Friday, February 5, 2016

PE 14/14.1: Adjust Panels Properties Keyframing


fx Effects or Adjusts can be applied to a Premiere Elements Timeline clip and be present in the clip in either of two ways.
  • varying across the duration of the clip
  • remaining same across the duration of the clip
Keyframing is the technique used to vary the applied fx Effect or Adjust across the duration of the clip, and keyframing opportunities exist for many of the fx Effects and Adjusts.

Keyframable properties are found under Applied Effects Tab/Applied Effects Palette/and panels there for
.....Scale (width and height)
.....Anchor Point
.....Anti-flicker Filter
Most of the video and audio fx Effects applied from the workspace's fx Effects Tab)

Keyframable properties are also found under Adjust Tab/Adjustment Palette/ and panels there for
Color RGB
Gamma Correction 
Temperature and Tint

Keyframing of these properties can be done in a dedicated area in the Applied Effects panel or Adjust panel for the effect or adjust respectively or at the "rubberband"* at the Timeline level.

When keyframes for a property are created for one clip, those same property keyframes can be specifically reproduced for another clip on that Timeline by using a copy/paste between the property keyframes in the Show Keyframe Controls area of the two.

Note: The result of the same property keyframing for a clip can be applied to more than one Timeline clip at a time on that Timeline using a copy/paste effects and adjustment technique. But, in this case, the copy/paste effects and adjustment technique takes in other applied attributes of the clip along with the keyframes.


The basic principles involved in property keyframing for Adjust or fx Effect are found to be essentially the same...initiate keyframing and vary the property values with time across the duration of the clip.

Keyframing properties for an Adjust rather than an fx Effect were found to offer challenges not seen with keyframing properties associated with fx Effect.
  • Adjust situation where successful copy/paste placement of properties keyframes between Show Keyframe Controls areas for two different Timeline clips, but, in the second, losing the visibility icon and losing the presence of the property keyframe effect displaying for the second Timeline clip.
  • not being able to copy/paste the whole Adjust panel with its Show Keyframe Controls area for two different Timeline clips...but possible with fx Effect.

Using the Adjust Color Panel properties as example, Adjust property keyframing was reviewed and areas in the process were pointed to for successful completion of the task and associated steps. The Solution is in the details of the How To to follow.


Keyframing Color Properties Under Adjust Tab

STEPS 1, 2, 3, 4

Figure A.
1. Select Timeline clip.
2. Click the Adjust Tab
3. Select the Color Panel, and expanded it to reveal its properties - Hue, Lighting, Saturation, and Vibrance.
4. Click on the Show Keyframe Controls icon to open to the dual phase keyframing workspace.

STEPS 5, 6

Figure B.

5. With Timeline Indicator at 00;00;00;00, set the 0 time values for the properties: Hue, Lightness, Saturation, Vibrance.
6. Click on the Toggle Animation icon to activate the keyframing process. Clicking on Toggle Animation icon places a 0 time keyframe for each property in the Show Keyframe Controls area.


Figure C.

7. Move the Timeline Indicator (in Timeline or in Keyframe Controls area) to the right (1 second mark in this example). Adjust the property slider(s) to change the property value for each accordingly to achieve the color change wanted. The change of a property value places a 1 second keyframe for that property in the Show Keyframe Controls area.

Move the Timeline Indicator to the right (to 2 seconds mark in this example). Adjust the property slider(s) to change the property value for each accordingly to achieve the color changed wanted. In this example, at the 2 seconds time, only the Hue property was changed; consequently, only one Hue keyframe is seen at the 2 seconds mark in Show Keyframe Controls area.
Note: If maintaining the color look, rather than changing it, is wanted for one of the time intervals, then set a manual keyframe at the time mark advanced to. This is done by not adjusting the property sliders and just clicking on the diamond icon to the right of the advanced to's property value field.


The result of the property keyframing for one Timeline clip can be reproduced in another. Continuing with the example above.

For completed Color properties keyframed clip 1, right click in its Show Keyframe Controls area, from the drop down menu select Select All. Right click again in that area, select Copy. Close out of there.

Select Timeline clip 2, and go to its Color Panel expanded under the Adjust Tab.
IMPORTANT. Make sure that the Timeline Indicator is positioned to the beginning of Timeline clip 2 and that the middle thumbnail in the thumbnails above Auto Color Tab is clicked on once.
Right click the Show Keyframe Controls area there, and select Paste.

Alternatively, right click the completed Color properties keyframed clip1, select Copy. Then select all other Timeline clips that are to have this same Color "look".  Right click anywhere in the selection, and from the pop up menu select Paste Effects and Adjustments. In contrast to the other method in this STEP 8, this way will take in other attributes of the Timeline clip 1 besides keyframing.


Keyframes generated in the above process also are displayed as white dots in the rubberband of the Timeline clip and can be adjusted there by moving the white dots/keyframes with the mouse cursor. But, to adjust them, they must be seen. To get them seen instead of the default Opacity, right click the clip, select Show Clip Keyframes. In this example, choice of Color Panel added Vibrance and Color Balance (HLS) (Hue, Lightness, Saturation) to the existing choices of Motion (its options) and Opacity. Select which property's keyframes are wanted seen in the clip's rubberband.


Lots and lots to explore and experiments with. Try applying these principles to the Applied Effects properties as well as the Adjust properties. Explore other Premiere Elements properties keyframing opportunities

This continues to be a work in progress.

*Also see
** Work done using Premiere Elements 14/14.1 Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit and confirmed with Windows 10 Home 64 bit.