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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.
When we target tracks, it specifies that we want certain actions to take place on them. The way that we know that a track is targeted is by if it's little bit highlighted more than the others, so for example video track 1 and audio track 1 are targeted and now audio track 2 and 3 and video track 2 and 3 are targeted. To un-target a track, we simply click it and it becomes dark again so it's untargeted. Now I am going to go back to targeting audio track 1 and video track 1.
There is a cool keyboard shortcut for navigating through clips and that is the Page Down key on your keyboard. That advances to the next edit point of the targeted track. So if I hit Page Down we go to that edit point. Page Down goes to the next edit point. This is again very handy. The Page Up key goes back to the previous edit point. But again it's only for targeted tracks. So notice that the b-roll on video track 2 was ignored. If we target video track 2 then we hit Page Up, we will go to the beginning of the b-roll clip.
So now that both tracks are targeted, we can go and as we hit Page Down and Page Up we are navigating through all of the edit points on all the tracks. Here is another cool keyboard shortcut. Let's say I want to split this TourRon Intro. If this clip is on a track that is targeted, and it is, I can split this not by going all the way up here to the Razor tool and then clicking on my clip. I could select it and then simply hit Command+K on the Mac or Ctrl+K on the PC, and that splits the clip.
I'll click away to deselect all clips you can see that. So let's split the clip. By the way, while we are talking about tracks, if you ever wanted to add or delete tracks, you could right-click in the track area here and you could select Add Tracks or Delete Tracks. What's really convenient about deleting tracks is that you could say you know what, delete all tracks or all empty tracks. So you could just check Delete Video Tracks and Delete Audio Tracks. Leave this set All Empty Tracks and All Empty Tracks. I usually do this once I've brought in all my footage and I have a good idea of what's going on in the project.
I select this, so I can click OK, remove that extra space, and then close down the sequence a little bit of the Timeline panel and resize this, my main window here as long as the resolution is set to Fit, and it gives me a bigger space if I am not working on two monitors. So in a nutshell, it's a little bit about targeting tracks.
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