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How to Create a Video Highlight in Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Learn to create a video highlight in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
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We have all seen it in a compilation video or when looking at security footage. The video highlight which points us to what we should be focusing on. For example, imagine looking at dashcam footage of an accident. There are 100 cars driving on the road. We, as audience members wouldn’t know which car is about to cause the accident. So when it does happen, we miss the beginning. A video highlight is a great way to get the audience focused where we need them. Today I am going to show you how to create a video highlight in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

How to Create a Video Highlight in Adobe Premiere Pro CC

  1. Create a sequence and add your footage, or navigate to your footage in the timeline.
  2. Search for Color Balance HLS and attach it to your footage.
  3. Go to effect controls and find the effect.
  4. Grab the brightness number and drag it down to about -35-50.
  5. Go to the top of the effect and click on the ellipse button to create an ellipse mask.
  6. Click on the newly formed circle, and move it to where you want. You can grab each of the 4 corner pins to adjust the size.
  7. Go down to the Mask (1) layer, and find the button that says “inverted”. Click on this to invert the effect so that the circle is light, and the rest of the footage is darker.
  8. Adjust the feather of the mask to fit your style.

There you have it. You now have a highlight that you can use. A lot of times this is combined with a simple zoom as well. Also, animation works with this as well. Just click on stopwatch to the left of the “Mask Path”.

If you have any questions or comments, leave them below, or on the video itself!

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