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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.
One thing I love about the Adobe Premiere Pro 6 interface is how easy it is to customize to my specific editing style. I can move things around very easily. For instance, let's suppose I wanted a lot more space in my Timeline, and I don't need my Source or my Program Monitor to be as large. All I have to do is hover my mouse between those two sections, click and drag up, and it dynamically scales everything larger and smaller as I need it.
I can also do this by moving things right or left. So for instance, if I wanted to see more detail in my Project panel, I can simply click and drag that over to the right. Or if I want less, I can drag over to the left. Now what you noticed is that my Tool panel--which was directly between the Project and the Sequence panel--got huge, way larger than I needed. Well, this too, is infinitely customizable. So to shrink that down, I simply place my cursor between those two panels and drag to the left, and as you can see the icons are dynamically adjusted to take advantage of the space that I give it.
Now I have been moving things around a lot, so I am going to go ahead and reset the panel, but I am going to show you a few more things. So if you ever completely mess up your windows, remember, you can go down to Window > Workspace and simply click Reset Current Workspace, and that will bring you back to the default. And you won't do this by accident, because every time you try it it's going to give you a warning box to make sure that's what you really want to do. So, of course, we are going to click on Yes, and as you see, it returns to its default setup.
Now I am not limited with just changing the size of each of these windows. I can actually move windows around to different locations. A lot of times when I am editing, I really want all the media in my project file to be in the upper left-hand corner. So I can grab the tab, and I can start moving it around the interface. As my cursor hovers over different windows you'll notice that you'll see a purple highlight. Now if I place my cursor a little bit higher, a little bit to the left, a little bit to the right or even at the bottom, I will get a different result.
First, let's see what happens if I let go with the purple highlight directly in the middle of this quadrant. What Premiere has done is place that tab adjacent to all the other tabs in this window, and I can actually go to that Slider Bar we learned about earlier and see everything that I want, and my Project panel is now a lot larger in the upper left-hand corner. Now I am going to go ahead and move it back to where it was. I am going to simply drag it down to the bottom and let go with the purple box dead center and as you see it returns to that same location, but it's now on the far right instead of on the far left.
Now I can move these back left and right and customize that and position these anywhere I want. Another thing I can do is instead of grabbing it and dragging it and dropping it dead center, what would happen if I dropped it left or right or top or bottom? Well, I am going to go ahead and drop it left for now, and what you see is it actually creates an entire new frame with just my project information. So instead of putting it inside the existing frame, it puts it the right.
I am going to go ahead and drag it down, drop it in the middle, so you can see where we were originally, and do the same thing and drag it over and drop it, say, on the bottom. So you can see it's very easy to position windows exactly where you need them. And if you are running off two monitors, this is great because you can customize your setup anyway you want. You can also do this with your toolbar and with the audio meters that we learned about earlier.
So I can grab those panes, and I can say, yeah, I like my toolbar up top, simply let go, and it places the toolbar at the very top, giving it way more space than necessary so I can simply grab in between, slide it up, and now my toolbar is conveniently located at the very top of the screen. So as you can see, you can customize it anyway you want, but take into account if you do customize it, your screen may look a little bit different than my screen as you watch these movies.
There's one other really important keyboard shortcut that I want to show you that's great when customizing your interface. What's really cool about Adobe Premiere Pro 6--and let me go ahead and scroll all the way over to a window that will take advantage of it, so I am going to simply slide over to where I can see Source and click on that. So this is my original clip. If I press the Tilde key, it makes that one panel full screen, and now I can really see all of my tabs without having to deal with the slider.
Let me go ahead and press the Tilde key again and step back over here to this pane, and again, press the Tilde key-- and as you can see I can very quickly step between all of my tabs. Now that we have kind of moved everything around, let's go ahead before we move on, click on Workspace and point out one more thing which is once I create a Workspace that I really like I can always save that as a New Workspace, and if necessary move it from one machine to another one through the Import Workspace button.
You'll also notice that there's different window configurations if you are working with Audio, Color Correction, Editing--which is what we are doing--as well as working with effects and working with metadata, and if you are used to the previous version of Adobe Premiere Pro, you can even jump back to the way 5.5 was set up, but I don't think you want to do that. The most important one for you is Reset Current Workspace because that gets you back to exactly where you want to be.
For most of this course we are going to be working with the default editing Workspace, but I do want to point out that there is often a additional windows that you may want to open up when you are doing specific actions, and these can be found under the Window dropdown menu, and this is true on both the Macintosh operating system and the Windows operating system. By now you should have a basic sense of what each of these windows do and be a lot more comfortable with the Adobe Premiere Pro 6 interface.
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