The focus is the Premiere Elements 11 though 14/14.1 workspace Applied Effects Palette and how the order (top to bottom) of its applied effects panels affects what the overall effect will look like.
By default, the Applied Effects Palette for a selected Timeline clip contains two panels, Motion and Opacity. Typically these are referred to as Fixed Effects. When a fx Effect is applied to a Timeline clip, a panel for that fx Effect is added to the Applied Effects Palette. Typically these added fx Effects are referred to as Standard Effects.
Some relevant Adobe facts...
- The order (top to bottom) of added Standard fx Effects to the Applied Effects Palette can affect what the overall effect will look like.
- Motion and Opacity Fixed Effects are rendered by the program after the Standard Effects.
- The order of the Standard Effects panels in the Applied Effects Palette can be changed by click and drag of panel; whereas, the order of the Motion and Opacity Fixed Effects cannot.
- When it matters, Adobe suggests substituting fx Effects (Standard Effects) Transform for Motion (Fixed Effect) and Alpha Adjust (Standard Effects) for Opacity (Fixed Effect).
Applied Effect Palette Panel Reordering
When video fx Effects are applied to a Timeline clip, the panels for each are seen below the Motion and Opacity Panels and are in the order of their application to the clip. But, their order in the Applied Effects Palette can be changed with a click and drag of panel. The change in order can affect what the overall effect looks like, subtly or more dramatically.
Note the differences between order Sharpen, HSL Tuner, Split Tone versus order Sharpen, Split Tone, HSL Tuner and the resulting overall look for the image.
|Figure 1. Applied Effects Palette Order Sharpen, HSL Tuner, Split Tone. Same As Figure 2 Except For HSL Tuner And Split Tone Panel Ordering.|
|Figure 2. Applied Effects Palette Order Sharpen, Split Tone, HSL Tuner. Same As Figure 1 Except for HSL Tuner And Split Tone Panel Ordering.|
Using Standard fx Effects As Substitutes for Motion and Opacity Panels (Fixed Effects) in Order to Change Motion and Opacity Rendering Order
Transform for Motion Panel
(Transform found in Premiere Elements 14/14.1 fx Effects/Video/Distort/Transform)
Motion Panel (Fixed Effect)
Transform Panel (Standard Effect)
Alpha Adjust* for Opacity
(Alpha Adjust found in Premiere Elements 14/14.1 fx Effects/Video/Keying/Alpha Adjust)
Opacity Panel (Fixed Effect)
Alpha Adjust* (Standard Effect)
With regard to the Applied Effects Tab/Applied Effects Palette/, it appears that the rendering order for the fx Effects is related to the its panel order
- Standard fx video Effects in the order of their top to bottom panel arrangements, then
- Standard fx audio Effects in the order of their top to bottom panel arrangements, then
- Fixed Effects of Motion and Opacity
What is not understood at this time is the relationship of the Adjustment Palette panels (Adjust Tab/Adjustment Palette) to this matter of Rendering Order in the Applied Effects Palette. In Premiere Elements 14/14.1, the Adjustment Palette's "Fixed" panels there are Smart Fix, Shake Reduction, Auto Smart Tone, Color, Color (RGB), Gamma Correction, Lighting, Temperature and Tint, Volume, Balance, Treble, Bass, and Audio Gain. None of these panels were found to be movable.
The open question for now is does it matter if Adjustments Palette adjusts are made before applying fx Effects which present in the Applied Effects Palette. Attempts to answer this question seem to suggest that it does not make a difference - Adjusts first, fx Effects second or fx Effects first, Adjusts second. Work in progress.
* For Alpha Adjust, please see earlier blog post "PE: Alpha Adjust, What is it?"