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In Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training, author Chad Perkins shows not only how to edit video with Premiere Pro, but he also explains how to use video to tell compelling stories. This course covers the Premiere Pro workflow from a high level, providing a background on how projects go from start to finish before diving into basic clip adjustments, such as color correcting scenes for more dramatic impact, applying transitions effectively, and slowing down and speeding up clip playback. The course includes creative techniques, such as making titles and removing a green screen background from a shot. Exercise files are included with the course.
So, let's talk a little bit about adjusting the size and rotation of clips. We're going to, again, be using the sun clip on the sun track in our project here. We have our anchor point fixed from the last movie. Let's first talk about Size. We adjust size with a property called Scale. By default, we're at 100%. Typically, you don't want to go above 100% because as you can see here, the line starts getting a little blurry, a little soft. Actually, I'll resize this maybe, so we can get this a little bigger.
So, our other layers are a little bit more sharp and our layers that go above 100%, again, start getting little fuzzy on the edges and start losing their resolution. Well, we can scale this down, and that's totally legal, try not to scale above 100%. I'm just going to manually click in here and take this to 100%. There's also the Uniform Scale value, and actually I could click this little chevron that points to the right to expand this. I want to uncheck Uniform Scale, and that allows us to adjust the height and width independently.
So we could scale width and scale height, again, independently. I'm just going to take this back to 100% and scale width to 100% as well. Then check Uniform Scale again. Now, it's important to note that if we had tweaked our anchor point and made it kind of in a weird spot like this where it's not in the center, then when we scale we get kind of unexpected results because again, Scale and Rotation both happen from that anchor point. So as we scale up and down, it scales up and down to that anchor point, which looks a little bit different if you're not planning on it.
Now, I'm just going to go ahead and undo that until we get the anchor point back in the center. As we talked in our last movie, we can click on the value for Rotation. Click-and-drag to the right and that will move this in a clockwise direction. If we want to move this in a counterclockwise direction, then we take the Rotation value to a negative number. Now, later on in this training series, again we'll be talking about how to animate all these properties and how to change them over time, so something might scale up and down or something like the sun might continuously rotate throughout the duration of the timeline.
Every property that has a little stopwatch here can be animated. So just be aware, as you are working in Premiere and you see these little icons, just know that is Premiere's way of telling you this property can be animated. It can be changed over time.
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