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BizVid Communications is a San Diego based video production company owned by Bill Gruber and Caz Taylor. Together we have over 50 years of video production experience and we like to blog about video production, marketing and business.
December 2nd, 2013
Welcome to another in a series of Premiere Pro video tutorials presented by San Diego video production company BizVid Communications. Today I’ll be showing you how to create a “nested” sequence. A nested sequence is the combining of clips and titles into one manageable asset. Nesting is also a great way to reduce the number of video layers in your timeline so that your project is more manageable. So let’s get started.
To save time in this tutorial, I have already created my project and brought my assets into the timeline. I have sized them, added a title. Looks nice. Okay, let’s say that my client has asked me to spin these pictures and title up from infinity over a nice gold background. How can I do that?
As you can see, each of these elements is on separate layers and positioned and sized independently. Without “Nesting” to do what the client asks is a monumental task. Each and every asset on the timeline would have to be scaled back, rotated, key framed….very time consuming. It’s time to “Nest.”
As you can see, I have created the video look that my client wants. I’ve sized the pictures and placed the title. Next, I want to make them all one unit…..so, I select all video track…in this case I will use the shortcut key, control “A”. Once selected, I’ll right click anywhere in the mass of clips, scroll down to “Nest” and click. Here, I am given the option to name my new nested sequence so I think I will name in “L&H” and click ‘OK.” Instantly in my Master Sequence, all clips and titles were combined into one manageable element. And, at the same time, a Sequence called “L&H” was created. I’ll talk about that in a minute.
Okay, now it’s time to create the effect that my client wants. First, I will move the “Nested” sequence up to video track 2. Next, I’ll bring in my Radial Gradient background and place in on video track 1. To learn how to create this in the Premiere Pro Titler, be sure to see our tutorial on “Creating a Gradient background.” Now, I’ll position my CTI at the beginning of the project and rotate and move the “Nested” sequence back and out of site. Now I’ll bring my CTI to the point where I want the effect to complete and bring my “Nested” sequence up to that point. And there you have it.
This task is nearly impossible to do with the individual clips and title, but very easy with “Nesting” into one sequence. So you might be asking, “What if I want to change something in the finished effect. Do I have to start all over.” My answer is “No.” Simply go to the source Sequence…..in my case, “L&H”….make the change and that change will automatically show up in your finished project. Happy editing.
October 5th, 2013
Welcome to another in a series of Premiere Pro tutorials from San Diego video production company, BizVid Communications. I think we have all shot video in the hand held mode and found the result to be a little shaky. Well, prior to the release of Premere Pro CS6, the only way to correct an unsteady shot was in After Effects.
Take a look at this clip. It was obviously not shot on a tripod. But I want it to look like it was. I can do that by using the Warp Stabilizer effect in Premiere Pro. First, I’ll position my mouse in the search window of the effects panel and type, “warp” and before I finish, Premier will bring it up and, as you can see, it is listed in the “Distort” category. Next, I’ll click and drag the effect onto the clip and when I do, this blue bar appears. This means that it has begun to analyze. This particular clip is about 4 seconds long it’s going to take between five and ten times longer than the clips real time, to analyze and figure out all of the algorithms in order to make the correction.
What it’s doing is looking at how the pixels are moving from one frame to the other. Miraculously, it figures out the center of the shot, then re-configures the pixels so that the image remains steady on that center point. It does this only once meaning that you don’t have to re-do it every time you open the project, unless of course, you remove the effect and then re-apply it.
Okay, the stabilization has been completed as you will see as I play this back. The effect is just like a stabilizer on a cruise ship. When the ship rocks to the right, the stabilizer takes it back to the left…but, so subtle that you don’t detect the ships motion. Same with the video clip…if it goes up, “Warp Stabilizer” brings it down, etc.
As you will see here, there are several choices for stabilization…but I find that “stabilize for position” yields the best results and I can “smooth motion” or I can say, “no motion” where it will lock the center of the clip in place. Here’s what I mean. As you can see with the black bars, the picture is stabilized quite a bit. So let’s get rid of the bars. I position my mouse on “stabilize, crop and autoscale” and there you have it.
While there is still a little motion left, the shot is much better than it was when we began. Warp Stabilizer, a great tool. Be sure to watch other BizVid tutorials found in our blog, BizVidCommunications.com/blog or visit our YouTube channel at YouTube.com/BizVidCommunications and subscribe. Thanks for watching.
September 4th, 2013
I’m Bill Gruber, co-owner of BizVid Communications. Today I’m going to discuss the value of archiving video production “How To” blogs. Over the years we have created a number of these brief videos for our website and other social media outlets. Of all of the topics, we’ve found that the best ones received, deal with “how to.”
Every month, BizVid produces blogs to go on our website. Since I’m the more technically savvy between my partner and I, it generally falls to me to produce this kind of video blog. Topics help amateur video producers add polish to their productions. Topics include subjects like “How to Create a Linear Wipe in Premiere Pro”, “How to Eliminate Noise with Adobe Audition”, “How to Blur faces in Adobe Premiere Pro”, “How to Create Gradient Backgrounds in your Video” and the list goes on.
When we post these types of video on our blog and through YouTube, we’re continually amazed at the interest in these very specialized topics. One of the more unexpectedly successful video blog posts was a simple little video we did describing how a clap-board works and what it does to synchronize audio and video together in a video session. We thought this was such a common process that it didn’t need mentioning. But once we posted it, many remarked at how helpful and informative it was. Right then we realized that some of the things we take for granted as long time video producers, are informative and invaluable to amateur videographers.
If you want to expand your own video production knowledge, we invite you to navigate our many “How To” videos archived under our Word Press blog link on the BizVidcommunications.com website. You will find our blogs archives link at the top of our home page, joined by our Facebook, Yelp and YouTube icons.
August 15th, 2013
Welcome to another in a series for Premiere Pro tutorials from San Diego video production company BizVid Communications. Today, I’m going to show you how to use the Adjustment layer effect. Prior to CS6, the Adjustment layer was only available in Photoshop and After Effects. But, thankfully, it is now available in the current version of Premiere Pro. So let’s get started.
As you can see, I have positioned four clips already on the timeline and each of them needs color correcting. Before the adjustment layer option, I would have had to either apply color correction to each clip individually or, nested the clips and applied correction to that. That method could be cumbersome because nested sequences need to be un-nested if any one of the clips is to be worked on. So, lets use the Adjustment Layer.
First, I’ll position my mouse on the New Icon button on the bottom of the panel, and click. I could have just as easily gone to “File” then “new” then “Adjustment Layer” but that’s too many steps. Next, I’ll select “Adjustment Layer” and click. This brings up a dialogue box giving you the option of setting the parameters for the “Adjustment Layer.” Just click okay because the settings will default to the project size. Once you click, the adjustment layer will appear in the section with your other assets. Next, click, drag and drop the layer onto an empty video track.
The “Adjustment Layer” is like an invisible video clip. There is nothing on it so it won’t interfere with your other video clips. Next, I’m going to go to the effects panel, type in the quick search window the word “three” and it will bring up the three way color corrector effect. Now, to place the effect onto the Adjustment Layer” clip, you can, first select the Adjustment Layer then, double click the effect. In past versions, you would have had to click and drag the effect onto the clip.
Okay, now that I have the color corrector in place, I can skew the color for both clips simultaneously. And there you have it. But, color correction is not the only thing I can do with an Adjustment Layer, I can also effect contrast, brightness and other functions that you can experiment with on your own.
So, I hope this tutorial has been helpful and will save you a lot of time with your projects in the future. For more Premiere Pro or Photoshop tutorials, be sure to subscribe to our channel. Also, visit our website at BizVidCommunications.com and our blog at BizVidCommunications.com/blog. Thanks for watching.
July 9th, 2013
Welcome to another Premiere Pro video tutorial developed by BizVid Communications a leading video production company in San Diego. Today I’m going to show you how to generate a circle similar to what you might see when a specific section needs to be highlighted.
First I’ll bring my assets into the timeline. This is a publicity picture of some of the Emmy Awards we have received over the years, but it needs to be sized properly. So let me right click on the clip and check “Scale to Frame Size.” You probably won’t have to do that. Next, I’m going to position my mouse on the “New Items” folder and click. Then, I’m going to scroll down to “Transparent Video” and click….it will default to the correct size of the project so I will click “OK” I now have a new transparent clip in the “Project” pane and I’ll click and drag it and place it on video track 3. Since I like to keep things nice and organized, I will drag the new clip into a bin I titled, “Elements.”
Next, I’ll open the “Effects” window and click to open the “Video Effects” folder. As you can see, there are several sub-folders but the one I will be working with today is “Generate.” Once open, I’ll position my mouse on “Circle” then click and drag in into the timeline and place it on the “Transparent Video” clip. When I did, you can see a big white circle which, for my purpose, is not what I am looking for. So I need to size and structure this new element into a form and color that I can use. To do that, I need to open my “Effects Controls” tab by placing my mouse on “Window” and scroll to “Effects Control” and click. With this open I can begin to shape and size my new circle. First, I want to control the “Edge.” I position my mouse on the twirl down arrow and find several choices. Just experiment to find the one you like best. For me today it will be “Thickness.”
Next, I want to change the color so I position my mouse on the white color and click to call up the “Color Pallete.” Here I will pick red and click. Now, I want to position the circle over the light so, I will click and drag these numbers to bring the circle to the final position. This circle can be animated. For example, I can start the circle in one area of the frame and have it move to another area. Or, I can change the size and dimension over time….like this……. And there you have it.
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