by your change. Let's take a look at how this works. I'm going to load my master clip effects sequence here and so this is a partial sequence and I'd like to apply some basic effects to some of the interview clips including within it and because I have Jack talking quite a bit I think it'd be nice to apply these effects to the master clip so that I don't have to apply them to each individual clip in the timeline.
Now just to be clear, this process of applying effects to master clips certainly works for clips that you haven't yet edited into a sequence but I just wanted to show you this way so that you could see the, sort of, two way street of what happens when you do it this way. Alright, so before we actually apply the effects to Jack's master clip, I want to review a few things about timeline clips. If I click on this first clip here, for example, and then go up to effect controls, here we see all of the built in effects that are a part of every segment in the timeline.
My motion effects, my audio effects, and so on, and then of course we can add additional effects on top of those as we've been doing throughout this chapter so I'll add an effect to this. Go to effects and I'm just going to type in auto, okay, and I'll do auto color and we'll go ahead and apply it to this clip and you can see that the auto-color has only been applied to this very first clip, any other point where I've cut Jack into the timeline doesn't have that. Alright, I'll undo that. Now I'm going to come back up to the effect controls panel and instead of clicking right here on the segment I'm going to click over here on the master clip, alright? So right now I'm effectively looking at Jack's master clip not just this segment in the timeline.
If I take a look at the source monitor, you can see that this is the segment in the timeline but all of this is obviously the entire master clip and I can apply effects to this as well so one way to apply it is to apply it to the master clip section of the effect controls panel, I'll drag auto-color up and now you can see that I have an auto-color applied to this adjacent clip because it comes from the same master clip as this one. I'm just going to toggle off my view two so you can see that it actually extends all the way across here, alright, and so this master clip called Jack craftsmanship quality and community is this same master clip here and is this same master clip here, alright? So anywhere that I cut this into the timeline it's going to have this effect applied, alright? If I take an entirely new section from this and cut it into the timeline at the end, you're going to see that I have that effect applied to that as well and in the timeline this is represented by a little red badge underneath the effects sign, okay? I'll go ahead and delete this though and then let's come back to this clip in the timeline.
You'll see that the auto-color effect has not been applied to this, alright? And that's because this comes from a different master clip, alright? So this master clip is talking about the collective, so it's called Jack collective is important part of who we are and that was cut in here, here, here, and here. So if I wanted to apply that effect to these clips I would just select it and then I'm going to come up to effect controls and then instead of applying it to just this segment I'm going to go over to the master clip and then apply auto-color, alright? And you can see that now it's been applied across the board.
Let me undo both of those. I'm going to go back to before I was adding these auto-colors, okay, so now I don't have any effects applied to segments or master clips and I'm going to just take away the timeline and the reason is that we were able to very easily see those corrections because we were sort of parked on the clip in the sequence but many times we're making the corrections before we actually edit it into a sequence. So I want to talk about this. When you are adding effects to your source clips, which you can do by, again, going to effect controls and making sure that you click on master or you can also just add it straight to the image.
If I wanted to add my auto-color like so, but then if I wanted to make any changes, I can't just go back and forth between making my changes here and then looking at the image and so on, so you're going to want to just rearrange your windows a little bit. I'm going to just drag this off and maybe put it over here and then I'll go back to my effect controls and if I wanted to make any further changes then I am able to see what I'm doing and then of course when I cut any part of this into the sequence then the effects that I've applied to this will be maintained.
Now you can probably see when you would want to do this and when you wouldn't, alright? Because I am correcting the master clip and hence every instance of this master clip in the 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 its natural state, and sometimes I want it to be stylized than this might not be the best workflow to go ahead and just do this first on the original copy. However, what you might want to do in that case is just duplicate your master clip so if I come over to my project pane and I'm just going to right-click on my source monitor and say reveal in project.
Alright, so here is that master clip, I'll go ahead and duplicate it. So, right-click and duplicate and you can see that I have my copy here. When I load the copy it also has the auto-color applied because I duplicated it after I added the effect but now the relationship is, sort of, over. If I add effects to either one of these than the other one won't be affected. So I'm going to come over to effects and I'm going to apply a horizontal flip to the copy here so I'll just apply that and then I'll come back over to my project pane and so this is the copy that has the auto-color and the flip.
I'll load this one here, this is the original and, of course, it does not have the flip applied. Alright, and to avoid confusion later since these particular clips have been edited into about 100 different sequences within this project and I don't want them to display the changes that I just made, I'm going to return to the state I was at the beginning of this movie by pressing command Z several times here. So let me undo a few times, okay, and then I'll go back to my sequence and just make sure that that's in good shape as well.
Alright, I think we're good and if you're following along with the exercise files, I'd recommend you do the same, but hopefully it's clear the difference between applying a segment effect and a master clip effect and when you would want to do it and when you might need to duplicate your master clip before doing so. I'm going to go ahead and return my workspace to the way it was. Editing is checked, so I'll just reset to saved layout and we're in good shape. Alright, so 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 the clip and the project it's often a really great way to make your changes right at the source.
This is the first part of a two-part series. The second installment explores more intermediate techniques.
- Touring the Premiere Pro interface
- Asset organization and project management
- Basic editing
- Trimming and refining
- Basic audio editing
- Working with stills and graphics
- Basic effects
- Manipulating clip speed
- Using automatic and basic color correction tools
- Working with titles
- Sharing and exporting