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Premiere Pro CS4 Beyond the Basics

Importing P2 files with the Media Browser


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Premiere Pro CS4 Beyond the Basics

with Chad Perkins

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In my opinion, the best new feature and most useful feature of Premiere Pro CS4 is this new Media Browser tab. You'll find this tab typically grouped with Info, Effects and History, in the lower left-hand corner of the screen. It might be little bit more collapsed, like this. But this is a Browser panel. It allows us to navigate through files. It's kind of like a built-in Adobe Bridge, which doesn't seem all that impressive. However, for those of us that work with P2 Media, the Media Browser is nothing short of amazing.
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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

Importing P2 files with the Media Browser

In my opinion, the best new feature and most useful feature of Premiere Pro CS4 is this new Media Browser tab. You'll find this tab typically grouped with Info, Effects and History, in the lower left-hand corner of the screen. It might be little bit more collapsed, like this. But this is a Browser panel. It allows us to navigate through files. It's kind of like a built-in Adobe Bridge, which doesn't seem all that impressive. However, for those of us that work with P2 Media, the Media Browser is nothing short of amazing.

As we saw in the last movie, we know that P2 file structure can be really complex. Inside this P2 Media folder, inside the Media folder of the Exercise Files, we know that we have this 0024EU folder and inside of that we have CONTENTS and then a bunch of folders and then the VIDEO file. Well, you can imagine if you have a big old shoot and you have tons of different folders of MXF files, this can be very time-consuming to navigate through all the various sub-folders and to actually find the video clip to import.

So, the Media Browser actually makes that very easy. Here, I've navigated, on the left-hand side, to this folder. You can navigate to stuff with this dropdown menu. Navigate through your hard drive. I have already taken the time to do that here with the arrows. It's the same way you'd navigate through anything else on your hard drive. But when I open up this 0024EU folder, instead of seeing the CONTENTS folder and all those other folders, Premiere just digs deep and finds that file and it's just right here. It gives us all the information about it, the Start Timecode, the Frame Rate, the Duration and from here, I can double-click it to open up in the Source Monitor to preview it, or I can just drag- and-drop to the Project panel to import it.

So, if I double-click it to open it up in the Source Monitor, there it is and I can play this back. (firework sounds) A little firework action, with a little piccolo pete here, but another cool thing about this is not only does it dig through all of that file structure and get straight to the good stuff, but also it's a great way to preview MXF files. Currently, it's very challenging to be able to do this. Both Windows and Mac provide no native way to preview these files.

So oftentimes, even if I don't plan on using the footage that I have shot on my P2 card in Premiere, I will use Premiere just this Media Browser panel, just to see what I've shot and to go through my footage. And because P2 Media is really very large, I can't include tons of P2 files with the Exercise Files with this training, because it would just be too much for you to download. I do want to show you one other thing. I have a folder here of this FIREWORKS FOOTAGE folder. Again, you will not have access to this is as it will not be a part of the Exercise Files.

It's just on my hard drive. But I want to show you what this typically looks, when you are working with this, in a real-world situation. So, I have this folder full of FIREWORKS FOOTAGE, so I can click on this, and this is typically what a shot might look like. This last 4th of July, 2009, I went out and I shot a bunch of different footage, and so I have a bunch of different clips, and that created a bunch of different folders. So as you could imagine, on my hard drive, every time you open up one of these folders, it goes to its own CONTENTS folder. Open up that folder and it goes to all those P2 sub-folders that we were looking at earlier. But this is so much easier to use this Media Browser than to use your hard drive.

But I wanted to show you one other trick here. Once you navigate inside of a folder, I can click the Up Arrows here to navigate, but watch this. When I click this Up Arrow, I have been already talking for a few seconds here and it's not going there yet, and so we are just waiting and waiting and then finally, it goes back to the main directory. It goes up a folder. That's really slow. But if you use this left navigation panel, it goes way faster. So, I can just click here and I could see a thumbnail of a clip. Click here, see a thumbnail of that clip, and I can just browse through these clips, very, very quickly by using this left navigation panel to see a little icon, and to get some basic data about this particular file.

And of course, as before, if I want to import anything I just drag-and-drop in my Project panel and there it is. Note that the file that actually comes with the Exercise Files, this Piccolo Pete file that we opened up and we double-clicked it, it opened up in the Source Monitor but it did not import in the Project panel, so be very aware, just by double- clicking it, it opens up so you can preview it, but it doesn't bring it into your project. Now, one other thing that I should probably point out here that's pretty awesome with Premiere is that Premiere only needs the MXF file in order to do its work.

So, if you just have the MXF file, you can bring that into Premiere. This is different than a lot of other, even really high-end video editing programs. A lot of video editing programs need the entire file structure in order to understand the actual video, so they need their CONTENTS folder intact, and all those sub-folders with that complicated hierarchy we looked at earlier. It needs all of that stuff. But again, Premiere only needs the video file, the MXF file. It doesn't need the folder structure to work its magic. So, as somebody that uses P2 Media professionally, I can tell you that that's one of the things I really love about Premier.

It handles P2 Media great. You could bring in just the MXF files. You don't need the whole file structure and the Media Browser makes it so easy to navigate through, sort through, and preview MXF footage from P2 Media.

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