Wednesday, July 2, 2014

PE: Iris Heart Video Transition

INTRODUCTION

Premiere Elements from at least version 4 through 12 includes the same Iris video transitions. They are Box, Cross, Diamond, Points, Round, Shapes, and Star. These Iris video transitions are demo'd in a Premiere Elements 12 project in the following Demo 1 video.

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Demo 1. Premiere Elements 12 Iris Video Transitions
Box, Cross, Diamond, Points, Round, Shapes and Star.

ISSUE

A Premiere Elements 12 Windows user recently asked "Where do I get an Iris heart video transition for my Premiere Elements projects?"

SOLUTION

A homemade Iris heart transition* was created in Premiere Elements 12** using a Track Matte (created in Photoshop Elements 12), Track Matte keying, and keframing scale of the heart in the Track Matte. The Iris heart video transition created is demo'd in a Premiere Elements 12 project in the following Demo 2 video.


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Demo 2. Premiere Elements 12 Homemade Iris Heart Video Transition

Details for the Iris heart video transition creation are described next.

HOW TO

STEP 1
Preparation of the Track Matte in Photoshop Elements 12
In Photoshop Elements 12, a 1920 x 1080 document with a white heart shape centered on a transparent background was created and saved to computer hard drive as .png file.

STEP 2
Preparing to Setup Timeline Tracks to Display 6 Side by Side Jpeg Photos with Homemade Iris Heart Video Transition Between the Pairs 
All files had 5 second duration.


Timeline Segment 00;00;00;00 to 00;00;04;29

Video Track 3. Track Matte with Heart Shape (Scale keyframed)
The Motion Scale property of the Track Matte heart was keyframed from 0 to 499.6% across its 5 second duration.

and directly below

Video Track 2. Jpeg 1 with Track Matte Key applied.
In Applied Effects/Applied Effects Palette/Track Matte Panel expanded, the settings were
  • Matte: Video 3
  • Composite Using: Matte Alpha
  • Reverse: with check mark next to it
and directly below

Video Track 3. Jpeg 2 as is.

That takes care of the viewing of Jpeg 1 and 2 using the homemade Iris heart video transition, but what about the other 4 and the next four 5 seconds Timeline segments? The focus points for getting the task completed included
  • Copying and using the original Track Matte with Heart Shape (Scale keyframed) for subsequent Video 3 segments.
  • Applying Track Matte to each Jpegs placed on Video 2 in the subsequent segments.
  • In progressing from segment to segment, duplicating Video 1 Jpeg and placing the copy on Video 2 in the very next segment.
See Figure 1 for the details of project assets placement.

Figure 1. Track Set Up for Demo 2 Video.Premiere Elements 12 Displaying 6 Jpeg Photos Displaying With An Iris Heart Video Transition Between The Pairs.

 COMMENTARY

The homemade Iris heart video transition approach is track consuming and introduces file duplication to carry off the effect if more than 2 Jpegs are involved. But the total Timeline duration is 25 seconds with 6 Jpeg photos each with 5 second duration.

If an Iris heart video transition like the Adobe Iris collection were obtained from an online source, then one video track would be involved, but the total Timeline duration is 30 seconds with 6 Jpeg photo each with 5 second duration.

Note and the track set up for Demo 1 which showed the Adobe Iris Video Transitions.

Figure 2. Track Set For Demo 1 Video. Premiere Elements 12 Displaying 8 Jpeg Photos, Each Pair Displaying One Of The Seven Iris Video Transitions That Comes With Premiere Elements.


An Iris heart video transition from online source will be investigated in the near future and reported on in this blog post.




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* The idea for the homemade Iris heart video transition came from a reply in a  2010 thread found online.
**Premiere Elements 12 on Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit. But, the results are applicable to at least version 4 to 11 Windows as well.

Work in Progress

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