Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training
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Modifying transitions


Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training

with Abba Shapiro

Video: Modifying transitions

Now that we understand how to put transitions on a clip and some of the nuances or challenges we have with extra media or handles on the edge of a clip, let's take a look at how we can modify our transitions to be the exact length or maybe even to be different than a dissolve. Let's go ahead and zoom in to our first transition, the one that worked perfectly in our last movie, and we are going to load this clip into the source monitor, and I'm going to do that by double-clicking on the clip on one of the edges.
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  1. 56s
    1. What is Premiere Pro?
  2. 2m 49s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 42s
  3. 27m 52s
    1. Launching the application for the first time
      3m 27s
    2. A tour of the interface
      4m 55s
    3. Customizing the window layout and the interface
      7m 0s
    4. Exploring the different ways to drive Premiere Pro CS6
      4m 33s
    5. Understanding system configuration and the Mercury Playback Engine
      3m 17s
    6. Adjusting essential preferences
      4m 40s
  4. 40m 7s
    1. Importing files and folders
      11m 2s
    2. Importing card-based media
      6m 1s
    3. Capturing from tape
      4m 10s
    4. Organizing media
      12m 3s
    5. Reconnecting offline media
      6m 51s
  5. 21m 0s
    1. Basic editing overview
      4m 44s
    2. Previewing and marking media in the Project panel
      7m 11s
    3. Previewing and marking clips in the Source panel
      9m 5s
  6. 33m 38s
    1. Editing clips into the Timeline
      7m 56s
    2. Marking and targeting destinations in the Timeline
      2m 53s
    3. Moving clips in the Timeline and performing a swap edit
      4m 11s
    4. Adjusting edit points in the Timeline
      2m 6s
    5. Splitting clips using the Razor tool
      2m 16s
    6. Deleting clips
      2m 38s
    7. Performing an insert edit
      4m 14s
    8. Performing an overwrite edit
      3m 10s
    9. Dragging to a second layer to edit cutaways
      4m 14s
  7. 43m 16s
    1. Performing a three-point edit
      7m 23s
    2. Performing a replace edit
      3m 48s
    3. Targeting specific tracks in the Timeline
      3m 1s
    4. Linking and unlinking audio and video tracks
      3m 51s
    5. Performing roll and ripple edits
      6m 51s
    6. Performing slip and slide edits
      6m 42s
    7. Creating subclips
      4m 29s
    8. Locating and working with different versions of a clip using Match Frame
      7m 11s
  8. 42m 52s
    1. Taking control of your Timeline
      7m 57s
    2. Adding video and audio tracks
      5m 32s
    3. Performing audio-only and video-only edits
      4m 49s
    4. Changing track visibility and locking tracks
      5m 42s
    5. Rendering
      7m 43s
    6. Using the History panel to undo multiple actions
      2m 31s
    7. Creating keyboard shortcuts
      5m 35s
    8. Creating buttons
      3m 3s
  9. 23m 28s
    1. Working with audio
      5m 22s
    2. Adjusting audio levels in the Source Monitor
      3m 0s
    3. Adjusting audio levels in the Timeline
      10m 10s
    4. Adjusting the audio mix on the fly
      4m 56s
  10. 9m 4s
    1. Inserting markers
      4m 8s
    2. Snapping markers to each other
      4m 56s
  11. 29m 52s
    1. Working with stills
      10m 57s
    2. Moving on stills
      5m 54s
    3. Exporting and re-importing stills
      3m 47s
    4. Working with still and animated graphics with transparency
      2m 39s
    5. Working with layered Photoshop files
      6m 35s
  12. 20m 58s
    1. Changing speed and reversing a clip
      6m 22s
    2. Changing speed at a variable rate
      9m 10s
    3. Creating and using freeze frames
      5m 26s
  13. 28m 22s
    1. Using transitions
      9m 36s
    2. Understanding the nuances of transitions
      6m 24s
    3. Modifying transitions
      8m 37s
    4. Setting default transitions and applying multiple transitions
      3m 45s
  14. 36m 36s
    1. Applying and modifying effects
      4m 51s
    2. Applying presets and motion effects
      5m 42s
    3. Saving favorites
      3m 50s
    4. Understanding color correction
      4m 4s
    5. Using adjustment layers
      3m 23s
    6. Working with green screen and chroma key footage
      6m 36s
    7. Using the Warp Stabilizer to stabilize clips
      6m 27s
    8. Applying filters to audio
      1m 43s
  15. 27m 45s
    1. Creating static titles
      7m 8s
    2. Creating lower thirds
      10m 2s
    3. Creating a credit roll and crawls
      6m 41s
    4. Using Photoshop for titles
      3m 54s
  16. 20m 0s
    1. Introducing multicam editing
      1m 46s
    2. Creating a multicam clip with timecode
      3m 25s
    3. Creating a multicam clip using sync points
      4m 1s
    4. Editing a multicam clip in a Timeline
      4m 26s
    5. Refining a multicam edit
      6m 22s
  17. 9m 51s
    1. Exporting a movie
      4m 12s
    2. Sending to Adobe Media Encoder
      3m 44s
    3. Printing to video
      1m 55s
  18. 1m 22s
    1. Next steps
      1m 22s

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Watch the Online Video Course Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training
6h 59m Beginner May 07, 2012

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This course introduces Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, using a project-based approach that introduces video editors to all the skills necessary to cut their own program. Using a short commercial project as an example, author Abba Shapiro walks viewers through a complete and logical workflow that begins with importing media, creating a basic rough edit, and then refining the cut with music and sound effects, transitions, visual effects, and titles. The course also includes troubleshooting advice, such as reconnecting offline media and using the History panel to undo multiple actions.

Topics include:
  • Customizing the window layout and the interface
  • Importing card-based media
  • Capturing media from tape
  • Marking and selecting the best takes from clips
  • Editing clips into the Timeline
  • Performing insert and overwrite edits
  • Performing more advanced editing tasks, such as 3-point editing, replace edits, and trimming using ripple and roll edits
  • Mixing audio
  • Editing more efficiently using markers
  • Working with stills and graphics
  • Creating speed changes on clips
  • Adding transitions and effects
  • Creating titles, credit rolls, and lower thirds
  • Demonstrating multicamera editing techniques
  • Stabilizing shaky footage
  • Exporting your final project to the web, mobile devices, and tape
Premiere Pro
Abba Shapiro

Modifying transitions

Now that we understand how to put transitions on a clip and some of the nuances or challenges we have with extra media or handles on the edge of a clip, let's take a look at how we can modify our transitions to be the exact length or maybe even to be different than a dissolve. Let's go ahead and zoom in to our first transition, the one that worked perfectly in our last movie, and we are going to load this clip into the source monitor, and I'm going to do that by double-clicking on the clip on one of the edges.

I don't want to double-click right on the edit point. That actually would open up a different panel, so make sure that you click either before or after the cut point. Now, what this has done, it's opened up in the Effects Control panel my Dissolve. And I did this because I want you to see that you can control your transitions either in the Timeline or in the Effects Control panel. For instance, if I wanted this Cross Dissolve to be longer, I can simply move my cursor to the very beginning of it or to the very end of it, click and drag.

Now if you notice, as I'm dragging it's actually adding to the duration of the transition. When I let go, it updates not only in my timeline, but you'll see that it also updated in the Effects panel. Now I could give the same thing in the Effects panel, and this time I'm going to do it one right side of the transition, and I'll just pull that over to right a little bit, and it updates in my timeline. So it's very easy to adjust the duration of a clip by dragging its edge.

I can also simply adjust its duration by typing in a number. So for instance-- let's step into the Effects Control panel, select the time, and I want this to be half a second long. Now depending on whether your footage is 30 frames a second or 24 frames a second, a half second is going to be either 15 frames or 12 frames, so it's important for you to know the frame rate of your clips. I know this is 30 frames a second, so I simply type in 15 and hit the Enter key, and as you see my transition is now 15 frames, it's exactly half a second long, and I'm good to go.

So, making a transition longer or shorter is very easy and is actually pretty intuitive. I can also reposition the location of the transition if it doesn't quite happen where I want it to be. There are times when the duration of the transition may be just right, but something happens at the very beginning or the very end, such as a camera flash going off. That's a little distracting. Well, I can go down to the timeline and click on the transition and actually move it left and right, but I am limited by the beginning or the end of the first or second clip, see? If I let go, the transition moves but the edit stays the same.

Now let me go ahead undo that, and I'm going to do the same thing up in the Effects Control panel. Now I have a lot of stuff happening here, and this is really hard to see. Well, I can simply put my cursor between those two parts of the panel, move that over to the left, and now I have a lot of real estate to work with. If I go over here, and I put my cursor over this clip, you notice when I put it on the edge, I get my Trim tool, and that's exactly what we did earlier, we just simply stretched its duration.

But if I hover it right in the middle, it changes to the Roll tool, and at this point I can reposition my cut and my transition at the same time. Take a look when I let go in the Effects Control panel as well as the Timeline to see what happens. It actually moved not only the transition, but also the cut, so I didn't have that limitation that I had over here. It's something good to keep in mind. Now stepping back into the Effects Control panel, you'll notice there's not a lot I can change with the Dissolve. I mean, I could show the actual sources, but a dissolve is a dissolve.

But what if I put in a different transition? And I want to show you how easy it is to swap out an existing transition with a new one and also how to modify that transition. So stepping into the Effects Control panel--we'll go back down, and I'll be honest, there is not a lot of transitions I think are appropriate, Cuts and Dissolves as I said before. We are going to use a wipe because sometimes a wipe is okay. So I'm going to type in wipe, and as you see, there we go, all those different wipes. But wait a second, that's an Effects Transition. We are not quite there yet. Let's go ahead and scroll down, and there we go. What I really want is a video transition wipe, and I can see by the icon that that's what I want.

It looks a little bit of a wipe. I am going to grab it, drag it, drop it on my Cross Dissolve, and as you see, it replaces the Dissolve with my Wipe, but it kept the exact same duration and position. You'll also notice there are a few other options that you can select to modify the way that wipe works. Now if I just scroll over this, you see it's a simple left to right wipe and that's okay, but let's make it a little prettier. First of all, if I wanted to I could show the actual sources when I'm working in this Window.

But I want to give it a little bit of a border, and I can just go ahead and add a border to that, so now I have a black bar, and I am going to make it even thicker. Now to me, black is okay, but if I wanted to give it a color, double-click on it, we'll go blue, select that, hit OK. Now that's a lot gentler than a black bar. And by pressing Reverse, do I want it to go from left to right or right to left? So every transition has aspects that you can modify, so go ahead and swap out different transitions, look in the Effects Control panel, and explore your options.

Now that you know how to modify a transition and swap out a transition, how do we go ahead and fix those problem edits that we discovered in the last move? I'm going to press the Backslash key so we can see all the clips in our timeline, and I'm going to actually jump to the third edit, because that's a little easier to fix than the second one, we'll look at the second one in just a moment. So I'm going to go ahead and load this transition into my timeline--let me zoom in--and now I'll click on the transition and load it back into our Effects Control panel.

Now as you recall, these little zebra stripes indicate a freeze frame. Well, an easy fix for this if I don't want to see that freeze frame, if I don't want to see him stop moving is I can simply do a roll edit and roll this over, and this way the motion doesn't stop, the transition in the edit point starts half a second early, but at least I don't have that distracting freeze frame. So that's a simple fix. But what about that second clip? Once again, I'll press the Backslash key so you can see exactly where I'm going, place my cursor over the middle clip, zoom in a little bit, and now I'm going to click to load this cross dissolve into my Effects Control panel.

Well, I have zebra stripes on both sides, and as you see, it doesn't matter, I can move this left and right, and it still is going to freeze on both of those clips. What I really would like is not to have either of these freeze, but I don't have any extra handle on either one of these clips. Well, we learned in an earlier movie that you can do what's called a Slip Edit, and a Slip Edit is the perfect solution to fix this problem. I'm going to go ahead and click on Solar Install to load into the Source panel, and as you can see, there is my lack of media.

I simply go ahead, grab it, I can move the In and Out Points simultaneously, move it to the left just a hair, about 15 frames, and I'm going to do the same thing to the solar panels clip, double- click to load it in, slip it over, and let's take a look at our edit point. Well, I did pretty good. It's a 1-second edit, and I still have a little bit of a freeze frame. As a matter of fact, the viewer may not even notice that because it's going to be so dim at this point.

But if they do, I could go back and continue the Slip Edit, or if I wanted to, I could simply just shorten the transition to where I don't see any of those still images. There is a lot of ways you can fix these problems. The key is be aware of them and be aware of how easy it is to update and modify any transition in your timeline.

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Q: The exercise files don't work for me. I get an error message stating the sequence(s) could not be loaded and it returns me to the Welcome screen. I am using the trial version of Premiere Pro and the correct codecs do not seem to be included.
A: All the required codecs are included in the trial version of Premiere. You just need to activate the trial with your Adobe ID. If you don't sign into Adobe, anything with MPEG compression will be unavailable. Signing resolves that issue and restores all MPEG-based support.
Q: I'm receiving the following error message from Premiere Pro. "This project contained a sequence that could not be opened. No sequence preview preset file or codec could be associated with this sequence type." How do I resolve it?
Additionally, when I try to create a project, I only have DV sequence presets available.
A: Solution 1: Deactivate, and then reactivate Adobe Premiere Pro.
Launch Adobe Premiere Pro by clicking the application icon. Do not attempt to load a project file. Choose New Project, then create a project. The settings you choose in this step are not important.
Launch Premiere Pro so that the Help menu is available. Choose Help > Deactivate. Then on the Deactivate, screen click the Deactivate button. On Premiere Pro CC Choose Help > Sign out ...Then sign back in. Launch Adobe Premiere Pro as you did in Step 1. On the Sign In Required screen, click the Sign in button. If prompted, sign in with your Adobe ID. The full list of sequence presets is reinitialized. Open the project the generated the error to ensure that it opens correctly. If you are still unable to open your project, contact Adobe Technical Support.
Solution 2: Re-create the Adobe Premiere Pro preferences and plug-in cache.
Get ready to press the Alt (Option) + Shift keys simultaneously. Launch Adobe Premiere Pro by clicking the application icon, and immediately press and hold the Alt (Option) + Shift keys. Continue to hold the Alt (Option) + Shift keys down until you see the Welcome Screen. Note: If the preferences have been reset successfully, the Recent Projects area of the welcome screen will be blank. (Holding Alt (Option) alone on launch will reset the preferences. Holding Shift alone will delete the plugin cache.)
Q: When I tried to open the exercise files for this course, the following message popped up.
"This project was last used with Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration (CUDA), which is not available on this system. Mercury Playback Engine Software only will be used?"
What do I have to do to solve the issue?
Luckily, there is no issue. This is how Premiere Pro operates. "Mercury Playback Engine Software only will be used" is an indication that the machine that is being used does not have an approved/fast enough graphics card. However, all the files and media for this course will work just fine.
You can read more about the system requirements for Premiere Pro here and here

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