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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, this is one of those features that you'll only use once in a blue moon but when you do need it, oh man, do you need it. So what Premiere allows you to do is to swap out clips for one another. Actually let me select my Selection tool in the Tools panel up top here. I have this really low quality version of the Dream Job clip that we looked at in the last chapter. But the benefit of the low quality is it's really, really easy to edit because of the compression algorithm and the size. It's very small.
But what I actually really want in the end is to use this clip which is an HD clip 1280x720, a much higher quality, really good looking file. As you could see here I have already done some changes to this lower quality clip. Actually what I could do here is I am going to trim this. Let's say I want it to be 5 seconds long, and I've also added some desaturation to this to remove some of the colors. You could see the difference between the thumbnail in the Project panel in the original and this one here. So I've already done all this work to it.
What I can do now is select the real master clip up top, hold the Option key or the Alt key, and drag-and-drop onto that clip. You notice that not only did our edit stay the same, but also the color correction that I added also stayed the same, and these colors are now desaturated. So really it did just swap out the clip, which is very handy. Let me tell you two reasons why this is very helpful. One reason that's coming handy for me is a lot of times I am asked to do like spec work.
Well, let's just whip this up really quick and we will see what it looks like and then maybe you'll get the job. So I need to put stuff together. So I get some stock video, and it would be watermarked, because I am not going to pay for the stock video before I get the job, so it'd be like lower quality footage, but I still set it up as if I were doing it for real. So once the client said, "yes that's awesome, let's go for it," then I could use this replace feature to swap out the proxy footage or the stock video with the watermark, with the good stuff, and I wouldn't have to go back and do all that work all over again.
The other reason why we want to replace footage is sometimes our computer might not be able to handle the full resolution of the footage that we are editing. If you are using 4k RED files from the very popular RED Camera, that's a lot for your computer to take on. So what you might need to do is make proxies, these representations that are much smaller and much less attractive,. They are compressed more. Then at the end we can swap out or replace the bad stuff with the good stuff.
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