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Adobe Premiere Pro CC - Essentials Training

Changing color over time to black & white in Premiere Pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi everyone, we are going to get our video to kind of dip from colorful to black and white, and lower the exposure over time. It's going to allow us to learn the fun world of Keyframes. Keyframes are awesome, they're going to allow us to do simple things like this, and more advanced motion graphics. Be excited, let's get into the video. 

First up let's close down a few of these sequences that we're not using. I want to find the XD Intro 1, should be home base here in your Project Panel. What we want to do is, first of all kind of, be able to, see down here, I'm going to scroll this down so I can see-- actually I minimized this earlier on, didn't I? Feels too bad, too small, make a little bit bigger, and for this audio, going to scroll him up. I'm going to hit the backslash key, ' \ ' to get it all in screen, and ready to roll. 

So what I want to do is, there's a bit in here which-- I've actually just realized that I'm missing a big chunk in here, and we're all like, "That's a weird cut, Dan." I want this little bit, where I start talking about… "So I hope you're ready to upgrade yourself in Adobe XD, and become a User eXperience Designer." "I'll see you in class." And that pause, where I do the awkward pause at the end, I want it to kind of dip to black, like you saw at the beginning, and fade out. So that's kind of what I want. 

So I'm going to get rid of the dip to black, it was a cheap trick, and real cool, and easy to do. We know the hard way, we have a lot more control. We're going to introduce you to something called Keyframes. What I want to do is have the clip selected, about where I want it to start kind of going black and white. So kind of just after I start talking, "I'll see you in class." So about there. I want to have it selected, I want to find my Effects Controls. We're not going to use Lumetri, we're going to tidy it up just to make it look pretty, and we're going to be dealing with two things. 

We're going to be dealing with, actually everything in Lumetri. So if you don't have Lumetri applied, let's just say you're doing it out of the scope of this particular course, let's say I find a bit of footage, and I add it, you'll notice that I don't have Lumetri as an Effects Control option. So what you need to do is just do one simple change across here, and it will apply. Can be anything, you can go up, the intensity by 1.1%, and it will apply that filter, then we can start doing this. So I'm going to undo that. Here we go. 

So we're back to kind of where I want it to be, and I've got my Lumetri effect applied. What I want to do is twirl it down. We want to find both-- there's two things I want to do. I want to do the exposure and the saturation. So where are they? Just going to kind of have a look. You can work it out over here as well, you can see there's Saturation, and in Basic Correction is Exposure, there's another saturation in here. So we'll probably do them in here, Basic Correction. There's Basic Correction, under Tone. You can see, they match up. Basic Correction, Tone, so we're going to set a Keyframe. So what do you do? 

You get your Playhead where you want it to be, you have your clip selected, and you're going to hit this little stopwatch. Basically it's going to start recording now what you're doing. At the moment I don't want to do anything. I want it to stay where it is, for the exposure, and then by the time it gets over to here, where I start talking again, I want it to be-- I want to play with the exposure. So you can do it over here, doesn't matter, or this little slider, drag it left or right, I'm going to use this one, because I want it to get down and dark, to feel like we're kind of, in behind the scene zone. It's kind of the look I was going for. 

You'll notice that, it's added these two little diamonds. The first one we added ourselves by clicking the little stopwatch, it's that first little diamond, and the second one gets automatically added to wherever our Playhead was, because we've done that adjustment to exposure. So what we've got now, is I move it back, and hit 'Spacebar'… "I'll see you in class." There it goes, what I might do as well is just mute the audio, because it's not helping us in this class, and it's just probably annoying you. Let's mute, scrolling down, you've seen the scroll wheel on my mouse, to get rid of all of that. So that's what I'm looking for. Starts there, and fades along. So Keyframes are awesome. We can do it obviously in the middle of a clip, whereas that, dip to black, only works on the ends. We could slice it and do some cool stuff, but Keyframes are going to be really important for the rest of this course. 

So let's just learn how to use them. One of the big things are, is that, you can see there's a little CTI, Playhead up in this. So this is the extent of my clip, in here, and inside of my clip I've got two little key frames. So I can drag this back and forth, and it's the same as dragging it back and forth over here. If you're like, "Man, this feels really confusing over here," it is. The Effects Control is one of the tougher things to learn. If you dabble in this you're going to every time open up Effects Control and go… and it's not you, it's Premiere Pro. To make it a little bit easier to use I'm going to share a couple of little tips. 

So when you're dragging the CTI, like it is down here, if you hold 'Shift' it will snap to the Keyframes. So now if I want to make an adjustment, say to this last bit, I'm like, "It's not dark enough", it is near impossible, watch this, I can't drag it over the top. It's really hard to get it over the top of the Keyframe. If you think you've got it, you're like, "Yep, that's it," and make an adjustment, look what happens over here, if I go… 

I've actually, can you kind of see it in there, I got another Keyframe. So there's actually three of them in there, so going to undo that. Actually let's not undo it, let's have a little look, so I'm going to put it back. Now you quite often will need to zoom in on here. Now how does the zoom work? If I have my Timeline selected and hit ' + ', it zooms it down here. If I have my Effects Control, the little blue line around the outside, and hit ' + ', it zooms in up here, that's why they kind of have this little blue box. It's annoying at first but is actually quite useful now. We don't have to learn a separate shortcut for zooming in. You can see, there's all my little shortcuts. There's all my little Keyframes. There's my first one, there's my sec-- there's my random third one, I don't want him so I just click him, hit 'Del', he's gone. 

Now if I want to adjust this, I say, hold 'Shift' on my keyboard, drag my little CTI along the top here, and it's snapped. Now if I make an adjustment I make it a little bit darker even. I'm actually just affecting that one Keyframe. Same thing with this one, if I drag it up and adjust this, either over here, I'm adjusting that Keyframe. So we've done it for just one of the attributes. I want to do it for Saturation as well, so we need to find it, where is Saturation? There he is. So I want to start it at the same time. So I'm going to make sure, holding 'Shift', I snap my little CTI, my Playhead to that Keyframe. I start my little stopwatch, you say-- where are we? There it is, Saturation. I get my first little Keyframe, drag it to wherever you want it to be. 

I'm going to line mine up, you don't have to. I'm going to line mine up just so they're doing the same thing at the same time. I can manually put in a Keyframe, if you so wish. That's the official way of doing it, and then do an adjustment, but because it's looking-- it will add the Keyframe automatically. So let's go to 'Saturation', drag it down. I want it to be nice, and black and white. There you go, it's got a Keyframe. All right, play it back. You're now talking, but it dips. Does that dip too long? Let's say it does, let's say it's just too far, you know, takes too long. 

So what you could do is you could reset everything. To reset everything just click on the stopwatch and watch these Keyframes. It's going to say, "Would you like to delete them?," you say 'Yes', and it's gone, it's gone back to the kind of default, well, whatever last one it was set. I have to set that back to 0 now and they're all gone, so I could do that, I'm going to undo, put my Keyframes back. Let's say I want to change the timing of them. Basically it's how far apart they are. So if I want to make them longer, I make them further apart. Let's have a look. It's just going to-- can you see the time? Just takes a longer time. Obviously, if you want to make them together you drag them closer together. 

Now I did ignore the fact that I selected both of them, by just clicking and dragging a box around them. You can click one, hold 'Shift', and click the next one. Doesn't matter which one, you just drag both of them. So now I'm going to drag the real type together just to show you. Was a nice quick transition to this new look. Obviously you can set Keyframes for anything in here, basically anything. We're going to cover quite a bit of it in this course, but Position, Scale, Anchor Points, anything in Lumetri Color, lots of cool stuff in here you can play around with. It's got a stopwatch, that means it can have a Keyframe, which means you can adjust it over time. 

One thing before we go is that the Effects Controls Panel is always too small. So I'm going to drag mine now, you're like, "Ah, look at that space." So that's probably better for me. I'm going to go to 'Window', 'Workspaces', I'm going to update my 'Unicorn'. I'm going to 'Save Changes to this Workspace', thank you very much. Also, you can grab this side and say, actually, don't need all that, I've done that first. Now go to 'Workspaces', and 'Save Workspace'. Ah, nice. So got a bit more room, and what would be a cool trick-- because we can zoom in and out, right? What would be a cool trick to get this to go even bigger? Imagine if we could go full screen. Remember our shortcut, our Tilde/Gray/Squiggle. Often it can be really nice, just tidying up Keyframes in here when you're in this big nice view. The button again, got it nice and small, and that's it. Let's get on to the next video.