Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training
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Refining a multicam edit


Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training

with Abba Shapiro

Video: Refining a multicam edit

In this movie we're going to look at refining your edit. Now, if you did a switch on the fly, you might have been a little bit too early or a little bit too late on the cut, but don't worry because you can use all the same editing tools on your multi-camera source clip that you would when you would be doing your regular edit. For example, if I take a look at this cut right here. (video playing) I would really like that cut to come just a hair later, just when she is actually turning her head, because the cut would be hidden by the movement.
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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
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Abba Shapiro

Refining a multicam edit

In this movie we're going to look at refining your edit. Now, if you did a switch on the fly, you might have been a little bit too early or a little bit too late on the cut, but don't worry because you can use all the same editing tools on your multi-camera source clip that you would when you would be doing your regular edit. For example, if I take a look at this cut right here. (video playing) I would really like that cut to come just a hair later, just when she is actually turning her head, because the cut would be hidden by the movement.

And I can do that very simply with the Roll tool. I'm going to zoom in on my Timeline by pressing the Plus key so you can see how easy this is. I think that's a good point where I want the cut to really happen. I'll simply go over here, select my Rolling Edit tool or use the keyboard shortcut of N, grab the cut point, and snap it right to the playhead. So now instead of the edit happening too early, it happens precisely when I want it to. (female speaker: -- and the way we do that is through solar panels.) If I wanted to tweak it a little bit more right when she starts lifting her eyebrows, I can continue and modify it until I feel it's perfect.

(video playing) Now, suppose I wanted to actually make a cut at this point, and instead of being on the wide shot, be on him reacting to what she is saying. As I move my playhead down in my Timeline, you notice that it adjusts up here in my multi-camera source monitor. Well, if I just clicked on his face right there, what would happen is it would swap out the shot, and I would be going to a close up of him the whole time, and that's not what I want to do.

So let's jump back to the two shot and instead of just a plain click on his face right there, I'm going to hold down the Command key if I'm on a Macintosh, and if I'm on the Windows platform I'd hold down the Ctrl key, and then I would click on Camera 3. Take a look at what happens in the Timeline. Instead of swapping out the entire clip, it actually puts a cut at that point and then swaps the clip out from that point until the next clip. Let's play that back and see how it looks.

(female speaker: --and they way we do that is through solar panels.) So as you see, you don't necessarily have to commit to your original cut on the fly. You can always modify it after the fact. I'm going to go ahead and press the Backslash key so we can see our entire sequence, and I'm going to show you a couple of more really useful techniques when working in multi-camera editing. Another way you can actually make a cut and swap out cameras is the old-fashioned way of switching over to your Razor Blade tool and simply cutting wherever you want the camera to switch.

Now, once you've done that, I can simply right-click on any clip, go up to Multi-Camera, and choose which camera I want it to be on. So instead of being on the close up of him, I really think it would be nice to be on the wide shot, so a simple selection and a click, and you see that we go from a close up of her to a wide shot and then back to a reaction shot of him. (female speaker: Solar panels can be installed in your roof at home, or in a ground-mount--) So it's simple to swap out a clip by right-clicking on it and selecting the angle that you want.

Now, there's another problem that I have with this clip, and I'm going to use this to show you another great feature of the Multi-Camera Editing tool in Premiere Pro. At about 40 seconds in he looks down at his notes, and there's a long pause between when she finishes her first question and answers the second question. So what I want to do is simply slice off the end, and I'm going to throw it away. And I'm going to do that specifically to show you how easy it is to add more multi-camera source clips to your sequence. So if I want to slice this off and delete it, I can go get the Razor Blade tool and cut both the video and the audio, select it all, and press the Delete key to remove it.

Now, how do I add the next shot? Well, remember, we created that multi- camera interview, so I double-click on it in the Project panel, load it into the source monitor, and let's go find the point where he pauses and looks down on his notes. There it is. And I'm going to pick it up right when he turns his head and starts looking up, and asking the question and mark that as my In Point. And now I can perform an Insert Edit and place that clip directly in the Timeline. Let's take a look at that cut. (video playing) I was close, but not quite precise enough, so let me just back up, and we are going to actually tighten this edit up directly in the Timeline, even though it still is a multicam clip.

So I want to pick it up right when he starts talking, I'm going to go over here and select my Ripple Edit tool, keyboard shortcut B, and simply grab it, and just like we did at the very beginning of this clip when we removed all the footage after the clapboard, I can do the same thing here. (video playing) Our viewer would never know there were several seconds between the answer of the first question and the asking of the second question.

Switching back to the Selection tool, I can simply select this clip, queue it up to the beginning, and as long as I'm in my multi-camera monitor, I can hit Play and continue my switch. (male speaker: --how can it help to reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere?) (female speaker: Solar energy is actually really clean. The manufacture of solar panels is done in a clean-room environment--) And once again, as soon as I pause playback, I'll step back so you can see it, all my edits are in place.

At first blush multi-camera editing might seem a little bit intimidating, but as long as you follow a few rules and with a little bit of practice, you will have it down in no time.

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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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