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In Premiere Pro CS4 Beyond the Basics, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins explains how to take video editing from simple nuts and bolts to an art form. He shares tips for shooting video in the field to get the most from a subject and get the best footage for a project. He demonstrates how to build a project through the careful use of cutaways, pacing, and suggestive edits. He covers special effects, color correction, and keying and compositing, integrating all these concepts as he builds a music video project from scratch. Exercise files are included with this course.
Many of you not only edit video but shoot video as well, or at least have some say in the production of the video that you'll be editing. So in this chapter, I want to give you some tips for shooting video and even if you don't shoot video and don't work in the production side of things, I think these tips might still help you as an editor. For example, in this movie, we are going to look at using Ambient Audio or Capturing Ambient Audio in the field. A lot of times, as we'll see in this example, let's just go ahead and play this example, and notice the audio of the different clip.
We are going to see three different clips. Listen closely to the different audio in the clips. (Audio Playing) So you'll notice that we are actually using the audio from the camera, very little noise here. Then when we go to the wider shot, we have a lot more noise and hmm, and then it gets quiet again, as we get closer. Now, such wild jumps in audio are one of the many telltale signs of an amateur video production. Audio is a big giveaway of the professionalism of any production.
So what we want to do is, when you are shooting video, you want to capture what they call Ambient Audio. In another words, the audio of the environment just gets several minutes of the audio of where you are shooting. Sometimes if you can't capture that audio, you'll need to do some sound design and actually create some synthetic audio from scratch. So I have this ambient office audio clip. This is basically just audio noise of an office. I am going to add this to my Timeline here, and you'll notice that even though the audio changes with every clip here, this ambient office audio clip is the same throughout. That gives the whole shot a sense of continuity and therefore, professionalism.
So now let's listen to it with the ambient office audio clip. (Audio Playing) So that's a lot more continuous. We could go in here with the Audio Mixer. Go into the Window menu and open that up here, Window>Audio Mixer, and we could balance these. I might want to turn down the original audio a little bit, and also turn down the ambient office audio. We don't want that too loud. Try that one more time. Just some subtle noise in the background.
You could see as she shuffles her arms around, we are still getting some of the audio from her clothes shuffling, makes it sound more realistic, but this continual audio tone adds a great deal of professionalism to the whole video production. Now, as I mentioned, these tips can help you, as an editor, even if you don't work in production, because if they didn't record audio for whatever reason, if you are dealing with film, they don't have audio, or if the audio wasn't that good, maybe they didn't get this ambient environmental audio that we are talking about here, you can construct it by using sound design.
You can get audio loop samples, that type of thing, or you can go and record similar audio tone of a similar environment and then put that into your Timeline as well. So, you might have to fake it, but it's this concept of providing continual audio from shot to shot that really adds the professionalism.
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