3 Replies Latest reply on Oct 25, 2011 6:55 AM by Colin Brougham

    Applying effects to multiple clips or an entire sequence on a separate video track

    JoeGill1205

      I'm looking for an easy way to apply effects on a separate video track.  In AVID I would just drag and drop the effect preset onto a blank layer.  Or if I wanted the clip to affect just a few clips, I would add two edits (similar to razor blade) on a separate video track and drag the effect preset between those edit points.  Is there a way to do this in Premiere Pro?  Running CS 5.0.4.  Thanks for the help!

        • 1. Re: Applying effects to multiple clips or an entire sequence on a separate video track
          Colin Brougham Level 6

          Nest those clips into a new sequence (you can select them, right-click/Cmd-click, select Nest) and then apply the effects to the nested sequence. Think of it as Collapsing in Avid...

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          • 2. Re: Applying effects to multiple clips or an entire sequence on a separate video track
            JoeGill1205 Level 1

            What if I want to apply an effect to just a portion of two clips to create a transition and then copy and paste that effect/transition to use on multiple edit points without having to keyframe the effect each time?  For example, in AVID if I want to create a nice white flash that is more organic than the traditional cross dissolve to a white frame and back, I would apply a glow effect to a separate video layer that spans the edit point.  For an 8 frame transition I would begin the effect 4 frames before the edit, then key frame the glow intensity from 0-100% over 4 frames and back to 0% 4 frames later.

             

            I have worked mostly in AVID in the passed, but am trying to get a better handle on Premiere Pro because of its comprehensive integration with After Effects.  I appreciate all of the help.

            • 3. Re: Applying effects to multiple clips or an entire sequence on a separate video track
              Colin Brougham Level 6

              Well, depending on what you want to do, you might actually be able to use a clip instance of one sort or another.

               

              One option is Transparent Video (File > New > Transparent Video); by itself, Trans. Video doesn't do anything, but some effects can be applied to it and will generate an output. This doesn't work with all effects, so you'll have to experiment. Check here for more: Create a transparent video clip

               

              Another option would be to use a Color Matte (File > New > Color Matte) or Black Video (File > New > Black Video) clip. These do have an effect by themselves, so you could apply any effect you wanted to them, and then possibly use a Blending Mode to apply it. Black Video is common for this purpose, with something like the Add mode. Again, not perfect, but it will depend on the effect you're trying to achieve.

               

              Unfortunately, we don't have anything like AE's adjustment layers in Premiere Pro. That would solve your problem, quickly.