Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video Useful presets to discover, part of Sapphire for Video Editors.
- [Instructor] We've taken a good look at the Blur and Sharpen category, the Stylize category and some Distortion effects in this chapter. I wanted to leave with the note of talking about presets. Presets are the library that have already been built for you. Sometimes they are just a blur that you can find under the Effect, but more importantly are what I'll call Builder Effects. Those are multiple effects put together to create other look or some sort of utility effect. It could be extremely useful in your workflow. In this particular case, I just want to show a couple new aspects of the preset browser, so I'm going to drag S_Effect onto my clip on the V1 track.
I'm in my Chapter 4_8 sequence from my Exercise bin in the Chapter 4 bin. With the effect applied, I'll press Shift + 5 to go to Effect Controls, and let's load a preset. If you've been following along, you've already seen that there are things available in the Effects tab. What I'm interested in is Builder Effects. Builder Effects are multiple effects, as I mentioned, put together. The cool part is, while there are 241 of them, there are ways to search for these presets, not only by name, but by metadata search criteria.
People have built these effects and they've tagged on some keywords. Maybe someone put the word blurry, or in other cases, someone put the word utility. This is all metadata that's associated with these presets. We can search for those tags, those keywords, that metadata. If I do a search for even the word blur, all that shows up is anything that might have the word blur in its description in these keyword tags. Some of these blurs are not really what I need in this particular case, or might not be useful for the shot.
But if I scroll down, I want to show that there are some blurs that can be used to Reformat your image, format your image for an iPhone screen, and you can also see that there's a duplicate version of the image just behind this that's been blurred out. Just think about how long that might take you to do. There's also ways of reformatting it to things such as 4:3, so there's some cropping involved and that image is also duplicated in the background, again. My favorite, such as being able to apply either a Simple Tilt-Shift or, if we looked, a more complex Tilt-Shift.
A great part about these complex effects, and again, you're not just limited to the word blur, you can do searches for glow under these Builder Effects, so here are some of those examples of blur located within the library, such as, in this case, Sort of Orton. I'm just going to select that, and load that into Premiere Pro. This glow is actually a combination of effects, like I mentioned, from builder. We can see it includes a Glow along with a rack defocus to create a very interesting look.
Another thing to keep in mind is if you're ever using S_Effect on, let's say, a piece of text, there are a ton of effects that are meant to be used with text that you should keep in mind. After I just apply that to it, I'm just going to go back to S_Effect and load a preset. Besides searching by Effects tab here or Builder Effects, there are Groups, and Groups for adjusting for Artistic measures, for Color Correction, in this case, Type. Here, you've got a ton of effects that were built with type in mind to create various looks.
Some of the graphics display the type in general, other types display an image as it can be used on type and an image to get a desired look. Just like this Light Sweep right here, pretty cool, as a starting place. Load that into Premiere Pro, and you'll notice that on your type, we've got this animated glow with our letters, without having to do any type of animation, just applied for us, so we select that text, and go to S_Effect, we can look at the various effects that make up this and then play around with its parameters.
This is just an encouragement to explore S_Effect, the Effects tab, the Builder Effects, and do searches for certain words or keywords that might be able to use in your particular situation. Just as a final note, utility is a great word to also search to help you with your workflows inside of Adobe Premiere 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