Video Editing: Make ANY VIDEO look LIKE A MOVIE in Premiere Pro | Erik Aleynikov | Skillshare

Video Editing: Make ANY VIDEO look LIKE A MOVIE in Premiere Pro

Erik Aleynikov, FIlmmaker

Video Editing: Make ANY VIDEO look LIKE A MOVIE in Premiere Pro

Erik Aleynikov, FIlmmaker

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7 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. What you'll learn

    • 2. All about anamorphic lenses

    • 3. Cinematic Color Grading + GIFT

    • 4. Cinematic Aspect Ratio

    • 5. Cinematic Chromatic Aberrations

    • 6. Cinematic Optics Distrortion

    • 7. BONUS tip + Conclusion

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About This Class

In this class you will learn how to make any video look like a movie using special techniques in Adobe Premiere Pro.

We will talk about:

1. Anamorphic lenses and how to fake them in Premiere Pro
2. Cinematic Aspect Ratio
3. Cinematic Color Grading ( You'll get three cinematic luts for FREE)
4. Using Chromatic Aberrations to make your videos look like movies
5. Using Optics Distortion to make your videos look like movies 

DOWNLOAD FREE LUTs (Cinematic Color Presets): HERE


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Erik Aleynikov



In 10 years of making videos I managed to work with companies like Red Bull, GoPro, Dubai Government, Dubai Airports, Plastic Oceans and many more. In 2019 I shot my first feature-length documentary about a world record swim and plastic pollution.

I keep making commercials for big brands all around the world with true love and passion.

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1. What you'll learn: Today, we're gonna learn how to certain video that looks like this into this. Hi, my name is Eric. I'm a full time filmmaker doing feature length films and commercials for big brands. Let's dive into the secrets of how you can achieve so called cinematic effect for your videos. First, we need to understand what the cinematic video means because there are different aspects when it comes to cinematic image lighting, camera settings, movement and those composition and so on. But today we're going to focus on something special anamorphic lenses and how to fake them in Premiere Pro to make your videos look like real movies. 2. All about anamorphic lenses: before we start, let me explain you what an anamorphic lens is and what side effects it has. Basically, all you need to know about anamorphic lenses is that they're often used when filming movies to create a very special look and the morphing lenses compressed video horizontally. And then you need to squeeze the video in post to make it look normal again. That's why videos shot on anamorphic lenses have a wider aspect ratio instead of a traditional 16 by nine. And the more for glances also caused a very interesting distortion. If you look at this image here, you can see that the wall here is not straight. It's a little bit curved. Same thing the wolves are curved here. The building is curved. These lines are supposed to be straight in real life, but they're not creating this three d effect. So here the window frame is curved and so you can see that the images not only curved to decides right here, it also applies to the top and bottom. So, yeah, here he can see a very clear example of the distortion. Everything is curved. This is just a screenshot from Eminem's music video not afraid, and you can see that the edge of the building gets curved. The buildings here are curved. Same here. Another side of fact that anamorphic lenses create is chromatic aberrations. So if I zoom in here, you can see that between the bright part of the image and the dark port, there is like a little red line right here. You see, same applies here like little red Line here and also blue line here. Someone's have very strong chromatic aberrations. Someone's have very self, a chromatic aberrations. Now that you know how everything works. In theory, let's go to premiere Pro and do some real magic there. 3. Cinematic Color Grading + GIFT: All right, let's get started. We're going to try and recreate in this image here, and this is a perfect example of using anamorphic lenses to create so called cinematic effect. So let's choose a clip we're gonna work with, for example, this one and I'm just gonna drag it to my timeline like this. And as you can see, this is just a shot off a girl walking straight. And this shot does not look cinematic. It's all so we're gonna try and fix that. So the first thing I want to do is I want to fix the white balance because, as you can see, it's a little bit off because our images yellow. So let's go to a color tab here on top. Click here and here's a little tip from me. If you choose this tool right here and then you click on something great or white, the white balance is going to be fixed automatically. So I know that this will was great. So I'm just gonna click here, and boom Premier did its job automatically. And as you can see, this is the before and after. So right now we have the image that looks normal and it looks balanced. Next, I'm going to stabilize my footage because, as you can see, it's a little bit shaky. And I wanted to be a little bit smoother, but first I need to select the best moment that I want to use. So, for example, from here I get rid of the rest to, like, here and again, I'm going to get rid of the rest of the clip. So right now we have about five seconds of clip. I'm just gonna drag it to the very beginning of our timeline. And now I'm gonna go to effect step right here and type work. Andi, here is our warp stabilizer. I'm just gonna drag it and drop it to my clip. Then I go to effect controls and we can see that our clip is being analyzed now and then is going to be stabilized. Our footage is not very shaky, so I don't need it to be stabilized heavily. So instead of 50% of civilization, I'm just gonna change it to, like, 15%. This is going to be enough. If you're shot is very shaky. For example, it was handheld while you were running, then you want to play with this percentage and maybe, ah, make it. I don't know, 50% 60%. But for now, 15% is going to be fine from your finish stabilizing audio clip and let's see how it looks . Now. Everything is smooth and let's have a look at how it was before. I'm gonna turn off all of the effects and you can see that it's yellow on shaky, so we're doing a good job so far. Let's move on to creating our anamorphic look. So let's go to our Ben on Select New Item Here and adjustment layer. Click OK and dragged the adjustment layer and buff our clip. Make it a little bit longer like that, and an adjustment layer is basically a layer that you can apply some effects to, and everything that's below the adjustment layer will be affected. So, for example, if I changed the color off our adjustment layer, I will make it a bit more green. For example, our clip is going to be affected as well and what's cool in that? I can add one more clip below our adjustment layer and it will be affected as well, So if I need hundreds of clips to be green, I don't need to go through each of them and make them green. Aiken, just at adjustment. Layer on top and everything is going to be affected so you can see that the adjustment layer finishes right hair, and as soon as we pass it, everything goes back to normal. Okay, let's delete our green tint. And let's delete this clip for now and get back to our original clip. One more thing that will help us make our footage looks cinematic as color. Look up tables or lots. A lot is basically a color precept that you can apply to your footage. Especially for you. I've created three lots, which you can download and use them for free to make your footage look amazing and cinematic. So let's elect our adjustment layer because from now all the work and I apply our effects and color grading to the adjustment layer and then go with you creative right here, and we're gonna apply one of the lutz that I've created for you. Then click here, browse and choose one of the lots right here, for example, this one and straight away. You can see that our image changed dramatically, and now it looks away. Better. Just have a look, and this is how it looked before and after. And as we applied our lots to the adjustment later again, everything that will be below our adjustment layer will be affected. So, for example, this clip here it's effective straight away. So let me turn off the adjustment layer and turn it back home. We can see that the look up table is applied to it as well, because again it stands below. Let's delayed it for now and now Let's do some real magic and recreate this look right here because right now is you can see our image looks better than it used to, but it's still not the same. It's not what we want. 4. Cinematic Aspect Ratio: So usually when people want to recreate the cinematic look, they just put black bars on top and bottom off their video. There are two ways how to do it. The first way is to change the actual aspect ratio off your sequence. So let's go to sequence sequin settings. Andi, if you shoot four hz, you should put 19 to 0 here and 816 here. In my case, I should. And four K. That's why I have to put here 3840 1632 breasts. Okay. And OK, one more time. And now we can see that the aspect ratio off our image has changed. And straight away, our video looks away more cinematic. And now I'm going to show you the second way how to add the famous black bars at the top and bottom of your video. So first, let's undo what we've done. I pressed control that, and now we're back to normal aspect ratio. Then let's select our adjustment layer, go to effects and let's type crop here, drag the crop effect our adjustment layer and now we can see that we have our crop effect here in effect controls. So what we want to do is we want to own type 12% of the top right here and 12% of the bottom. And now, as you can see, we have the same thing. We have the so called cinematic aspect ratio. 5. Cinematic Chromatic Aberrations: Like I said before, One of the side effects off using anamorphic lenses is chromatic aberrations. Let me just add our reference picture here. Right Click on said to frame size. So just the reminder. Chromatic aberrations is this red color hair. You can usually see it at the very contrast in parts of the image. So this is dark. This is bright. And in between you can see the the chromatic aberration. Same thing here, red color and some some blue color. Here again, contrast support of the image and we can see the side effect. So we want to recreate in here. So let's elect our adjustment layer, go to effects and type the are crumb chromatic aberrations. So if you just type here, you're going to see and drag it to our adjustment layer. And now what we have is this. This is not what we need. So we're gonna fix that go to effect controls and you can see that here we have our VR chromatic aberrations here and less drag it on top off our crop effect. This is very important. So now let's change some of the specs here. So first, what we want to do is we want to take this box here full off. Invert Now it got better, but it's just wrong. Several Let's change their red aberration to minus one and blue aberration to one, so it's not really visible. But if I zoom it in just like that and I find a contrast, it board here. Yeah, here we can clearly see the difference. So this is without this is with. So look here, the red color, and here we can see the blue color here, red color again. So off on off on. It's not easy to see this little effect, but it's very important for your brain, because when your brain season image, it reads it as something cinematic, and this little details are very important. 6. Cinematic Optics Distrortion: The next step is very important when it comes to the anamorphic Look like explained you before when they use anamorphic lenses in cinema. The anamorphic lenses create this around a defect, so no lines are straight. So is it. Can see here, here, here. So the wall is not straight. It's a little bit round. It has some curve, same here. And this is a very good example because we can see and grit here on the wall, and we can clearly see that the lines are curved. So this is supposed to be a horizontal line, and it goes like this. Same goes to vertical line. It's not straight is curved, so let's try and recreate this. So I have a picture of a great right here for you. I'm just gonna drag it to my timeline, make it full screen, and I'm using a picture of a grid so that it's easier for you to see the difference off our next effect. So let's go to effects and type lens distortion, and we can basically pick any of the suggested effects, lets you speak the 1st 1 and drag it to our adjustment layer, then go to effect controls, and now we have to put our lens, distortion effect and buff crop. So basically, crop effect always has to be at the very bottom, off off our effects. And now let's change some settings off our less distortion effect. So let's change the first setting curvature to let's a nine and make sure that everything else is set to zero. Now we're going to see that our grit is not straight anymore. It has this curve right here, so the hurries owns. A line is rounded and vertical lines around it as well, and this is what we needed to recreate anamorphic effect. But we have one problem here. As you can see, there is white color at the sides off our video on Let's Fix That. So let's go. Gee, effects type, transform and drag transform effect to our adjustment layer. Then again, we have to make sure that our transform effect is above crop effect. And then let's select scale and type 109 here now, wisdom then, and we don't see the white color anymore. So right now we can clearly see the difference. We have the curvature that we need, and if we look at our original video now we can finally see that we have the rounded edges . So, for example, have a look at this wall here. It's not straight line anymore is rounded. Same goes to to the floor. Look here. This horizontal line that's supposed to be straight is rounded. Same applies to the ceiling and to the to the whole image in general. So this is the before any of our effects. And after look at this huge difference in our image and oldest literal effects working together create the cinematic feeling. So now let's compare our referenced shot here with Eminem standing on the roof so we can see that the edge of the building is curved. The buildings here are curved on. We also see that there are some chromatic aberrations here, right? The same applies to our image. We have everything the same. Here. We have oldest details in place that create the cinematic effect again great color correction, chromatic aberration and the curved Pagis of the image. And the best part about using adjustment layer. Like I said before Now, when we put any clips below our adjustment layer, for example, I don't know, Let's big this one. Let's go to basic correction. First on where he's used the highlights just a bit. And now look at the and the image. Here we have everything applied here straight away, the curve building, the curve pool, nice color correction and chromatic aberrations as well. So So he fights them in. You can see here, for example, looking at this poll that we have chromatic aberrations, See everywhere. So this little effects again great the cinematic feeling. 7. BONUS tip + Conclusion: So just like that, in a couple of minutes, you can create a cinematic effect and apply it to all of your images to completely change the look and improve dramatically. So just one more time. So here is the before not cinematic a toll. And here is after before, after and our original shot. This is before after on day, one more tip for you Just save even more time is to select adjustment layer, hold control and select each of our effects. Then right, click, save preset and name it for example anamorphic click. OK, and now let's delete off our effects. Delete. So now we have our original image here. And if you go to effects, go to presets. You can see our anamorphic recent here Just drag. It's you adjustment layer and you're done just like that. In one second, you can create your cinematic image. Now you know how to make any video look like a movie. So now it's time for you to go and do everything yourself. Thanks for watching, and I'll see you soon