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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.
A lot of times when you're editing footage or some project, it will be your job as an editor to censor the footage to make sure that there's nothing inappropriate or to make sure that there's not like something advertised that should not be advertised. In this case, we have a clip from Ron, giving us a tour of the olive oil area here. (Male speaker: From there, we'll come back here to the olive barn.) So that's basically what he says, "from there we'll go here to the olive barn." Well, we're going to pretend that the word olive, when he says olive barn, should not be said for whatever reason.
You could pretend that as a swear word or that's a product placement that we shouldn't be saying or whatever it is. But we just need to get rid of that word. So that's what we're going to do here. First step is I want to expand the vertical height of the waveform. So that way I could see all of these words and again as we play this, you'll be able to see that each one of these little blobs here represents a different word. (Male speaker: From there, we'll come back here to the olive barn.) Okay. So we need to get rid of "olive barn." So what I'm going to do is put my cursor right about here.
I think that's where he started talking about the olive barn there. I'm going to hit Command+K, go to where I think the word ends, and hit Command+K or Ctrl+K again, and that will split the audio track, so that we could isolate that word and that's where the first step in this process is, to isolate the offending word. The video was split as well because I had the video track targeted. That was not necessary and that might not be a good idea. But here it doesn't matter. So I went ahead and allowed that. Again you'll need to make sure that this track is targeted so that it will split.
Next up, we will grab the rubber band from the part that I want to edit out, and I will drag this all the way down to infinity to mute it. So let's go here and back up a little bit and preview this and see how it sounds. (Male speaker: From there, we'll come back here to the -- barn.) Okay. So that worked out pretty good. If I cut it a little bit too close on either direction, on either side, again I could select the Rolling Edit tool and move this in any direction. If I cut off too much of the audio or not enough of the audio, I don't have to undo and then re-cut.
I can simply use the Rolling Edit tool to move the edit points to the right spot. So I'm going to go back and select the Selection tool again and now what we want to do is create a bleep there, so that our audience knows that there was something that was cut out, that we know what we're doing, we did our job. We captured the audio appropriately, but that is a word that we did not want them to hear. So what we're going to do is go to the Project panel. Since there is not really a bleep effect, I'm going to go down to Project panel and create a new. Instead of creating a new sequence or anything else here I'm going to create a new Bars and Tone and I go ahead and accept the defaults here, and click OK.
Now I'm going to double-click the Bars and Tone in the Project panel to open it in the Source Monitor. Basically what Bars and Tone are is often time before your project, at the very beginning here, you'll want to put this at the beginning, so that those distributing your video, can calibrate their systems. Basically, if you sit up watch late- night TV, especially a public access TV, you've seen this (BEEP), and that's really loud and annoying, I apologize, but just trying to show you what that is. Now, we don't care about the video in this case.
But we do want this audio bleep. That will be our tone. So I'm going to just go out. It doesn't matter. I just want a few frames of this here and I'm going to click in outpoint here. Then I'm going to actually resize, scroll down so I could see another audio track here. Then just grab the speaker icon because I only want the audio. So I'm going to drag the audio from the Bars and Tone to the next audio track beneath that layer here. And I'm going to go ahead and trim it so that the tone only happens with the word we want to censor out, and that is the trick.
Actually before I do that I'm going to open up this audio track just because it's so loud and annoying, then drag the rubber band down a lot to maybe like -22ish, -20, somewhere around there, and then I'm going to back up and let's see our newly censored audio. (Male speaker: From there, we'll come back here to the BEEP! barn.) It's kind of amusing for some reason but we basically edited out that word and we made it sound as if olive was something very offensive. Of course it's not. But if we ever did run into something where we needed to take out a word and we wanted to let our audience know that there was something removed intentionally there, then this is the way to create censored audio.
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