Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring Builder, part 1, part of Sapphire for Video Editors.
- [Lecturer] Well hello, and welcome to the chapter on Unleashing Sapphire. So in chapter six we're really going focus on some of the intermediate and advanced sections within this amazing plug-in package for our video editing work. You're going to gain a lot in this chapter if you follow along so stick with me as I cover some amazing things. And starting off here with our first movie which is going to look at Sapphire's Effects Builder. I've mentioned this a couple a times. This is Sapphire's own ability for you to create effects using all of its effects from the library.
The best thing about this is that you can create presets with all of these effects combined to make your work flow faster. So let's start off by going to the Effects tab. I'm here in my chapter six one sequence from my chapter six bin. And under the effects title do a search for s underscore effect. This shows up in the Sapphire builder category. And if I select s effect and drag it onto my clip. Press Shift + F5 to go to effect controls with the clip selected. We'll see that we've entered this effect before if you've been following along from a previous chapter. And what we've done is we went to load a preset, see all the effects and all the presets for all of the effects as well as something called Builder Effects which are multiple effects from Sapphire put together to give you a really cool end result.
All of those Builder effects were actually created here when when we click on this Edit Effect button. And this is Sapphire's Effect Builder which allows us to stack multiple effects together to get an end result. So how do we do this? Let's create kind of a color look for this mountain scene. We're going to follow that with a little bit of a glow, a vignette, and then add a little bit of shake, and then we're going to save it. Let's start off by searching Sapphire's library. Under this Components section you can find all effects minus the majority of time-based effects, that's not included in Builder.
We're in components, let me just do a search for the popular film effect that we used earlier. And a popular way to add it to our workspace is to double click it. So you can double click it, you could also drag it down here. Now you can see with this effect selected we get a preview of what our now clip looks like. As well we get all of it's effect parameters down here. So I'm going to call this, or name this item now. Name this Mountain Look, and you'll see that this gets renamed down here. These are the same parameters I used earlier in a movie within another chapter.
And we're just going to make a few changes here. Change the negative film stock as well as the print film. In fact I'll go to this color. That's looking pretty good. I'm going to scale up a little bit on the color correction and play with the Input Gamma. Other things we can do is we're just going to bring up the intensity of all of our lights, the red, green and blue. So instead of 25, that midway point, we're going to enter 20. And I'm just tabbing down or pressing the tab key a couple of times until I end up on the values here, so I can easily type that in.
And I might just want to pull back that on scaling the darks a little bits, and just taking a look at this I might want to just back off on the blues ever so much. And one really cool thing that you can do is see befores and afters in Sapphire. Notice that this is what's selected right now and if I go to the source it still shows me what the source looks like with the mountain look. But if I click on this previously selected node, shows me before, now it shows after. Just after taking a look at that look, I might just come in here and scale back a little bit on the color correction just to get a little bit more of the white there, and then just previewing that selected node again you can see the before and after that that look is, we're off to a pretty good start.
There is a glow effect here and I could add that but I do want to just add a separate glow 'cause there's more controls for atmospheres and stuff like that. If I do a search here in the Components for glow, go to my lighting category and just add that underneath my mountain look, you'll see now this is the glow combined with the mountain look to give me this end result. Now I think a couple of things here. I think that the brightness is a bit too much. I'm actually going to add a value of one, in fact let's do 1.4. And I'm just going to play around with the threshold but then I want to pull back on the brightness.
One really cool thing about Builder here, and I'll just rename this Glow1, Mountain Glow, is that it allows us to auto animate properties. And in order to achieve that I'm going to play with the brightness value which is the overall control of the glow. Rather than using Key Frames inside of Premier Pro, I can use this little animation graph. I'm just going to select this graph here. So what you can see here is that over time if I press the Play button, it starts with a zero glow and it gets brighter and brighter over time.
And besides being able to use this animation I'm going to scroll down and just go to my favorite section of glow which is the ability to add a little bit atmosphere. I'm just going to increase the atmosphere, and increase its frequency a little bit more. I'm making this adjustment and adding a bit of atmosphere, adding a bit of frequency. I'm just playing around with the detail until I end up with a glow that I like here at the end shot. I think that looks pretty good. We're off to a pretty good start here directly in Sapphire Builder.
We're going to add a vignette followed by a little bit of shake and send this back into Printer Pro, but that we're going to do in the next movie.
- 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