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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.
Now the good thing about Adobe Premiere Pro is there's lots of ways to do everything. The bad thing about Adobe Premiere Pro is there's lots of ways to do everything. So what I'm going to go over in this movie is the variety of different ways you can edit based upon your personal preference, and your personal style. So as you can see, we're back to our vanilla interface, the only difference is I've imported some video clips for us to work with just so you can see different ways that you can move around the interface.
So what we are going to do is in the lower left-hand corner of your screen you see I have my Project window, where I have already populated it of clips in media. Now you're only seeing two folders here because of my screen resolution. I'm going to go ahead and press the Tilde key that we learned about earlier to make this full screen. And as you can see, there's a variety of folders where I have organized all my media by whether they are graphics or color correction or B-roll, and we are going to look at that in much more detail when we actually explore the Project window.
But for now, I'm going to switch from an icon view by pressing the button in the lower left-hand corner from Icon to a List View so you can see where I'm getting the footage that we'll be working from. And just to keep things simple, we'll work with the footage in the B-roll library so I am going to click on the triangle and reveal the contents of what's inside the B-roll library. I'm going to press the Tilde key to now shrink this window back and make it look a lot more like what you're probably seeing, and I'm going to bring the clip from the Project window into my Source clip to make in and out points, and I can do that in a lot of different ways.
I can simply double-click to load something in, or I can actually click and drag and drop it in that window and that allows me to load the clip into my Source window to mark in and out points. So as you can see, dragging and dropping is a very convenient way to edit. In addition to dragging and dropping, there is a variety of buttons, and if I wanted to play this clip I can simply press the Play button... (video playing) ...and we can see the light is still on, but if I want actually scrub through it, I can again do lots of dragging and see the light turn on and off.
So dragging around with your mouse is one very useful way of working in Adobe Premiere Pro 6. As a matter of fact, if I choose to put this clip into my Timeline, I can either drag it left to right and create and edit or even drag it down to the Timeline and drop it exactly where I want it to be. So as you can see, dragging and dropping is one way of driving Adobe Premiere Pro 6. In addition to dragging and dropping, you can also do a lot of things with dropdown menus.
So I could go to the Edit dropdown menu, I could do things such as Undo, File, work with Project Settings, Clip Settings. So a lot of what you may want to do can also be done with dropdown menus from the top part of your screen. Keyboard shortcuts are another way that you can drive Adobe Premiere Pro 6. So for instance, I can actually scan through my clip by pressing the Spacebar instead of pressing the little Play button, and I can also create my edits by pressing keyboard shortcuts such as the Period key to bring a clip directly into the Timeline.
Another important thing to know is that you can also right-click in the interface--or if you don't have a two- button mouse Ctrl-clicking--and that will also reveal different things that you can do with the clip, but realize this is context-sensitive so depending on where your mouse is hovering when you right-click you might get different options. The last thing I want to point out is that in the upper right-hand corner of each of the panels you can see a flyout window or a dropdown box, and if you click on this again, you'll see many other options on how you can drive Adobe Premiere Pro 6.
Now don't worry about remembering all of this now, I just want you to realize there is a lot of different ways to edit in Adobe Premiere Pro 6, and they are all right. It's whatever works best for you.
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