Join Todd Kopriva for an in-depth discussion in this video Adjustment layers, effects, and continuous playback, part of Premiere Pro CS6 New Features Overview.
Premier pro cs6 includes several changes for making effects easier to work with. These include adjustment layers, the ability to play back a sequence without stopping even while changing effect parameters and the ability to apply effects form the effects by double clicking them. Let's see how these features work together. Begin in the project Bike Race 1 in the Assets folder, and with the Project panel active choose File, New, Adjustment Layer. Click Okay to accept the defaults. Drag the adjustment layer to the topmost video track in your sequence... Move the current time indicator to the end of the sequence by pressing end, and then, since our sequence actually ends with a little bit of audio that trails off, let's move to the previous edit point by pressing the up arrow key. That brings us to the end of the video.
So now select the edit point at the end of the adjustment layer. Press e to extend that edit to the current time indicator. And now we have an adjustment layer that spans the entirety of the video for our sequence. Let's move the current time indicator to a non-black frame so that we can see what's going on. So, what exactly is an adjustment layer? An adjustment layer is a layer to which you apply effects. Those effects are then applied to the composite of everything underneath in the layer stack. So in this case, we have 2 video tracks that have many clips on them. These clips are composited together from bottom to top. And the composite is what the adjustment layer is applied to. Before adjustment layers, if you wanted to apply the same effect to many clips you would have to apply the effect one at a time to each clip. Or you could conceivably nest all of the clips together into a sequence and apply the effect to the nest, but that means that you aren't able to see inside into the individual clips.
Now simply select the adjustment layer, go to the Effects panel, expand the video effects. Let's find an effect that has an extremely obvious result. I'll pick Mosaic. Double-click Mosaic to apply it to the selected layer, the adjustment layer. And here, we see that the mosaic effect is applied across the entire sequence. I'm going to mute the audio so that as we play back this sequence, I can still talk to you.
And I'm also going to go to the program monitor In its panel menu, and set playback to loop. Now I'll hit play, spacebar, and the sequence plays back with the mosaic effect applied to it. Let's change mosaic effect while the sequence is playing. Going to the Effect Controls panel, here are the parameters for Mosaic. I can change these and the video continues to play.
I can even add a new effect by, in this case, double-clicking Find Edges. While the sequence continues to play. That's an interesting effect, but I don't really don't like it so I'm going to take fine edges off, which I can also do while the sequence continues to play. I'll hit Spacebar again to stop. So, as you can see, it's now very easy to apply effects and very easy to modify them, even while the Sequence plays. This is very useful when you're trying out several different looks and experimenting.
And the fact that you can now apply effects to adjustment layers means that you can easily apply an effect or a look to an entire sequence all at once.
- User interface improvements
- Importing and sequence setup improvements
- Editing improvements
- Effect improvements
- Performance improvements
- Audio improvements
- Exporting improvements
- Miscellaneous new and removed features