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Step 5: Adding the Beam of Shimmering Light

If you play or scrub the CTI through the Timeline, you should see the hologram appear at the actor's command. However, the effect really requires a beam of shimmering light over the hologram, to look like more than simply a picture-in-picture on your video.

was created in a previous Premiere Elements tutorial, but you can use any of the alternative "Replicator/Transporter" beams that are available for download on the Internet.

Task: Add the Beam of Shimmering Light effect by following these steps:

  1. Return the CTI to the start of the Timeline by pressing the Page Up key on your keyboard; then move the CTI to the first marker by holding down Ctrl and pressing the right-arrow key on your keyboard
  2. If it isn't already displayed, click the Edit tab to display the Edit Workspace, and then click the Project button to display the Media view.
  3. Drag your Beam of Shimmering Light or transporter beam effect from the Media panel and drop it onto the Beam track. Make sure that the start of the clip is in line with the first marker (see Figure 15).
  4. Drag the end of the Beam clip to the second marker (see Figure 16).
  5. Return the CTI to the first marker. Click the Beam clip to select it, and then open the Properties pane by clicking the Properties button.
  6. Make sure that the CTI is at the first marker, and dial down the Opacity parameters by clicking the small triangle. Reduce the Opacity to somewhere between 25% and 50%.
  7. Dial down the Motion parameters; then alter Scale and Position until the beam is roughly the same size as the hologram, and located in the same place. Turn off the Constrain Proportions checkbox to allow the beam to extend above the frame of the Monitor panel (see Figure 17).
  8. Return to the Effects view and type Blur into the text field. Then add the Gaussian Blur to the beam of light and set the value to 10.
  9. To allow the beam to fade in more subtly, right-click the Shimmering Light clip and select Fade > Fade In Video (see Figure 18). Right-click the Beam clip and select Fade > Fade Out Video.
  10. Repeat step 9, but this time select the Hologram clip and use Fade > Fade In Audio and Video; then repeat to use Fade > Fade Out Audio and Video. When you're finished, the orange opacity line on both the Shimmering Light clip and the Hologram clip should look something like Figure 19.
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