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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.
This movie is for those of you that not just use P2 Media, but those who use the DVCPRO HD format, whether it's recording that format to a FireStore drive or to a P2 card, or some other way, anybody who uses the DVCPRO HD format. You see, the DVCPRO HD format is a little quirky. Let me show you what I mean. If we go down to the bottom of the Project panel, I will create a new Sequence. You could see here that DVCPROHD has its own category of presets. So, we'll open that dude up. I am going to go into 720p. That's what we're concerned with here.
And if I selected DVCPROHD 720p 24p preset and then scroll up here, so we could see what this entails, you can see that the DVCPROHD 720p format is a little quirky. You see standard 720p is 1280x720, and you could see here that the pixel count is 960x720. So, it's not quite as wide as you might expect it to be, because Standard 720p is wider than that.
So, the way that it works around it is by creating this really weird Pixel Aspect Ratio, 1.3333. Now, this can create some problems. Sometimes I've worked with footage, when I am dealing with other video people, that aren't quite sure how to work with this and the footage might be distorted, might be a little bit too wide or little bit too squished, because this Pixel Aspect Ratio is weird to deal with, and then also you have the more narrow Pixel Count. So, what I do instead, because this format and the Pixel Aspect Ratio are so screwy is that I usually go into the HDV presets, even though I don't really use HDV, I use the preset for 720p24.
And as you can see, it's standard 1280x720 with this very standard and wonderful 1.0 Pixel Aspect Ratio. That means square pixels and that's such a great Pixel Aspect Ratio to work with because it's the same Pixel Aspect Ratio on your computer. It's the same on HD on your TV as well. So, when you have square pixels, it's just a wonderful thing, because you don't have to even worry about Pixel Aspect Ratio. Now, this isn't something that you are supposed to do. This is not like the best practices type thing, this is just something that I do, because I really don't like working with this DVCPRO HD screwiness.
It's just frustrating and an annoyance. And so if I just use the HDV preset for a sequence, then I have the nice standard 1280x720p and those beautiful, beautiful square pixels that are just so easy to work with and you only have to think about them. But of course, you could always use this preset if you wanted to for the DVCPRO HD Sequence. You can also go into the General tab, change the Editing mode to Desktop and play around with these settings to your heart's content to customize this how you would like. So either way, the choice is up to you, but this is what I choose to do when I work with 720p from DVCPRO HD.
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