Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a logo bug, part of Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training.
These days it seems like most of the video clips you see have some kind of branding or station ID on them often called a Logo Bug. Usually when you're watching TV, it's in the lower right-hand corner. There is the TV identification that's always there now. Well, because of that and because that's so popular, often times even video podcasts and even viral videos on Internet often times have these little logo bugs that you know where they came from. So what we're going to do is talk about how to make a regular logo bug. By default, our logo here is far too colorful and it's very distracting from what else is going on now.
If we were to play this back, this logo here just seems to get in the way far too much. So the first thing that's distracting here are the colors, far too vibrant. So I'm going to go to the Effects panel and get the Tint effect. Do a search for Tint and then drag-and-drop the Tint effect here. That allows you to tint footage, but by default it turns it black-and-white, and that's good enough for right now so that's looking awesome. Let's just go to the Opacity of this clip here. I'm going to open up Opacity. Let's take the Opacity, click in there and type-in 50%. So it's 50% opaque there.
I might decide to take that down a little bit more, but that's looking okay for my liking at least for the time being. Now, what I want to do is make this embossed like a 3D embossed thing. That's really common trick for logo bugs. So I'm going to select this clip and copy it and again un-target the Video 2 track, target the Video 3 track, and hit Command+V or Ctrl+V to paste this clip. Now, for the copy on top, click that clip, and then we're going to do a search for emboss. So in the Stylize category there is Color Emboss and just regular old Emboss.
So go ahead and just grab regular old Emboss and drag-and-drop that onto the top clip there. What Emboss seeks to do if we open it up and look at its properties here is create kind of like a 3D look and feel. So what I'm going to do is take the Zoom here from Fit to 100% so that way we could really see this logo and the emboss that's happening here. We could change the Direction of the lighting, which we're really not concerned about. We could change the Relief to make this a little bit more intense like that. We could also increase the Contrast if we wanted to, but I'm thinking that keeping a mild contrast level, taking the Relief down just a bit will create this nice three-dimensional look here.
It's still a little bit strong, so I might take this back and lower the Opacity even more here, and that's looking pretty good there. I am just taking the Opacity out and having the layer on top show through. What we could also do is change the blend mode and that's right below here. I can take this drop- down from Normal to Overlay. Now, we'll talk about blend modes a little bit more later on in this Training Series, but for now just realize that it help blend these colors into the background. So now as we change this from 100% to fit, we have a logo bug that does not bug quite so much.
If you want to tilt this down even further which actually might be the case, you can click on the top clip. That maybe take down the Opacity of that top clip a little bit more, and maybe even change the blend mode of that clip. But for now I think that's a pretty good logo bug. I should point out that most of the time when you actually see logo bugs on TV stations that's done at the TV level. That's not something that like the editor would add. But if you're going to be working on some kind of commercial or promo or an infomercial or something that would go out virally on the internet, then you might want to create your own bug and that's how to do it.
- Adding footage to the Timeline
- Creating dynamically linked content
- Making overlay and insert edits
- Moving edit points
- Playing a clip backwards
- Understanding pixel aspect ratio and frame rate
- Applying motion effects
- Cutting video to music
- Compositing with green screen and blend modes
- Correcting color
- Creating titles and lower thirds
- Exporting sequences
Skill Level Beginner
Q: When attempting to open the project exercise files into Premiere Pro CS5, an error message appears:
This project contained a sequence that could not be opened. No sequence preview preset file codec could be associated with this sequence type.
What could be causing the error, and how can the files be opened?
A: There are a few possible explanations.
Lastly, if the projects are not importing into Premiere, try importing the video footage by itself, rather than the entire project file.
Q: How does one perform internal edits within a piece of video in Adobe Premiere? For example, if I have a single clip of video, comprised of multiple segments strung together, how would I go about removing gaps and/or cleaning up each segment and then assembling the clips in a desired order? Most tutorials emphasize laying down multiple clips on the Sceneline or Timeline, but not editing one clip of video.
A: To remove footage from a single video clip:
- Drag the Current Time Indicator (CTI) to the first frame of the segment to be deleted, click the Split Clip button in the Monitor panel, drag the CTI to the last frame of the segment to be deleted, and then click the Split Clip button again.
- Delete the segment by clicking on the clip and either choosing Edit > Delete And Close Gap, or pressing the Delete or Backspace key. That will remove the segment and the rest of the projectwill slide over to the left to fill the gap.
Q: I can't view the exercise files.
A: Most of the video clips in the training were encoded using H.264. If you are on a PC, you may need to download the latest version of the free
QuickTime player from quicktime.com. Be sure to install QuickTime with your Adobe applications closed. QuickTime installs a series of codecs on your
machine, and many Adobe apps require QuickTime components to function properly.
Q: Why are many of the video files H.264 if some users must download additional components to view them?
A: This is one of the most common video formats in the world right now, certainly for distribution. This is because it is currently the most optimal
way to provide high quality video at the low files sizes that we need to be able to distribute these assets online. Even though it may require an extra
download for some users, this is the best way to be able to get you the highest quality exercise files. There isn't another video standard that is
cross platform that is free and that works as well as H.264.
Q: What is the most effective way to import a JPEG into Premiere Pro (i.e. best quality resolution, best playback speed)? When I import a photo as a JPEG and add it to a sequence, only a very small part of my photo is shown, because of the high resolution of these photos. Should they be resized in Photoshop first? Will changing it using effects provide the quality I am looking for?
A: Images can be scaled down using the Scale Transform in the Effect Controls panel as explained in the training. You can also scale down the images in Photoshop to match the size of your sequence in Premiere. But I prefer to use the Scale Transform as it gives me more flexibility and allows me to "zoom in" (aka scale up) photos without loss in quality. You'll probably want to make sure that the proportions of the image match the sequence though.
Q: Does Premiere Pro offer Z-axis editing like After Effects?
A: Premiere Pro does not offer 3D as After Effects does, but you can use the Basic 3D effect in Premiere to simulate that environment.
Q: The exercise files don't work for me. I get an error message stating the sequence(s) could not be loaded and it returns me to the Welcome screen. I am using the trial version of Premiere Pro and the correct codecs do not seem to be included.
A: All the required codecs are included in the trial version of Premiere. You just need to activate the trial with your Adobe ID. If you don't sign into Adobe, anything with MPEG compression will be unavailable. Signing resolves that issue and restores all MPEG-based support.
Q: I'm receiving the
following error message from Premiere Pro. "This project contained a
sequence that could not be opened. No sequence preview preset file or codec
could be associated with this sequence type." How do I resolve it?
Additionally, when I try
to create a project, I only have DV sequence presets available.
Q: When I tried to open the exercise files for this course, the following message popped up.
"This project was last used with Mercury Playback Engine GPU
Acceleration (CUDA), which is not available on this system. Mercury
Playback Engine Software only will be used?"
What do I have to do to solve the issue?
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."