Adobe Premiere Pro CC - Essentials Training

How to make a Black & White video in Premiere Pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi everyone, this video is all about making black and white videos. The short version is, you select your clip, go to 'Lumetri Color' and pick 'Monochrome', from the Creative Look Panel, but this video goes into a little bit more detail, mainly around, sequences, and kind of getting multiple sequences going in our learning experience. So hang around for that as well. All right, let's jump in, let's make some black and white video. 

What I want to do first is, let's go back to our 'Project Window'. So remember this little arrow here and go back to 'Project'. What I'm looking for is-- you might have to close them all up, tidy it up a little bit. I want to find our footage. I'm going to use the little arrow to get into it. I'm going to open 'C Cam', and I'm going to go down to something called 'CO19'. That's why I like List View for looking for file names. 

What we're going to do is right click it, and we're going to go to 'New Sequence from Clip'. It's giving it the same name as our movie. Yours are going to be dot mp4, '.mp4', because I've reformatted them to make them a little smaller for the exercise files, but it should have the same name. We're going to call this one Experiments; Experi-ments, that's close enough. Now it's in the wrong folder, remember how to get it back to the root? You click, hold, vaguely drag it around here, and it should disappear from that list; scroll up, and there it is down here. Experiments, that does it for me. Cool. 

So what we're going to do is we're going to experiment with black and white, plus a few other effects we'll learn in the next couple of videos, and I want you to get used to toggling between these two Timelines. You now have a project with more than one sequence. We're going to keep it pretty light for this course, but I want to show you a file, wait there. So this is a file I just grabbed out of my archive, because it looked impressive. Look how many, can you see all these folders here? So this is one Premiere Pro project that has 92 different separate sequences in it. So you can see, it's up in number 3. There's a video that I've made, it's the third video in this series, and is a 4K version, but I also made a version that's not 4k. I made a version that gives away some free stuff at the end, so there's a different version of it. 

They're all separated into their own little bins, there's a 4K and an HD version, and that goes on forever. So you can get projects that are huge, in terms of the amount of sequences they have. You can see, all mine are open over here, all the different Timelines. My media's missing at the moment because I didn't want to, download and link all that up because it takes forever, but just know that we've got two new projects now, right? 

We've got our Wedding one and our new Experiments. We're going to toggle between them, but you might end up with ten, five, or me, a hundred and-- well, was it 92. So I've now got two projects open at the same time, which is real confusing, we looked at this earlier, I'm going to go to 'Close the Current Project'. And by doing that you need to be on the project when it closed, not this one, I want to close this one, this is just an example for you. You don't have this file so you can't play along, but I'm just going to show you. I close this project, and this is going to disappear, all the sequences that are all open, in a second. I'll speed it up, and I'll see you again in a sec. 

All right, so we're back, we're in Experiments, practiced toggling between these two. What we're going to do with this one here, is we're going to apply the black and white look. So with it selected here, make sure Lumetri Color's open, remember, 'Window', Lumetri Color', and where it says Creative, click on that, go to 'Look'. You've probably discovered these already. Let's go to 'Noir'. So either of these three, 1965, I quite liked, but you can maybe click through them, click on them, decide. 

Now the thing is, with black and white there's different kinds of black and white. There's another one here called Monochrome, where are you? There's, these group, different-- They have these things like Kodak and Fuji, just to kind of represent old-style actual physical film. Remember, you might not remember, but there were film that went into cameras, and they were-- Kodak had their version and Fuji had their version, of what black and white should look like, and they're just different, and it tries to mimic it here digitally. 

Anyway, pick your black and white. What you can do though is once you've picked that Look you might go back down to Basic Correction, and start adjusting it in here. Things like the blacks and whites, and shadows, and against there, at the bottom, and just kind of work through and decide what works for you in this film, to get it how you want it to be. 

What I think is quite cool when you are doing black and white, is to look under Creative, I click these words just to close them up because it does get confusing. So under-- close down Basic Correction, open up Creative, and the Faded Film effect is pretty cool. Just kind of built into there. So you can decide on, whether that works for you. Let's add some noise in the next video. Kind of hopefully finish off our lovely black and white look. 

Lastly, before we go, let's just practice toggling between these two, closing that one down, you can close both of them down. There's still here, my Project Window, so I can open up Experiments, and Wedding if I need to, I can close down Wedding, but still have Experiments open. Was getting used to having multiple sequence in a Premiere Pro project. One project, potentially lots of sequences. In this case there might be a small version and a long version, like a 36-- a 30-second version that's kind of more of a promo one and then a real long version. 

That's what we had for-- that's what I had for my wedding. Just a short one, everyone. Good to see, was quite cool and quickie, didn't last very long. Then there was the one that only me, Mum, and Nanna sat down and watched where-- it's the really wrong-- and my wife, sat down and watched. So in this case you might have two sequences. All right, let's get into the next video, we'll look at Film Grain.