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Creating a Mini Documentary with Premiere Elements
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Importing project footage


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Creating a Mini Documentary with Premiere Elements

with Jason Osder

Video: Importing project footage

Every project starts somewhere, and in the case of editing a mini-documentary, that place is importing the footage into the nonlinear editor-- in this case Premiere Elements. Keep in mind that with a common job like importing footage, there is going to be multiple ways to do it. Our purpose is not to go through all of those ways, because for that you can see Adobe Premiere Elements Essential Training. We just want to pick a method that works for us with the emphasis on organization.

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Creating a Mini Documentary with Premiere Elements
1h 31m Appropriate for all Mar 15, 2012

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This course shows beginning filmmakers how to make a short documentary from footage they have already shot, and walks them from the editing process in Adobe Premiere Elements through uploading a finished movie to platforms like Vimeo or YouTube. Author and producer Jason Osder explains how the footage was shot along the way, illuminating why particular angles were chosen and how the subject matter influences the editing process. The course also covers trimming, editing to music, and adding a title and graphics, and the final chapters result in a polished, color-corrected movie with properly mixed dialog and music.

Topics include:
  • Importing and evaluating footage
  • Planning the edit
  • Marking and adding clips to the timeline
  • Creating cover shots with video tracks
  • Trimming clips
  • Adding and refining transitions
  • Adding a title and a lower third
  • Incorporating still images
  • Setting audio levels
  • Creating a DVD
  • Posting to YouTube
Subjects:
Video Video Editing Projects
Software:
Premiere Elements Elements
Author:
Jason Osder

Importing project footage

Every project starts somewhere, and in the case of editing a mini-documentary, that place is importing the footage into the nonlinear editor-- in this case Premiere Elements. Keep in mind that with a common job like importing footage, there is going to be multiple ways to do it. Our purpose is not to go through all of those ways, because for that you can see Adobe Premiere Elements Essential Training. We just want to pick a method that works for us with the emphasis on organization.

We're starting with a project file that's basically blank, but I do want to check the project settings, because those can be important. The thing to notice here is that my Project Settings match the DSLR footage that was originally shot. This will probably be different for your project, but it'll always match the format that you shot. The first thing I want to do is an organizational step. I want to make a couple of folders that will be our top level organization for the footage.

The first one I want to call Interview. And the second I want to call B-roll. I'm going to start by importing the Interview, so I'm going to double-click into that folder and then Get Media from Files or Folders. If you navigate to the assets folder inside Exercise Files, you can see that we have a large collection of Quicktimes. The one I want is Glass_Blower_ INT_A_01, which is the interview.

You can see that Premiere Elements is doing its work. And when it's done, I have my whole interview imported into the proper folder. I can go up a level and then into B-roll, and we'll import all of the B-roll footage. Same process here. And now I want to take all of the B-roll, which is most of the Quicktimes, except for the interview, just like that and Import.

It'll take a little more time with all these files but not too much. And there we see all of our B-roll. If we go up a level again and switch to List mode--which is actually my preferred way of looking at the footage--we see that we have a folder with our interview and a separate folder with all of our B-roll. That's just perfect for right now. We're off to a good start by importing our footage and setting up the top level of organization.

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