Adobe Premiere Pro CC - Essentials Training

Adding Film Grain using the effects panel in Premiere Pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi everyone, this video we are going to make our video have a bit of film grain, kind of noisy stuff. I'm not sure if you can see it in the preview, I'm going to turn it right up. That's the stuff we're doing, that's far too much. So I want something a bit more subtle like this, but it's easy to do using the Effects Panel.We're going to use something called Noise to add this kind of Film Grain. All right, let's jump in and work out how to do it. 

So I'm going to show you Film Grain, but really what I want to do is introduce you to the Effects Panel. Currently we've been doing everything through Lumetri, black and white. You can do some stuff like Faded Video, some cool stuff, but in terms of like special effects, there's a panel over here in your Project Window. Click on this little double arrow, and let's click on 'Effects'. If you can't find it go to 'Window', and come down to 'Effects'. Some effects. We've done transitions, and we're going to look at this Video Effects now. So let's twirl this down. 

Now I'm going to introduce a little shortcut because this is, it's not hard to find but I'll show you the way that normal heavy users of Premiere Pro, not even heavy users, just people, just see how this panel is used, because I know it's in Video Effects, and I had to go through and like, I'm pretty good at Premiere Pro, and I was like which one is it? Isn't it under Distort? No, it's under this one. Oh no, that's right under Noise and Grain. And then you find it in here, I know what it's called, it's called Noise, but what ends up being an easier way to do things, is go to 'Effects', see this little search guy at the top here? Just type in the beginnings of 'noise', and you'll see everything that has, in any panel, has the word noise. I find that's an easier way to find it. 

We're going to apply it. You click, hold, and drag it either to the window, you can't do it here, drag it to the clip, but the video part of the clip, not the audio, drag it on, and we have some Film Grain. One thing when we are using this Effects Panel, let's say that we-- I just want to wrap this up, the search in case. If I delete noise, and I'm looking for-- remember our Cross Fade? I find it's easy just to type 'cross', there it is there. Constant Power, Cross Dissolve. I want to do Dip. Instead of digging through which ones they are, Dip to White, and Black are there. 

The one thing with it though, is the search doesn't disappear, so you might later be going, "It's broken, Dan," it's broken. It's because this guy never disappears. You have to actually hit the little cross or just delete it, then everything comes back to life. Cool. Effects Panel, we've applied it, you're like, "Hmm, what happened?" Have we done much of this? It's clip selected, Effects Control. So you apply the effects down here, and this is the way you control it. 

Technically when we added our Lumetri Color, when we did our black and white, that's been applied up here. You can see, Lumetri is the first thing we did. There's some default stuff, like our Motion Effects and our Opacity, and Lumetri's what we've added, and what you'll notice is, can you see, Lumetri Color, it's the same over here. You'll see there's basic Correction, Creative, and Curves, can you see over here? Basic Correction, Creative, Curves, they're all in two places. They've made this lovely Lumetri Panel, because it has nice little icons and sliders. Up until they made this lovely panel you had to do it through all of this junk. Ah, it's hideous. It worked, worked perfectly but doing the effects through here, works, but it's just not intuitive and nice, and it's a poor UI. 

So you can do in here or over here, it doesn't matter. We're going to twirl it up for the moment. Just to get rid of Lumetri Color. We're going to look at Noise, there he is there. So you have to have your clip selected, you've dragged it across, and you can see it in here. Now, by default it's at 0, so it's done nothing. Click, hold, drag this to the right, you can type it in. I'm just dragging mine. It's very common to scrub. So click, hold, and drag left, right, left, right, in these sorts of programs. 

So you can click it in here to type '20', if you're that way inclined. You can actually twirl it down, there's like a little slider here, lots of ways of doing it. So I've added Film Grain, I'm going to put in way too much just, because it's hard to see sometimes, on the video that you're watching. Now we're going to hit 'Play', and your machine's going to freak out. I'm going to hit 'Play', and even mine, super serious machine-- Effects are, depending on the effect, can really slow down your machine. That will render and play fine when they're exported, but while you're in this working view, you're probably going to need to go down to 1/4, because I don't really need it to be super high quality when it's playing. 

It looks bad there, but watch, when I stop, you can see, it actually shows you the high quality output. It's only when it's playing does it go down to 1/4. And that's important for all things, when you change it down to 1/4, when it's paused it's giving you the full version, but when you play it, it's just going to give you a basic one. It's up to you whether you can live with that or not. Not sure if you can hear it but my poor laptop, the fans are flying on, trying to keep up with this effect, it's not a big effect, but anyway that's adding a bit of Film Grain. It's actually just called Noise. 

You can play around with these types, whether you're going to use color noise or just black and white. You have to zoom in quite a bit to see the differences, color, non-color. Decide what works for you, there's no like right or wrong, and what I find is - I'm going to go back to 'Fit'. - is that it just needs to be subtle. It's too consistent that way. I'm going on 20%, kind of works for me, gives them that, gives me that effect without it really being overbearing. Black and white, bit of Film Grain.
Another thing I want to show you is how to turn this off and delete it. Say later on you're like, "Ah, man, don't like the grain", or the client comes back and says, "What the hang is this grain?" I thought you shot it in really good high-quality cameras, I'm like, "Yep, I did." So over here you can turn it off by hitting this little 'Effects', and you can't really see, I'll crank it up to a 100%, just a second, see it turning on and off, so on/off. Turns it off just temporarily, and if you export your video now it's going to export with it not on, or you can be a bit more hard core. Click on the word 'Noise' and hit 'Del' on your keyboard, and it's gone. It's the same when you're doing Lumetri. So Lumetri Color, say later on you're like, actually, you don't want that anymore, just delete it, and it goes away. So that's how to turn it on and off. 

All right, that's Film Grain, and bit of an introduction to the Effects Panel, and getting used to this Effects Controls. All right, let's get into the next video.