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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.
One of the first major editing tasks usually is to create a rough cut. A rough cut is a basic ballpark approximation of what the final edit is going to be like. It doesn't have be perfect, it doesn't have to be smoothed out, but just kind of a general idea. Now Premiere has a great feature that's going to help us out with that here in the Project panel. Here in this project I have three clips of A-roll of our main subject being interviewed, and then I have three clips of B-roll, just basic like scenery shots here. And what I want to do is I want to cut them altogether so there is one clip of B-roll and then there's an interview in it, and then another clip of B-roll, and then an interview.
This is basically how I want this project to go. So what I'm going to do is actually change the view here, because right now we're looking at this view, which is the list view. It's a list of all of the assets in our Project panel. I'm going to change this over to the Icon view, so we're actually going to be able to see and iconic representation of each of our clips. From here I can move these around like pieces on a board or something, so I could really see what's going on and restructure my presentation from right here visually while I'm seeing all these clips here.
This is very akin to what people are doing, like what directors might do before they go out and shoot, where they take clips and assemble them. It is called pre-visualization. They make a storyboard with different cards or little pieces of paper that have visual representations of each shot. And even screen writers, when they are writing scripts, do this with index cards on a big board. So this is a great way for us to visualize what's going on. So I click on this clip, and I want there to be this A-roll_PlanA_06, I want this to be second, and I want a piece of B-roll first.
I think I want the ocean first, so I'm going to click and drag on this and move this over to the left. And then in this clip here, which is A -roll_planA_02, I'm going to put this after the B-roll_train. So we have B-roll, then A-roll, then we have another piece of B-roll, then we have the other A-roll clip, and this clip of the closeup I want it to be the final shot. So I'm going to move this B- roll standing around clip. Drag this in between the gaps, so we get this thick black vertical line here between these clips, and now from this first shot to our last shot we have a rough assembly of what our final project will look like.
So what I'm going to do now is I'm going to click the first clip, I'm going to Shift+click the last clip, so that all these clips are selected. Don't need to select this sequence. Then I'm going to click this button right here, which is Automate to Sequence. Click this button. And what this is going to do, it is going to take all these clips and assemble them in our timeline in the order in which we choose them. So we'll leave the ordering at the selection order here and again it's going to make it so that in our timeline these clips will appear in this very order. What's also cool about this is we could have these clips overlap, so their endpoints and their beginning points will overlap each other and we can also apply default transitions to these, and these default transitions, because we've not changed them from their defaults, they are going to blend the two clips together visually with the video transition and the audio will also kind of cross-fade from one clip to the next.
This is a really great feature, but I'm not sure I want it here, so I'm just going to uncheck these so the clips just go from frame-to-frame. Next, I'm going to go ahead and click OK and there are our clips here in the Timeline panel. Right here, in order, very quickly and easily added to our program here. Now technically our rough cut is not finished yet, because a rough cut really needs to be cut still a little bit, so it's even rough for a rough cut.
But we can go in here and begin trimming our clips and making those edits and polishing this up, because all of our program now is in the correct order and it's in our Timeline. So this Automated Sequence feature here in the Project panel is a great way to visually see your story and to tell it with representations of the different segments of what's going on, the different scenes, and then bring that into your Timeline.
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