Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding a vignette, part of Fixing Video Exposure Problems in Premiere Pro CC.
Another way that plannin motes can help you with exposure control is the ability to add a power window or or a vignette. This makes it easy to guide the viewer's attention by darkening the edges of the frame and pushing them towards the center. To do this, I like to use a title. Here you see the original frame and here's a vignette applied. It's pretty simple. Just choose Title, New Title, and Make a Default Still. This will automatically match the sequence settings. You can then insert a shape.
I'm just going to add a rectangle here, and then fill it. With a radial gradient. This makes it simple to go from black to white. Remember, you can position these, and really create a smooth transition between the two values. If needed you could refine the opacity. But I generally take advantage of this with blending modes. That looks pretty solid so I'll close that. And simply cut it into the time line above. And drag it for the duration of the clip. Or the entire scene. With it selected, you can take advantage of blending modes for opacity.
And I'll simply put this into the Multiply mode. You'll note that that drops out the brighter areas, leaving the darks. And now a simple opacity adjustment can refine that vignette. And let you really dial it in. Plus, because of the title, if you find it necessary, you can easily drag and reposition or change the shape of that vignette, making it easy to create a particular vignette that affects different parts of the image such as favouring the left edge here.
You'll notice I drag in a title window. It's actually updating in real time up here. Making it very easy for me to get just the look I want. A little more darkness at that right edge, there you go. Smoother transition, there it is. Click and close. And the title is updated and saved. The use of vignettes is an effective way to control the exposure of a shot. Particularly giving you the flexibility to pull things in from the edge. Now, the use of the title worked really well there.
But I want to show you one other way that can also be available. If I delete that title away and select a clip. Lets just apply a basic exposure adjustment. Now I like the title advantage because I can put that over multiple clips, but if I want to go on a clip by clip basis. Lets go to color correction. And we'll do the fast color corrector. And we'll do brightness,contrast. And with that clip active, remember you now have the ability to add masks. So, I could click to add that mask.
And adjust the shape as well as the rotation, and let's pull down the brightness there. Now, instead of it being inside, I want to invert that. And apply a very healthy feather for a smooth transition. And you see what I've done is essentially applied a darkening at the edges while losing some of the contrast. And thanks to the built in masking tools that are new to Premiere Pro creative cloud.
I could add an elliptical or a 4 point polygonal mask and really control where things happen. So, either work flow is up to you. Feel free to use a title if you want make it easy to put that across multiple shots at one time, or on an effect by effect basis. Use a brightness and contrast or a levels adjustment, and then simply apply a mask to control where it's applied.
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- Using the Waveform Monitor
- Toggling effects on and off
- Working with Auto Contrast, Auto Levels, and Auto Color effects
- Using color correction effects to fix exposure and tone
- Controlling noise and grain
- Keyframing effects
- Sending projects to After Effects with Dynamic Link
- Extracting backgrounds with the Roto Brush tool
- Adding a vignette to footage
- Working with raw video
- Legalizing video for broadcast