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How To Use Motion Array's Stretch Plugin for Premiere Pro

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Introduction

Hi guys! Jordan with Motion Array and today we’re going to be taking a look at how to use our stretch plugin for Premiere Pro.  So let’s jump into it.

How To Use Motion Array's Stretch Plugin In Adobe Premiere Pro

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Okay so we’re here inside Premiere Pro, and once you’ve downloaded and installed our stretch effect plugin, you can find it right inside your effects panel.  If you’re not quite sure how to download and install our plugins, check out our video walking you through that process.

So once we’ve got it all setup, you can find it within its own Motion Array folder under Video effects.  And here you can see that I have the stretch effect that I can simply drag and drop onto my footage. Once you do this, you might notice that it has a red X overtop of it.  If that’s the case for you, don’t worry, all you have to do is highlight the piece of footage with the plugin and go up to this box here in your effects controls panel. When you click it you can sign into your Motion Array account, and as long as you have an active paid Motion Array subscription, this plugin will be active.

So once it’s active you can begin playing around to get the particular effects that you want.  The way that this effect works is by taking a particular portion of the screen, and using that as a starting point to basically stretch and then offset the remainder of the footage depending on a variety of parameters.  The parameters that you can control are

Length

Width

Direction

Center

And an on/off check for displacement

Let's start with length.  This parameter changes the length of the actual stretching portion of this effect.  You can see this sort of panel area that’s stretched out. The actual stretch takes place here, and is now displaced this portion of the video.  Changing the length will directly increase or decrease the length of the stretched bit here, and then will end up moving the displaced section over even more.  So you can see that stretching it a very large amount will leave you with streaks that are colored in a way that’s consistent with the rest of your footage.

Next up is width.  Right now you can see that our stretch effect is around this region right here.  But we can make it wider by increasing the width parameter. Similarly you could make it incredibly narrow by decreasing the width.

Next up is direction, which is pretty simply the angle at which you see the effect stretch your footage.  By default it’s set to 45 degrees. But you can rotate it to any direction you want. Choose variants of either 0, 90, 180, or 270 degrees to create perfectly vertical or horizontal effects.  And you can choose any amount or angle in between.

Second to last is Center.  This is the placement where the effect starts from, but it’s also where the effect is drawing the stretch effect data from.  So all of these stretching portions here are the particular way they are because they’re being stretched from this imaginary line here.  To see exactly where your center mark is, click on the parameter here to highlight it, and a blue target will pop up to show you. To move the effect, or  to choose a different point where the stretch data is being taken from, move the first parameter to move the point horizontally, and change the second set to move your parameter vertically.

Finally the displacement checkmark lets you decide whether you want the effect to be just the stretching, or to have the displacement of the rest of this panel to be enabled.  

And those are all the different parameters for the stretch effect.  But that’s not all that there is to this effect. Because each of these effects can be keyframed to animate in any way that you want.  

Activate a keyframing parameter by clicking this stopwatch to make it blue.   Then any two changes you make will have the difference between them iterate over time.  This will give you another level of control to be able to make some really cool effects.  What’s even cooler is that you can stack these effects on top of each other and they’ll interact with each other.  So you can see here that this second stretch recognizes the first one and takes it into account. Stacking multiple of these effects can result in giving you some incredibly complex looks.  

But you can actually take this a step further for even more control.  By placing an adjustment layer overtop of your clip, you can take control of timing and opacity.  Make the effect partially transparent, or rapidly turn it on and off for some trippy visuals!

This effect is really just an extension of your creativity, so test it out! Have some fun with it! And see what you come up with!

Well, that concludes this tutorial. I hope you found it helpful, if you did, please give us a thumbs up and if you’d like to see more tutorials please go ahead and subscribe because we’re making new ones all the time.  I hope you guys found it helpful.  If you did, we’ve got lots of other Premiere Pro tutorialsAfter Effects tutorials and filmmaking tutorials!

Thanks for watching and see you in the next video.

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