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Premiere Pro CC Essential Training (2013)
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Finishing techniques


Premiere Pro CC Essential Training (2013)

with Abba Shapiro

Video: Finishing techniques

Once you've completed your project, and you're ready to output it. There's one more step that you should take the time to do. And that's a finishing step. Now, you can spend a few minutes, or you can spend a day on finishing a project. Depending on the length, and how critical you want everything to match. We're going to just spend a few minutes just to show you some of the highlights of things that you might want to do. I'm going to go ahead and make my sequence full screen, so we can see it better. It's relatively clean. I'm going to go ahead and hit the back slash key, so we can see a little bit more.
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  1. 5m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 15s
    2. Using the exercise files
      3m 1s
    3. What is Premiere Pro CC?
      1m 19s
  2. 29m 33s
    1. Why you should watch this fast-track chapter
      1m 33s
    2. Importing media
      1m 29s
    3. Selecting shots
      2m 48s
    4. Editing to the Timeline
      4m 51s
    5. Refining the edit
      2m 41s
    6. Adding transitions
      3m 2s
    7. Adding titles
      4m 9s
    8. Adding and adjusting music
      7m 35s
    9. Outputting your show
      1m 25s
  3. 30m 13s
    1. Launching the application for the first time
      5m 13s
    2. Touring the interface
      4m 29s
    3. Customizing windows and panels
      4m 56s
    4. Choosing your editing style
      6m 5s
    5. Understanding system requirements
      3m 1s
    6. Adjusting some basic user preferences
      6m 29s
  4. 47m 5s
    1. Setting up a project and sequence
      7m 11s
    2. Understanding all the types of media used in creating a video
      5m 12s
    3. Importing files already on your computer
      3m 57s
    4. Importing pre-organized media
      3m 24s
    5. Importing media from existing Premiere projects
      4m 39s
    6. Importing card-based media
      6m 11s
    7. Importing Final Cut XML files
      2m 36s
    8. Organizing your media
      6m 13s
    9. Reconnecting offline media
      7m 42s
  5. 18m 54s
    1. Basic editing overview
      4m 38s
    2. Previewing and marking media in the Project panel
      6m 12s
    3. Previewing and marking clips in the Source panel
      3m 9s
    4. Creating subclips
      4m 55s
  6. 9m 19s
    1. Marking and targeting destinations in the Timeline
      3m 35s
    2. Moving clips in the Timeline
      1m 27s
    3. Trimming edit points in the Timeline
      1m 24s
    4. Splitting and deleting clips
      2m 53s
  7. 24m 59s
    1. Performing an overwrite edit
      5m 7s
    2. Performing an insert edit
      3m 20s
    3. Using swap edits
      2m 37s
    4. Using multiple tracks
      4m 24s
    5. Targeting specific tracks in the Timeline
      4m 8s
    6. Cutting a B-roll sequence
      5m 23s
  8. 20m 16s
    1. Looking at three-point edits
      5m 26s
    2. Performing replace edits
      6m 5s
    3. Linking and unlinking audio
      4m 48s
    4. Working with markers
      3m 57s
  9. 24m 49s
    1. Performing ripple and roll edits
      5m 53s
    2. Using slip and slide edits
      6m 34s
    3. Performing J and L cuts
      3m 32s
    4. Looking at the Trim Monitor window
      2m 47s
    5. Increasing trim efficiency
      2m 11s
    6. Tips and tricks for trimming
      3m 52s
  10. 27m 28s
    1. Taking control of your Timeline
      4m 7s
    2. Adding video and audio tracks
      4m 32s
    3. Changing track visibility and locking tracks
      3m 22s
    4. Rendering media in your Timeline
      5m 34s
    5. Using the History panel to undo multiple actions
      2m 22s
    6. Creating keyboard shortcuts
      4m 19s
    7. Creating buttons
      3m 12s
  11. 29m 43s
    1. Exploring audio in Premiere Pro
      6m 32s
    2. Adjusting audio levels of clip
      7m 17s
    3. Keyframing audio levels of a clip
      4m 33s
    4. Mixing audio
      7m 34s
    5. Fixing out-of-sync audio
      3m 47s
  12. 20m 56s
    1. Importing still images
      4m 57s
    2. Working with stills
      6m 36s
    3. Animating stills with keyframes
      4m 49s
    4. Animating Photoshop files
      4m 34s
  13. 8m 59s
    1. Changing clip size, cropping, and position
      5m 16s
    2. Animating the position of clips over time
      3m 43s
  14. 14m 43s
    1. Applying basic video and audio transitions
      3m 1s
    2. Modifying transitions
      8m 6s
    3. Applying multiple transitions
      3m 36s
  15. 47m 2s
    1. Applying video effects
      2m 42s
    2. Modifying effects
      4m 47s
    3. Combining multiple effects
      8m 30s
    4. Keyframing your filters
      6m 22s
    5. Adjusting existing filter timing
      5m 56s
    6. Applying effects to multiple clips
      2m 31s
    7. Copying and pasting attributes
      4m 25s
    8. Creating and saving effect presets
      6m 46s
    9. Applying audio effects
      5m 3s
  16. 25m 36s
    1. Looking at the Warp Stabilizer
      5m 14s
    2. Working with chroma key and green screen
      4m 45s
    3. Using color correction tools
      6m 55s
    4. Looking at the Lumetri color looks
      4m 6s
    5. Using adjustment layers to save time
      4m 36s
  17. 27m 41s
    1. Fit-to-fill editing
      6m 41s
    2. Stretching a clip
      4m 15s
    3. Looking at the Clip Speed/Duration dialog box
      9m 17s
    4. Making variable speed changes
      7m 28s
  18. 15m 29s
    1. Creating a static title
      4m 35s
    2. Creating a lower third title
      2m 57s
    3. Creating rolling and crawling credits
      3m 40s
    4. Using Photoshop for titles from within Adobe Premiere
      4m 17s
  19. 22m 2s
    1. Introducing multicam
      2m 57s
    2. Creating a multicam clip with timecode and sync points
      5m 13s
    3. Creating a multicam clip using audio waveforms
      2m 55s
    4. Editing a multicam clip in the Timeline
      6m 50s
    5. Refining a multicam edit
      4m 7s
  20. 21m 38s
    1. Finishing techniques
      8m 35s
    2. Exporting a master
      6m 52s
    3. Exporting for devices and the web
      6m 11s
  21. 16m 55s
    1. Moving and copying a project
      7m 46s
    2. Archiving a project
      6m 49s
    3. Preparing and integrating your workflow with non-Adobe applications
      2m 20s
  22. 1m 35s
    1. Next steps
      1m 35s

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Premiere Pro CC Essential Training (2013)
8h 10m Appropriate for all Jul 10, 2013

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Meet Adobe Premiere Pro, and learn the skills necessary to professionally edit video. Abba Shapiro first introduces a "fast track" approach to Premiere that shows the entire import to output process in eight quick steps—ideal as an overview for new editors and a preview of the new features in CC that experienced users will want to see right off the bat. Then transition to the expanded 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 information on exporting and archiving projects, as well as advice for becoming more efficient in Premiere with actions, keyboard shortcuts, and other workflow enhancing tricks.

Topics include:
  • Editing in Premiere Pro in eight steps
  • Customizing the window layout and the interface
  • Setting up a project and sequence
  • Importing media
  • Marking and selecting the best takes from clips
  • Editing clips into the Timeline
  • Trimming, splitting, moving, and deleting clips
  • Performing insert and overwrite edits
  • Advanced editing, such as 3-point editing, replace edits, and linking audio
  • Mixing audio
  • Performing roll and ripple edits
  • Applying transitions, effects, and filters
  • Changing speed
  • Creating titles, credit rolls, and lower thirds
  • Demonstrating multicam editing techniques
  • Exporting your final project
Video Video Editing
Premiere Pro
Abba Shapiro

Finishing techniques

Once you've completed your project, and you're ready to output it. There's one more step that you should take the time to do. And that's a finishing step. Now, you can spend a few minutes, or you can spend a day on finishing a project. Depending on the length, and how critical you want everything to match. We're going to just spend a few minutes just to show you some of the highlights of things that you might want to do. I'm going to go ahead and make my sequence full screen, so we can see it better. It's relatively clean. I'm going to go ahead and hit the back slash key, so we can see a little bit more.

But I see things on different tracks and it really should be that audio should have all the voices on one or two tracks. And then music would be on a separate track. And if I had sound effects, they would be on a separate track. It makes cleaning up and exporting things a lot easier. But in the mad rush to edit a lot of times your track targeting is off and you make mistakes, so this is that step you go through to clean up those mistakes. Well the first thing that's jumping out at me is I have this audio here twice, and it was probably just that I went to move it, held down the option key.

To separate it, and forgot to let go of it. And I ended up duplicating the track. Now, the problem with duplicating an audio track, is, it makes that section twice as loud. Audio is additive, so I want to make sure I delete that extra track. So I'm going to select it I see its not connected to anything its all by itself. Simply press the Delete key and I should be in good shape. Now the bigger problem is I have audio from both my speakers and my music on the same track and I want to move these up and down.

So here we have an audio clip and I can select it and I can drag it up. But that's time consuming. What I want to do is use a keyboard shortcut. Now, let's select this one by example. I'm going to hold the Option and the Up Arrow key and you notice, as I move the audio up, it moves the video up and, eventually, it might even hit the ceiling and I won't be able to move things up or down so I want to separate these. What we learned earlier you can do that by holding down the option key and isolating a piece of audio from the video or vice versa.

Now when I hold down the Option key I can move just the audio up but that's very time consuming to continually have to select hold the Option key, move up, move down, so there's a great little feature up here. It's a linking option that allows me to turn the linking between all the audio clips in my timeline and all the video clips in my timeline. When I uncheck that, and we see the button looks raised for a moment, I can select a variety of clips and because they're no longer linked.

I can select the audio, but the video isn't selected and now I can use that keyboard shortcut of option-up arrow to move those into place. Let me do the same thing with this piece of music. Hold down the option key, tap it a couple times, and you see everything is nicely lined up. Now I'm not going to worry about my B roll because if I need to go back it's nice to have that on a second level and it's not causing me any problems so I want to go back and make sure I turn linking back on so that now when I select my clips it selects both the video and the audio.

The next step is looking for what's called flash frames or gaps. And this happens sometimes when you're editing and literally you've been moving things around and there's one frame that there's not video. It's called a flash frame. It goes by in a thirtieth of a second. And often when watching playback you can miss it. One of the things I like to do is simply jump to every edit point. And I can do that with the up and down arrow. The down arrow is going to jump me forward and the up arrow is going to jump me back.

Now, it is stopping at every single edit point for me. But you might be experiencing something a little bit different. It might be missing these and that could happen if, for instance, I have that track deactivated. I can still see it, but it's not targeted anymore. And watch what happens when I hit the down key to go forward. It completely misses everything on tracks 2 and 3, because they're not turned on. So make sure that all of your video and all of your audio tracks are active and targeted and you'll be able to do this very quickly.

I'm just going to use the down key and just keep tapping it. Now I need to see my video again so I'm going to hit the tilde key so we can see the video and as I jump to each edit and I can do this very quickly I can make sure that I don't have any anomalies. There we go. Right there is an anomaly, it's a black frame, let me go ahead and zoom in. When I was editing, I left a little bit of a gap there. So I'm going to go ahead and right click on that, I'll do a ripple delete, I'll close that so now we don't have to worry about that little frame of black.

And once again, I'll zoom out a little bit so you can see my whole timeline. And continue on all the way until the end. Luckily I only had one gap, but that's important to see if you had any flash frames or maybe even a bonus frame. Sometimes I've cut something and I've left literally one thirtieth of a second. The viewer may not register that consciously... But it is disturbing if something like that happens. The next thing I want to do is look at my audio levels. I'm going to go ahead and bring this full screen again just so, you can see things easier and I want to open up all of these tracks so I can work with it.

Now the scroll key works on a single track, but Shift scroll allows me to actually open up all of my tracks and I can see my clip key framing right here. But seeing is different than hearing. So once I've opened this up and just for fun I'm going to open up my video a little bit so we can see the picture icons. We'll jump back here and I'm going to go ahead and play my video and I'm going to look at my automators to see if they're spiking the way that they should So we're making one of my favorite things right now and this is a honey barbecue chicken pizza.

>> Now, I would normally go through this painstakingly and listen to the whole show. For this video, I'm going to jump to where I may see some problems. >> And you can smell the food. It's because I see my audio levels were higher. Now, this could have been because the microphones were further away and my voice was softer. >>But sometimes you just accidentally will grab an audio level meter and suddenly you'll have this booming sound coming into your show. >> (UNKNOWN) (INAUDIBLE) Real Good.

That at first blush might be nice, but one of the reasons I turn on my wave forms because I can see where the audio does get louder. I look at the meter on the right to make sure it's not dramatically different than the earlier audio in my program. And it is, it actually peaks at a little bit above minus 6. And I can easily move that down by pulling it but it's easier to use a keyboard shortcut. The left and right brackets will move the audio up and down on any clips that may be selected.

And you can select multiple clips. And if no clips are selected, it will move the audio up and down with a play head as part. So, literally by hitting the Bracket key once, it brings it down one decibel level. I'm going to go ahead and play it back. And I can actually do this on the fly. >>Neatness does not count. >>Neatness does not count. It's totally fine. >>Okay. >>So I can see my levels. Hear my levels and adjust them on the fly while I'm editing. If you hold the Shift key down, you'll actually jump three decibels at a time, and that's great if you know audio is really, really loud. Let me just go ahead and manually pull this down here And if I know it all came from the same source I could possibly use copy and paste attributes and bring my audio levels to a consistent level.

But again, you should always listen. Now, there's a lot more detail you can go through when finishing. The key thing is to watch it over and over again. And often watch it with somebody else in your edit suite just to catch any mistakes that might be there. But for now, I think we finished this program enough, and we're ready to output.

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Q: What happens when Premiere Pro auto-saves one of my projects? How do I restore an auto-saved project?
A: When a new project is created, Auto Save is enabled by default. The editor can choose where they want their auto-saved files to be stored, using the Project Auto Save dropdown in the New Project dialog. By default they will be saved in the same location as the project files. To restore one of these auto-save files, simply open it in Premiere Pro.
The auto-save frequency (in minutes) can be set in Preferences. Premiere Pro CC also auto-saves the project upon detecting changes to the file. If the system goes idle for a period beyond the interval setting, no further auto-saves are triggered until Premiere Pro detects another change.
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