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For all you Final Cut Pro users here is our list of the top 10 video editing shortcut keys you need to know. And for you Adobe Premiere users, we have an extra bonus for you at the bottom.
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Are you looking to add some flashy special effects to your project, but don’t exactly have the Hollywood budget? Alpha channel footage may be your answer! By using video footage with a translucent layer, you can add explosions, underwater effects and more just by laying an alpha channel on top of your footage. Here’s how you can use an alpha channel clip in Adobe Premiere:
(Want to try this out for yourself? Here is a free alpha channel clip for you to download!)
1. Import your footage and the lower third template into Adobe Premiere (File>Import)
2. Place your footage on Video Track 1.
3. Place the video clip with an alpha channel on Video Track 2 directly above your footage. When you scrub over the footage, you should see the alpha channel footage on top of your footage.
4. Now you can play around with the alpha channel clip to get the effect you want. You can make sure it times up with your project correctly, make it bigger or smaller, faster or slower. Get creative!
5. Depending on the effect you’re using, you may want to add a cross dissolve at the beginning and end of your alpha channel so it transitions in and out of your video more smoothly. (Effects>Video Transitions>Dissolve>Cross Dissolve)
6. Save your project.
7. Render your project.
8. Save your project.
That’s all you have to do! Simply layering an alpha channel clip on top of your project will add some stunning special effects to your work.
Want to keep practicing? Download this free alpha channel footage!
Using a lower third graphic is a great way to add titles and text to your video. Most editing software has some type of title tool generator that will allow you to make the graphics during the video editing process, but sometimes this tool can be very limiting and will not produce the best quality graphics.