How to Adjust Video Effects Settings in Premiere

Video effects are an excellent means to making a good video production great. In Adobe Premiere, any alteration you make to a video clip is considered an effect. Flipping a video, adjusting the brightness contrast, adjusting the size, color correcting, creating distortions and making the video mosaic are all video effects. There are hundreds of effects that you can apply to your clip in Premiere, as well as other editing programs. But, what sets Premiere apart from it's competition is that it allows you to exercise precise control over adjusting video effects settings with the 'Effects Control' panel.

Step 1: Know the Effects Control Panel

The 'Effects Control' panel can be accessed by clicking on it's tab in the source monitor. Here, you can manually enter settings for your effects, as well as control the timing of your transitions. Simply click on the clip whose effects you wish to control on the timeline to access its effects.

When controlling the effects in a clip you have two options. You can apply the effects controls for the entire clip. Or, you can use key frames to control how the effect works within the clip.

Step 2: Plan Your Video Effects

Let's say that you're editing a clip where a wounded detective is chasing a suspect through an abandoned warehouse. We have a wide shot of him walking into the building. Then he hears something that makes him turn to his right. You then cut to another shot where he sees the suspect. 

In the footage, the shot of the suspect is sharp and completely in focus. But, you can add an effect to this clip that shows the audience how weak the detective is because of his injuries. 

Step 3: Add an Effect

Go through the 'Video Effects Bin' and select a blur; drag the blur onto the clip.

Step 4: Use Keyframes to Control the Effect

Open the 'Effect Controls' panel. Now, collapse the triangle next to blur and hit the stop watch icon. This will insert a keyframe at the beginning of the clip. Drag the timeline to 1 second into the clip and add another keyframe. 

Go back to the first keyframe, and make the blur settings pumped out to their fullest. Go to the second keyframe and make sure that there is no blur at all.

Step 5: Rendering

After you've made your effect settings, you need to render the timeline. Rendering allows Premiere to create a preview file that gives you smooth play back. When you play this clip back, the detective walks into the building and turns. You then cut to a shot of the suspect that's out of focus at first, but becomes sharp after a second. This communicates that the hero is having trouble seeing clearly.

Step 6: Effects without Keyframes

There are going to be a lot of clips that need the effect to be the same throughout it. This is especially true when doing color correction and adjusting the brightness contrast. You will be able to see the progress of your work by looking at a still frame in the monitor, but if you want to play back smoothly, you need to render the timeline.

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