Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training
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Creating a credit roll and crawls


Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training

with Abba Shapiro

Video: Creating a credit roll and crawls

Now once you have completely cut your program, the last thing you want to do before you export it to tape is probably add credits, or credit roll, and this is really easy to do in Premiere Pro. So here we have our final show that we created, and if you want, feel free to scrub through and watch it on your own, but I'm just going to go the last couple of seconds and play the Out Point. (video playing) So now all the hard work of the cast and crew needs to be recognized, and we're going to create a credit roll.
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  1. 56s
    1. What is Premiere Pro?
  2. 2m 49s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 42s
  3. 27m 52s
    1. Launching the application for the first time
      3m 27s
    2. A tour of the interface
      4m 55s
    3. Customizing the window layout and the interface
      7m 0s
    4. Exploring the different ways to drive Premiere Pro CS6
      4m 33s
    5. Understanding system configuration and the Mercury Playback Engine
      3m 17s
    6. Adjusting essential preferences
      4m 40s
  4. 40m 7s
    1. Importing files and folders
      11m 2s
    2. Importing card-based media
      6m 1s
    3. Capturing from tape
      4m 10s
    4. Organizing media
      12m 3s
    5. Reconnecting offline media
      6m 51s
  5. 21m 0s
    1. Basic editing overview
      4m 44s
    2. Previewing and marking media in the Project panel
      7m 11s
    3. Previewing and marking clips in the Source panel
      9m 5s
  6. 33m 38s
    1. Editing clips into the Timeline
      7m 56s
    2. Marking and targeting destinations in the Timeline
      2m 53s
    3. Moving clips in the Timeline and performing a swap edit
      4m 11s
    4. Adjusting edit points in the Timeline
      2m 6s
    5. Splitting clips using the Razor tool
      2m 16s
    6. Deleting clips
      2m 38s
    7. Performing an insert edit
      4m 14s
    8. Performing an overwrite edit
      3m 10s
    9. Dragging to a second layer to edit cutaways
      4m 14s
  7. 43m 16s
    1. Performing a three-point edit
      7m 23s
    2. Performing a replace edit
      3m 48s
    3. Targeting specific tracks in the Timeline
      3m 1s
    4. Linking and unlinking audio and video tracks
      3m 51s
    5. Performing roll and ripple edits
      6m 51s
    6. Performing slip and slide edits
      6m 42s
    7. Creating subclips
      4m 29s
    8. Locating and working with different versions of a clip using Match Frame
      7m 11s
  8. 42m 52s
    1. Taking control of your Timeline
      7m 57s
    2. Adding video and audio tracks
      5m 32s
    3. Performing audio-only and video-only edits
      4m 49s
    4. Changing track visibility and locking tracks
      5m 42s
    5. Rendering
      7m 43s
    6. Using the History panel to undo multiple actions
      2m 31s
    7. Creating keyboard shortcuts
      5m 35s
    8. Creating buttons
      3m 3s
  9. 23m 28s
    1. Working with audio
      5m 22s
    2. Adjusting audio levels in the Source Monitor
      3m 0s
    3. Adjusting audio levels in the Timeline
      10m 10s
    4. Adjusting the audio mix on the fly
      4m 56s
  10. 9m 4s
    1. Inserting markers
      4m 8s
    2. Snapping markers to each other
      4m 56s
  11. 29m 52s
    1. Working with stills
      10m 57s
    2. Moving on stills
      5m 54s
    3. Exporting and re-importing stills
      3m 47s
    4. Working with still and animated graphics with transparency
      2m 39s
    5. Working with layered Photoshop files
      6m 35s
  12. 20m 58s
    1. Changing speed and reversing a clip
      6m 22s
    2. Changing speed at a variable rate
      9m 10s
    3. Creating and using freeze frames
      5m 26s
  13. 28m 22s
    1. Using transitions
      9m 36s
    2. Understanding the nuances of transitions
      6m 24s
    3. Modifying transitions
      8m 37s
    4. Setting default transitions and applying multiple transitions
      3m 45s
  14. 36m 36s
    1. Applying and modifying effects
      4m 51s
    2. Applying presets and motion effects
      5m 42s
    3. Saving favorites
      3m 50s
    4. Understanding color correction
      4m 4s
    5. Using adjustment layers
      3m 23s
    6. Working with green screen and chroma key footage
      6m 36s
    7. Using the Warp Stabilizer to stabilize clips
      6m 27s
    8. Applying filters to audio
      1m 43s
  15. 27m 45s
    1. Creating static titles
      7m 8s
    2. Creating lower thirds
      10m 2s
    3. Creating a credit roll and crawls
      6m 41s
    4. Using Photoshop for titles
      3m 54s
  16. 20m 0s
    1. Introducing multicam editing
      1m 46s
    2. Creating a multicam clip with timecode
      3m 25s
    3. Creating a multicam clip using sync points
      4m 1s
    4. Editing a multicam clip in a Timeline
      4m 26s
    5. Refining a multicam edit
      6m 22s
  17. 9m 51s
    1. Exporting a movie
      4m 12s
    2. Sending to Adobe Media Encoder
      3m 44s
    3. Printing to video
      1m 55s
  18. 1m 22s
    1. Next steps
      1m 22s

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Watch the Online Video Course Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training
6h 59m Beginner May 07, 2012

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This course introduces Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, using a project-based approach that introduces video editors to all the skills necessary to cut their own program. Using a short commercial project as an example, author Abba Shapiro walks viewers through a complete and logical workflow that begins with importing media, creating a basic rough edit, and then refining the cut with music and sound effects, transitions, visual effects, and titles. The course also includes troubleshooting advice, such as reconnecting offline media and using the History panel to undo multiple actions.

Topics include:
  • Customizing the window layout and the interface
  • Importing card-based media
  • Capturing media from tape
  • Marking and selecting the best takes from clips
  • Editing clips into the Timeline
  • Performing insert and overwrite edits
  • Performing more advanced editing tasks, such as 3-point editing, replace edits, and trimming using ripple and roll edits
  • Mixing audio
  • Editing more efficiently using markers
  • Working with stills and graphics
  • Creating speed changes on clips
  • Adding transitions and effects
  • Creating titles, credit rolls, and lower thirds
  • Demonstrating multicamera editing techniques
  • Stabilizing shaky footage
  • Exporting your final project to the web, mobile devices, and tape
Premiere Pro
Abba Shapiro

Creating a credit roll and crawls

Now once you have completely cut your program, the last thing you want to do before you export it to tape is probably add credits, or credit roll, and this is really easy to do in Premiere Pro. So here we have our final show that we created, and if you want, feel free to scrub through and watch it on your own, but I'm just going to go the last couple of seconds and play the Out Point. (video playing) So now all the hard work of the cast and crew needs to be recognized, and we're going to create a credit roll.

Once again, you can go to Title > New Title, and instead of choosing Default Still, you can choose Default Roll. Now you can also do a crawl, and a crawl is basically what goes from left to right or right to left across the screen. Sometimes you see them when thunderstorms are in your area, but most of the time you will be making credit rolls, but just realize you use the same techniques that we'll be learning under creating a default roll to create a default crawl. When you select a Default Roll, of course you will see the same new title dialog box that we've seen in the earlier movies. Go ahead and make sure that you rename it End Credits and press OK.

As you see, it looks exactly the same as the previous times we've seen this tool, but I want you to do something different to start. Instead of choosing the Type tool, I'm going to actually have you choose the Area Type tool to select the area where you want your credits to roll from. So for instance, if you only want them to be in the left side of the screen and you want to run some video over here, you can control that by creating a box to put your text in instead of typing your text. Now I don't like to type, and I don't like to type because of one thing, I tend to make typos, so I always have my producer of the client send me a list to put in my credit rolls.

And as a matter of fact, I also have them send me a list of all the people's names for the lower-thirds. So I'm just going to go ahead and hide Premiere for just a moment, and as you see, I have a list of credits that the client sent me as a simple RTF document. You can find the same document in the exercise folders along with the projects for creating titles. All I have to do is select everything. I'm going to copy it, which is Command+C on a Macintosh and Ctrl+C on Windows, step back into Premiere, and simply Command+V or Ctrl+V on Windows to paste.

Now as we see, everything looks a little bit big, and I really don't see everybody's hard work. So you can use a lot of the same tools that you used before. I can go ahead and scale it down. You notice as I scale it down it wraps, and I can actually now see if it's on one line or two lines. So in this case, I think what I'm going to do is go ahead and select and stretch my box out and really take advantage of the entire title safe area. And now I can make my text bigger or smaller and see where it fits.

Now this is justified left, so I'm going to click on one of these buttons here and the obvious one would be Justify Center, I'm getting closer to where I want it to be, and I can leave it wider if I wanted to, I could change the color to say yellow, but I think white is really nice for what we have, and this is one of the tricks you need to know. I want to stretch this box out to make sure that I get everybody's name in it. So if you don't stretch it out, it doesn't know there are names below that, so now I've listed everybody's names, I've positioned it where I want it to be, and I'm almost ready to send it back into the application.

Now this will look nice against a black background, but if I'm going to roll these credits over footage or something else that might have a lighter background. Keep in mind that you may want to--if you didn't change the color--put an outline or a shadow on this. If you know you are going to go over a black background, this is great--and by the way, if you discover there is a problem you can always go back and select the Text tool, and if there was a typo, you can always change it so you're not locked into what you just cut and pasted.

Now before we send it back, I'm going to click over here on the Roll/Crawl Options, and I get a dialog box, and for the most part we can leave it the way it is. As a matter of fact, I can even modify this after the fact and say, you know, something needed it to be a crawl, needed it to be a still, but we are going to leave it as Roll. But what I really like is for timing for the credits to start off screen and for them to end off screen. And I can also control if I wanted to ease it in a little bit, so we'll put an Ease-In of about 15, press OK, and we are going to go ahead and close this.

And you'll see that our End Credits are now an element inside our Project panel. And double-click, open them up, make a change if I wanted to, but I'm ready to bring them into the Timeline. I simply grab, drag, and drop. Let's hit the Spacebar and watch our credit roll. Now it's absolutely perfect if you were a speed reader or you didn't want people to know who really worked on the show, but I think it's a little fast for the real world. To slow it down, simply grab the edge, and the longer you make this piece of media, the slower it will roll. Let's watch it again.

(video playing) That's a lot easier to read. It takes a little bit of a long time to come on, and that's because I made one change--which I'm going to change back--which is the ease-in. Let's bring that back to 0, and we'll ease out at 0. Making a change is really simple with the Title tool.

(video playing) And there you go. You see the full title tool. If I wanted to put it over a background, I can simply move it up a level, choose a nice background shot. I really love that time lapse animation of the San Francisco Airport, so I'm going to just throw that underneath. But the point I'm trying to show here is that your crawl is over a transparent background so you can choose after the fact whether you want it over black or over an image.

Creating credit rolls are really easy, the trick is type up your list in a document and just copy and paste when you're ready to roll.

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Q: The exercise files don't work for me. I get an error message stating the sequence(s) could not be loaded and it returns me to the Welcome screen. I am using the trial version of Premiere Pro and the correct codecs do not seem to be included.
A: All the required codecs are included in the trial version of Premiere. You just need to activate the trial with your Adobe ID. If you don't sign into Adobe, anything with MPEG compression will be unavailable. Signing resolves that issue and restores all MPEG-based support.
Q: I'm receiving the following error message from Premiere Pro. "This project contained a sequence that could not be opened. No sequence preview preset file or codec could be associated with this sequence type." How do I resolve it?
Additionally, when I try to create a project, I only have DV sequence presets available.
A: Solution 1: Deactivate, and then reactivate Adobe Premiere Pro.
Launch Adobe Premiere Pro by clicking the application icon. Do not attempt to load a project file. Choose New Project, then create a project. The settings you choose in this step are not important.
Launch Premiere Pro so that the Help menu is available. Choose Help > Deactivate. Then on the Deactivate, screen click the Deactivate button. On Premiere Pro CC Choose Help > Sign out ...Then sign back in. Launch Adobe Premiere Pro as you did in Step 1. On the Sign In Required screen, click the Sign in button. If prompted, sign in with your Adobe ID. The full list of sequence presets is reinitialized. Open the project the generated the error to ensure that it opens correctly. If you are still unable to open your project, contact Adobe Technical Support.
Solution 2: Re-create the Adobe Premiere Pro preferences and plug-in cache.
Get ready to press the Alt (Option) + Shift keys simultaneously. Launch Adobe Premiere Pro by clicking the application icon, and immediately press and hold the Alt (Option) + Shift keys. Continue to hold the Alt (Option) + Shift keys down until you see the Welcome Screen. Note: If the preferences have been reset successfully, the Recent Projects area of the welcome screen will be blank. (Holding Alt (Option) alone on launch will reset the preferences. Holding Shift alone will delete the plugin cache.)
Q: When I tried to open the exercise files for this course, the following message popped up.
"This project was last used with Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration (CUDA), which is not available on this system. Mercury Playback Engine Software only will be used?"
What do I have to do to solve the issue?
Luckily, there is no issue. This is how Premiere Pro operates. "Mercury Playback Engine Software only will be used" is an indication that the machine that is being used does not have an approved/fast enough graphics card. However, all the files and media for this course will work just fine.
You can read more about the system requirements for Premiere Pro here and here

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