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Part 2: How To Make Your Own Filters for Adobe Premiere

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Now that you've opened that up, you're looking at your filter's interface. It doesn't have all of your settings listed, but they're there. You should see a rectangular box, some sliders and a "Cancel" and "OK" button. From this point on, any changes you make to this window will be made to your actual filter.

The basic Premiere Filter Factory filter interface, as seen in ResEdit.

The first thing I did to my filter was to make its interface bigger. To accomplish this, just stretch the window. You'll notice that your interface elements don't change. To move them, just select them and drag them. (You can select all, move an individual item or drag a marquee around multiple items.)

The second thing I did was to increase the size of my preview window. This is easy. The preview window is that gray box on the right of the window. This is the area that will give the user a preview of your filter's effect as he or she adjusts your sliders. In its default form, this thing is just too tiny to be of any use. I'm going to make mine 400 x 300. Make sure you use an aspect ratio that will fit the video format you're going to be working in primarily.

To alter the size of the preview window, just select it and drag it by its bottom right corner, just as you would resize any window. Make it any size you want. From my perspective, the bigger the better. If you want to be exact about it, open up the preview window by double clicking on it. You will see four numbers indicating the top, bottom, right and left positions of the box. To make the preview 400 x 300, just add 300 to the "Top" number and place the result in the "Bottom" field. Then take the "Left" number and add 400, placing the result in the "Right" field. (See below.)

Manually resizing the preview window.

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Now that you've changed the size and position of your preview window, you probably also want to change to position of your sliders and text. Again, just select them and drag them where you want them to be.

Changes I made to my filter in ResEdit.

While we're on the topic, you've probably noticed one of the problems with Filter Factory, namely that the text next to your sliders gets cut off. To rectify this situation, just grab one of your text boxes there and stretch it out. (You can also just double-click on the text box and enter a numeric value for the width of the text box. (Use the number labeled "Right," as seen highlighted below, and enter in a larger value. This is actually the position of the right side of the text box, not its width, so the number will change if you reposition the text box later.)

All right. So now you're happy with the position and size of your text and preview window. All that's left is to paste in your graphic. So just type Command-V to paste it. Then position it wherever you want. You can paste in any number of graphics here, assuming ResEdit has been given enough memory to handle them. If not, you'll need to quit ResEdit and assign more memory to it, as described above. (You'll know if you haven't given it enough memory by the fact that your graphics are not being pasted in.)

The final filter, graphics and all, as seen in use in Adobe Premiere. The larger
preview window makes it a lot more valuable as a tool, and the added
graphics give it a visual touch that let's your colleagues know
you write your own software.

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If your new graphics cover up your functional interface elements, just move them into a better position. You can arrange these elements over your graphics, but the results can be iffy. To do so, just cut the elements using Command-X, and then paste them back in. When you paste them back in, they automatically more to the top of the layer order. Sometimes this works, and sometimes it doesn't. You won't know until you try out your filter. Whatever you do, don't cut all of the elements at once. This seems to confuse ResEdit and causes it to reassign functionality to each element. (For example, your preview window might become the "OK" button, even though it still looks like the preview window. I learned this the hard way.)

When you're all done laying out your interface, save your file and quit ResEdit. Now move your redesigned filter into the Premiere Plug-Ins folder and test it out. (Of course, you'll need to quit and relaunch Premiere to load your new filter.) Voila! You now have your very own customized filter. (If things didn't work out, you can either open the same file in ResEdit and make changes or start from scratch with a fresh duplicate of your filter.)

Next week we'll get back into the Filter Factory and look at some more complex functions for creating filter effects.

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