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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.
Matched action is basically when you have two or more clips that demonstrate the same thing or show the same thing, but from different camera angles. And as an editor, you can take two different clips from two different angles and kind of sandwich them together to produce some interesting cuts. So in this clip we have - actually we have two clips here - from the Time Music Video from the Zen Chemists. And in one part, the rapper on the right, the guys who's rapping there, he will kind of move his hands like this. He is saying, "Never." He is kind of making that motion with his hands, never.
And then I have another shot of them from, with a hand-held shot, we I'm kind of, like, moving around more and he does the same thing. Now the only person shooting was me with just my one camera. So this is basically just two clips of the same thing. But because he did the same motion, in other words he had matched action, what we can do is we can cut these together so that they look like I used a multiple camera shot. So what I am going to do is I am going to find the spot where his hands cross. Now it's really important, for the sake of continuity, that when you do matched action, you get very precise and very careful, because if things don't quite match up, as we saw with jump cuts and stuff earlier on in this training series, then it just won't work.
So you got to be really careful with that. So I am going to go to 2 seconds and 11 frames, right there. And I am going to chop off, or trim, at the end of that clip. So that is the last frame and I am actually going to go one more frame out, so that we get that frame in there, but this is where I want the last frame to be. And you'll notice that his right-hand is up and his left-hand is up a little bit higher and his pinky is kind of extended up a little bit. So what we are going to try to do is find that exact same spot, so we can match the action and right about there, it's 6:18, we have the same type of thing where his right hand is out and his left hand is a little bit higher and his pinky is even up a little bit.
So these shots will work together really great. Now, it's not perfect. But because this is taken from a different angle, we have a little bit of leeway there. But if we trim this clip to that point and then we move it over to sandwich these together, then we have this cool clip that looks like the same type of thing. Now you might kind of want to go over the two edits with a fine-toothed comb just to make sure that things line up just right and as I'm looking at this, I am thinking "You know what? We have an extra frame that we don't need here." The hands are matching up, but look at his mouth.
We see the mouth in the right-hand side. It's very wide open and then instantly kind of closed a little bit. So what we could do is kind of separate these and tweak these until we get a mouth position that would make them makes a little bit more sense. Now for this I probably want to turn off snaps, so I could adjust this at the frame level, till I get the perfect frame. And if his mouth is open a little bit like this, if we go to the end of this clip, it's open a little bit and I think with the next clip, it looks kind of close from this angle but I think it is believable to think that it is open a little bit.
So let's see if that looks any better. Okay, so it's a little bit off, but they're basically in the same spot. His hands are almost in the same spot or where you would think they would might be if the camera was under him. And we kind of created this interesting cut, instead of having to look at the same shot for longer, we can use match action to make a better looking cut. So things are just a little bit more visually interesting. Yeah, I really like the way that looks. It's looks like it's just very seamless. Now I should probably point out that I showed this to one of my director of photography buddies, who is extremely talented, and he is kind of saying that it's not that good of an idea to cut from a medium shot like this to a shot that's kind of like another medium shot, so it's almost like a jump cut, because it's not that different.
So when you cut, you want to maybe ideally, I would be farther away in this shot and then cut into closer. But the point of the match action still carries over and we have a great continuous shot that really works well together.
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