5 Essential Video Effects every editor should know! (Adobe Premiere Pro CC Tutorial)

5 Essential Video Effects every editor should know! (Adobe Premiere Pro CC Tutorial)

December 13, 2019 100 By Peter Engel


– [Justin] Hi everyone,
my name’s Justin Odisho and in this Adobe
Premiere Pro CC tutorial, we’re gonna talk about five
essential video editing effects and techniques
that I think every editor should know or have in their toolbox. So I’ve got a couple of
random clips on the timeline and if I don’t go too in depth
on every single technique, that’s because I’ll point
you to separate video where I have focused
individually on that topic. But to start here, the first thing that we’re gonna talk about is
just creating a simple title. I think this is a basic
for many different types of projects. So in order to do this in Premiere, we actually have a whole title builder so you can go to title, new title and let’s create a default still. When you press okay, you should
see that the preview menu turns into the title editor so I can click on the frame and type out
whatever I want to type and now that we have
some letters written out, you can see we have
options to highlight it, adjust the font and the
size, typical with any type of word processor or text editor that you might be familiar with. If you actually look over
on the right hand side, you can adjust the title properties so here you can choose some more details aside from just changing
the font, like the color of the text or the alignment of it or the tracking and leading. So if you pull about the
tracking, you can get that kind of spaced out look
that you might often see kind of a little more
elegant looking if you want to call it that. And if you head over to the title actions, you can center is using
these buttons here. So there’s a very simple way
to create a simple title. You don’t have to get too crazy with it and then when you confirm your changes, you should see it pop up
in your project media bin for us to click and drag
over certain portions of the project. From here, you could always right click on the beginning, add a default fade in or fade out or use key frames
in the effects control panel to adjust or slide the position any way or go to the effects panel
and add simple transitions that wipe text on and
off and things like that. But basically, a simple title like that, very to easy to create in Premiere Pro and you have a good bit
of options for adjusting the text and the character. Next, let’s talk about coloring. So when we have a clip,
if we actually click on the clip, we can always
go to the Lumetri color panel on the right hand side
and if you guys don’t see all these panels, you can
just go to window, workspace and reset to the default
and make sure you’re working on all panels mode, you
should all of these pop up. So in the Lumetri color panel, there’s a lot of different adjustments we can make but instead
of actually adjusting it right directly on the
clip, what I like to do is go to the project
media bin and go to file, new, adjustment layer. This is gonna create a
blank adjustment layer in our project media bin. First to click and drag
over however long portion of sequence of clips that we want or the entire project
if we have similar clips that we want to apply
similar coloring on to. So I’m working on this adjustment layer and in the Lumetri color
tab, we have a whole host of options. One, you can do basic
correction so here’s where you can adjust things like the exposure, the contrast, the highlights, things that if you didn’t shoot them as you wanted in the camera, you can do a little bit of
fixing and tweaking here. However, this isn’t really
where we’re gonna do the coloring. If we go into the creative
section, here’s where we can get a lot more creative with it. So let’s say we wanted to get a black and white video effect. There’s actually a ton of
preset looks that come installed in Premiere Pro like these monochrome Fuji or Kodak film looks for us to pick through or there’s different
colorful looks as well and there’s a whole host of different creative color options. You can also do minor adjustments like faded film for the faded film look or saturation and vibrance and tint and all that to get your own look. Alternatively, you can
create your own looks from scratch if you
want by adjusting things like the curves if you’re
familiar with Photoshop, this handles with the darks and highlights of different color channels. So for example, if I pull the blues out of the highlights in
the blue color channel and you’ll see that yellow is revealed and you can do things like
adjust the color wheels to tint the shadows,
midtones and the highlights with whatever different color you want. I actually have some good separate videos that break down all these
options a little bit more in depth so I’ll link that to you but that’s how you add
color and color correct your clips and by using adjustment layers, you can color correct entire sequences without having to do each cut
and clip at the same time. Now let’s talk about
adjusting a clip’s speed. So fast forwarding, slowing
stuff down and things like that. So these clips were shot
in 60 frames per second. Different cameras have different abilities for different frame rates. So these were shot in 60 which means that I can slow them down by half and still retain a smooth look. Now there’s actually a
couple of different tools that we can use to adjust the speed. One, I can just right click on this clip and go to the speed and duration
and here I can do things like change it to 50%,
that would slow it in half or you could even check reverse speed if you wanted to rewind the
clip and play it in reverse. However, I’ll leave it at
50% and when I press okay, you see that the clip
automatically extends to 50%. I didn’t have the audio
highlighted but if you wanted, you could stretch audio in the
same way but then just know the pitch is gonna be all
weird and things like that. So usually when you’re
talking about slow-mo, I delete the audio and
play music behind it to create some cinematic sequences. But now you can see the
entire clip is playing at the 50% speed and it’s kind of got a smoother slow motion feel. Alternatively, if you
press R on the keyboard or go here and grab
your rate stretch tool, you could just use this to
stretch the clips in or out and it’ll adjust the speed
depending on how short you adjust it so if you
want to fast forward a clip to fit in a certain small
pocket of your project or stretch it our to a certain point then you can always use
the rate stretch tool for more precision. And you can see that’ll
create a fast forward motion. Now the third and
somewhat most advanced way to do this is right click on the clip and go to show clip key frames and go to time remapping and speed. Now I’m gonna zoom in on
this track a little bit just to make it bigger and
you can see there’s now a line that I can adjust on this clip. So if I drag it down,
it’ll slow the clip down or if I pull it upward,
it’ll speed the clip up and you can see the clip
length is adjusting. However, if I click on
this little diamond here or I can click on this diamond in the effect controls panel,
I now have split this line so that I can speed up
certain parts and slow down the other halfs without cutting things. And then I can also split
that key frame play head so that the speed ramps from fast to slow in a smooth manner or
slow to fast if you want. This is how you can create
smooth changes of speed where the start of the
clips might start off fast and slowly ramp into a smooth slow motion. Next, let’s talk about video transitions. Now to be honest, my favorite transition out of every transition
is just the simple cut. That’s one cut between a clip to the next. There’s a lot of different
things you can do with cuts. You can do fast cuts in
between different clips. If you have a high paced, speedy edit or you could just cut to the beat of music or just cut from one clip to the next. It’s honestly the best
transition in my opinion. The next most common
one that you’re probably gonna be using a lot is the
fade so just like we faded the title, you can right click
and apply default transitions in between two clips and
the default transition is the cross dissolved
so that’s gonna give you the crossfade. Now if you’re looking to
do more special effects type of transitions, you can
open up the effects panel. There is a transition
video effects section that’ll allow you to add wipes and fades and dissolves in different ways. However, the creative
possibilities are pretty endless in the different types of
flashes or cuts or mask type of transitions you can create by combining these different effects and key frames. So I’ll just point you
guys to the playlist on my channel where I have
dozens of different zooms and wipes and pushes that combine a bunch of different effects. So if you’re looking for cool transitions, checkout the playlist on my
channel but to be honest, the cut, the fade are my favorite two. Lastly let’s talk about music and audio. So you can drag music
clips and sound effects right into your project media bin just like you do video clips. So you can see here this little
wave form is a music track. If I double click on it, you
can always preview any clips or sounds in the source preview menu here and I also have a sound effect. Now these two are both from
the YouTube audio library. There’s actually a full audio library, just search YouTube audio library with a bunch of free
sound effects and music for you guys to use in your videos. So this pop sound effect or whatever else you want you can search ’em on there. That way you can add pop sound effects to your titles or whatever
different elements of your video you’re doing
and you can add music by dragging it onto the
audio track in your project. So here you can see the
audio tracks are green and you can see all the
wave forms just like any of the sound that was
attached to the clips, you can see the wave forms on. And this is a way that you
could lay your music down first and then go through and
listen to the different peaks or hits of the music
and then add your cuts and sequence your project so that it flows with the music as you want. You can also cut audio
tracks, you don’t have to use the whole thing and then
fade them out at portions and times that make sense
by applying the same default transitions which will add a
cross dissolve or fade out. You can zoom in to those
transitions and pull them in for a flower fade out than in. That way you can add music to
certain cinematic sequences but cut it down or delete it
when you want the clip audio to show through like if
you’re talking or something. Additionally, proper audio levels are key when you’re mixing talking
and background music. There’s no exact level that’s
gonna work in every situation but either you want to lower
the entire track volume so you can lower it to -10 or 15 decibels and then just listen to it
and see how it sounds together or you can adjust individual
tracks so you can go to the effects control and
adjust individual volume points on different pieces of music or clips if you don’t want to adjust
the whole audio track. Another thing you can do
with audio is if you want to adjust the talking
audio, you can right click on those clips, go to audio
gain and you can do things like adjust the entire
gain up some decibels or you could normalize the
peaks so if there’s too much crazy up and down, you could
just normalize everything to -2 decibels and then it will normalize the audio kind of. You’d have to listen and be careful and test out with this type of stuff since there’s so many different situations but basically, listen to it with your ear, figure out what sounds good
and you don’t want anything to be clipping but you
can kind of see over here the levels and when
things start to get red, that means they’re getting a
little too loud and clipping. So those are the five basic
principles and effects that I think every editor
should have a good foundation of that’ll allow you to build most projects. And then when you want to get into specific detailed effects, check out some of my other
tutorials and how to combine those and create those. So if you guys enjoyed
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