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In Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training, author Chad Perkins shows not only how to edit video with Premiere Pro, but he also explains how to use video to tell compelling stories. This course covers the Premiere Pro workflow from a high level, providing a background on how projects go from start to finish before diving into basic clip adjustments, such as color correcting scenes for more dramatic impact, applying transitions effectively, and slowing down and speeding up clip playback. The course includes creative techniques, such as making titles and removing a green screen background from a shot. Exercise files are included with the course.
Now let's take a very brief tour of the interface in Premiere. Premiere, like all Adobe video apps, is made up of a series of docked modules called panels. So we have, for example, the Effect Controls panel, the Project panel, the Resource Central panel, Media Browser and so on and so forth. And you could see which one is selected by this little gold outline around it. Now this is very crucial because the keyboard shortcuts that you will use to control Premiere are depended upon which panel is selected.
If you want to make one panel the focus and maximize it, press the Tilde key, which is the little squiggle which is above the Tab key and to the left of the number one on your keyboard, and then hit the Tilde key again to restore the interface the way it was. Now between each of these docked panels, you will have a little divider line and if you put your cursor over that divider line, whether it would be vertical here or horizontal here, you can resize the interface and it's very dynamic as you can see. In the Program Monitor, I have my resolution set to Fit rather than a prescribed percentage.
So if I say Fit, then as I move this around you are seeing that it's dynamically resizing my content to fit in that window. So I can basically customize the interface however I want. Now if there is a certain panel that I refer to in the training that you are not seeing-- Let's say, for example, there is the Effects panel here. Let's go ahead and press this little X next to it to get rid of the Effects panel to clean things up a little bit. Let's say I refer to the Effects panel, and it's not in your interface anymore. You can go to the Window menu at the top to restore all missing panels. So I can go Window > Effects and there is she is, right where she belongs.
Now you might decide that that's not where she belongs after all. So you can click on the word Effects and drag around. You get these little drop zones telling you where this panel is going to go. So this here is a panel and it contains the Source Monitor, Effect Controls panel here and also the Audio Mixer. That will group it in with these other panels. If I select one of these drop zones around the edges here, that will create a brand new frame with the Effects panel on its own.
So as you can see, it's completely customizable. One of the things I would like to do with the interface is if you hold the Command key on the Mac, or the Ctrl key on the PC, and for some of these panels with the drop-down right here, then you actually kind of get this little grip in the upper left-hand corner but if you grab this while holding the Command key on the Mac or the Ctrl key on the PC, then you will actually make this panel float and you can move this wherever you want. So right now I have two monitors and so if I move this over here, you can't see this right now. because I'm only recording my main monitor, but it appears as if this panel is disappearing off into the wilderness and it's not.
It's just moving over to my second monitor and so then I maximize this and that gives me like a full HD preview of what I am outputting, which I really like. And then just to re-dock it, you grab that handle again and move it over and we'll create a frame on this side by using this right-hand drop zone and there is the Program Monitor again. You can grab the Effects panel, drag it back, use the center drop zone again to reshuffle that and there you go. Now if I did totally screw up my interface and I move things all over the place where they ought not be, what I can do is go to this drop-down over here in the upper right-hand corner and it says Workspace.
Now there is a series of pre-made workspaces based on different tasks that you will encounter in Premiere and what I am going to do is just a Reset Current Workspace and it's going to say, "Are you sure you want to reset it?" I am going to say Yes and it restores the workspace to its original layout. So there is the nuts and bolts of the interface. Totally customizable the way that you want it to be.
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