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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.
Though not technically editing techniques, in the next couple of movies, we are going to be looking at a couple aspects of Premiere that will really help you while you're editing. First, we are going to look at selecting clips contrasted to targeting tracks. Now, of course, we know that by clicking on a clip to select it, we can move it around and a few other things as well. But really it's important to take a look at the left side of our timeline and realize which tracks are selected when we are making our edits, so that we have the most consistent and predictable results.
Let's say, for example, we want to split a clip. I am going to move over here and rather than selecting the Razor tool, in the tools panel, on the right-hand side here, I am just going to use the keyboard shortcut, Command+K or Ctrl+K on the PC. Now, notice that I have this ducks by the lake 01 clip on the top selected and the duck dive clip is deselected. But the Video 1 track is selected. And when I hit Command+K to split this clip, you'll notice that the selected clip was not split and the deselected clip, but the targeted track was split.
Now I am going to undo that. I am going to do this again, except this time I am going to click the Video 2 track to target that one as well. Then when I hit Command+K or Ctrl+K to split it, you'll notice that the layers, or the clips that were on targeted tracks, they were split. Notice, also, that this same works with audio. I did not target the Audio 2 track and so this second ducks by the lake audio was not split. I am just going to undo that again. Now another big point here. I am going to deselect the Video 2 track for the time being.
We know that the Page Up and Page Down keys are some of the best navigation tools. Page Up jumps us back to the previous cut point. Page Down jumps us to the next cut point. However, you might have noticed that as I was jumping the Current Time Indicator around, we missed the cut points on this ducks by the lake clip completely. It basically went to the beginning and the end, or the in and out points, of this duck dive clip on Video track 1. But, if I target Video track 2, you'll notice that I hit Page Up and I also go, or navigate between the In points and the Out points of the targeted track clips as well.
Now one final example, here. I'm going to deselect Video track 2, move in time to about here, somewhere we have some blank space and I am going to double-click the babbling brook clip to open that into my Source Monitor here. And you'll notice that when I perform, let's say, an Overlay Edit and I click here and I'll just hit the Backslash key, so I could see my whole timeline, we overlaid the babbling brook clip over the end of our timeline here, the video track and the audio track. However, if I undo that and then I deselect the audio track and then do the same exact thing with the Overlay edit, you will notice that only the video comes in because we only have the video track targeted.
So oftentimes, while you're working in Premiere, be aware that targeting and selecting are two of the concepts you need to be aware of when you are working. so you make sure you have a predictable experience in Premiere and you don't think Premiere is just kind of freaking out on you. Next, we will look at another example of this with copying and pasting.
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