How to Make a Transparent Video Using Adobe Premiere Pro CS3

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Adobe Premiere Pro CS3 allows you to edit digital video on your computer. During the editing process, you can apply various effects to your video to modify the appearance or the audio. You can use the transparent video effect to create an invisible layer above your video which you can then apply effects to. By doing this, you don't have to worry about two contradicting effects canceling each other out, as you can apply each of your effects to a different layer (for example, one to the transparent video layer, and the other to the actual video).

  • Launch Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, and open your video file.

  • Click the "New Item" button near the bottom of the project panel.

  • Select "Transparent Video."

  • Drag the transparent video clip to the highest level. If it's not on the highest level, other video clips will play over it, preventing you from being able to use it effectively.

  • Stretch the transparent video clip to be as long as you want it to be. To do this, click on either side of the clip, and drag the side out.

Tips & Warnings

  • Only effects that manipulate the alpha channel, such as lens flare and checkerboard, can be applied to a transparent video.

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