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Animated scribble effects can add a dynamic and creative touch to music videos, enhancing the visual experience and matching the energy of the song. While this effect is often associated with Adobe After Effects, you can achieve it directly in Adobe Premiere Pro with a bit of creativity. In this blog, we’ll guide you through the process of creating an animated scribble effect in Premiere Pro.

Step 1: Prepare Your Footage

Import and Select Your Clip

  1. Open Premiere Pro and create a new project.
  2. Import your footage by dragging it into the Project panel or selecting File > Import.
  3. Create a new sequence by dragging your video clip to the New Item icon or right-clicking the clip and selecting New Sequence from Clip.

Choose Key Moments

Identify the key moments in your video where you want to add the scribble effect. These are usually high-energy parts of the song, like beats or drops, or specific actions or gestures by the performer.

Step 2: Create a Scribble Animation

Open the Essential Graphics Panel

  1. Go to Window > Essential Graphics to open the Essential Graphics panel.
  2. Click on New Layer > From File to import a scribble animation. If you don’t have one, you can create a simple scribble in Photoshop or any other graphic design software and save it as a transparent PNG file.

Add the Scribble to Your Timeline

  1. Drag the scribble PNG file from the Project panel to the timeline, placing it above your video clip.
  2. Resize and position the scribble to match the area you want to highlight.

Animate the Scribble

  1. Select the scribble layer in the timeline.
  2. In the Effect Controls panel, click on the stopwatch icon next to the Position, Scale, and Rotation properties to create keyframes.
  3. Move the playhead to different points in the timeline and adjust the Position, Scale, and Rotation values to animate the scribble. This will create a dynamic movement.

Step 3: Enhance the Animation with Effects

Apply the Roughen Edges Effect

  1. Go to the Effects panel and search for “Roughen Edges.”
  2. Drag the Roughen Edges effect onto your scribble layer.
  3. In the Effect Controls panel, adjust the Border, Edge Sharpness, and Fractal Influence settings to give your scribble a more hand-drawn look.

Add Glow for Emphasis

  1. In the Effects panel, search for “Glow.”
  2. Drag the Glow effect onto your scribble layer.
  3. Adjust the Glow settings in the Effect Controls panel to enhance the visibility and impact of your scribble. Increase the Glow Radius and Glow Intensity to make the scribble stand out.

Step 4: Synchronize with Music

Match the Scribble to the Beat

  1. Play back your sequence and identify the beats or key moments where you want the scribble effect to appear.
  2. Move the scribble layer in the timeline to align with these moments. You can also duplicate the scribble layer and adjust the timing for multiple occurrences.

Fine-Tune Keyframes

  1. Select the scribble layer and open the Effect Controls panel.
  2. Adjust the Position, Scale, and Rotation keyframes to ensure the scribble effect syncs perfectly with the music and video action.

Step 5: Render and Export

Preview Your Work

  1. Play back the sequence to ensure the scribble effect looks good and is properly synchronized with the music and video.
  2. Make any necessary adjustments to keyframes, effects, or timing.

Export Your Video

  1. Once you’re satisfied with the result, go to File > Export > Media.
  2. Choose your desired export settings and click Export to render your video with the animated scribble effect.

Tips for Creating Effective Scribble Effects

  • Experiment with Different Scribbles: Use various scribble designs to keep the effect fresh and interesting.
  • Use Multiple Effects: Combine the scribble effect with other visual effects like color grading or transitions for a more cohesive look.
  • Match the Style to the Music: Ensure the style and energy of the scribble match the tone and rhythm of the music for maximum impact.

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