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Adobe Premiere Pro - Advanced Training

What does the FX icon in the timeline do in Premiere Pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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In this video we're going to discuss what these teeny tiny little effects boxes are, and why these are all different colors, let's jump in. 

By default they're all gray, if you've done nothing to them, basically the effects change color, depending on what you've done to them. You can see on my one here, this audio has effects yellow, which means that earlier on in the course, we went and lowered the volume to balance it out with this dialogue. The dialogue hasn't been changed, so it's still gray. 

So let's look at the different colors. Yellow means I've got this clip, anything that is in the effects controls. So 'Window', 'Effects Controls', anything that's under Motion or Opacity, will change it to yellow, watch that icon, I'm going to drag the-- let's say the position, it goes yellow, or let's say I play with the opacity, it goes yellow. That just means, like a really basic bit of effects has been applied, or an effect. So it goes purple when you add something like the effects panel. 

Anything in here, it might be noise like we did earlier, see, it goes purple or violet. It might be that you've used Lumetri as well. So 'Window', I'm opening 'Lumetri color'. So you've done some basic correction, and that's where it gets reasonably useful. You've done some basic correction. I'm just going to whack auto on it. 

So any effect, including Lumetri, it makes them purple. So from a distance I can see, that this one here has had no color correction, potentially, no effects applied to it, this one has. So you can just kind of instantly see what's applied. This one here is purple, because we added that noise to it, earlier, gray, gray. that one's yellow because it has-- we lowered the volume. Green's another color that appear, and it only goes green when you have an effect, in this case, Lumetri, and I play with Motion, or Scale, or Opacity. 

So yellow and purple make green, it just means it's got a couple of things applied, that's what it's there for. Now you might think, "Uh, it's not very exciting", what I find it really useful is especially when I'm-- we're going to do sound later on, but let's say that I have gone through, and the sound needed adjusting, and I go to my 'Essential Sound', and I do my 'Dialogue', and I make sure the Loudness is 'Auto Match'ed. Can you see, they're all yellow now. So now I know that I've actually done that processing, and I don't have to do it again, like, did I fix that one? I'm not sure. 

You can actually just circle on one of them, and it should change over here. This one, nothing applied, this one applied, but the color coding is helpful, but you disagree, the effects things, you don't like them, you want to remove them, they're in the range, they're either in this little stripy thing you noticed in the last one, when we're doing the-- what were we doing, the thumbnails, there was a bit in there, a little bit in there, and to be honest I can never remember which one. There's a lot of clicking, looking, maybe in the wrench one, in this case it's in the wrench one. So Show FX Badges, turn them off, oh, tidy little timeline it becomes. That might be more you. I'm going to turn mine back on for the course, just because, and let's continue on to the next video.