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Adobe Premiere Pro - Advanced Training

Mastering the effects panel in Premiere Pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi there, in this video we are going to look at some of the effects. We're not going to look at each individual effect in Premiere Pro, I'll show you a couple of the ones that I use the most, but really this video is about mastering all of the effects controls, effects panels, and even showing you some stuff on the Timeline, so that you can work efficiently and fast. I'll show you some of the, yeah, the secret source for using the Effects Control panel, let's jump in. 

All right, so let's bring in a video, I've got one in your 'Exercise Files', under 'Effects', this is one lonely guy in there, bring that in, and let's make a sequence from it, and hit 'backspace' key, so we can see the whole thing. When I say backspace I mean backslash, '\', I might have said that a bit through this course, backslash, the slash that's leaning backwards. 

All right, effects, now we're not going to go through every single one, like I said, the main ones that I use are just so you know, Blur, we've used Gaussian Blur a few times already, use that all the time, blurring kind of backgrounds and stuff. Other ones that I use that I haven't shown you, Flip, these are handy, Horizontal Flip, it's great for like, when the lower thirds are in the wrong spots, or yeah, just flip the video, and the other one is Stabilize, Warp Stabilizer, remember, and it kind of stops the rocking motion. 

So those are the main ones. We're not going to go through every single one, because we don't have the time. There's so many kind of different use cases here, we could spend the whole class going through effects, so what I want to show you is, how to get mastery of the effects, that you do use, or maybe other tutorials you follow. In this case we're going to use the effect Tint, so let's type in "tint" and let's add that to our Duotone video, and in this, let's do that kind of, like Spotify effect you saw at the beginning. 

So I want the blacks to be a dark color that-- I'm not doing it perfectly, but that's kind of what Spotify does. The whites are going to map to that kind of, I want to say snifter, but I'm pretty sure those are only in New Zealand, they're a candy chocolatey thing, Google "snifter new Zealand," they look like that. So we've got this thing, easy. Let's say that we've liked this, and we've actually done some Lumetri as well, we've cranked up the contrast to try and get that going, and highlights, and shadows, you play around with it, right? 

So you've got something that you like. Let's look at animating the effect over time, and I want to, I guess pull out the use cases of using the Effects controls, which I kind of hate on a little bit, or using the Timeline down here. There's nothing wrong with using it up here for effects, effects are pretty easy to use up here. So let's say, at the beginning here, I want to set a keyframe for the tint amount, tint amount does this, in this case, how much is applied, so I want it to come in gradually. So I'm going to start it at 0, hit this little keyframe, to toggle the animation. I got my first keyframe, and then after some time, how long, that long, I'm going to turn it up to 100, and I get another keyframe. 

So it's a perfectly good way of using up here, maybe at the end, it goes away. I'm going to set a keyframe, so it stays at 100, and at the end I want it down to 0, so hopefully it fades out at the end there, nice. Now the key frames up here are fine, I find, maybe this is just personal preference, but I like doing it down here, and it's good to know that-- first I want to zoom in, remember, 'Shift +', nope, 'Command +', no it's got to be clicked in here for that to work. So go 'Shift +' down here, make sure that your Timeline is selected, and remember, we've got the opacity rubber band, and we saw the Time Remapping, in the last video, be like, there was no effects, but like, hello, look, they've all started appearing. 

So it just has those to start with, because those are the default ones, but if you add effects like Lumetri color - it's good to know that it's an effect. - you can turn it on down here, so I can do, tint the amount of tint is the one I want, and I can see my little keyframes, I can start adding them in here, rather than up here, like we did before. You remember the shortcut, how do I add a keyframe? That's right, 'Command' on a Mac, 'Ctrl' key on a PC, and I can decide, like that, it's going to kind of go up, come down again, for whatever reason, but I do like it down here. 

If you do decide to do it down here, you probably won't see these because I did, I've already done a recording of this, it didn't go well, so I'm re-recording. So what you won't see is those. When you're at the smaller version, I bet you, on yours you can't see these little guys. These guys are handy for moving from keyframe to keyframe. You can't hold Shift and drag the CTI, it doesn't lock onto them for some reason, but you can use these to jump from keyframe to keyframe, and you can see them once you make them really big, but let's say you do want to keep it small, you can actually customize these, remember. 

So we can right click in this gray area, say 'Customize', and start dragging them down. Yours are probably going to be down here. So to move them up here, you can't just drag them up, we learned this before, you got to say, I want you to be in that kind of like first level, so I can see them even when it's really small, click 'OK', and now I can use this to kind of move along the keyframes, up here the Shift works for some reason, if you drag the CTI up here, hold 'Shift', it'll drag through to the keyframes, and again, you can bump around using these little arrows, so it doesn't matter which you prefer to use, the Effect Controls or use the Timeline down here, and change this rubber band to match what you're doing, up to you. 

Other useful things when you are using the Effects Controls, I remember, if you hold down the 'Alt' key on a Mac, no, 'Alt' key on a PC, and you click any of these chevrons, it'll open them all up and just close it down, you're like, "Oh." These little dots here, these means there's keyframes in there somewhere, it's under Tint, there they are, diamonds are good, circles just means, somewhere hiding in here. 

That brings me to another one, like let's say you have got lots open, you've got Tints, Lumetri color, and it's all going like this. There's a filter option down here, you can click 'Filter Properties' of the Effects Controls, and say, actually, show me everything, that has only got keyframes applied - huh, just nice and tidy - just to see the things that you're, you know, you're actively working on, because you've got keyframes in them, you have to turn it off. I'll show you this for two reasons that, you can turn it on, you just got to remember to turn it off, because you may be like, "What's going on here, I can't see everything." It's because the filter is kind of like permanently on. 

This is another interesting one, 'Only show me the edited properties'. So if you are changing things, say Lumetri, because-- there's no keyframes in Lumetri, but you have edited it, it's something you've actively changed, you haven't changed anything in motion. So it is, that can be handy one, I find I only use the keyframed one, anyway let's turn it off for the moment, hold our 'Option' key on Mac, 'Alt' key on a PC, and just close it all up, and we'll look at Tint. 

So a couple more things for mastering the Effects panel, is Global Effects, we looked at this earlier, probably, maybe. It's hidden in the weird place, that you'll never find, remember this little + button here, in here there's something called Global Effects, where are you? Effects, that is there, put that into here, it's a handy one to have, especially if it's stressing your machine out, and you don't really care, you just want it to play back, you might have just hints of effects, you can turn them all off at once rather than like turning Lumetri off, and then going in here and turning Tints off, and then turning this one off. You can just go, all off at once, all on at once. 

The last thing I want to show you is being able to-- we've done a bit of work for this one, got some keyframes, we've done some Lumetri, to get the contrast right, it's blue and white, we're going to turn this into a preset for effects, so we don't have to kind of copy and paste it every time. Very similar to other presets we've made, like our picture-in-picture. So what I'm going to do is, I want Tint, I'm going to hold my 'Command' key down on a Mac, 'Ctrl' key on a PC, and click that as well. 

Anything else that I want, it might be up to you, you might be doing slow motion stuff, you want to put it all together, but I want to combine these two. I'm going to right click them, any of them, go to 'Save Preset', and instead of Tint, this is going to be called my "Duotone" I'm going to click 'OK', and now I've got, my Duotone ready for action later on. So I'm going to bring in another bit of footage, what am I going to bring in, someone from the last video, I'll bring in that practice exercise, under slo-mo, Slow Motion 04, let's make this out, and where is my effect? You'll find them all under Presets. 

Now because I've typed in "tint", I got to clear the search, under 'Presets', where is it, 'Duotone', there you go, I got two because, remember, I've already recorded this once, went badly, so I've applied it, you're like, "Nothing's happened." Oh, let's apply the tint in the Lumetri, but also the keyframes, see, look at that, then it goes away again in a bit. 

So that is the Effects Panels, again, we're not going to go through all the effects, just because there's so many of them, and not many of them get used, they get used in combination of like getting to a certain place, so hopefully, now though that you've got some advanced skills in here, you can do those, like short little tutorials on how to get a specific look, but do it with a little bit of mastery. On to the next video.