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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.
This last step I want to show you is very different than the others. It's called Adobe Story. You might not have heard of it before. It's a brand-new emerging technology. Currently it's absolutely free. You will find it on labs.adobe.com, which is a great place to go because Adobe always puts up, oftentimes, like the next version of like Photoshop or Lightroom or Flash, and you could go there and just test out and see what Adobe is doing. They are very generous with their software. They want you to test it and play with it and fall in love with it and find problems with it and report it to them, and so there is all kinds of great things happening at the Adobe Labs and Adobe Story is one of them.
And what this is is basically a preproduction application. They have production covered with OnLocation and post-production covered with After Effects and Premiere and Encore, but what about preproduction, what about getting your script ready and planning your shoot? And that's what Adobe Story is for. So you get Adobe Story. It's actually a web-based application. So this is what Adobe Story looks like. So you can create a New Script. I can go down over here to the right- hand side, go to this dropdown, and I am going to create a New Script.
I could also create a New Character Bio, which allows you to input stuff about a character, so if you are trying to find a character, that he is a dark brooding character and has this thing in his background or whatever, you can create that to make sure that you don't have any conflicts, so that the character is true to the nature that you set up for them initially. I am going to go ahead and create a New Script, and I can type a name for it. I will just call this Day at the Park. So I click Enter here. And as you could see here, it creates kind of like this document and we can start typing and we can add events to this, like the same way you would write a script in Microsoft Word, but the difference is is that once we start creating events then Adobe Story will start noticing the way that we formatted our script and unfortunately, I am not a screenwriter, so I don't really know that formatting very well, but once you do that, then Adobe Story will recognize that and will start making indications based on what you have input, which is really cool.
So that way, let's say you go to shoot. You know what characters are going to be in what scenes, what props are going to be used in what scenes, so you have a list of what needs to be present on the day of shooting. If you go to these menus here, you could manage different scenes and shots, and all kinds of information to not only get your script off the ground, but help you organize it in preparation for shooting. You can also go to the File menu and export what you create here as an Adobe Story Script to save for later, as a PDF, Text Document, as an Excel, comma separated values file, or even a Final Draft file as well.
So as you could see here Adobe Story, it's brand new, it's cutting-edge, it's very new, and it's not complete, but it is free, and it is a great way to start getting into this workflow, where you are creating your future video workflow right from the beginning in preproduction. It's a very conceivable thing that there is a day then you will make your projects in Adobe Story, and all of that metadata, the dialog and character information, will carry through into OnLocation when you record straight to disk in OnLocation, and that will go over into Premiere.
So you could see Adobe's brain at work, as it's trying to make the entire workflow easy and as automated as possible.
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