I like to use the crop tool to split the screen. When the box comes up, the choices are “motion,” “Opacity,” and “a third item” which allows me to bring in the borders on all 4 sides ( I forget what it’s called.) However, when I later want to adjust this last effect, I am unable to bring it up. When I hit the “applied effects” tab on the upper right side of the screen, just the “motion” and “Opacity” items are visible. No matter how I click, I can’t seem to get back this 3rd ‘border’ item to appear in the box. I am using Elements 14.
If I understand what you're saying, you want to re-open the Crop effect in Applied Effects.
But it's not clear: Did you apply the Crop effect to your clip? If so, when you select this clip on your timeline an click Applied Effects, the Applied Effects panel will display Motion, Opacity and whatever other effects you've added to it.
If you haven't applied Crop to the clip, I don't know what this "third item" is you're describing.
OK, thanks for trying to understand my problem. I therefore now went back and started this process on another clip. I went to to the bottom of the screen, nearer to the Right (on my Elements 14 ver), and chose "Fx/Effects." Then, to the right of my video screen, the pop up Applied Effects box is displayed. It lists Motion, Opacity and--here is the term I couldn't remember----"Crop." Under the "Crop" name are all those displays, such as right, left, top and bottom.
So, if after doing this--and exiting and going onto something else, I later think that I'd like to change those borders somewhat, I then activate the given clip and hit "applied effects" on the right of my screen. What comes up is just the motion and opacity fields, but no "crop" field. Perhaps, since I have already done this, you are implying that I have to start this whole process anew, but I don't know why the Motion effect comes up without the crop one. I almost always use the motion parameter to move my images one way or another.
Hope that's clearer. If not, I really value your replies and would be happy to try again.
Lastly, is there any other way to get the "crop function" to come up a little faster. I have to scroll thru countless screens before the "crop" choice appears. That is, when I first try to look for the "crop" function on the right bottom of my screen, under Fx/Effects.
Unless you have applied the Crop effect to your clip, Crop will not appear on the clip's Applied Effects panel.
If you can post a screen capture of the program displaying what you're describing as the Crop effects settings, we may better be able to understand what's going on and offer advice.
I could try to figure out how to post a screen shot, but first: If I HAD NOT applied a crop to a given clip, why would any effects, such as the Motion and Opacity, appear when I hit the Applied Effects tab on the right of the screen.
Unless, I am thinking, that after I inserted the crop clip into a clip, perhaps I did not use the crop function, but just the Motion function.. I'll keep looking at that.
Motion and Opacity are always there. You don't add them.
To post a screenshot, press the Print Screen (prt sc) button. That puts a copy of your screen on your memory "clipboard". To transfer it to this forum, put the cursor where you want and press CTRL+V. That will paste the contents of your clipboard into your post.