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Meet Adobe Premiere Pro, and learn the skills necessary to professionally edit video. Abba Shapiro first introduces a "fast track" approach to Premiere that shows the entire import to output process in eight quick steps—ideal as an overview for new editors and a preview of the new features in CC that experienced users will want to see right off the bat. Then transition to the expanded 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 information on exporting and archiving projects, as well as advice for becoming more efficient in Premiere with actions, keyboard shortcuts, and other workflow enhancing tricks.
I want to talk to you about something called render files. Now, some of you may already know what a render file is, but let me try to quickly explain what that is all about. As you edit a program and you start putting more effects and more filters onto a clip, sometimes the computer cannot keep up. And what happens is, you'll drop frames on playback. Now, that can be very frustrating. So, a render file is simply the computer calculates in advance, all those complex mathematical formulas, to convert pixels to other pixels. And writes that file down, so when I play the other clip, it plays back smoothly. Now, if you look at my time line, you'll notice there are some red and some yellow lines above the tracks.
And your first impulse might be, well, yellow is a warning and red is a full stop. But that's not the case in Premiere. What a yellow line indicates is that Premiere Pro will have to do some sort of translation or rendering on the fly, but it won't drop any frames. What red indicates is that it may play back without dropping any frames, but they're not guaranteeing anything. Let's take a look at the playback of this green screen at the very end of this sequence.
>> In addition to being on news stands in the United States and Canada you could also find. >> Well, it doesn't appear that any frames are dropping but I want to make sure. And there's a nice feature in Premiere Pro that allows me to turn on something called the drop frame indicator. And this is a little green button that when stays green says we've played every frame. If it goes to yellow, it means that some frames are dropped. And then, if it goes to red you know you have a problem, and in this case you'll actually need to pre-render or render the files because it can't play back in real time.
Let's go ahead and hit Play on our green screen. And this is pretty complex. This has multiple layers, a chroma key, a color correction, I'm generating a background, and even doing a blending mode to get some transparency. >> On The Pages of Delight on newsstands in Greece, Finland, Germany, Spain. >> Now, I still didn't drop any frames, and this is a relatively moderate machine. It's a several year old Macintosh with only eight gigabytes of RAM and a medium video card and I'm still getting some fairly robust playback. Now, just to prove to you that this can change colors, I did create an insane piece of video that may drop some frames.
As a matter of fact, I put so many filters on this that I would never use this in a show but let's see if we can get that green to change to at least yellow. >> Which I hate it, you're sitting there eating with a fork and knife while everyone else is picking it up, so I like that. >> So, there you go I drop some frames and if I put my cursor on top of that little indicator, it even tells me how many frames I dropped during playback. Technically, if I can visualize what the effect looks like in my head I don't have to worry about dropped frames during playback while I'm editing.
But if my producer is sitting there and they want to see it with its natural flow, I may need to render. Premiere will always render anything that it needs to on export to make sure you don't need to drop frames. So, let's talk about rendering. You'll find the render command underneath sequence in the drop-down menu. And there's a couple of choices here. You can render effects into out, and just render into out. I'm going to explain what that is. But first of all, let me actually mark an in and out point that's not the entire timeline so you can see the net effect.
As a matter of fact, I'm going to mark it with an in point in the yellow and an out point in the red area. Now, if I go up under here and I choose to Render Effects In to Out, Premiere will render only things that have a red line above them. >> Those onions actually smell good. >> As soon as the render is done, you'll see it will start playing back, but if you notice that the yellow line is still there.
The red line has turned green, which says, oh, I've created a render file so you have real time playback. >> This is really good. >> One of my favorites. >> So as you can see, the green dot won't change to yellow because it's looking at the render file, and not having to do all the math on the fly. Now, if I had chosen the other option which is Render In to Out. Premier Pro will actually look at both yellow and red lines. So, its real time playback functions as well as its effects functions and render everything.
>> This onion smells really. >> Now, that went pretty quick because it only had to render the yellow section. The red section was already done. So, even if you, by accident, select the same area to render over again, Premier Pro is smart enough to know that it's already done the work once. So that's an idea how render works. If you want to use a keyboard shortcut for that, as you can see, underneath the Sequence settings for Render Effects In to Out. Well, it's the return key on a Macintosh, or the enter key on a Windows machine.
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