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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.
Now that you know how to perform basic edits, one of the things that will make or break you as an editor is your efficiency, your ability to work in the timeline and navigate your way around. So I want to take this movie and get you up to speed, get you more efficient in working here in the Timeline panel. First of all we need to change the view of the Timeline. As we use these mountains here, we can drag left to zoom out and see more of our footage, or if we want to zoom in more closely, we can drag to the right. We can also use this scrollbar here to get where we need to go.
Again, of course, we can just click the Current Time Indicator to jump in time as well. We could also press the Backslash key as talked about before to make it so that we can see the entire program at a glance. And as mentioned before, we could press the Home key to jump to the beginning of the sequence, and we could press End to jump to the end of our program. Now, if we're going to make a fine- tuned adjustment, so we can just kind of scrub in the timeline here, but when we get to a spot where we want to really have fine control and advance a little bit at a time, we could use the Right Arrow key to advance one frame at a time.
We could also use the Left Arrow key to go back in time one frame. If you have a wheel on your mouse, you can actually use the wheel on your mouse to scroll up and down. And as you scroll up on your mouse, you're going to go forward in time. As you scroll down on your mouse, you're going to go backwards in time. Now, one other keyboard shortcut or a series of keyboard shortcuts that really helps when you edit video. When I edit I'd like to have my right hand on my mouse and my left hand on the keys J, K and L. This is a great combination.
I keep my third finger on the J, my middle finger on the K, and my index finger on the L. And as we press L, we go forward in time, and I press K to stop. And as we continue to press L, we go faster and faster and faster in time, and again K stops it. If we press J once, we will go backwards in time fairly slowly and we press K to stop. Now, if I keep pressing J, every time I press it we're going to go backwards in time faster and faster and faster and faster.
And again K stops it. If I press K and L together, I will advance in slow motion forward through the clip. If I press J and K together, I go backwards through the clip. That did not work. Not quite right. Let me advance this a little bit here, using L and K to stop, and then J and K together. Again, it takes me backwards as well. So, again, these are different ways we have to navigate through the Timeline to get to the clips that you're looking for, make the cuts that you need, are really going to determine your ultimate success as an editor.
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