11 Replies Latest reply on Oct 13, 2009 5:51 PM by PaulieDC

    Looking for video effects

    DC B. 09 Level 1

      Hello everyone:


      I'm relatively new to Adobe Premiere CS4 (although I have some experience working with digital video). I seemed to have mustered the controls for Premiere itself but what seems to be lacking in my understanding is how to create certain visual effects with it. I'm looking to create a video clip with effects like in this particular video: (Sorry for the link but it's much more easy to show it.)

       

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePDR3Pza1_g

       

      What I'm looking for is this:

       

      1. The way they have the Id logo expand, shrink and distort in the very beginning.

      2. The "broken TV reception", or "TV-snow" effect. Also the effect how they have the picture twitch at some points.

      3. The way they implemented titles in the beginning -- "The Union Aerospace Corporation is the largest ..."

       

      I'm not looking for a free solution in particular, so if someone knows some third-party plug-in, or something I can integrate into Adobe Premiere Pro CS4, I'd greatly appreciate it.

       

      I'm not sure if it's Premiere or After Effects, either. So I apologize if I posted it in a wrong forum.

       

      Thank you in advance.

        • 1. Re: Looking for video effects
          the_wine_snob Level 9

          Much of that intro can be done inside PrPro, with little need for additional Effects plug-ins.

           

          1. The way they have the Id logo expand, shrink and distort in the very beginning.

           

          Explore the fixed Effects Motion>Scale and Motion>Position. For the distortion, there are several Effects that you might want to explore. Keyframe these.

           

          2. The "broken TV reception", or "TV-snow" effect. Also the effect how they have the picture twitch at some points.

           

          Look into using Transparent Video (New Icon), and adding Effect>Noise. Throw in a bit of Gaussian (or other) Blur. I'd also add some Motion>Position Keyframing to get the jitter/twitch. There are also several stock video clips of TV static. If you have an older CRT TV, unplug the cable and shoot the screen.

           

          3. The way they implemented titles in the beginning -- "The Union Aerospace Corporation is the largest ..."

          OK, that one might be easier with a plug-in like BluffTitler.

           

          The secret is going to be the pacing. Few items looked more than about 30 Frames, and some much less. That pacing will get the feel that you want. Also, there appear to be some other images that pop in and out, but are never fully seen. The fixed Effect>Opacity will get you some of this.

           

          As for the Keyframing, keep the changes short in time and rather jagged. Do not use any mofifiers, like Continuous Bezier - you want quick and abrupt.

           

          Good luck, and let us know how it goes. Also, I probably missed a few Effects, though I did watch it 3x (the intro, that is).

           

          Also, some appropriate SFX files would go a long way to bringing this off - metallic bangs and clangs, some explosions, etc.

           

          Hunt

           

          PS - welcome to the forum.

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          • 2. Re: Looking for video effects
            the_wine_snob Level 9

            You might want to also take a look at ProDAD's Vitascene too. There are some similar Effects in its "kit." I think that the rays in that logo look like Vitascene.

             

            Good luck,

             

            Hunt

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            • 3. Re: Looking for video effects
              the_wine_snob Level 9

              As for AE, or PrPro, I think that you can get what you want in either. AE does have The Jiggler Effect that could be useful. I'd go with the progarm that you are most familiar with. If you need to move to the other for a segment, no problem.

               

              Good luck,

               

              Hunt

              • 4. Re: Looking for video effects
                DC B. 09 Level 1

                Hunt, thanks a lot for your detailed response. I appreciate it, man. I wish all the forums were this helpful.

                 

                I pretty much get what you're saying. I was thinking about using keyframing technique for those "fancy" titles myself, but it would involve lots of finagling, almost down to a single letter, that is why I thought to ask about a specially designed plug-in.

                 

                I pretty much get it about the TV static. I think I'll dig out my old set and record some off of it like you said.

                 

                As for the picture jitter, I'm not sure I saw the appropriate effect for it, but I'll keep looking, maybe I missed something... You said there's an effect for that in AE. I don't really know it that well, so I'm curious, is it possible to take a track from PrPro, send it to AE and then back to PrPro (pretty much like with sound track and Soundbooth)?

                 

                Speaking of which, I know it's off topic here, but do you know any idea where can I get some sound effects like in that clip? Maybe even some sound bites/background music/anything.

                 

                Also the voices in the beginning sound quite machine-like, is there a software I can use to dictate some text in?

                 

                 

                Again, thanks for your input, you can't imagine how much time you've just saved me... As for the video I'm making, it's supposed to be a fun one. When I'm done with it (hopefully in a couple of weeks) I'll post a link here.

                 

                Thanks again!

                • 5. Re: Looking for video effects
                  the_wine_snob Level 9
                  As for the picture jitter, I'm not sure I saw the appropriate effect for it, but I'll keep looking, maybe I missed something... You said there's an effect for that in AE. I don't really know it that well, so I'm curious, is it possible to take a track from PrPro, send it to AE and then back to PrPro (pretty much like with sound track and Soundbooth)?

                   

                  Depending on the version of PrPro and whether it's one of the full "suites," you can use Adobe Dynamic Link (DL) to quickly move footage into an AE Comp and back again. Each version of what was once called Production Stuido has improved the function of DL.

                   

                  Now for the jitter, I seem to recall a plug-in, something like "unsteady cam," or similar. It is just the opposite of "stabilization." Do not recall either the official name, or software company, or even if it was part of an Effects "pack."

                   

                   

                  Speaking of which, I know it's off topic here, but do you know any idea where can I get some sound effects like in that clip? Maybe even some sound bites/background music/anything.


                  Not at all OT. Here's a list of SFX and music sites. Some are free, some are for a fee:

                   

                  http://www.stevengotz.com/audio.htm
                  http://www.findsounds.com/ISAPI/search.dll
                  http://www.freesound.org/index.php
                  http://www.a1freesoundeffects.com/
                  http://www.ljudo.com/default.asp?lang=tEnglish&do=it
                  http://www.sounddogs.com/
                  http://www.soundsnap.com/
                  http://www.stock20.com/commerce/index.php
                  http://www.shockwave-sound.com/index.html
                  http://www.smartsound.com
                  http://www.ilovewavs.com/Effects/Music/Music.htm
                  http://www.jamendo.com/en/albums
                  http://www.5alarmmusic.com/

                   

                   

                  Also the voices in the beginning sound quite machine-like, is there a software I can use to dictate some text in?

                   

                  Audition, SoundBooth, and several other audio editing programs have similar Effects, and many more can be added, such as Reverb and Delay. There are also some free VST plug-ins that do a similar distortion. This GOOGLE Search has yielded a bunch of sites for VST's. Some free and some for a fee.

                   

                  Again, thanks for your input, you can't imagine how much time you've just saved me... As for the video I'm making, it's supposed to be a fun one. When I'm done with it (hopefully in a couple of weeks) I'll post a link here.

                   

                  No problem. If I can track down that shaky-cam/destabilizer plug-in, I'll post a link to it.

                   

                  Good luck,

                   

                  Hunt

                  • 6. Re: Looking for video effects
                    the_wine_snob Level 9

                    Take a look at this ARTICLE. The Destabilizer might be of use to you. Did not read the details, so I do not know program compatibility.

                     

                    Good luck,

                     

                    Hunt

                    • 7. Re: Looking for video effects
                      the_wine_snob Level 9

                      Here is a text ARTICLE on "shaky cam" footage.

                       

                      Might be worth a read,

                       

                      Hunt

                      • 8. Re: Looking for video effects
                        the_wine_snob Level 9

                        Here's a THREAD on the "Wiggler." I called it the "Jiggler." My bad. Sounds like a couple of villans from Batman.

                         

                        Good luck,

                         

                        Hunt

                        • 9. Re: Looking for video effects
                          Zac Lam Adobe Employee

                          For picture distortion, there's Digieffects Damage:

                          http://www.digieffects.com/product/damage

                          It does all kinds of analog and digital distortions.

                           

                          And for the shaky camera look, NewBlue's Motion Effects has an Active Camera effect:

                          http://www.newbluefx.com/motion-effects.html?vmcchk=1

                          • 10. Re: Looking for video effects
                            DC B. 09 Level 1

                            Thank you guys! I don't know what I would've done without you....

                            • 11. Re: Looking for video effects
                              PaulieDC Level 2

                              LOL! I popped on here to ask you guys where to go (Pr or AE) to pan across a still image, and this thread inadvertently gave me my answer. What a forum...

                               

                               

                               

                              This thread is definitely going into my OneNote vault, right next to Harm's BIOS settings for OCing.