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Building the A-roll

From: Editing Video in Photoshop CS6

Video: Building the A-roll

Now that we have our first clip loaded, it's time to trim away some of the unwanted portions. In the case here, we're using an OnCamera performance of our host. I'm going to want to trim away the part before he starts speaking, which is just camera chatter instructions from the directory, in this case me. We also have a few flubs that we're going to need to extract out. To do this, we're going to delete away portions of the audio. Let's go ahead and drag through, and find where he starts speaking to begin with. I know that there's some flub upfront, as we got the camera synced and we recorded. I'll just drag through until he opens his mouth, and it looks like it's about there.

Building the A-roll

Now that we have our first clip loaded, it's time to trim away some of the unwanted portions. In the case here, we're using an OnCamera performance of our host. I'm going to want to trim away the part before he starts speaking, which is just camera chatter instructions from the directory, in this case me. We also have a few flubs that we're going to need to extract out. To do this, we're going to delete away portions of the audio. Let's go ahead and drag through, and find where he starts speaking to begin with. I know that there's some flub upfront, as we got the camera synced and we recorded. I'll just drag through until he opens his mouth, and it looks like it's about there.

I'll zoom in here to make it little easier to see, and I'm around 40 seconds. Let's press Play. (video playing) That's pretty good. I'll leave a little bit of pad so it doesn't start immediately on his first word, and with the clip selected, I can click the scissor icon here to Split at the playhead. You'll notice if we zoom back out, the clip is now been cut into two pieces using the playhead as the split point.

I'm just going to select that first clip and press the Delete key to remove it from my timeline. Let's go ahead and press Home to go to the beginning, and I'll press the Spacebar to play. You'll notice that the frames start to cache in and turn green. The number of frames you can have loaded at once is going to be dependent on the amount of RAM you have available on your system. (video playing) Male Speaker: This is your world; traffic, cell phones, steel structures, concrete roads, and people on the go. Trees are the exception, not the rule.

What is missing from this world? Wildlife, wild lands, the eco system that keeps our planet in balance. This is Africa, the Africa you picture in your mind. But Africa is changing. Todays Africa is an increasingly modern and rapidly developing continent. A more developed Africa brings new challenges and new opportunities for the African Wildlife Foundation. To best address-- So we just had our first little mistake and he cleared his throat. Let's go ahead and remove that portion, and I'll just simply find a clean in and out point. It's easier if we zoom it a bit.

(video playing) Male Speaker: A more developed Africa brings new challenges and new opportunities for the African Wildlife Foundation. Richard Harrington: Let's go ahead and split right there, just before the mistake. (video playing) Male Speaker: To best address-- Richard Harrington: He's about to start up again and I'll split it again. Select the offending portion and press the Delete or Backspace key and it closes the gap. Let's review the edit. (video playing) Male Speaker: for the African Wildlife Foundation. To best address Africa's rising population and climate change-- Obviously, with that edit point there, we're going to have to put some supporting B-roll on top to cover it, otherwise the person's head would suddenly jump to the side and that's going to feel strange. OnCamera edits like that just don't work, but that's okay. That's why you have B-roll. Right now, you're just using the A-roll portion to go ahead and get the soundtrack correct.

We'll fill in all the supporting visuals next. Now let's finish this clip out and find out if there's any more mistakes and just get it tightened up, so we have a solid A-roll to build upon. (video playing) Male Speaker: African Wildlife Foundation employs a Pan-African approach. We look at continent-wide solutions, but we can't do it alone. We need your support, both financially and through active involvement. You can help in many ways; the best way to start is to go to our web site awf.org. You can see exactly where your membership donations go.

You can sign up for free to get more information. You can also become a member. When you become a member of the African Wildlife Foundation, you will receive ongoing materials to keep you up-to-date on all of our work, a quarterly newsletter, and special invitations to member only safaris to explore the African continent first hand. Help preserve the image of Africa that you see in your mind's eye; the land that has existed for thousands of years. Where elephants, gorillas, lions, rhinos and giraffes run free, as nature intended.

Preserving this way of life cannot start tomorrow. It needs to start today. Tomorrow-- At this point in the recording session, I interrupted him because he kind of lost momentum. So let's take out this last little flub and tighten it up, so we have a tight ending that really delivers the message home. (video playing) I'll just click back a few frames, right before he opens his mouth to talk. Make sure the clip is selected and click the scissor icon and then let's find that previous flub.

(video playing) Male Speaker: rhinos and giraffes run free, as nature intended. Richard Harrington: There we go. Move forward until he closes his mouth, split the edit, and we can close the gap, let's review. (video playing) Male Speaker: run free, as nature intended. Preserving this way of life cannot start tomorrow. It needs to start today. Tomorrow could be too late. Richard Harrington: There we go and let's just go ahead and pull that end point in, it snaps right to the playhead and we're in good shape. Now if you look at the Layers panel, you'll see that those three edits appear inside of Video Group 1. I'm going to rename that group, so it's clear what this track is. A quick double-click and I'm just going to call it V1, for Video Track 1 and name it A-roll, making it easier to keep my project organized.

Notice it updates in the Layers panel, as well as in the timeline. In this particular case, the volume of my person is pretty solid. But if I needed to make a change that would be easy. At the right edge of the clip here you can click this little Play icon to bring up properties for the video clip. I can click the Audio tab and then adjust the overall Volume. If I wanted to bring him up slightly that worked well, and I'll put a little one second Fade In, so we have a gentle fade at the start. I can go to the next clip, scroll on down, make a similar volume adjustment, no fades for this particular clip and then finish it out.

Now we'll put a gentle fade at the end. Let's do half a second, and we'll just watch that back to hear the change. (video playing) Male Speaker: Tomorrow could be too late. Richard Harrington: That worked out well. Let's just extend the ending a little. (video playing) Good and it's a clean out. At this point the A-roll looks really solid. So we can now move on to getting ready to add B-roll.

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Editing Video in Photoshop CS6

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  1. 6m 4s
    1. Welcome
      51s
    2. Why use video in Photoshop?
      2m 42s
    3. What you should know before taking this course
      1m 51s
    4. Using the exercise files
      40s
  2. 6m 25s
    1. Making sure your system is ready
      2m 55s
    2. Exploring the Motion workspace
      1m 27s
    3. Looking at supported file formats for editing
      2m 3s
  3. 9m 30s
    1. An overview of the Timeline panel
      3m 31s
    2. Controlling playback in the timeline
      1m 12s
    3. Viewing options in the timeline
      2m 50s
    4. Enabling timeline shortcuts
      1m 57s
  4. 31m 23s
    1. Understanding the reality of editing video
      1m 20s
    2. Setting up the timeline
      1m 56s
    3. Building the A-roll
      7m 27s
    4. Organizing B-roll
      3m 55s
    5. Adding B-roll to the timeline
      5m 26s
    6. Editing B-roll in the timeline
      4m 5s
    7. Changing the playback speed
      1m 25s
    8. Adding transitions
      5m 49s
  5. 6m 54s
    1. Adjusting volume in clips
      3m 15s
    2. Adding a music bed to the timeline
      3m 39s
  6. 12m 30s
    1. Fixing underexposed footage
      1m 14s
    2. Fixing overexposed footage
      1m 39s
    3. Adjusting contrast
      1m 15s
    4. Color balancing a video shot
      1m 15s
    5. Adding vibrance to a video clip
      1m 32s
    6. Creating black-and-white effects
      1m 11s
    7. Using photo filters
      1m 47s
    8. Using Smart Filters to soften skin
      2m 37s
  7. 16m 25s
    1. Adding a lower-third graphic
      6m 20s
    2. Animating text
      4m 15s
    3. Inserting a logo bug
      4m 14s
    4. Adding moves to photos
      1m 36s
  8. 24m 33s
    1. What to do before exporting your video
      7m 35s
    2. An overview of the Render Video dialog
      3m 27s
    3. Exploring quality-based presets
      2m 34s
    4. Exporting H.264 files
      3m 18s
    5. Exporting QuickTime files
      5m 30s
    6. Exporting a DPX sequence
      2m 9s
  9. 1m 35s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 35s

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