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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.
The first step in this project is to apply metadata and a naming convention to our footage. I have already gone ahead and done that for you, but it's important to note that even though we are not going to do that step-by-step here, that is a very important part of the project. Now the next thing, where the work actually begins, is making a preliminary edit. Now, I know that at this point, you already know how to apply footage or get footage into the Timeline, but there are a couple different ways to do that and it changes based on your preference. So, in this project we're starting out the first chorus. That's how the song begins.
And so I have five different clips here. Now, there is a couple of different options that are kind of unique to this project because it's a music video. I could Shift+Click or click in the first clip and then Shift+Click the last clip to select all these clips. And then just drag them into the Timeline and they come in, in that order. You could see 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, but they all have their audio tracks as well and this is actually because the clips came with the audio that came from the camera, which has four mono tracks.
So, this is one way that we can start our edit. Just drag-and-drop the clips in there. Don't worry about how much extra time they take up. We will trim them down later, just get them in the Timeline. And then, because it's a music video, we know that we are going to have to delete these audio tracks because they're superfluous. We don't need them at all. And so what we could do is just click the Speaker icons, here, to mute these tracks and still have them there and then bring in the Audio for the music Video track and Audio tracks 1, 2 or 3 later on, or we can select these clips, right-click and we can unlink the audio, which we'll do after they are linked up.
But either way that you want to do that is fine, but just realize that's an extra step that you might not have in a regular project, where you might actually use the audio. Now this approach is good if you're really handy with editing in the timeline, because we would be doing a lot of trimming here in the timeline as you play around with these individual clips. I'm just going to select all of these and delete them. The other way, of course, is to open up each clip individually, into the source monitor and from there, we can trim the clip and then just add the video to the Timeline and so let's say that it's a couple of steps, because it's already edited by the time it gets down to the timeline and the audio is nonexistent.
We don't have to worry about removing that later. Now, I am trying this sound impartial to these two methods, but that latter method of going to the source monitor is actually how I set up the project when I did it for real, but I don't want you to think that this is the only way to do it. It's really a matter of personal preference.
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