7 Replies Latest reply on Nov 16, 2009 8:48 AM by the_wine_snob

    Is there a way to get a list of effects settings, esp. motion??

    fuaho Level 1

      I need a listing of the X & Y adjustments (made to the Motion Effect) of all the clips in a video track in the timeline, but I don't see any method to export that data.

       

      Premiere Pro CS4, v4.1 (not updating until this project is finished).

       

      Any of you Guru's have any ideas/experience with this??

       

      TIA,

        • 1. Re: Is there a way to get a list of effects settings, esp. motion??
          the_wine_snob Level 9

          Do they appear, if you Export and EDL? I've not tried this, as I usually just do an edit chart and write down the coordinates and other info, as I go. If the EDL does not work, maybe someone else has an idea. Will admit that I could have used such on a few Projects.

           

          Good luck,

           

          Hunt

          • 2. Re: Is there a way to get a list of effects settings, esp. motion??
            Jim_Simon Level 8

            I'm not aware of any way to export this information.

            • 3. Re: Is there a way to get a list of effects settings, esp. motion??
              fuaho Level 1

              Bill,

               

              No, there is nothing in the EDL except clip start/end and in/out info.

               

              Looking over an XML Export, it appears that there may be a way to obtain some of this data, but ...

               

              Oh yeah! That's right! There is no XML export from Pr "PRO."

               

              Just spent hours manually doing exactly what computers are supposed to be best at... 

              • 4. Re: Is there a way to get a list of effects settings, esp. motion??
                Colin Brougham Level 6

                Oh yeah! That's right! There is no XML export from Pr "PRO."

                Sure there is: your project file. All a Premiere project file (.prproj) is is an XML document by another name. Open one up (preferably, a copy of your original) in WordPad or a similar text editor, and search for "position". You'll find something fun like:

                <PointComponentParam ObjectID="22" ClassID="ca81d347-309b-44d2-acc7-1c572efb973c" Version="3">
                        <Node Version="1">
                            <Properties Version="1">
                                <ECP.PointParameter.Expanded>false</ECP.PointParameter.Expanded>
                                <Version>1</Version>
                            </Properties>
                        </Node>
                        <ParameterID>1</ParameterID>
                        <CurrentValue>0,0</CurrentValue>
                        <UnitsString></UnitsString>
                        <StartKeyframe>-91445760000000000,0.208333333333333340000000:0.208333333333333340000000,0 ,0,0.000000000000000000000000,0.000000000000000000000000,0.000000000000000000000000,0.0000 00000000000000000000,5,4,0.000000000000000000000000,0.000000000000000000000000,0.000000000 000000000000000,0.000000000000000000000000</StartKeyframe>
                        <ParameterControlType>6</ParameterControlType>
                        <DiscontinuousInterpolate>false</DiscontinuousInterpolate>
                        <IsLocked>false</IsLocked>
                        <IsTimeVarying>false</IsTimeVarying>
                        <Keyframes></Keyframes>
                        <Name>Position</Name>
                    </PointComponentParam>

                That <StartKeyframe> entry is position values! I did an experiment yesterday after reading this thread, just to see how position is represented in the project file, and that's it. Unfortunately, you have to do some math, because the position values aren't absolute but are represented relative to the horizontal and vertical dimensions of your sequence.

                 

                In the example above, I created a DV sequence and a simple 720x480 color matte. I plopped the color matte into the sequence and moved the position from the default (360,240) to (150,100). If you do the math on the information above, here's what you get:

                 

                720 * 0.208333333333333340000000 = 150.0000000000000048 (or, 150)

                480 * 0.208333333333333340000000 = 100.0000000000000032 (or, 100)

                 

                So, yes, the information is there, and I suppose if someone were crafty enough, they could write a program to parse this information and display it in some sort of cleanly readable format. Unfortunately, I ain't that crafty...

                • 5. Re: Is there a way to get a list of effects settings, esp. motion??
                  fuaho Level 1

                  @Colin:

                   

                  I'll do some investigating when I'm back on my system tonight, but you may have just provided the Rosetta Stone!

                   

                  If everything checks out, you get a double super "Atta Boy," two gold stars and a nomination into the SCPI Hall of Fame!

                   

                  Many thanks for your input!!! 

                  • 6. Re: Is there a way to get a list of effects settings, esp. motion??
                    Colin Brougham Level 6

                    You're welcome! If you can make use of the data, I'm glad to know it. Obviously, every bit of information about a project and its constituent footage is stored within the project file, so if one were to write an interpreter for that data, you could pull some pretty useful information out of it. Eddie Lotter had started this with his Premiere Pro Project Utility, but I think it's DOA.

                     

                    Good luck!

                    • 7. Re: Is there a way to get a list of effects settings, esp. motion??
                      the_wine_snob Level 9
                      Eddie Lotter had started this with his Premiere Pro Project Utility, but I think it's DOA.

                       

                      I've not heard anything from Eddie in a while. This forum misses his contributions in many ways, and here's wishing him the best.

                       

                      An XML parser would be great. I would think that Adobe could add one easily to the Goodies folder on the installation disc, but who knows?

                       

                      You beat me to the Project file, as an XML source. Now, if one could just easily extract some of that data.

                       

                      Good luck,

                       

                      Hunt