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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.
By now you should have a basic understanding of how Adobe Premiere Pro thinks and works. Let's go ahead and create a new project, a new sequence, and set it up to edit. So as we saw in an earlier video, to create a new project I can double click on New Project. We see the same dialogue box that we saw before. Let's go ahead and we'll give it the name New Project. Now I wouldn't normally name your show New Project, because you'll always have then a new, new project. And a newest, newest project.
And it's kind of like scripts. You have your final, final final, real final, and then real final 2 dot L. So just go ahead, give it a name. Just so you can practice. And remember you want to select the location where it's going to reside or where it's going to end up. Now, we created it a folder under desktop for projects. If you haven't done this the default location would've been in your documents folder. So, I like where it's going, everything is fine. I'm going to hit OK just as we did before. Now this is where the rubber meets the road. If you've used previous versions of Premier Pro, or some other editing systems, a lotta times when you create a project, it will always create a single sequence to get you started. Premier Pro now will open up the project file.
And then you create the sequence that you need. Now just like we learned in an earlier video, there's lots of ways to do everything and there's lots of ways to create a new sequence. One of the ways is simply going to the File menu, going up under New and choosing Sequence. And as you can see you can do this with a keyboard shortcut also. There are other ways to create a new sequence and you'll learn those as we go through the rest of the course. Now this window may be a little bit daunting at first and if you're a little bit afraid of it you can actually hit cancel.
And you're thinking well why did I just go through this step. Well I wanted you to see this screen and a lot of times you know exactly. The format that the timeline needs to be such as is it standard definition such as DV or DV widescreen, or maybe it's a high definition flavor such as DVC ProHD or maybe a flavor of XDCAM. If you already know what format it needs to be, you can go ahead and select whichever format you're going to want to edit in and say okay. But suppose you don't know the exact flavor of video that you'll be using. This is where it gets really nice.
I can simply hit cancel, and then once I bring in a piece of video, I can use that piece of video and say make a sequence Based on the size of the video, the frame rate and even the Kodak. I'll talk about importing media in a later video but for now let me go ahead and bring in one single clip. I'm going to do this by right clicking and selecting import and then I get a dialogue box. Now, I'm already inside the folder that's on my desktop.
If you're in a different location, go ahead on click on desktop to navigate to this level. Click on exercise files. Open that up, and inside there there's a folder called media. The exercise files have two additional folders in the media folder, that we will use later. But for now, it's okay just to focus on the chapter one media folder. I'm going to go ahead and bring in camera one wide shot because the bulk of my footage uses this frame size in Kodak.
Simply double click on it, or select it and press the Import and it will now appear in your project pane. This is where it gets really fun. I simply want to make a sequence that matches this footage. Let me go ahead and double click it so you can see the shot. So there it is, and I have no timeline on the lower righthand corner. As evidenced by the fact that Adobe is actually telling me, timeline, no sequences. So now, I want to take this clip. I can right-click on it and go to the Dropdown menu and create a New Sequence from the clip or I can simply grab any clip that I want and drop it on this little piece of paper down here.
And it will automatically create a brand new sequence, based upon frame size, frame rates, and codecs. And now, I don't have to worry that my footage doesn't match my sequence. You'll also notice, that it has named sequence after the shot. So, you may want to go back in, and change it to whatever the shot was called. So, whatever you want to call your sequence. For simplicity sake I will call this timeline. Now you'll notice there is a yellow line directly above the clip.
If you're coming from other editing software you might think that this is a warning but there's a sequence mismatch. In the case of Premiere Pro this is not a dangerous sign. The yellow line is saying that it's going to have to do some processing on the fly but you still will have real-time playback with no dropped frames. If you're on a faster system, or using video that is less compressed than the video that I'm using, you may not see a yellow line at all. And finally, if you want to confirm what the settings are for your sequence, you can go up to the Dropdown menus on top click on Sequence and select Settings. Now you'll notice this is greyed out and this will probably happen to you a lot and you'll go, why is it greyed out? Something must be broken, nothing is broken.
You need to make sure that you select the sequence first because you could have multiple sequences available, each with its own settings. So I'm going to select my sequence. And now when I go to the drop down menu, Sequence Settings is not grayed out. I can click on it, and I can see all the parameters of this sequence based upon my original footage. And now I'll click OK to close the window. As you see you can create a sequence to specific parameters or you can just base the sequence on any clip in your project file.
Now keep in mind that it's only the first clip that you drop in that will allow you to match the sequence to that clip's settings. All subsequent clips will not effect the sequence settings. As a matter of fact they will automatically conform... To whatever settings are there. Now, an important rule of thumb is that first clip should be primarily the format that you want to work in. So, for instance, if you have one old standard definition clip that you may want to start your show with and you drop that in first.
Your entire timeline's going to be standard def. So, if you know you're going to be using a lot of high def footage make sure the first clip that you drop is the sequence is representative of all your footage. And you can always delete that later, if you want to start your show with an old standard def shot.
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