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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.
September 21st, 2012
Welcome to another video tutorial produced by San Diego video production company, BizVid Communications. In this video I am going to show you how to put video into text to give your titles more visual interest. Here is an example of what I am talking about.
As you can see, the text is much more visually interesting with this video element added to it. So let’s get started. In the project, I have already created the bins that will keep my assets organized. Okay, next I’ll create the title by using the shortcut, “control T.” This brings up the “new title” screen which opens in the default size of the project….1280 x 720. I’ll name this title, “Water” and click OK. This launches the title window and I’m set to type the word, “Water.” I have found that this effect works better if the letters are all caps and bold font. So, let me highlight the font, and change it to a font called “Aaron.” I’ll also increase the font size by clicking and dragging the font size percentage, so that it is bigger. Now to center the title on the page using the “vertical center” and the “horizontal center.” Done and save.
Now I’m ready to build the effect. First, I’ll drag the live action video clip that I want to appear inside the text onto the timeline placing it on video track 1. Next, I’ll drag the title and place it over the clip on video track 2. Okay, I’m almost there. Next, I’ll go to the “effects” pallet and type in the words, “track matt” so that I can get to the effect quickly without having to search through everything the Premiere has to offer. There it is. Next, I’ll click and drag the effect onto the clip on video track 1. Nothing happens until I tell the effect what I want it to do. So, go to the “Effect Controls” panel, find the “Track Matt Key” click the drop down and select “video 2” telling the effect to apply itself to whatever’s on video track 2.
Okay, I have my video text sequence which I’ll keep as an isolated sequence that can be used over any background. To put it over the gradient background, I will create another sequence. I go to “new” then select “Sequence.” I’ll title this “composite.” As you can see, there are now two sequences. The rest is simple. Working on the “composite” sequence, click and drag the gradient graphic into the timeline and place it on video 1. To learn how I did this background in the Premiere titler, visit our tutorial call Creating a Gradient Background in Premiere Pro. Next, click and drag the “title” sequence onto the timeline and place it on video 2. And there you have it. Very simple and yet, visually effective. At this stage you can do more stuff to the look….adding a drop shadow for example.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this video tutorial and that what you’ve learned will help make your videos even more appealing. Be sure to visit the Bizvid Communications blog and subscribe to the BizVid communications channel on YouTube. See you next time.
February 7th, 2012
Today we are going to learn how to create a title known as a roll…similar to what you will find on movie credits where the information rolls up from bottom toward the top of the screen.
First is to position your mouse on the menu bar on the word “title.” This activates a drop down menu where you are given three choices. For the purpose of today’s lesson, we’ll choose default roll. Once selected, a new title box appears and this is where you will give a name to the title credits you are creating. For our purposes, we will call this Movie Credits. Click okay to launch the Title Palette. It is within this palette that the title creation takes place. Here we can choose font size, font color, crawl options and things like that.
Let’s begin by selecting the type tool. Position your mouse in the tool pallet and select the “T” which stands for type tool. Then, place your cursor in the workspace and begin typing the text that you want to roll as credits to your movie. In this case I will type few credits and turn the tutorial back on when complete.
In our example the font is too large. So to make it smaller, select the font size box and type in 50% then click outside the box. Doing so reduces the font to 50% of the original size. I also want to change the font style to something more movie like. Our font of choice will be Aaron. Be sure to select the entire font and then click Aaron the change takes place. One last item of business is to give instruction as to how the roll is to come on and off screen. Position your mouse over the Roll/crawl options box and click. Of the several options, the ones we want are start off screen and end off screen check those boxes and we are done. To save the title, click the X at the top right. When you do, the title appears in the project pallet and is ready to bring into the timeline. Click and drag the title into the timeline and there you have it. Render to play. To speed up or slow down the title crawl, expand or reduce the length of the clip. You have learned the simple way of creating a crawl. Congratulations.
January 24th, 2012
Today we are going to learn how to create a title known as a crawl…similar to what you will find in a television newscast where the information crawls across the bottom of the screen.
First is to position your mouse on the menu bar on the word “title.” This activates a drop down menu where you are given three choices. For the purpose of today’s lesson, we’ll choose default crawl. Once selected, a new title box appears and this is where you will give a name to the title you are creating. For our purposes, we will call this ‘tornado” since I am going to type a tornado warning for our fair city. Click okay to bring up the Title Pallet. It is within this pallet that the title creation takes place. Here we can choose font size, font color, crawl options and things like that.
In the tool pallet, select the “T” which stand for type tool. Then, place your cursor in the workspace and begin typing the text that you want to crawl across the bottom of the screen. In this case I will type “TORNADO WARNING FOR THE CITY.”
In our example the font is too large. To reduce the font size, select the font size box and type in 50% then click outside the box. Doing so reduces the font to 50% of the original size. Next to change is the font style. Our font of choice will be Aaron. Click it and the change takes place. Next, is to position the title in the lower third of the screen and to do this, place your mouse over the arrow in the tool pallet to activate the selection tool. Then click and drag the crawl anywhere on the screen.
One last item of business is to give instruction as to how the crawl is to come on and off screen. Click on the roll/crawl options box and check the two boxes: start off screen and end off screen and we are done. Click the X at the top right to save. When you do, the title appears in the project pallet and is ready to bring into the timeline. Click and drag the title into the timeline and there you have it. Render to play. To speed up or slow down the title crawl, expand or reduce the length of the clip. You have learned the simple way of creating a crawl. Congratulations.
January 17th, 2012
San Diego Video production company, BizVid Communications leads the way in the creation of media tutorials. As an example, the tutorial in this blog post is designed to show how to add a title to a video clip in Adobe Premiere Pro.
The first action is to position your cursor on the word “title” found on the menu bar. Once clicked, the drop down will present three title creation choices: Default Still, Default Roll or Default Crawl. For this exercise, click Default Still and the “New Title” box will appear. It is in this box you will name your title. We have chosen to name our new title, “Harbor” since it will be inserted over a video clip of a harbor. Click “okay.”
A “Title Box” appears and this is where you will create the actual title words. Position your mouse over the “T” to activate the “Title Tool” and click. When the “Title Tool” is activated, position your cursor over the main screen and click. This will activate the space which allows you to begin typing the word, “Harbor.”
The word “Harbor” will default to a font style which, in our case, is not the correct font for our purpose. So we will click the “Font Family” drop down found at the right of the main screen and select a new font. When clicked, it will change to the desired style. The font also defaults to a 100% size which is bigger than what we would like. So we will make that change as well.
To discover how to manipulate font size, add drop shadow, change the fill color and text position, watch the video tutorial found in this post. You will be creating titles in minutes.