Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding how Sapphire thinks, part of Sapphire for Video Editors.
- So, before we start diving in to our Sapphire class let's understand a bit of how Sapphire thinks in all non-video editors and even color-correction software. We have a project here Sapphire for video editors, a premiere pro project that you should double-click to open, if you haven't done so already. And once you are in the project, in your project panel now if you are not seeing this here on the left-hand side, just quickly switch to the assembly workspace. I want to control double-click the exercise folders, now what this does, is it opens this bin in place.
And I am going to control double-click again to open up the chapter one folder, where I have all my exercise files. We just want the chapter one one sequence, we want to just double-click to open that into the timeline to get it started and once we have done that, in order to maximize our Sapphire journey, we are going to switch from the assembly workspace to the effects workspace. You do that right here at the top in Premier Pro CC 2018. It is going to load up the effects tab here on the right-hand side, it just makes it really hand for us to find effects.
Now, in the effects tab are all of our Sapphire effects. In fact, there are two different places where we can find them. We can find all the video effects associated with Sapphire under the video effects category. And here you will see it is divided into a series of categories as folders for Sapphire adjust, blur and sharpening your images, something called builder, compositing, distortion, lighting, rendering, stylistic, and time-based effects. So, this is one area you are going to find all of your Sapphire effects.
And then, there is a separate section here for the transition part of Sapphire under video and transitions in Premier Pro. So, if I click the disclosure triangle you will see here that I can see all my Sapphire transitions all in one place. So, these are all the individual transitions. On top of that, you get something just above it called Sapphire builder. When you see the category for builder, and both effects and transitions, what I would like you to think, is the idea of you being able to create any transition, or any effect that you want. Combining Sapphire effects in a separate interface. It's pretty cool, and you can make some amazing stuff with it right inside of Premier Pro.
The other thing that you want to keep in mind is you can find any Sapphire effect simply at the top here, what you want to do is do a search, under your effects tab. And type in S_ and once you do, all the Sapphire effects pretty much show inside their categories here inside of Premier Pro. They are all 32-bit, so you can do a search for the 32-bit effects to find them. But you will see every single Sapphire effect that is available to you. Now, if you are just getting started with effects one thing, even inside of Premier Pro, dealing with effect work flows is, sometimes it is hard to differentiate What is what, as in if I were to come into the Sapphire render category and want to get a sense of S_Aurora, I would have to select the effect and drag it onto the clip to see what it is.
Rather than just get an overview of everything that is contained within Sapphire. So, here is my recommendation to you and that is to do a search here at the very top for S_effect, now this is going to be available in the Sapphire builder category under video effects. And the one thing that you want to keep in mind is there is a lot to it that we are not covering in this particular movie. What is important is, if you take this effect and drag it onto a clip and then we press shift 5 to bring up our effect controls which would revel the S effects on the clip inside of Premier Pro.
What we are going to do is just click on this load preset button While we will cover presets with way more information in the next movie, this is a visual guide to Sapphire. So, if you head to this effects tab right over here, it is going to show you all of the effects inside of Sapphire minus time-based effects. If you are curious to know what S Glow does, so if I click S_Glow and double click on this category, which is available under our lighting presets you get to see a series of presets. Specifically what you can do with this glow.
And it gives you a visual guide with what you can do to an effect. While I will say that there are in some cases many presets for one particular effect, in some cases there is only a few for others. The big part here is that this is your visual guide to Sapphire. Go to the effects tab, if you are curious about a particular effect such as S_Aurora double-click its category and then you will see a bunch of presets which will give you a sense for what you might be able to do with that effect. On top of that, feel free to check out boriseffects.com they have got a video channel which goes over a bunch of the individual effects to get you up and running to maybe what some of them might do S_ is your gateway to find all Sapphire effects Know that they are broken down into categories, and we have effects for in the effects as well as the transition tab inside of Premier Pro.
In the next movie, we are going to take a bigger look here at the presets that ship with Sapphire, that can get you up and running extremely quickly.
- 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