Step 1: Create a new project
Go to File>New Project. Choose a frame rate of 24 fps. This helps create a jerkier looking clip than the smoother 30 fps option. Click Create.
Step 2: Import the clips
Go to File>Import>Movies. Browse to the folder of source clips on our disc. Create a new event called Silent Movie clips. Click Import.
Step 3: Lose the sound
Drop the clips into the Project window. Don’t change the frame rate when given the option. To lose the sound Shift+click on the clips and pick Clip>Mute Clips.
Step 4: Re-time footage
With both clips still selected press ‘I’ to open the Inspector. Click on the Speed box and type in 125% for a hand-cranked film rate effect.
Step 5: Make it mono
Click on the Video Inspector. Drag the Saturation slider to the far left to remove all colour information. Pop Contrast to –18% for a faded film look.
Step 6: Add old film effect
Click on the Clip Inspector, and then click the Video Effect button. Click on the Aged Film thumbnail to tint the shot sepia and add some scratches.
Step 7: Add a caption
Click on the Show Title browser icon. Drag Organic Main between the two clips. Click on the sepia coloured Organic background. Type in ‘Bath Time’!
Step 8: Edit title duration
By default the caption duration is 4 seconds. Click on the Organic background thumbnail and press ‘I’. Tighten the Duration to 3:00 seconds. Click Done
Step 9: Add music
Many silent movies had a live piano accompaniment, so raid the Music browser’s Jingles folder and drag ‘Off Broadway’ into the project to finish it off.
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