In today’s era, the number of ways you can enhance and edit your videos and movies is endless. From color correction to title placement and of course the numerous effects available, editing movies and videos has never been more fantastic. As far as applications are concerned, we prefer to tackle these projects using programs like Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. Let’s take a look at some of the basic effects and color correction techniques you can employ using your movie editing software.
Effects of Motion
Most movie editing software comes instilled with stuff like distorting, rotating, cropping, and scaling. In applications such as Final Cut, it’s referred to as Motion, whereas in Premiere it’s called Effects Settings. All the user needs to do is load a section of the video you want to alter and press the correct tab button. Once this is done, options begin to appear, with a timeline next to it. Here on out, you can add any alterations you want to make.
Another great feature that can be used is the glory of animation. This can be done by adding key frames. Key frames enable the user to enhance the video with animation, allowing for basic actions like spinning around, getting bigger or maximizing or minimizing and more. All these effects may not be considered too spectacular but they’re great for doing simple things when editing.
Correction of Color
Color correction can be done using color correction filters. They’re usually built in filters that come with your application. Sometimes you may not find what you’re looking for in applications such as Final Cut Pro, so feel free to choose other alternatives available. However the price tag that comes with these aren’t too cheap so it’s best to experiment with built in filters before opting to buy other ones. Color correction should be used for two things. Either balance footage or convey emotions via unbalancing.
The mechanism behind color correction is actually quite simple. It is based on a color wheel, where representation of each color depicts a certain attribute. This can include your highlights, midtones and shadows. You can pick according to the need in your scene.
For example: use warmer colors to add emotions of warmth or get rid of colder colors in shadows by shifting the center of the wheel to the preferred side. This way, your movie editor can perform basic color correction in the simplest of manners.
Effects of Filter and Transition
Filter effects function to allow the user to alter the outlook of the movie or video scenes whereas transition effects function to allow transition of scenes. The basic difference between the two is that filters relate to a particular clip whereas transition relates to two difference clips. Filters allow you to edit images, customize size and shape, lace and interlace, and combine several clips in one. Transition effects in your movie editing software allow the user to basically cross dissolve one clip to the next.
Addition of Titles
These are simple to make in either of the applications. In the application of Final Cut, all you need to do is go near the user’s window and click on the little icon that says A. There’s a particular section for titles. Titles can be animated or customized. Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 has given a whole section to Title menu. All you need to do is click on it and create any title you want in the heading of Title Designer.
As stated previously, editing using movie editor has never been simpler. With the basic effects provided in your movie editing software, your imagination can run wild with unlimited ways to customize your movies and videos.