Creating an Insect Swarm in Adobe Premiere

There are many interesting and entertaining things that you can create on Adobe Premiere, including an insect swarm which can be made using the after effects function. Swarms can be made from very small amounts of detail, so in order to get a large area covered by the swarm in your clip, you only need a very small beginning. This type of after effect can have a big impact on your viewers, and if you have a suitable computer program, and Adobe software, then you should be able to make this effect in a matter of hours.

Materials Needed

  • Adobe Premiere
  • Computer
  • Media file

Step 1: Create a Background

In order to create your swarm, you will need to make a background against which the swarm can be seen. The color of the background will depend very much upon what color of swarm you are creating; a dark swarm of flies or wasps would need a background which is light in color, while a firefly swarm should be created against a dark night sky background. You can make the latter by using a bright blue Matte Color, and then adding Flash effects from the Effects Panel. Save this background before you start adding any insects to it. You can also add a foreground such as the grass effect, or perhaps some trees using an eyedropper to color in a small area.

Step 2: Add a Firefly

Once you have created and saved your background, you can add your first firefly. This could be a picture of a bug downloaded from an Internet site, or created yourself using Photoshop. You may already have some clips of a firefly, in which you can take the first frame and alter it enough so that you have a small picture. Whichever kind of bug you have available, you can use it here.

Step 3: Layering the Bugs

Cover you first bug frame with a second frame, which is null. You should then add key frames for the null layer, so that the film will focus upon these. Save this, and then add a Trapcode effect to the solid layer containing the picture of the bug. Add Keyframes for the particles, set to around 60,000 at 00:00:00, and then down to one or two at 00:00:01. This will create a large stream of bugs, and then almost nothing.

Step 4: Creating the Bugs

Once you have done this, open up the Particle Effects settings, and decide that the life of the display will be less than one minute, so that the fireflies will not disappear during the animation. Use the Split Clip effect to divide the layer into three ways. Adobe will automatically play the clip looping. Set the gravity to O, and then make an irregular layer for your bugs. Drag them to the file, check the Motion button, and play. Save the clip as it is.

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