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This course introduces Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, using a project-based approach that introduces video editors to all the skills necessary to cut their own program. Using a short commercial project as an example, author Abba Shapiro walks viewers through a complete and logical workflow that begins with importing media, creating a basic rough edit, and then refining the cut with music and sound effects, transitions, visual effects, and titles. The course also includes troubleshooting advice, such as reconnecting offline media and using the History panel to undo multiple actions.
In this movie we're going to look at two things: how to create a sequence, and just some basic editing concepts, before we dig in and show you really how to do fine-tuned editing. We have yet to make a sequence in this course, and I want to show you a couple of ways that you can do that. We saw at the very beginning you can create a sequence when you first launch the application, and you can also create a sequence under the New menu and say New Sequence. Now again, you're given this dialog box which says pick something, and if you're not really sure what to pick, you could really panic. So unlike before, we're going to actually create a sequence, and it doesn't matter what sequence you choose because you see that Adobe Premiere Pro is smart enough to fix the mistake if you make one.
Let's go ahead and click OK, and we're going to make a standard definition 48 kilohertz 4x3 sequence which has nothing to do with any of the video that we're going to be editing with. It's all high-definition 720p footage. Now watch what happens when I grab any clip and drag it into my timeline. Now I'm going to simply scroll up to the B-roll, and it's not open so I'm going to click on the disclosure triangle here and open up the contents, and I can grab any clip. I'm going to just grab the CFL bulb and drag it and drop it right into the first location in the sequence. Now as you see, wherever I drag it and let go, I could actually put the clip, but I want it to be at the very beginning.
As soon as I let go, I'll get a warning box or a dialog box that says, do I want to keep my existing sequence settings or change them? If I select change, what Adobe Premiere Pro will do is it will match my sequence settings to match my footage. So in this case, all of my footage is pretty standard. It's all 720p, 29 frames per second, so I'm going to go ahead and say change sequence settings, and now it's a perfect match. So now the sequence settings match exactly the footage in my program.
Now if I go ahead and I drop another clip in, I'm not going to get that same dialog box because the sequence settings have already been adjusted, so I can just simply go ahead and drag any of my footage into the timeline to create the story that I want. Now I'm working off the List View. I can do the same thing in the Icon View, and in this case as you see, I have all of my folders, so to step into a folder I'm going to simply hold down the Command key--this is the Control key on Windows-- and simply double-click on the B-roll folder, and I can see the contents, and this way I can scroll through.
Once again, my screen resolution is pretty small, so you'll probably see a lot more clips in your B-roll panel, and I can go ahead and drag in this time lapse footage and then maybe the television shot and scroll down and maybe grab the shot of the iPad. And if you notice, they're all different lenses. As a matter of fact, some of this footage is way longer than other footage. Some is only a few seconds. This one is 50 seconds long, so it really takes up a lot of real estate, and it really doesn't tell the story that I want.
We're going to learn in the next couple of videos how you can actually mark in and out points and put precisely the part of the video that you want in your show into your timeline. Now there's another way that you can make a sequence to match your footage in one step. Instead of making a new sequence and then dropping your clip on it and having to say change, you can grab any clip in your project panel, click on it and drag it on what appears to be a piece of paper right next to the trash can in the bottom of the interface. You'll see a little plus symbol.
When you let go of the clip on that icon, it will immediately make a new sequence, name it after the name of the clip, put the clip inside, and match all the parameters. So if you want to very quickly make a sequence to match your footage, it's as simple as grabbing it, dragging it and dropping it onto the New Item icon. Now once you've done that, I would go back and select that sequence and change its name. You can simply single click on it and change it to--for instance PSA_roughcut.
Now when you look at the sequence, it's going to have the right name, as opposed to farmer. Two ways to create new sequences and drag footage into your timeline.
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