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Editing to music


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Premiere Pro CS4 Beyond the Basics

with Chad Perkins

Video: Editing to music

In this movie, we're going to look at editing video to music. A lot of times, this comes in handy as the example we are going to see here. When you're editing music to a music video, and then like maybe when you're capturing the footage, or when you're shooting the footage, the artist were just kind of lip-syncing and you got to use the high quality audio to kind of sync them, both the audio and the video here in the timeline. These techniques might also come in handy when you're working in certain workflows where the video and the audio were captured separately, say for example, in the case of film. So there are a couple of great rules to keep in mind.
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  1. 4m 11s
    1. Welcome
      56s
    2. What's new in the dot release
      57s
    3. Using the exercise files
      2m 18s
  2. 18m 54s
    1. Capturing ambient audio
      3m 12s
    2. Getting plenty of coverage
      1m 48s
    3. Telling a story with camera angles
      3m 18s
    4. The 180 degree rule
      2m 13s
    5. Framing shots
      3m 25s
    6. Allowing "emotional space"
      1m 40s
    7. Overcranking and time lapse
      3m 18s
  3. 11m 38s
    1. Why is metadata important?
      1m 40s
    2. Browsing and adding metadata
      6m 4s
    3. Creating metadata with Speech Search
      3m 54s
  4. 33m 12s
    1. When to cut
      7m 38s
    2. Avoiding bad edits
      9m 17s
    3. Using emotional cutaways
      1m 53s
    4. Fixing problems with cutaways
      3m 53s
    5. Pacing edits
      3m 49s
    6. Matching action
      4m 14s
    7. The power of suggestive editing
      2m 28s
  5. 26m 31s
    1. Contrasting targeting and selecting
      3m 17s
    2. Copying and pasting clips
      2m 36s
    3. Replacing clips
      4m 8s
    4. Editing to music
      5m 0s
    5. Using sample rate for precise editing
      5m 34s
    6. Creating J and L cuts
      3m 33s
    7. Working with subclips
      2m 23s
  6. 11m 17s
    1. Ingesting media
      1m 39s
    2. Examining P2 file structure
      1m 31s
    3. Importing P2 files with the Media Browser
      5m 15s
    4. Converting DVCPRO HD to standard 720p
      2m 52s
  7. 38m 11s
    1. Using the Reference Monitor
      3m 0s
    2. Using scopes
      8m 33s
    3. Primary color correction
      10m 11s
    4. Secondary color correction
      8m 28s
    5. Creating a vignette
      2m 28s
    6. Creating a day-for-night shot
      5m 31s
  8. 37m 19s
    1. Censoring video
      5m 30s
    2. Creating a waving flag
      6m 5s
    3. Creating a lens flare
      3m 36s
    4. Creating background textures
      6m 19s
    5. Playing with time
      6m 4s
    6. Using transition effects
      6m 13s
    7. Working with presets
      3m 32s
  9. 15m 30s
    1. Creating a garbage matte
      3m 56s
    2. Removing green screen
      5m 6s
    3. Compositing with blend modes
      3m 32s
    4. Nesting sequences
      2m 56s
  10. 15m 27s
    1. Creating 3D reflections
      5m 0s
    2. Creating growing vines
      5m 52s
    3. Creating a track matte
      2m 39s
    4. Using the History panel
      1m 56s
  11. 42m 25s
    1. Censoring audio using bleeps
      5m 16s
    2. Understanding sample rate
      3m 0s
    3. Normalizing audio across multiple clips
      5m 7s
    4. Recording audio
      2m 24s
    5. Removing audio problems with Soundbooth
      5m 43s
    6. Working with VST plug-in effects
      2m 3s
    7. Mixing audio
      8m 20s
    8. Changing volume over time
      5m 22s
    9. Working with surround sound
      5m 10s
  12. 23m 52s
    1. About this project
      2m 26s
    2. Performing preliminary edits
      2m 35s
    3. Working with multi-camera footage
      7m 27s
    4. Creating a visual "stutter"
      3m 12s
    5. Adjusting color
      8m 12s
  13. 6m 28s
    1. Transferring projects to another machine
      3m 24s
    2. Removing unused footage
      3m 4s
  14. 25m 46s
    1. Choosing a format
      5m 35s
    2. Understanding spatial compression
      2m 5s
    3. Understanding temporal compression
      4m 19s
    4. About HD standards
      5m 46s
    5. Changing footage interpretation
      2m 17s
    6. Getting the film look
      5m 44s
  15. 27m 10s
    1. Working with After Effects
      5m 56s
    2. Creating titles in After Effects
      5m 39s
    3. Working with Photoshop files
      2m 29s
    4. Working with Final Cut Pro
      2m 2s
    5. Working with OnLocation
      3m 12s
    6. Working with Encore
      4m 27s
    7. Introducing Adobe Story for pre-production
      3m 25s
  16. 15s
    1. Goodbye
      15s

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Premiere Pro CS4 Beyond the Basics
5h 38m Intermediate Dec 03, 2009

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In Premiere Pro CS4 Beyond the Basics, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins explains how to take video editing from simple nuts and bolts to an art form. He shares tips for shooting video in the field to get the most from a subject and get the best footage for a project. He demonstrates how to build a project through the careful use of cutaways, pacing, and suggestive edits. He covers special effects, color correction, and keying and compositing, integrating all these concepts as he builds a music video project from scratch. Exercise files are included with this course.

Topics include:
  • Working with P2 media
  • Keying compositions using garbage mattes and green screen
  • Using transition effects, lens flares, and 3D reflections
  • Compositing with blend modes
  • Understanding spatial versus temporal compression
  • Recording, mixing, normalizing, and fixing audio
Subject:
Video
Software:
Premiere Pro
Author:
Chad Perkins

Editing to music

In this movie, we're going to look at editing video to music. A lot of times, this comes in handy as the example we are going to see here. When you're editing music to a music video, and then like maybe when you're capturing the footage, or when you're shooting the footage, the artist were just kind of lip-syncing and you got to use the high quality audio to kind of sync them, both the audio and the video here in the timeline. These techniques might also come in handy when you're working in certain workflows where the video and the audio were captured separately, say for example, in the case of film. So there are a couple of great rules to keep in mind.

First of all, the audio file here, the audio waveform in the timeline is your best friend. So you want to click this little down arrow and make sure that we can see this waveform because this waveform tells us a lot about what's going on. If you need to, you can hit the Plus key on your keyboard to zoom in a little bit and see the waveform better and you can zoom in really, really closely so you can see the little minute details of the audio waveform, but we don't want to get in that closely. So it's kind of good. I like this view right here where we could kind of see the peaks. These are called transient. When there is like little spike that goes up, it's referred to as a transient, and then the spots where there is flatness, and the flatness means that there is no audio there.

So if you're editing a video of someone talking, you can actually see the flat lines, as you can in the first few frames of this audio clip here, where there is just a flat line, it means there is no dialog, no audio going on there. And again, the transients I was referring to earlier, this little spikes right here, this, right in the edge of the waveform where it's kind of peaking a little bit. You can use those to line up, like let's say somebody is about to say something and visually, you can see that they're about to say it, maybe they're, like, have a hard consonant, like an F or T, then you can line up the transient with that frame of video.

Now another great tip is to use the Sample Rate for precise editing, for when you're trying to align audio to video. We'll talk about that in the next movies. It's kind of its own topic. But another important aspect of this is to go the Preferences. On a PC, it'll be under the Edit menu. Under Mac's, it'll be under the Premiere Pro menu, go to Preferences. Let's go to General. And actually the option that we want, once we open up Preferences, it doesn't matter where we start from, we can go to Audio here and what we want is Play audio while scrubbing.

This can really help us while we are aligning audio, as we'll see in just a second. So I am going to go ahead and check that and click OK. Now that option basically means that as we're dragging the Playhead here, we can hear the audio play back. What's really cool about that is that the video and audio both play back while you're scrubbing. So you could see, in more detail, how aligned or how in sync your audio and video are. Now we have kind of a simple example here, just for the sake of easiness, I want to show you a few little tips here.

What we're going to do is we're going to play back and listen to when the singing starts and when the rapping starts. Okay, so right about here. Okay, so you can almost visually see there is a little dip right before they start rapping, right about there. And this video clip starts about when they rap, so we can just drag that to there and let's just see, kind of randomly, how that works out. (Video playing) Okay, that's kind of hard to see when you're playing back.

So let's go back and we'll scrub and maybe get a better idea, as we're listening to this slowly and watching every frame, how well this is in sync. I actually think that looks pretty good, especially as he says Time, the second time, the T and the M both look like they are in sync.

So for just a random shot out of the gate, we did pretty good here. If we did need to do some fine-tuning and we didn't want to use the Sample Rate, again, that we'll talk about in the next movie. One of the things that I like to do is trim a little bit off at the beginning, if that's possible, and a little bit off the end, and then use, again, the Slip Edit tool, so we can just kind of get in there and just tweak a frame or two in any given direction, so if it's a little bit early or a little bit late, we can just kind of click-and-drag left, to back this up a couple of frames, or click-and-drag to the right to advance it a couple of frames or one frame, if the case calls for it.

So, in a nutshell, those are my three quick tips for editing video to audio. Number one, make sure you are not only viewing the audio waveform by expanding the arrow here, but you're also using it as a guide for aligning audio in a rough sense. Tip number two, use the audio sample rate, which we'll talk about next, and number three, use audio scrubbing. Enable that, while you're editing, so that you can just do a quick check to make sure that you've got the audio and video in sync.

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