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Previewing and marking media in the Project panel

From: Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training

Video: Previewing and marking media in the Project panel

Now that you have a basic understanding of editing and how to create a sequence, let's take a more detailed look at your Project panel on how you can actually select the best part of a clip that you might want to bring into the timeline. So it's easier for you to see, I'm going to go ahead and take advantage of the Tilde key in the upper left-hand corner of the keyboard to enlarge my Project panel to full screen. Now there is, of course, two ways to look at your Project panel. We are going to step back into it using Icon View because I want to show you some important preference changes and workflows so when you open up a folder or a bin, you don't get frustrated.

Previewing and marking media in the Project panel

Now that you have a basic understanding of editing and how to create a sequence, let's take a more detailed look at your Project panel on how you can actually select the best part of a clip that you might want to bring into the timeline. So it's easier for you to see, I'm going to go ahead and take advantage of the Tilde key in the upper left-hand corner of the keyboard to enlarge my Project panel to full screen. Now there is, of course, two ways to look at your Project panel. We are going to step back into it using Icon View because I want to show you some important preference changes and workflows so when you open up a folder or a bin, you don't get frustrated.

Now normally when you double-click to open up any bin--and we are just go ahead and select the B-roll bin--you'll get a floating box, and you can see the contents of that bin, and that's going to either be in a List View or an Icon View--however it was when you last closed it. But this is very cluttered. I have floating images over other images. I can't really see everything that I want to see to get the job done. So there are a couple of modifier keys that you can use that actually allows you to open up bins in a cleaner, more refined way.

I am going to go ahead and close this bin by clicking--on the Mac the small red X in the left corner, and then on a Windows machine you would close it by clicking on the X in the right-hand corner. Now instead of just double-clicking on the folder to open it up, I can hold down one of two modifier keys. If I hold down the Command key on a Mac, or the Ctrl key on a Windows machine, it will actually open up that folder in place.

Take a look. Instead of it floating, when I double-click, it actually opens up the contents of that folder and replaces the higher-level Project panel folder. Now I can easily step back by clicking this button right here, but this keeps my screen nice and clean. Now I am going to go ahead and step back up into the higher-level, because there's another way I can open up this folder, and that's by holding down the Option key on a Mac, or the Alt key on a Windows machine.

With the Option key held down, and I double-click on B-roll, instead of replacing the tab that's there, it actually opens up a new attached tab, and this can be really nice because sometimes I may want to switch quickly between two different bins--or two different folders--and I don't have to keep opening and closing them. So having the ability to have multiple tabs open at the same time is a great way to work. Now if I wanted my B-roll to be next to the project bin--just like we learned earlier--I can simply grab it, slide it to the left, and now I can easily switch between both of these locations.

Now in some cases you may find it extremely frustrating to always have to hold down a modifier key just to do what you want. You may always want it to open up as a new tab or you may always want it to open up and replace the higher-level folder. Well, if you go into your Preference settings--and once again on a Macintosh these are underneath the title Premiere Pro, and on a Windows machine they would be at the very bottom of the Edit menu. Now, of course, I'm on a Mac so you don't see it, but I wanted you to remember where to go to modify your preferences if you're editing Premiere Pro in Windows.

Once you're inside the Preference settings and we go directly to General, it looks exactly the same no matter what platform you're working on. And if you notice down under General in the bottom third, there is a section called Bins. And it shows exactly what happens with each of the modifier keys. Now what I like to do is I'd like to switch from Open in new window to simply Open in new tab, click OK, and now whenever I click on any of my folders it creates a New tab that I can move left or right, and if I'm done with it, I simply click X to close.

So now that you're comfortable with opening and closing bins, and we've already looked at the different ways that you can view things within the Project panel, I want to show how you can mark In and Out Points very easily. We are going to switch back to the Icon View in our B-roll bin. Now we learned earlier that I can simply hover over any of my clips and actually skim through and see what happens. But I want to do more than that. I want to be able to select the part of the clip that I want to use in my show.

So for instance, I can go down to the smartphone shot, and I really wanted to start right when he presses the button. So what I need to do is I can click on the clip to select it turning hover scrub off and allowing me to scrub through by moving the slider left and right. Now if I wanted to start at this point, I'm going to mark an In Point, and the keyboard shortcut for an In Point is simply I. So by pressing I on my keyboard, you'll notice that that yellow line has kind of shifted.

So now when I drag this into my timeline, the very first frame is going to be just as he presses the button. If I scroll through all the way here to the end, when he takes his hand out of frame, I can make that my Out Point by pressing the O key. So now, without ever leaving my project panel, I can actually refine what part of the clip I want to use when editing in Premiere Pro. Let's go ahead and do that with another clip.

I think a perfect example would be one of the light bulbs. I want to get it just before it turns on, and once it turns on I want to be out of the shot. So we can go over here to either one of these bulbs. I like this one. This is kind of nice. And I am going to click on it. And as you see, there is probably an in and out marked from when I cut it earlier, but I don't want to use that in and that out. So it's simply scrubbing where I want it to be and marking I for In, I can then-- if I don't want to scrub--simply press the spacebar to watch the scene in real time, and when I got to the point where I want the shot to end, I can press the O key for Out.

If I wanted it to last a little bit longer, I will simply press the spacebar again and then press O, and now I have a new Out Point marked. So as you can see, you can use the Project panel--not only to hold your clips and to organize your clips--you can even take it to the next step of picking the best part of the footage to use in your program.

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  1. 56s
    1. What is Premiere Pro?
      56s
  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 37s
    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 9s
    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 51s
    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 41s
    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 21s
    1. Using transitions
      9m 36s
    2. Understanding the nuances of transitions
      6m 23s
    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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