Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding and removing special effects, part of Up and Running with Premiere Pro CS6.
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Adding and removing special effects in Premiere Pro is really, really easy. The art and the craft comes from playing with the settings, and familiarity with the different options available. Here I've got a shot on the Timeline and I'm going to start by just adding a simple color-correction effect. I'm going to scroll over in my Project panel. I'm going to choose Effects. And looking down the list I've got Video Effects here. And I've got various different categories including a color-correction category. Now what I'm looking for because I do have a GPU accelerated machine, is this icon, this go faster icon.
An there's a couple of ways of finding these kinds of special effects, if I just collapse these again. Along the top of this panel, I've got these three Selection buttons. An if I click the Accelerated Effects button, I'm automatically going to see all of the effects that have that marker next to them. An this means that, again if you have an Open CL map with Pro that's compatible. Or a CUDA graphics card from NVIDIA in your machine. And just take a look at the Adobe.com website for details of the specification supported.
You'll need the right kind of graphics card. Then Premier Pro can give your graphics card the work of calculating these effects. The result is that you just get more real time performance. More effects that you can play without having to render. Now as well as clicking on this button, and I can do the same for viewing 32 bit effects. The ones that will render really high quality, if you go into your sequence settings. Let me select my Sequence. And turn on this Maximum Bit Depth option. So until you do that, they're not going to be rendered in 32 bit.
And I can also turn on YUV. And see all the effects that are natively YUV, working in the color format used by most video cameras. I could have all three on of course, if I want as well. What I'm going to do is turn on this Accelerated Effect option. And in the Quick Search box I've got at the top of the Effects panel here. I'm just going to start typing the word, color. And it's American spelling, so these are the standard color correction effects. Now, there are more color correction effects than this, but the one I'm interested in is one I happen to know has the word, color.
And its name, the Fast Color Corrector. I'm going to grab this, and drag and drop it onto my clip. And of course, all at once nothing happens. And that's because I haven't made any changes to the settings for the effect. And if I click away from the clip to deselect it. And then go to my Effect Controls panel. I don't have any controls available. And that's because I must have the clip selected. I just wanted to highlight this for you, because I found that new users of any non linear editing system. Usually get caught up primarily by problems to do with selection. So, if you find that Premiere Pro doesn't do what you think it should be doing, make sure you have the right panel selected.
Make sure you have the right object selected. Make sure you have the right tool, and then have another go. You'll notice that the effects you apply are added in a list to the Effect Controls panel. And I've got the join between the mini Timeline up here in the Effect Controls panel. And the controls themselves pretty wide over towards the right. So I'm going to click and drag left to shrink this down, cuz that's going to make this color wheel a bit smaller. If I just collapse this Fast Color Corrector setting for a moment, you'll notice I don't have any audio on this clip.
So I'm not have any audio fixed effects. But you see here the Fast Color Corrector has just been added at the end of the list after the motion, opacity, and time remapping controls. Color correction is a whole subject on to itself. But my advice is, if you're just started out try the Fast Color Corrector first, it's pretty user friendly. The main control you're going to work with is this one, this color wheel, and you can use it to drag and adjust the colors in your shot. And what you're doing is changing the colors for every pixel in the image. It just so happens that you're changing them the same amount, and so you get a natural looking picture.
And you can see here it's pretty obvious that this image has a strong orange color cast to it. You can see if I set this back in the middle, I'm getting a very orangey and yellowy whites of the picture. If I drag over you can see in the opposite direction towards the blue, I'm getting more natural looking colors in here. Many of the controls inside this tool, are just numerical values for the things you're already adjusting. Now, I'll just pull down the panel a bit here, so you can see a few more controls. And if you look as I drag this, these numbers underneath the color wheel are changing.
So I can move this puck controller in the middle to apply a color cast. I can also drag around the outside to change the relative positions of the colors. There you go, that's completely Bonkers color. Perfect. And there is another way if you're in a hurry. If I just scroll up a bit and click on this Reset button, that's going to put us back the way we were. Now I think this bit of porcelain at the back of the shop should really be white and it clearly isn't. So here, near the top of the control, I've got a White Balance option.
I can click on this eye dropper. And just click with the eye dropper on this looks like a jug to me or a, or a large jar. And straightaway that's helped to improve the color. And it's taught me a little bit about color correction, cuz it showed me the direction I need to make my adjustment. I think we could probably afford to go a bit further. So notice if I click again, my image goes back to its original colors. Now lets try this section up here on the doorframe. Again, I think that's a little bit better. That's got a little bit more of the color cast that's been applied to the foreground.
And right away, I've got adjustments to several of these controls. I can also click and choose something that should be black. Let's choose that bold for example. Something that should be white, we've already done. Let's a more subtle adjustment to it. That's gone a bit too strong hasn't it? Let's try somewhere else. No, that's not pure white. Let's try the glint maybe. If I set this back. Let's set this back to 100%. And try that white level again on this glint.
What I'm looking here to do, is define the levels that should be black and white in my image. Not so much in terms of color but in terms of brightness. In any case with all of these controls on all of these effects in Premier Pro, you are working completely non destructively. And so for example, I'll leave this effect on so you can have a look at it. But if I put another effect on, maybe something like the three way color corrector. I can add this to the list. This works the same way as the Fast Color Corrector, but it has some extra features.
It's got three color wheels, one for the shadows, dark parts of the picture, one for the midtones, one for the highlights. I can make this really obvious, if you like. There's the midtones is got a bit pink. It also has secondary color correction that allows you to limit the adjustments you make to specific colors or brightnesses, or levels of color saturation. Its a powerful finishing tool. If I decide I want to get rid of the three way color collector. I just select it on the list and hit the Delete key on my keyboard and its gone. I can also right-click and choose Clear.
So that's how you add special effects, change the settings for them, and remove them in Premier Pro CS6.
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