Exploring Digital Effects

When it comes to digital effects in video, more is not always better. Effects should always be used to enhance video storytelling, not distract from it. But professionals often spend a good portion of editing time in the post-production phase working with effects to realize a specific vision.

Here are a few tutorials that demonstrate commonly used effects that may help you polish your final video story edits:

Color Correction and Effects:
Color Correction Basics
Using the Three-Way Color Corrector
Keying for a “green screen” effect
How to remove any color with keying effects
Advanced: How to use Adobe SpeedGrade to apply film-quality presets

Graphics and Layers:
How to Layer Graphics, Clips and Backgrounds
How to Create a Logo Bug (transparent logo in corner of screen)
Using Adobe Illustrator to create graphics for video

Audio:
How to Apply Audio Effects
Tips and Settings for Faster Audio Editing in Premiere
How to use Audition to clean up audio in Premiere

Exploring Adobe After Effects

after-effectsAlthough Adobe Premiere comes with many options for effects, one of its strengths is working well with other Adobe programs for more advanced effects. Graphics from Illustrator and Photoshop can be easily integrated, and audio tracks from a video projects can be fine-tuned in Audition. Another advanced program is Adobe After Effects, which is used to create sophisticated titles, animations and motion graphics.

If you are interested in exploring After Effects, the program can be downloaded as a free trial just like the programs required for this course. Adobe’s introductory set of tutorials is a great place to start for understanding the software and how it can be used to create elements for video projects.