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Workshop

Review the questions and answers in this section to try to sharpen your Premiere editing tricks. Also, take a few moments to tackle my short quiz and the exercises.

Q&A

Q1:I used an image matte to highlight a portion of a clip. I wanted the highlighted portion to be in a soft focus, but it's in sharp focus and the rest of the clip is blurred. Why?
A1: You need to use the Reverse Key option in the Transparency Settings dialog box. The black portion of your matte is transparent and is letting the clip on Video 1 show through. Selecting Reverse Key makes the black area opaque and the white regions transparent, thus creating the desired effect.
Q2:I made a virtual clip, changed its settings, and then moved the original clip to a new location. Now the virtual clip looks different. What's up?
A2: Virtual clips reflect the current status of their original clip. If you change that original clip in any way, it will show up in all instances of that clip's virtual clips. That's why it's a good idea to create and keep the original clip in some unused portion of your timeline to keep it out of mischief.


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