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quang huy
Set effects duration for every layer
on Mar 7, 2017 at 6:55:28 am

Hi everyone!
I have to add Gaussian Blur effect to the beginning of every single layer in the timeline. How can i set duration of the effect exactly 3 seconds for every layer?
I tried to create a preset with keyframes, but it does not work exactly for every layer.

Thanks for reading!


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Tero Ahlfors
Re: Set effects duration for every layer
on Mar 7, 2017 at 7:57:34 am

Use an adjustment layer for the blur. It will affect every layer under it.


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quang huy
Re: Set effects duration for every layer
on Mar 7, 2017 at 12:28:56 pm

[Tero Ahlfors] "Use an adjustment layer for the blur. It will affect every layer under it.
"

Thank you Tero Ahlfors!

Can you guide me in detail please?
I tried to do but the duration of effects was not exact.


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quang huy
Re: Set effects duration for every layer
on Mar 7, 2017 at 3:45:32 pm

[Tero Ahlfors] "Use an adjustment layer for the blur. It will affect every layer under it."

I tried adjustment layer but it seems unable to set effects duration to every single layer.


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Alex Udell
Re: Set effects duration for every layer
on Mar 7, 2017 at 3:50:58 pm

Add adjustment layer above all clips in sequence....

Add blur to adjustment layer....blur is controlled here.

you don't need blur on layers beneath it.

Alex Udell
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quang huy
Re: Set effects duration for every layer
on Mar 7, 2017 at 4:14:31 pm
Last Edited By quang huy on Mar 7, 2017 at 4:18:31 pm

I got it, but i want Blur effect at only 3 first seconds of every clip, not whole clip.
How to do it sir?

I tried with keyframes before but it didn't work correctly, the effects duration is not exactly 3 seconds for some clips.
T got stuck there for days. Please help!!!


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Set effects duration for every layer
on Mar 7, 2017 at 4:42:15 pm

This sounds like a speed change on some clips or a frame rate mismatch somewhere in the project. You should check for those. If you find them, you need to solve them before you blur.

Dave LaRonde
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KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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quang huy
Re: Set effects duration for every layer
on Mar 7, 2017 at 5:05:36 pm

Thanks Dave!
But i think there's no problems with my project, i removed attributes.
The position of keyframe is scaled with the length of the clip. I dont know how to remove that scale.

I want to add a 3 secs blur effect at the beginning of every single clip (i have hundreds clips). How can i do that in the fast way?


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Alex Udell
Re: Set effects duration for every layer
on Mar 7, 2017 at 5:09:50 pm

ok...

so you have sequential clips:

CLIP 1, CLIP 2, CLIP 3


on each clip you want 3 sec blur?

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quang huy
Re: Set effects duration for every layer
on Mar 7, 2017 at 5:26:58 pm

Yes sir!
I have too many clips and i want 3 sec blur at the beginning of each clip. I had to create keyframe manually for each clip before :(


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Alex Udell
Re: Set effects duration for every layer
on Mar 7, 2017 at 6:24:16 pm

set up 3 sec blur you like on the first clip.


then copy that clip

select others...


"paste attributes"

and choose the attributes you want to paste from the copied clip

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quang huy
Re: Set effects duration for every layer
on Mar 7, 2017 at 6:36:08 pm

[Alex Udell] "set up 3 sec blur you like on the first clip.


then copy that clip

select others...


"paste attributes"

and choose the attributes you want to paste from the copied clip"


Thanks Alex!
But it does not work. Attributes in the longer clips show longer blur not 3 sec anymore.


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Alex Udell
Re: Set effects duration for every layer
on Mar 7, 2017 at 7:16:35 pm

when you paste attributes...

make sure you deselect "Scale attributes time"

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Jamie Pickell
Re: Set effects duration for every layer
on Mar 7, 2017 at 5:35:57 pm

I think you're confusing terminology which is leading to some misunderstanding on everyone else's part. Reading through the thread I think I know what you're trying to do. Let's see if I've got this straight:

You have a series of edits on your timeline (which I think you've also referred to as layers probably because you've checker-boarded your edits on multiple video layers). You want each edit (or shot, or clip) to start with a 3 second Gaussian Blur that you will keyframe in some fashion (probably fading it off). You have many edits (hundreds as you say). Is this correct?

If so, the first answer regarding the use of an adjustment layer is correct. Here are the steps to use to make the effect for each edit.
1. Create a new video layer that has no other video clips on it.
2. Create an adjustment layer and place it on the new video layer.
3. Adjust the length of the adjustment layer so that it is 3 seconds long.
4. Add the Gaussian blur to this adjustment layer and add the keyframes you want to it.
5. If you have audio on your timeline, make sure you de-select all the audio tracks (if they're active, they'll be colored blue, if not active, they'll be gray).
6. Make sure you have Snap turned on (it's the u shaped magnet on the time line just below the timecode)
7. Place the adjustment layer with the effect at the start of the first video clip you want to effect.
8. Select the adjustment layer clip with the Arrow tool and hold down the Option key (Alt key on Windows) and drag to til your cursor snaps to the next edit point. This will create a copy of the adjustment layer and place it over your next video clip.
9. Repeat step 8 until finished.

Hope that helps.

Jamie



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quang huy
Re: Set effects duration for every layer
on Mar 7, 2017 at 6:03:05 pm
Last Edited By quang huy on Mar 7, 2017 at 6:03:26 pm

Hi Jamie!
You understood exactly my problem and helped me too much. Thank you very much!!
But i have like 30 clips in my timeline, so have i repeat step (8) 30 times? I wonder if there is a fast way with Presets or something...?


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Jamie Pickell
Re: Set effects duration for every layer
on Mar 7, 2017 at 6:27:34 pm

Glad I could help.

The only way I can see to speed up your process is if all your clips are the same length (duration). If that's the case, you could do Step 8 (from above) say 5 times, then select all those adjustment layers, copy them, and then paste them at the next edit point where you need your adjustment layer. Just make sure only the video layer with the adjustment layer is the active video layer otherwise your pasted clips will go on whatever is the lowest active video layer.

If your clips (edits) have differing lengths (durations) then, you will just have to repeat Step 8 for every edit. That being said, 30 edits is not a lot. I had the impression based on your previous post that you had hundreds of edits. ☺

Jamie



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quang huy
Re: Set effects duration for every layer
on Mar 7, 2017 at 6:45:46 pm
Last Edited By quang huy on Mar 7, 2017 at 6:47:55 pm

Thanks Jamie! 30 edits are not too much but i have to edit many projects with thousands of clips. So i'm afraid of editing them manually.
If they have same length i could use Preset with keyframes and apply the whole timeline easily. Unfortunately, they dont :(


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quang huy
Re: Set effects duration for every layer
on Mar 8, 2017 at 4:31:25 am

I gave up. Dont know why isn's there a function to do this stuff...


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Alex Udell
Re: Set effects duration for every layer
on Mar 8, 2017 at 3:58:55 pm

We're obviously missing something abot what you are trying to do...

I just did this with copy/paste attrributes...

and the effect duration per clip was exactly the same on both clips....even though the clips themselves have different lengths....

1) created key frame effect on first clip....
2) in sequence select that clip... copy
3) select 1 or more destination clips....
4) paste attributes...(double checked that "SCALE ATTRIBUTES TIME" is not checked)

done....

confirmed...keyframes have not been scaled over time and are the same duration for all clips....

Alex Udell
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quang huy
Re: Set effects duration for every layer
on Mar 10, 2017 at 2:07:30 am

Oh my cow. It worked.
Something wrong happened with my PR and i cant open titles window, so i've reinstalled it. I realized the keyframes work exactly now.

Thank you so much Alex. You are amazing!


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