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Creating a new sequence


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Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training

with Chad Perkins

Video: Creating a new sequence

Sequences are really the foundation of everything that you do in Premiere. As I mentioned before, sequences are basically kind of like little mini projects, kind of like little compilations. That's where we put all of our footage and our graphics and our images. That's where we do our work. Now I showed you in the last movie how to create a sequence when you're creating a new project. But I want to show you here, if you're not creating a new project, how do you create a new sequence? You'll notice that I've imported a video clip here and if I drag-and-drop it to the Timeline, there is a little no sign by the hand, meaning that there is nothing I could do there because there are no sequences in my project.
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  1. 4m 1s
    1. Welcome
      55s
    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
      20s

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Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training
5h 6m Beginner Apr 30, 2010

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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
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Premiere Pro
Author:
Chad Perkins

Creating a new sequence

Sequences are really the foundation of everything that you do in Premiere. As I mentioned before, sequences are basically kind of like little mini projects, kind of like little compilations. That's where we put all of our footage and our graphics and our images. That's where we do our work. Now I showed you in the last movie how to create a sequence when you're creating a new project. But I want to show you here, if you're not creating a new project, how do you create a new sequence? You'll notice that I've imported a video clip here and if I drag-and-drop it to the Timeline, there is a little no sign by the hand, meaning that there is nothing I could do there because there are no sequences in my project.

So I basically have no forum in which to work with this clip. So the way I'm going to create a sequence is by going to the bottom of the Project panel here and I'm going to go to the New icon. It looks like a piece of paper with the edge turning up. That's the Adobe universal icon for making something new. And before I do that, notice that when I have a clip selected in the Project panel, I get like a little status update about its information, its basic facts. So it's 1280x720 pixels, so we would refer to that as 720p. That's got square pixel aspect ratios.

This is the frame rate, and this is the duration, 19 seconds and 1 frame. And that's going to help as we make our sequence. So I'm going to go ahead and click this New icon. You could see that we have a list of new things that we can make. But right at the top of the list is Sequence. Go ahead and click that to get the New Sequence dialog box here. Now we have a series of presets on the left-hand side that we can use and basically what you want to do is you want to select a preset that matches your footage. It doesn't matter what you are outputting to. We might take this HD video and spit it out to a very small video on the web or maybe for an iPhone or something, but still, nonetheless, we want our sequence to match this to be 1280x720 that we'll talk about a little bit later on this training series.

Now the presets here are actually really helpful and they're available for all different kinds of formats, even the new DSLR trend that's catching on. There's like 1080p for that. So if you have a Canon 5D Mark II, like I have a Canon 7D, these presets would work great for that. There is also RED Camera presets, Mobile Devices presets, all kinds of great presets that you can use, and when you click one of these presets, you get information about the sequence settings right here on the right-hand side, so it's actually a little bit more complex and let's say for example we are in the Standard Definition DV - NTSC, if we have Standard Definition 48 kHz, that refers to the audio.

Basically there's a lot more to that preset than just those facts. And so we could see that here on the right-hand side with that selected in the left-hand side. We could also go over to the General tab at the top and we can go into the Editing Mode drop-down and we can change our Editing Mode. If we go to the top where it says Desktop, I don't know why. This is so counterintuitive to me, but this is the way it goes. If you select Desktop then you could manually enter in your settings. You see with all of these other presets the settings are pretty much determined for you. These are different formats.

They're different specific settings. And Desktop is the only one that allows you to kind of play with this. So I can manually type in the frame size, 1280. Go across over here to 720. The Pixel Aspect Ratio is this thing in parentheses. You can see it's 1.0. That means square. We'll talk about that a little bit later on this training series. I'm just going to choose Square Pixels 1.0 in parentheses. And for Fields, I'm going to take this drop-down to No Fields. It's progressive scan so it's not interlaced footage. And the audio, it works great. It's fine for us.

That's a typical sample rate, 48 kHz. But we don't really need to worry about that right now because you could see our clip in the Project panel here doesn't have any audio. A little speaker icon next to it, so it's just video only. Our Timebase here is 29.97 frames/ second, just as it is in our clip in the Project panel, and then we could go over here to Tracks and this is where we would adjust the number of video and audio tracks. We could always add and delete these later, but if you know what your settings are ahead of time, it's really good to input these here.

So I've set up my Sequence settings in the General tab, got what I wanted. You don't have to use a preset, if you're going to use the General tab and make your own. But I'm going to name this Snowboard and go ahead and click OK to create our sequence. Now as you can see, it automatically created a sequence for us and opened it up. But we could close this if we wanted to. And if you're ever not finding your sequence, you could simply come over here into the Project panel and you could see that this is the icon for a sequence. So just double-click it here on the Project panel to open it up again. And now I am free to drag and drop my footage as I please.

As you could see, it all works together because our sequence and our clips are the same settings. Now we could if we wanted to bring in mismatch footage and that's not going to cause any kind of problem. If I want to bring in a smaller clip or a graphic that's too big or too small, that's totally fine. You can mix and match different dimensions and different settings in the same sequence if you want to. But it's a good idea to have your sequence match like the main footage that you're going to be using for that sequence. You could have as many sequences in the same project as you'd like as we'll talk about a little bit later on this training series, and again just as a little teaser for that, you could actually create other sequences.

Let's say I create a sequence with like an animated graphic sequence. I can actually take that sequence and nest it or put it inside of this sequence as a clip in this sequence, and again later on in this training series we'll talk about how to do that. But sequences again are really the building blocks in Premiere. You can't work without it, and that's where most of the work goes down.

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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 quicktime.com. 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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