Preparing a project and applying an effect
Adjusting the effect settings
The controls and parameters of each plugin are displayed in the Effect Controls window. There are different control types:
Here are detailed explanations of the different controls:
Options at the top
left arrow at the top panel lets you hide or display the controls of
this plugin. If you click on the plugin name and press the Del key,
you can remove the plugin again. Clicking the Reset label resets all
control values to their initial state. The About button will display
information about the plugin.
Effect drop down menu
a drop down menu is present, you can use it for selecting different
effects that each plugin contains.
Some plugins will allow you to set a coordinate for influencing the effect. Please notice that sometimes you have to activate one or two check boxes to take for control of the way the coordinate controls the effect. These check boxes can be named "Circular", "Angulate" or "Radiate".
Clicking the cross button will let you place a coordinate on the preview window. Clicking the right of the button will let you manually enter coordinates. In After Effects you can also change the coordinate by dragging the symbol in the preview window to your preferred position.
There are be up to eight sliders for adjusting the filter effect. You can move the slider knob with the mouse, or you can enter numerical values by clicking on the value displayed in the middle above the slider.
Some plugins have up to three check boxes to activate alternative effect variations or a preview coordinate effect or apply a color effect.
on the colored box will display a color dialog for selecting a color.
Clicking on the eye dropper button lets you pick a color from the preview
3.1. Animating an effect in After Effects
key frames with different effect values lets you create animations.
Plugin Galaxy interpolates the value between the key frames to create
smooth animated effects.
Click on the stop watch icon left of the control name that you want to key frame (In older versions of After Effects it is necessary to hold down the Alt key and click on the control name). You can do that either in the In the Effect Controls panel or the composition window.
In the composition window move the current-time marker in the time line to a point in time where you want to add a key frame. Then change the control value in the Effect Controls panel (or the composition window itself) to set a key frame.
You can do the same at other positions in the time line or with other effect controls. Please consult the After Effects manual for learning more about key framing.
3.2. Animating an effect in Premiere Pro
Setting key frames for different effect controls lets you create animations. Plugin Galaxy interpolates the value between the key frames to create smooth animated effects.
First of all click on the stop watch icon left of a control name in the Effect Controls panel. Then click on the time ruler at the top of the Effect Control window to to set the position of the edit line. Adjust the control value to set the key frame.
Do the same again for creating more key frames. Please consult the Premiere manual for learning more about key framing.
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