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Understanding the importance of picture lock

From: Creating a Mini Documentary with Premiere Elements

Video: Understanding the importance of picture lock

The next step is an important one, but it's more process-oriented and conceptual than it is technical. The name for it is Picture Lock, and it's an important milestone in any project. It's right at the cusp between your editorial editing and your finishing steps, and the idea is that you want to look carefully at your timeline and sign-off on all your final editorial decisions. There's no button inside Premiere Elements that's going to say Lock Picture or Picture Lock.

Understanding the importance of picture lock

The next step is an important one, but it's more process-oriented and conceptual than it is technical. The name for it is Picture Lock, and it's an important milestone in any project. It's right at the cusp between your editorial editing and your finishing steps, and the idea is that you want to look carefully at your timeline and sign-off on all your final editorial decisions. There's no button inside Premiere Elements that's going to say Lock Picture or Picture Lock.

It's more of a philosophical thing that happens in your own head where you watch closely and make final decisions. Picture Lock is especially important if you're working with a team or a work group. If you need to hand your project off to a dedicated operator who mixes or color corrects, that person needs to know that they're getting your final editorial edit to work on top of. You can't change it after you hand it off. Picture Lock is still important if you're working by yourself, but it's not as crucial.

If you do need to make an editorial change later, you can. But I still think Picture Lock is a very good idea from a process point of view. In order to get a careful look at our timeline, we're going to have to render the whole thing. So, I am just going to tap Return and wait it out while it renders. Okay, I am going to take a really careful watch and then go back and see what I notice that needs to be fixed for my Picture Lock.

(video playing) (Female speaker: My favorite thing in the world is actually being a participant in this incredibly rare medium,) (just being able to do it. And as a woman, if you look through the history of glass, well, we're not there.) (Women aren't in that process.) (We start early in the morning, choosing our colors, choosing the color of the vessel.) (We want the palette to absolutely go with that one specific piece.) (I think it's almost a poetic expression in our glass.) Obviously, the audio still needs mixing, but that's not our focus right now.

We're focused on the edits and the visuals and making them all just perfect. What did you notice in this first half? Let me show you a couple of things that I noticed. I want to go back to our first title graphic, and I want to zoom-in-- and that's pretty normal for this type of work. Here's the first thing I noticed: seemed a little sloppy when my title overlapped with this dissolve. (Female speaker:--favorite thing in the world is actually--) I don't really like these frames here, where we're seeing a little bit of everything.

I think our title should fade all the way off before this dissolve happens. It's an easy fix. When you're doing fine work like this, it's a good idea to render and watch, so you know that you fix what you intended to.

(video playing) (Female speaker: My favorite thing in the world is actually--) Yup! Better! Let me show you the next thing I noticed, and it's really pretty subtle. Watch closely as I play this part back. (video playing) Did you see it? It's what's called a flash frame.

If I go through one frame at a time, cover shot, then I see her face for just a moment and then the next frame is cover shot again, and that's distracting. So if I zoom way in, I can see this problem on the timeline, and I can fix it. No need for a render on this one. It's just a straight cut and we can keep going forward. The last thing I noticed was this.

(Female speaker:--just being able to do it, and as a woman--) It's not quite a flash frame like the last one, but it's not quite long enough for her face to be on screen in my opinion. I think it's going to be better to wait to see her here where she is introduced. So, again, I just want to close this gap. Oops! I went a little too far. Undo. And just what I need, no more.

No need to render this one either, but I would like to play it back just to check. (Female speaker:--rare medium, just being able to do it. And as a woman, if you look at the history of glass--) This is the idea of Picture Lock. It's about a fine-toothed comb over everything you've done to catch the little mistakes and also allow making final decisions. Your picture is locked when all of the editorial decisions are set and all that is left is tweaks like mixing and color correction.

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