What are Video Effects

In Premiere Elements we have various effects.
The difference between the video effects and transitions effects are transitions are placed between two clips, whereas video effects are applied to a clip.

You have Standard Securities and fixed effects.
Fixed effects are automatically applied to all Premiere video clips in the Timeline and the Sceneline. These effects can not be deleted. Examples of fixed effects are “Movement”, “Coverage” and “Volume”.
And then we have the Standard Securities. With these effects, we add special attributes to the picture or sound.

You need to remember that multiple effects can be applied on a clip, and that any effect has several options.

In this and the next lesson I will discuss some of them, but it’s up to you to try them all.

Adding, deleting and modifying Video effects:

To add an effect to a clip we have a number of options.

One option is to select the clip in the Timeline or Sceneline, and drag the effect from the monitor pane.
A second option is to drag the clip in the Timeline or Sceneline.
A third option is to select the clip in the Sceneline or Timeline, select the effect in the effect panel and click on the “Apply” button.

If you want to change an effect, remove the first effect by selecting the applied effects list, and clicking the trash icon that appears.
Click and drag the new effect on the clip.

If you want to apply multiple effects to a clip, drag them one by one from the effects pane on the clip.
Automatically, all added effects appear in the list of applied effects.

If you want to filter the effects in the effects list, click the arrow pointing downwards next to the “Show All” button and select a category from the list (4).
If you want to search for an effect, type a word or part of a word in the search box. This will automatically start the filter (5).


Editing Effects:

To change the properties of an applied effect select it in the list, and click the “Editing Effects” button (6).

Depending on the effect you have a number of settings you can change.

Discussing all of them here seems  impossible.

So once all your settings are set, click the “Done” button.

If you want to add, delete, or change an effect, later, first select the clip, then click the “Edit” button and select the option “Filters”.
From the list of added effects click the right arrow (1) to open the different options for this effect.

If you want an effect to hide then you click Filters (2).


Effect Mask

A new feature in Premiere 8, is the effect mask.

By masking the effect we can apply effects to a selected area in a clip.
Let us take the clip of the lion, I put it twice in the timeline, but in a different track, just above another, on precisely the same location in the Timeline.
In the top video track I add an effect mask defined on a portion of the clip, for example, the head of the lion.
When I playback the video clip of the top I only see the head with the added effect, and the lower clip, is the same.

Right click above a clip in the Timeline, select “Effects Mask” and click “Apply”.

This places a rectangle in the clip whose size we can change by clicking and dragging the corners of the rectangle.

To move the rectangle place the mouse pointer inside the rectangle and click and drag it to the desired position.

Drag an effect from the list of video effects in the selection area.
The clip, or rather the mask in the top clip in the upper track is provided with the effect.


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