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Creating and using freeze frames


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Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training

with Abba Shapiro

Video: Creating and using freeze frames

In this movie we are going to look at creating a Hold Frame or a Freeze Frame. Now there's actually three ways to do it, and we are going to cover all three. As a matter of fact, we covered the first one already in a previous chapter--in the picture and graphics chapter--and that's simply parking your Playhead on any image you want to create a freeze of and exporting out an image and bringing it back into your Timeline. You can go back and check out that movie, if that's the route that you want to go. I'm going to show you two other ways in this movie of creating a Hold or a Freeze.
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  1. 56s
    1. What is Premiere Pro?
      56s
  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 37s
    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 9s
    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 51s
    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 41s
    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 21s
    1. Using transitions
      9m 36s
    2. Understanding the nuances of transitions
      6m 23s
    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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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
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Premiere Pro
Author:
Abba Shapiro

Creating and using freeze frames

In this movie we are going to look at creating a Hold Frame or a Freeze Frame. Now there's actually three ways to do it, and we are going to cover all three. As a matter of fact, we covered the first one already in a previous chapter--in the picture and graphics chapter--and that's simply parking your Playhead on any image you want to create a freeze of and exporting out an image and bringing it back into your Timeline. You can go back and check out that movie, if that's the route that you want to go. I'm going to show you two other ways in this movie of creating a Hold or a Freeze.

Now to create a Hold Frame, you can simply select a clip, right-click on it, and one of your options is to do a frame hold. Now let me select that and explain what can happen. It's going to hold on a specific frame, whether it's the In Point or the Out Point or maybe a Marker you've set up, but you have to keep in mind that it's not going to freeze where I have my Playhead parked right now because that's not the in and that's not the out. So I'm going to go ahead and I'm going hit Cancel, modify this clip, because I want it to freeze right when these bicyclists get just under the sun and that first one clears frame. This is a really pretty shot.

So what I'm going to do is use one of the tools which you should know well by now, which is the Trim tool, and simply drag the edge of the clip so that is my new out point. I'm going to step back one frame, I'm going to use the Left Arrow key on my keyboard so I can see the image that I'm going to be cutting to, and now I need to do one more thing, if I did a Hold Frame at this point, what Premiere Pro will do, it will actually replace this clip with a still of this one image. Now I may want to do that, but what I really want to do is I want the bicyclists to come into frame and to freeze, because maybe I want of a title or talk about what's happening.

So here's the trick, I want to duplicate this clip exactly the way it is, and I can do that simply by holding down a Modifier key--the Option key on a Macintosh or the Alt key on a Windows machine-- and simply drag to the right and let go. I've made a perfect copy of the first clip next to itself except for the fact that it still is moving. Now let's go ahead, right-click, choose Frame Hold and switch from the In Point to the Out Point.

So now it's going to create a Hold Frame based on the very last frame of this clip, which, of course, matches the previous clip. Click OK, at first blush it looks like nothing has happened, but this is actually a freeze. Let's go ahead and play it back. There you go, the image just locks down. Now I want to give you one word of warning, because this is a real gotcha. If I'm thinking, oh I need that hold to be longer or shorter, and I go ahead and I grab the very end of the clip and stretch it to the right or stretch it to the left, the Hold Frame is actually going to change. As you see here, my Hold Frame, the bicyclists have left the shot.

If I play this it does exactly what I don't want it to do. So you have to be careful about that. You can't adjust this second clip after you've made it, and that goes back to the first way of creating the freeze frame by exporting an image and bringing it back in--gives me different control in creating a freeze frame this way. Let me show you one more way that you can create a freeze and then you can pick any of the three that's going to work best in your editing situation. I'm going to go ahead and grab this cycling shot and bring it back into our Timeline, and in this case, I again want to freeze it right there.

Now we learned in the last chapter that I can create a variable speed directly in the Timeline, and we're going to leverage that to create a Freeze Frame. Go ahead and make sure that you have Show Keyframes selected and under this dropdown menu, make sure that it's Time Remapping and Speed selected for our little keyframe line. Now holding down the Command key on a Mac or the Ctrl key on Windows, I can go ahead and create a variable speed keyframe and then to the right to simply grab that line and bring it all the way down to 0. It doesn't quite go to 0, does it? It actually only goes down to 1%, but that should do the trick, and now when I go ahead and press Play, the bicyclists freeze on the exact frame I want.

I'm going to go ahead and hit the Backslash key, because what I want to do is have them speed up to their original rate of speed, so I'm going to go ahead and hold down the Command key, put a new keyframe in and drag this line back from 1% all the way up to 100. Now let's go ahead and play that clip. (video playing) There is my freeze. So as you see, three different ways to create a Freeze or a Hold Frame, and I really recommend just trying each one and getting comfortable with them, because each one has a time and a place when it's best to use, and as long as you know how they work, you'll make the best choice in each case.

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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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