Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training
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Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training

with Chad Perkins

Video: Creating censored video

In this chapter we're going to look at the exciting world of video effects. In this movie, we're going to look at how to apply a few effects and some tricks as well. And specifically what we're going to try to be doing is trying to make this guy anonymous by blurring out his face. There is a few different ways to do that so this is just one way. The first thing we need to do is we need to isolate just his face. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to do a search for Matte in the Effects panel. What I'm looking for here is the Eight-Point Garbage Matte Effect.
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  1. 4m 1s
    1. Welcome
    2. What is Premiere Pro CS5?
      1m 41s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 25s
  2. 16m 44s
    1. The Premiere Pro workflow
      2m 21s
    2. Adding footage to the Timeline
      2m 19s
    3. Understanding timecode
      3m 3s
    4. Making basic edits
      5m 15s
    5. Getting familiar with the interface
      3m 46s
  3. 21m 59s
    1. Setting up a new project
      3m 48s
    2. Creating a new sequence
      5m 30s
    3. Capturing and ingesting footage
      2m 51s
    4. Importing files
      5m 23s
    5. Sorting and organizing clips
      4m 27s
  4. 33m 19s
    1. Making a rough cut
      4m 0s
    2. Making preliminary edits
      4m 55s
    3. Creating overlay and insert edits
      4m 16s
    4. Using video layers to add B-roll
      3m 47s
    5. Using ripple edits and ripple delete
      3m 1s
    6. Performing slip edits
      2m 54s
    7. Using the Razor tool
      3m 51s
    8. Moving edit points
      3m 47s
    9. Navigating efficiently in the Timeline
      2m 48s
  5. 28m 45s
    1. The job of an editor
      2m 59s
    2. When to cut
      5m 54s
    3. Avoiding bad edits
      6m 31s
    4. The pacing of edits
      3m 47s
    5. Using establishing shots
      2m 44s
    6. Using emotional cutaways
      2m 1s
    7. Fixing problems with cutaways
      2m 48s
    8. Matching action
      2m 1s
  6. 21m 38s
    1. Using markers
      3m 31s
    2. Replacing clips
      2m 36s
    3. Exporting a still frame
      1m 51s
    4. Creating alternate cuts
      1m 25s
    5. Rearranging clips in the Timeline
      2m 15s
    6. Targeting tracks
      2m 32s
    7. Disconnecting audio and video
      5m 0s
    8. Reconnecting offline media
      2m 28s
  7. 9m 46s
    1. Adjusting the rubber band
      3m 13s
    2. Adjusting clip position
      1m 21s
    3. Moving the anchor point
      2m 50s
    4. Adjusting clip size and rotation
      2m 22s
  8. 8m 15s
    1. Changing the speed of a clip
      1m 58s
    2. Using the Rate Stretch tool
      1m 57s
    3. Playing a clip backward
      4m 20s
  9. 10m 26s
    1. Understanding pixel aspect ratio
      5m 15s
    2. Understanding frame rates
      2m 15s
    3. About HD standards
      2m 56s
  10. 10m 32s
    1. Using layered Photoshop files
      2m 31s
    2. Animating clip position
      3m 33s
    3. Fading layers in and out
      4m 28s
  11. 12m 40s
    1. Applying transitions
      6m 2s
    2. Using transitions effectively
      4m 41s
    3. Setting up the default transition
      1m 57s
  12. 38m 31s
    1. The importance of ambient audio
      6m 35s
    2. Cutting video to music
      7m 38s
    3. Changing audio volume over time
      9m 55s
    4. Fixing audio problems
      9m 57s
    5. Censoring audio
      4m 26s
  13. 16m 25s
    1. Creating censored video
      5m 22s
    2. Creating a lens flare
      2m 20s
    3. Creating a logo bug
      3m 27s
    4. Creating background textures
      5m 16s
  14. 13m 23s
    1. Intro to compositing
      1m 11s
    2. Removing a green screen background
      9m 14s
    3. Compositing with blend modes
      2m 58s
  15. 22m 37s
    1. Adjusting white balance
      2m 24s
    2. Increasing contrast
      3m 5s
    3. Adjusting luminance
      4m 30s
    4. Creating cinematic color
      5m 21s
    5. Creating a vignette
      3m 12s
    6. Creating a day-for-night shot
      4m 5s
  16. 16m 5s
    1. Creating titles
      4m 55s
    2. Creating a lower third
      9m 12s
    3. Animating rolling credits
      1m 58s
  17. 14m 13s
    1. Exporting sequences from Premiere
      3m 57s
    2. Exporting with the Adobe Media Encoder
      2m 13s
    3. The most common formats and codecs
      4m 42s
    4. Exporting portions of a sequence
      1m 54s
    5. Rendering letterboxed footage
      1m 27s
  18. 6m 46s
    1. Examining the other apps that come with Premiere
      4m 25s
    2. Working with Final Cut Pro
      2m 21s
  19. 20s
    1. Goodbye

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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.

Topics include:
  • Adding footage to the Timeline
  • Creating dynamically linked content
  • Making overlay and insert edits
  • Moving edit points
  • Playing a clip backwards
  • Understanding pixel aspect ratio and frame rate
  • Applying motion effects
  • Cutting video to music
  • Compositing with green screen and blend modes
  • Correcting color
  • Creating titles and lower thirds
  • Exporting sequences
Premiere Pro
Chad Perkins

Creating censored video

In this chapter we're going to look at the exciting world of video effects. In this movie, we're going to look at how to apply a few effects and some tricks as well. And specifically what we're going to try to be doing is trying to make this guy anonymous by blurring out his face. There is a few different ways to do that so this is just one way. The first thing we need to do is we need to isolate just his face. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to do a search for Matte in the Effects panel. What I'm looking for here is the Eight-Point Garbage Matte Effect.

This will give us some points to create a mask. So I'm going to apply. I'm just going to drag-and-drop this little Plug icon where it says Eight-Point Garbage Matte, and drag- and-drop this onto our video clip, just like we do with audio effects. So if we click this here, go to the Effect Controls panel, and you could see that we have Eight-Point Garbage Matte here in the Effect Controls panel. Now, in the Effect Controls panel when you see this little icon here, those little dots with an arrow, that means that if we click the effect to select it, then we have these points to adjust and these are the Effect Control points.

Now I might want to get this a little bit smaller so I could see the edges. Then I'm going to drag these points, these little circles with Pluses on them there. I'm going to click-and-drag and move this around or move these points around till I've got the face isolated. So it's a good way to create a mask and the purpose of these effects, the Garbage Matte effects as you'll see there's 4 points, 8 points and 16 points is when you're creating a green screen to create an initial mask to get rid of the extra stuff like if there's like a boom mike or something like that to get that out of the shot before removing the green screen.

This also can be used for purposes just like this where we're isolating a component of the video. Now, the obvious problem here of course is that the mask has actually not only isolated the face but removed the entire background as well. We still need the background there. So what we're going to do is make a copy of this and what we're going to do is have the top copy be just the face and edited version of the face and the bottom copy below is going to be the regular video. So what I'm going to do to copy this clip is to select it in the Timeline panel and then hit Command+C or Ctrl+ C on your keyboard to copy it.

Then I'm going to click the Video 1 track here to deselect it, or untarget it and then I'm going to click video track 2 to target it because you could only paste in to targeted tracks. Then I'm going to hit the Home key, so I'm at the first frame of my Timeline, and then making sure that I do not have video track 1 selected and I do have video track 2 selected or targeted, I'm going to hit Command+V or Ctrl+V on the PC to paste this clip and so now we have two copies of the same clip. Now we're going to select the bottom one, making sure that the top one is not selected and then I'm going to delete the Garbage Matte effect by selecting it in the Effect Controls panel and hitting Delete to remove it.

So now we have it seems like the original clip, but really we have a masked version on the top and the original on the bottom. So if we were to take off the visibility of the bottom track, we have the face on the top here, and then everything on the bottom. Now, we can go ahead and distort or alter this top clip. Let's go ahead and do another search here. I'm just going to click in the Search field to highlight this. Let's just do a search for Mosaic. What I want is in the Video Effects, Stylize category, Mosaic.

Go ahead and drag-and-drop this onto the A-roll clip on the top, not the bottom here, on the top. Now that's what we are going for. But we do need to adjust this because we could kind of still see through underneath and these blocks aren't all that great. So I'm going to open up the Mosaic effect here in the Effect Controls panel again making sure that the top clip that we've applied to Mosaic to is selected, open up Mosaic and here we can control how many horizontal blocks there are and how many vertical blocks there are. I'm going to go ahead and click this right facing chevron here, so I could see this a little bit better. I'm going to go ahead and increase the number of horizontal blocks and increase the number of vertical blocks.

Now, we don't want it too much because then we could see who it is. But we could obscure it something like this maybe, and that's looking pretty good. If you wanted to get more intense colors, you can choose sharp colors, obscure things a little bit better in this case, so we can leave it there. Now as we preview this, then we can see that our character is obscured. We don't know who he is. Now there are times like this where his face moves outside of where the Mosaic is because he moves and we are not moving the Mosaic area. So what we might need to do in those cases is to actually change the position or animate the position of this clip.

So maybe like what we're right here, and that works, we can go open up Motion, click the stopwatch for Position, and then as it moves outside a little bit, we can move this layer over a little bit to make sure he is all covered up there. So this is just a one way to do it. We could also go back to our Eight- Point Garbage Matte, and just make it a little bit bigger to encompass more of this area, so we don't have to animate it, if we want to do that. So that's how to censor a video. If you need to again get rid of like product placement, if there's something visually that you're not seeing or you're not wanting to see or if you need to keep a character or maybe an interviewee anonymous, this is a great way to do it.

It's also a good exercise as we've learned how to apply effects, how to delete effects, how to adjust effects, and also how to copy and paste clips. So, a lot of information in this one little trick.

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Q: When attempting to open the project exercise files into Premiere Pro CS5, an error message appears: 
This project contained a sequence that could not be opened. No sequence preview preset file codec could be associated with this sequence type. 
What could be causing the error, and how can the files be opened?
A: There are a few possible explanations. 

First, if the projects are not importing correctly, the error could be with the codecs being used on a particular machine. Check to make sure the Video Previews codec setting matches the file type being used.

Another possible issue could stem from using the trial version of Premiere CS5. Some codecs for encoding MPEG formats are available only with the full version of Premiere CS5. 

Additionally, the "Video Previews" codec setting for the Custom Sequence Presets could cause the issue if it is defaulting to “I-Frame Only MPEG”. Changing the setting to Microsoft AVI might fix the problem.

Lastly, if the projects are not importing into Premiere, try importing the video footage by itself, rather than the entire project file.
Q: How does one perform internal edits within a piece of video in Adobe Premiere? For example, if I have a single clip of video, comprised of multiple segments strung together, how would I go about removing gaps and/or cleaning up each segment and then assembling the clips in a desired order? Most tutorials emphasize laying down multiple clips on the Sceneline or Timeline, but not editing one clip of video.
A: To remove footage from a single video clip:
  • Drag the Current Time Indicator (CTI) to the first frame of the segment to be deleted, click the Split Clip button in the Monitor panel, drag the CTI to the last frame of the segment to be deleted, and then click the Split Clip button again.
  • Delete the segment by clicking on the clip and either choosing Edit > Delete And Close Gap, or pressing the Delete or Backspace key. That will remove the segment and the rest of the projectwill slide over to the left to fill the gap.
Q: I can't view the exercise files.
A: Most of the video clips in the training were encoded using H.264. If you are on a PC, you may need to download the latest version of the free
QuickTime player from Be sure to install QuickTime with your Adobe applications closed. QuickTime installs a series of codecs on your
machine, and many Adobe apps require QuickTime components to function properly.
Q: Why are many of the video files H.264 if some users must download additional components to view them?
A: This is one of the most common video formats in the world right now, certainly for distribution. This is because it is currently the most optimal
way to provide high quality video at the low files sizes that we need to be able to distribute these assets online. Even though it may require an extra
download for some users, this is the best way to be able to get you the highest quality exercise files. There isn't another video standard that is
cross platform that is free and that works as well as H.264.
Q: What is the most effective way to import a JPEG into Premiere Pro (i.e. best quality resolution, best playback speed)? When I import a photo as a JPEG and add it to a sequence, only a very small part of my photo is shown, because of the high resolution of these photos. Should they be resized in Photoshop first? Will changing it using effects provide the quality I am looking for?
A: Images can be scaled down using the Scale Transform in the Effect Controls panel as explained in the training. You can also scale down the images in Photoshop to match the size of your sequence in Premiere. But I prefer to use the Scale Transform as it gives me more flexibility and allows me to "zoom in" (aka scale up) photos without loss in quality. You'll probably want to make sure that the proportions of the image match the sequence though.
Q: Does Premiere Pro offer Z-axis editing like After Effects?
A: Premiere Pro does not offer 3D as After Effects does, but you can use the Basic 3D effect in Premiere to simulate that environment.
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