Hey guys, I am sad to say that this is my last post on this blog as a student! I am graduating on June 16th and moving on up to college. It has been so much fun to write this blog about my adventures in photography and videography, but I have a really special final post planned for you guys today. In the next few minutes, you will learn how to make a chicken pop up from nowhere and how to solve a common issue in some footage. Both of these effects require a compositing software, I will be using Adobe Premiere Pro, and you will also need a camera to film, but a phone will suffice if that is all you have. Phone cameras are actually quite good compared to what they used to be. I might do a separate blog post on that topic at a later date on my own blog.
Let’s begin with making the chicken pop up. If you would like to see how you could implement this effect into a video, you can check out the “blindfolded fried chicken taste test challenge” in Episode 3 of the GF Current broadcast from this year. To do this effect, we will be using keyframes. Keyframes are a tool in Premiere Pro that tells a piece of your video what to do at certain times.
The first step, after creating a sequence and importing your footage, is to bring the item you want to animate over onto your timeline. Once it is on the timeline, you click on it and then go over to the top left side of the screen and find the “Effect Controls” panel. All of the aspects of your footage will be on this panel, and you can change them. We will be going into the “Motion” tab, and then changing the “Scale”. To create a keyframe, you will want to go to your timeline and find the frame that you want your effect to start at, and then go back to the “Effect Controls” panel and click on the little stopwatch next to the scale. By clicking this stopwatch, you have created your first keyframe. To make the item pop up, you will want to change the scale to 0% at your first keyframe. Then, move to the frame where you want your effect to end, and change the scale to what you want it to be. You do not even have to click the stopwatch again, if you did, it would delete the keyframes, you only have to change the scale and it automatically creates a keyframe.
Congratulations! You have just learned how to animate a chicken to pop up on the screen. Now that you know the basics of keyframes in Adobe Premiere Pro, you can animate almost anything. Now, I will cover an issue that I personally ran into when I was creating a short film for my senior project earlier this school year.
(Look for red dot)
When dirt gets into your camera’s sensor, you will start to notice some red dots on your footage. These can easily be fixed by taking your lens off and then putting the body cap on, and then selecting the “clean sensor” option in your cameras settings. But this next part will tell you what to do with your footage if you did not, or could not get rid of the dots.
When you import your footage and place it on your timeline, you will want to duplicate your footage and put it above the current layer. Then, with the top most video selected, you will want to go over to the “Effect Controls” panel and click on the “Opacity” line. Then you will want to select the pen tool on that line. This will allow you to create a mask on your footage. With the pen selected, move over to the window where you can see your video and us the pen tool to draw a mask around the dot in your footage. Try to make the mask as small as possible to make the effect more seamless. Once you have your mask drawn, you will want to go over to the opacity controls and lower the opacity to 0%. Then, you can click on the bottom layer of footage and move it around using the “Motion” line under “Effect Controls”. You can move the footage to the left, right, up, or down to replace the masked area with the footage underneath it. Move it to an area where the red dot is not. If something moves in front of the mask, then you will need to keyframe the location of the bottom footage to match the top footage.
I hope that this helped you in your filmmaking endeavors, and if you run into any issues or have any questions about any of these effects, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for reading over the past 2 years, and if you want to see more updates on my personal blog, you can head over to my website www.jay-trull.weebly.com.