Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Premiere Pro Essentials: White Balance, Noise Reduction, Stabilization


  1. How to adjust white balance in Premiere Pro CC 2014.
    1. Select Effects panel > Video Effects > Color Correction > Fast Color Corrector.
    2. Drag Fast Color Corrector and drop onto the clip you want to white balance.
    3. Go to the Effects Control and look at the option for Fast Color Corrector.
      1. Pick the White Balance color picker.
      2. Click on a white object in the scene from the Program panel.
    4. Scroll down the Fast Color Corrector options.
      1. Pick the Black Level color picker.
      2. Click on the darkest object in the scene from the Program panel.
      3. Pick the White Level color picker.
      4. Click on the brightest object in the scene from the Program panel.
    5. If the result is not what you want, tweak the above values on another part of the clip.
  2. How to reduce background audio noise in Premiere Pro CC 2014.
    1. Select Effects panel > Audio Effects > DeNoiser.
    2. Drag DeNoiser and drop onto the clip you want to reduce background audio noise.
    3. Go to the Effects Control panel and look at the options for DeNoiser.
    4. Click on the Edit button under DeNoiser.
    5. Adjust the Reduction and the Offset values, while playing the video, till the noise is reduced.
    6. [To improve noise reduction further, reduce low frequencies, like the aircon hum.] 
    7. Select Effects panel > Audio Effects > Highpass.
    8. Drag Highpass and drop onto the clip you want to reduce background audio noise.
    9. Go to the Effects Control panel and look at the options for DeNoiser.
    10. Click on the Edit button under Highpass.
    11. Adjust Cutoff to 80Hz.
    12. The best solution is to right-click on the audio track and select Edit Clip in Adobe Audition.
    13. Then use Adobe Audition Noise Reduction function (shown in another tutorial).
  3. How to stabilise shaky footage in Premiere Pro CC 2014
    1. Go to Effects panel and select Video Effects > Distort > Warp Stabilizer.
    2. Drag and drop Warp Stabilizer on to the shaky footage clip in the Timeline.
    3. You will see a message "Analyzing in background (step 1 of 2)".  The analysis will and stabilisation will take a few minutes depending on the length of the clip.  
    4. In the mean time, you can continue to edit the rest of the video.
    5. You can also drop Warp Stabilizer onto another clip while the first one is still analysing.  Both will analyse independently. 
    6. In the Effects Control panel, under Warp Stabilizer, you can view the percentage of analysis done as well as the time remaining to complete.
    7. After analysis, you can change the setting.
      1. The default setting is great for a moving camera.
      2. If the camera is not moving and you want to make it seem like it was on a tripod, then change Stabilization > Result from Smooth Motion to No Motion.
  4. Creating time lapse effect.
    1. Go to the Tools panel and select Rate Stretch Tool (R).
    2. Place the cursor on the edge of the clip and drag inwards.
  5. Shortcut Assembling of raw footage into a sequence.
    1. In Project panel, hove over a clip to view and choose the in and out point.
    2. Press keyboard "I" to mark in point.
    3. Press keyboard "O" to mark out point.
    4. Click on the clip.
    5. Press keyboard "," to insert marked portion into the Timeline.
Adrian Lee