Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video A quick look at the effect builder, part of Sapphire for Video Editors.
- [Instructor] In this movie, we're going to take a look at Sapphire's Effect Filter inside of Premiere Pro, a quick look. We're in Chapter 1_6 sequence, and the reason it's quick is because we're going to go into more detail later on in this course inside this sequence. In fact, I got several sequences opened up here in my Premiere Pro timeline. I'm going to right-click the chapter 1_6 sequence, and just choose all other timeline panels, just keeps it nice and neat. Under my Effects tab, which I can get to by pressing Shift + 7, I'll do a search for an effect we saw earlier, S_Effect.
And really, we saw one portion of this particular effect. Specifically, when we were talking about presets a few movies ago. If I press Shift + 5 to bring up my effect controls, this is the area that we looked at, the Load Preset area. So I go into this dialog box, and I can go to my entire Effects tab and look at almost every single effect that's available within Sapphire, and I can go in here and see all of the presets, as well as effects, that have been stacked together to create an interesting look, as just the tilt shift that we saw.
Maybe we just cancel over here and show you now the other part of Builder, which we haven't covered. Right below the Load Presets section is this area called Edit Effect, and when I click on Edit Effect, this brings me in what's referred to as the Sapphire Effect Filter. On the left, you'll see this area called Components, and in it is every single Sapphire effect inside the library minus most time-based effects.
So you can see all of them here. And this area is what I call my workspace. Here's my Source, that's the source clip that came from Premiere Pro, and here's the end result. The idea here in this workspace is to add several effects after the source or the clip to get an end result. As an example, let me do a search here for a blur. I'm going to select that blur, and one easy way to add to the section here is to simply double-click it.
Once I do, you can see that my image is blurry up here. With the Blur 1 selected, all of the parameters show up here on the right-hand side. Let me just name this Blur instead of Blur 1, and I will bring down the Blur Amount quite a bit, and you'll notice here that I can choose from several of these parameters to play around with it. So maybe I'll bring up to brightness of the blur, and I will offset the dark just a little bit to kind of create a creative look, and I'll also mix it in with the original clip.
Cool thing here is I'm just mixing the blur end to give a softening look rather than a full-out blur of my footage. Let me actually name this Blur Look. What I'm going to do is add yet another effect to this. So I can combine multiple effects, which is the power of S_Effect. So I'm just going to clear my Component search results. I want to scroll down this time to my stylized category. And here, I have a BleachBypass look, and if I double-click that, I just want to show you that it's added after the blur look, or I could have just simply selected it and dragged it down here to the workspace area.
I notice that my workspace area is getting a little bit tight, so I have a couple of options. One is I can expand the workspace and make this a little bit smaller. And other is that the effects that I've added to what I'll call the tree, I can scroll here and make that workspace a lot smaller. I could also temporarily activate a hand tool by right-clicking and dragging this across. When an effect is selected, just like we saw with the blur, the BleachBypass, I see its parameters here on the right-hand side.
I actually also have access to all of its presets. If I choose to load a preset, I'll come here to the 300 movie look, I like that. I'll load that in, and now, combined with the blur look, I have this end result. And I might want to do a few things. I might want to bring down the amount just a little bit, create a softer focus here, sharpen it up a bit, and then also, play with these parameters to create my own custom look. Now, you have a sense for what we can do inside of Builder. So we can multiple effects and combine them to create our own looks, and actually even save presets.
Present not only that we can share with other video editors inside of Premiere Pro, but within other applications as well. Last, but not least, with Builder, without going too much into detail, as we'll cover that a little bit later, when some of the video editors look at effects, they see tons of parameters, and several of these, they're just not going to use. So if you're a person who is going to be building the effects, one thing you can do is choose what will show up in S_Effect within Premiere Pro.
So with Blur Look selected, I can deselect all of these. You'll see that there's no longer any check marks next to any of the parameters. And all I'm going to do is have a check mark next to Brightness and Mix With Source. I'll then go to BleachBypass look. In fact, I'm going to, with it selected, give it a new name, 300 Look. I'm going to deselect this check box here at the top so that none of the parameters have check marks next to them. I'm just going to give the user access to the Soft Focus.
Now, if I press OK, this, of course, brings the effect into Premiere Pro. But under S_Effect, I want you to see that if I scroll down, I've got my Blur Look, which has been renamed inside of the Sapphire Builder, with the two parameters I chose, along with my 300 Look and the Soft Focus. Rather than seeing an effect with hundreds of parameters, I only see three. And it makes it so easy for me to control or for a junior editor to control right there inside of Premiere Pro.
So I hope this offers just a little bit more of how that S_Effect can be used to create and customize your own Builder-like effects that you can share with your team, even if you guys are using different applications.
- 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