Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video Build your own transition, part of Sapphire for Video Editors.
- [Instructor] Besides being able to play with all of the Sapphire transitions available here, you have your ability to create your own, and that is with S_Transition, and that's what this movie is about. So I'm here in my Chapter 2_3 sequence. If you want to, press Shift + 1 to bring up your project panels, and under the Exercise folder, the Chapter Two folder you can Double Click that Sequence, Chapter 2_3 in order to open it. I'm in my Effects workspace, and you want to go into your Video Transitions, to the Sapphire Builder category under those Video Transitions to find S_Transition.
I'm going to actually Right Click it and Set That as the Default Transition. It's something that I just love to use a lot in my workflow, and one of the best parts about it, is that when the time is right you can select a clip, or you can select multiple clips, and with the default shortcut on the PC Control + D, that transition then gets applied to every single edit point there in the timeline. Don't read it in this particular case for every single edit point, or that was selected on every single clip. So Press Control + Z to Undo.
Select the Edit Point in question, the one Between the First and Second Clip, and then Press Control + D or Command + D on a Mac. So here's the default transition. Doesn't look anything more than a cross dissolve, because that's what it starts with. This look is extremely deceiving. If I select the transition, Press Shift + 5 to go to my Effect Controls. What we're going to do is rather than load one of the several presets we saw in an earlier movie available, we're going to Edit this Effect. So really you start here with a base transition.
This transition happens to be a dissolve. Besides this sort of default dissolve, just to show you, there's a series of different categories here. In fact all the dissolves that were available in Premier Pro that you saw from the Sapphire transitions category, they're all here. So if I Select Dissolve Glow, notice that a glow has been added with the dissolve, and with that selected, all of its parameters show up here at the right-hand side. So let's just say that I like this as a start. I could come in here and just maybe bring down a bit of the brightness, but increase the threshold to bring up the overall glow in the image, maybe increase that brightness just a bit, and then start to play with parameters like Glow Width to create a stylized transition.
Now where it gets really cool, is the ability to take something like this, at the base transition, and then mix it with Sapphire Effects to bring this point home. Under the Transition category, I'm actually going to select something under the other category. I'm going to Select a Swish3D effect. And with the Swish3D effect you can kind of see a push in, in between those images. In fact the mode is set to Blur Warp, which I can see here with the transition selected. And I'm going to just Change that to Chroma Warp.
And what this is going to do is just add a little bit of separation between my red, green, and blue channels on my video clip. Now Add a little bit of Motion Blur just to this Clip, and as I press the play button, I'm able to preview between these two sources. Now I could play with the Z-depth between these clips, as well as add maybe a bit of Swivel to add a, and Tilt to add a more interesting transition between these elements of these shots. Quite an interesting mix up between those two clips, especially when I play with the Swivel and the Tilt.
This is very aggressive, so keep in mind that you can of course, bring down these values quite a bit, to have a less aggressive swivel and tilt between those two shots, and create still, a very interesting transition. Now that this transition has been added, I'm going to Add a Lightleak effect on top of this just to make this effect even more my own. So I went over here on the component section, like we've seen earlier, there are lightleaks available. I'll just Do a Search for Lights, and I can find the Lightleak effect.
I can actually apply this to one side of the transition, so the from, that's the outgoing clip, the to, that's the incoming clip. Or I can apply this over the entire transition, which is what I'm going to do. I'm just going to Apply It right here. And you'll see now, I've got a lovely swish effect mixed with a lightleak happening on top of this clip. Now with the Lightleak selected, I'm going to Load a Preset under this category. One really cool thing you can do here in your preset browser is other than previewing on the source, specifically with things like lightleaks, I can preview on black, and it will actually give me a sense for what the lightleak looks like without the clip.
And I can see here, the presets that are here, and I'm just really interested in to the Overbright transitions. So I really like the way this starts. So I'll Load That In, I've got this transition, the Swish3D effect, which I Manipulated Some of the Parameters, Along With the Lightleak, and now I Have a Customized Transition. If you've followed me through the brief overview of S_Effect, you'll know that if I select any one of these, I could first of all rename the transition, or the name of this element.
And of course I'll call this the Swish. And then I have also control over what someone sees in Premier Pro for this transition. So rather than have all of these parameters show, which I know that many editors won't use, I'll Deselect All of them, and Choose This to show them the Access to Motion Blur, Z Distance, the Swivel and the Tilt. Now I want to Select the Lightleak, and I might just call this instead, based on its preset name, which was called Overbright. I'm going to Deselect All of the Parameters here, and just Choose to Give them Access to the Scale Lights, the Color, and the Hue Shift with transitions in particular.
With any effects that you add, what it does is it essentially animates one of the parameters. In the case of the Lightleaks, it's animating the Scale Lights. You might wonder how I know, and it's these little graphs here at the side. We'll see here that Scale Lights has a graph that goes all the way up, and then down. And this is the graph that is essentially controlling the transition of the lightleak. The scale lights just goes up more in value. Now if I wanted to, I'm just going to go to the height of the transition, which is the midway point here. And just to show you, if I just did the parameter, it would go even higher, or I could bring it even lower.
Now this is the element that's involved in the animation, but that doesn't mean I can't add other values to this. So as an example, I could go here to Color. And you'll see here that there's a bunch of preset animation graphs. And what I'm going to do is just Choose This Graph here, which is kind of the Transition Graph. And I want it to eventually reach the color at the pivotal point, that midway point, this color right here. And you'll see here that now it does, that this transition goes all the way up in terms of its scale lights, reaches its color, and then goes all the way back down.
So you could add additional animation elements to your transition by the use of preset graphs. As an overview, I've got the Swish3D effect, where I manipulated a couple of the parameters, and then I chose which parameters I wanted to bring over to Premier. I then added a lightleak from my component section over here onto this it shows to add the color of the scale lights to be seen in Premier, and once I choose okay, you'll see here that this is what ends up in Premier Pro.
I've got the S_Transition effect. And if I look down, what I'll see is the combination of my newly named lightleak over bright effects, mixed with the Swish, creating the transition between my outgoing and incoming clip to give me a unique look. And last but not least if I needed to, Save This For Future Use, so I never had to do this again, I could simply come up here, and Save this As a Preset, which would be saved to the Builder Effects section Of the Transitions.
Now, we're going to go over how to save this, and actually open up effects in a later movie, but there's how you can customize a transition with the use of S_Transition inside of Premier Pro.
- Getting started with Sapphire
- Essential parameters
- Working with presets
- Adding transitions
- Creating photo-realistic lens flares
- Adding backgrounds and textures
- Building custom effects
- Working with Mocha