5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 23, 2013 8:09 AM by the_wine_snob RSS

    How do I make the video (canvas) background white instead of black in PE11?

    davelalande

      I want to use a white background in the global video canvas instead of black.  How would I go about this in PE11.


      Thanks,


      Dave

        • 1. Re: How do I make the video (canvas) background white instead of black in PE11?
          the_wine_snob Community Member

          In the Project Panel, click on the New Icon, and choose Color Matte. You can set that to any color, that you wish. Drag that to the Timeline, on Video Track 1, and click+drag on the Tail of that, to extend it as long a Duration, as you wish.

           

          Also, what we see as "black" in a Video Project, is really "transparent," but if there is nothing to show through that, it appears as black.

           

          Good luck,

           

          Hunt

          • 2. Re: How do I make the video (canvas) background white instead of black in PE11?
            davelalande Community Member

            Hmmmm...  I don't see a project panel?  What am I missing?  I'm using Premiere Elements 11.

            • 3. Re: How do I make the video (canvas) background white instead of black in PE11?
              the_wine_snob Community Member

              In Expert Mode, follow these instructions:

               

              Project Assets panel overview

              The Project Assets panel lets you preview source material for your projects. Select the Expert view and then click Project Assets.

              You can view the contents of a project using the list view or the grid view. Use the panel options menu to switch between the views.

              The grid view displays a snapshot of the video you imported into the project. The Project As

               

              For Black Video, or Color Mattes, follow these instructions:

               

              Create and add a black video clip

              You add black video clips to separate multiple movies or to create pauses in a movie. You can also use a black video clip for a title.

              1.  Click Project Assets.

              2.  In the Project Assets panel, click New Item from the panel options and choose Black Video.

               

              Create a colored matte for a background

              You can create a clip consisting of a full-frame matte of solid color, which you can use as a solid background for titles or animated clips.

              Brightly colored mattes can serve as temporary backgrounds to help you see transparency more clearly while you adjust a key effect.

              1.  Click Project Assets.

              2.  In the Project Assets panel, click New Item from the panel options and choose Color Matte.

              3.  Choose a color in the Adobe Color Picker dialog box, and click OK.

              A color matte clip is placed into both the Project Assets panel and the Expert view timeline.

               

              Good luck, and hope that helps,

               

              Hunt

              • 4. Re: How do I make the video (canvas) background white instead of black in PE11?
                davelalande Community Member

                Thank you for clarifying.  Projects Panal = Project Assets    I was able to add a color matte.

                 

                Thanks again.


                Dave

                • 5. Re: How do I make the video (canvas) background white instead of black in PE11?
                  the_wine_snob Community Member

                  Great news!

                   

                  With each version of PrE, Adobe changes a few names, and even locations of common operations, so it's tough to keep up with exactly what something is called, version to version.

                   

                  Glad that you found it, and that it worked for you.

                   

                  Another, though somewhat convoluted route, would be to create a New Title, and then create a Full-Frame Shape, of the desired color, and probably with no Stroke. However, I find Color Matte to be like "one stop shopping."

                   

                  Happy editing,

                   

                  Hunt