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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.
Well, up until this point we've learned a lot of skills on how to manipulate our clips in the Timeline. And one of the things that makes or breaks the show sometimes is putting in a cutaway. And we have to actually put in a cutaway in this clip, because if we watch it, it's actually two takes. When the director gave me this footage, he just gave me all of the interview as one clip. And I am going to go ahead and play it, listen to it, and take a look at this frame that comes up that we're going to have to remove. (male speaker: --right now, coming through this pipe is 35 gallons of mineral water that's taking care of my avocados and my home. This is being pumped right now with--) So I actually need to remove or cover over that pickup line.
So I am going to go ahead and use the skills we learned with the Razor Blade and the Ripple Delete and quickly remove that. I can simply go over here, and that's where I want to cut it, so I am going to switch to my Razor Blade, which is the C key. I will make a little cut there and drag it over here, and then when he comes back on camera, right before he starts talking and maybe even leave a little bit of the word Interview Pick-up, but we are going to hide that. And I am going to Razor Blade that, switch back to my Selection tool--that's the V key--and with the clip selected, I can simply right-click and do a Ripple Delete.
So I've effectively tightened up this edit. And if I watch it, it sounds great. (male speaker: --of my avocados and my home. This is being pumped right--) But it doesn't look great, and that's exactly why we want to create a cutaway. Now, we have a great cutaway. He is talking about avocados, and I'm going to go ahead and load this into the source monitor. And I think I picked a pretty good area. It's a nice rack focus. Maybe we'll do earlier where we are just seeing the avocados once they come into focus, so we'll mark a new In Point. And 3 seconds sounds about good, so I'll go ahead and grab this and shorten it just until I see it's about 3 seconds, and now I want to do an Overwrite edit.
So I am going to go ahead and position this here and pull it over and do an Overwrite edit, and you'll see a problem will happen. Well, I did. I replaced the bad cut with my avocados, but I also lost his audio. (video playing) I actually just hear the sound of the farm equipment. But that's not my only problem. If I wanted to move this around--maybe I brought it in too early or too late--and I go ahead and I drag this left, or I drag it right, it's going to a leave a big gap and even cut off more of his audio.
So let me go ahead and hit undo. I am going to do it twice, Command+Z, and that will remove the clip from my Timeline-- get us back to where we want to be. And I am going to scroll up a little bit. We haven't really looked at this, and you probably won't need to scroll because your screen resolution is probably a little bit larger than mine. But there's a second video track. As a matter of fact, there are as many video tracks as you ultimately need. And what I really want to do is I want put this clip as a cutaway on the second video track. And there's a lot of ways to do that, and the easiest way is to simply drag the clip and bring it down to the Timeline and drop it where you want it to go.
Now, I can drop it anywhere I want. It's going to naturally snap to the beginning of where my playhead is. But as long as I cover over that edit point, I am going to be a happy camper. I let go, it places the clip above it. And now let's go ahead and play and see what it looks like. (male speaker: --is 35 gallons of mineral water that's taking care of my avocados and my home. This is being pumped right now with solar technology.) Well, that's pretty cool! I don't cut off his voice. I do hear the farm equipment. We'll learn how to work with audio later on in this course.
But I have a problem that I can very easily fix, and that is he talks about the avocados before I actually see the avocados, and I want to be able to move that. And the beauty of working with two tracks is I can simply grab that and-- using the skills that we learned earlier--just slide it down a little bit. And now when I hit play... (males speaker: --mineral water that's taking care of my avocados and my home.) ...I actually see the avocados when he's talking about the avocados, and I don't see that edit point at all. So cutaways can really help your show look good by covering over edits that you want to hide, or just even showing what a person is talking about.
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