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Premiere Pro CC Essential Training (2013)
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Setting up a project and sequence


Premiere Pro CC Essential Training (2013)

with Abba Shapiro

Video: Setting up a project and sequence

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.
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  1. 5m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 15s
    2. Using the exercise files
      3m 1s
    3. What is Premiere Pro CC?
      1m 19s
  2. 29m 33s
    1. Why you should watch this fast-track chapter
      1m 33s
    2. Importing media
      1m 29s
    3. Selecting shots
      2m 48s
    4. Editing to the Timeline
      4m 51s
    5. Refining the edit
      2m 41s
    6. Adding transitions
      3m 2s
    7. Adding titles
      4m 9s
    8. Adding and adjusting music
      7m 35s
    9. Outputting your show
      1m 25s
  3. 30m 13s
    1. Launching the application for the first time
      5m 13s
    2. Touring the interface
      4m 29s
    3. Customizing windows and panels
      4m 56s
    4. Choosing your editing style
      6m 5s
    5. Understanding system requirements
      3m 1s
    6. Adjusting some basic user preferences
      6m 29s
  4. 47m 5s
    1. Setting up a project and sequence
      7m 11s
    2. Understanding all the types of media used in creating a video
      5m 12s
    3. Importing files already on your computer
      3m 57s
    4. Importing pre-organized media
      3m 24s
    5. Importing media from existing Premiere projects
      4m 39s
    6. Importing card-based media
      6m 11s
    7. Importing Final Cut XML files
      2m 36s
    8. Organizing your media
      6m 13s
    9. Reconnecting offline media
      7m 42s
  5. 18m 54s
    1. Basic editing overview
      4m 38s
    2. Previewing and marking media in the Project panel
      6m 12s
    3. Previewing and marking clips in the Source panel
      3m 9s
    4. Creating subclips
      4m 55s
  6. 9m 19s
    1. Marking and targeting destinations in the Timeline
      3m 35s
    2. Moving clips in the Timeline
      1m 27s
    3. Trimming edit points in the Timeline
      1m 24s
    4. Splitting and deleting clips
      2m 53s
  7. 24m 59s
    1. Performing an overwrite edit
      5m 7s
    2. Performing an insert edit
      3m 20s
    3. Using swap edits
      2m 37s
    4. Using multiple tracks
      4m 24s
    5. Targeting specific tracks in the Timeline
      4m 8s
    6. Cutting a B-roll sequence
      5m 23s
  8. 20m 16s
    1. Looking at three-point edits
      5m 26s
    2. Performing replace edits
      6m 5s
    3. Linking and unlinking audio
      4m 48s
    4. Working with markers
      3m 57s
  9. 24m 49s
    1. Performing ripple and roll edits
      5m 53s
    2. Using slip and slide edits
      6m 34s
    3. Performing J and L cuts
      3m 32s
    4. Looking at the Trim Monitor window
      2m 47s
    5. Increasing trim efficiency
      2m 11s
    6. Tips and tricks for trimming
      3m 52s
  10. 27m 28s
    1. Taking control of your Timeline
      4m 7s
    2. Adding video and audio tracks
      4m 32s
    3. Changing track visibility and locking tracks
      3m 22s
    4. Rendering media in your Timeline
      5m 34s
    5. Using the History panel to undo multiple actions
      2m 22s
    6. Creating keyboard shortcuts
      4m 19s
    7. Creating buttons
      3m 12s
  11. 29m 43s
    1. Exploring audio in Premiere Pro
      6m 32s
    2. Adjusting audio levels of clip
      7m 17s
    3. Keyframing audio levels of a clip
      4m 33s
    4. Mixing audio
      7m 34s
    5. Fixing out-of-sync audio
      3m 47s
  12. 20m 56s
    1. Importing still images
      4m 57s
    2. Working with stills
      6m 36s
    3. Animating stills with keyframes
      4m 49s
    4. Animating Photoshop files
      4m 34s
  13. 8m 59s
    1. Changing clip size, cropping, and position
      5m 16s
    2. Animating the position of clips over time
      3m 43s
  14. 14m 43s
    1. Applying basic video and audio transitions
      3m 1s
    2. Modifying transitions
      8m 6s
    3. Applying multiple transitions
      3m 36s
  15. 47m 2s
    1. Applying video effects
      2m 42s
    2. Modifying effects
      4m 47s
    3. Combining multiple effects
      8m 30s
    4. Keyframing your filters
      6m 22s
    5. Adjusting existing filter timing
      5m 56s
    6. Applying effects to multiple clips
      2m 31s
    7. Copying and pasting attributes
      4m 25s
    8. Creating and saving effect presets
      6m 46s
    9. Applying audio effects
      5m 3s
  16. 25m 36s
    1. Looking at the Warp Stabilizer
      5m 14s
    2. Working with chroma key and green screen
      4m 45s
    3. Using color correction tools
      6m 55s
    4. Looking at the Lumetri color looks
      4m 6s
    5. Using adjustment layers to save time
      4m 36s
  17. 27m 41s
    1. Fit-to-fill editing
      6m 41s
    2. Stretching a clip
      4m 15s
    3. Looking at the Clip Speed/Duration dialog box
      9m 17s
    4. Making variable speed changes
      7m 28s
  18. 15m 29s
    1. Creating a static title
      4m 35s
    2. Creating a lower third title
      2m 57s
    3. Creating rolling and crawling credits
      3m 40s
    4. Using Photoshop for titles from within Adobe Premiere
      4m 17s
  19. 22m 2s
    1. Introducing multicam
      2m 57s
    2. Creating a multicam clip with timecode and sync points
      5m 13s
    3. Creating a multicam clip using audio waveforms
      2m 55s
    4. Editing a multicam clip in the Timeline
      6m 50s
    5. Refining a multicam edit
      4m 7s
  20. 21m 38s
    1. Finishing techniques
      8m 35s
    2. Exporting a master
      6m 52s
    3. Exporting for devices and the web
      6m 11s
  21. 16m 55s
    1. Moving and copying a project
      7m 46s
    2. Archiving a project
      6m 49s
    3. Preparing and integrating your workflow with non-Adobe applications
      2m 20s
  22. 1m 35s
    1. Next steps
      1m 35s

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Premiere Pro CC Essential Training (2013)
8h 10m Appropriate for all Jul 10, 2013

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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.

Topics include:
  • Editing in Premiere Pro in eight steps
  • Customizing the window layout and the interface
  • Setting up a project and sequence
  • Importing media
  • Marking and selecting the best takes from clips
  • Editing clips into the Timeline
  • Trimming, splitting, moving, and deleting clips
  • Performing insert and overwrite edits
  • Advanced editing, such as 3-point editing, replace edits, and linking audio
  • Mixing audio
  • Performing roll and ripple edits
  • Applying transitions, effects, and filters
  • Changing speed
  • Creating titles, credit rolls, and lower thirds
  • Demonstrating multicam editing techniques
  • Exporting your final project
Video Video Editing
Premiere Pro
Abba Shapiro

Setting up a project and sequence

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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Q: What happens when Premiere Pro auto-saves one of my projects? How do I restore an auto-saved project?
A: When a new project is created, Auto Save is enabled by default. The editor can choose where they want their auto-saved files to be stored, using the Project Auto Save dropdown in the New Project dialog. By default they will be saved in the same location as the project files. To restore one of these auto-save files, simply open it in Premiere Pro.
The auto-save frequency (in minutes) can be set in Preferences. Premiere Pro CC also auto-saves the project upon detecting changes to the file. If the system goes idle for a period beyond the interval setting, no further auto-saves are triggered until Premiere Pro detects another change.
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