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In Premiere Pro CS4 Beyond the Basics, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins explains how to take video editing from simple nuts and bolts to an art form. He shares tips for shooting video in the field to get the most from a subject and get the best footage for a project. He demonstrates how to build a project through the careful use of cutaways, pacing, and suggestive edits. He covers special effects, color correction, and keying and compositing, integrating all these concepts as he builds a music video project from scratch. Exercise files are included with this course.
Now, while this trick is certainly not as flashy as the others in this chapter, it's very helpful, nonetheless. We know that when we make mistakes we can just hit Command+Z or Ctrl+Z on the PC to undo those mistakes, but the History panel allows us a visual representation of what's happened so far in our project, so we can see exactly what we are going to undo. Now I am just going to go and pretend that I'm making a project very quickly here and I am just going to add some clips to this project here, add some audio and I am going to hit the Backslash key to expand that, and let's edit past the clapper here.
That looks good, after the rack focus. We'll hold the Command key, trim that, do a Ripple Delete, do another Ripple Delete, after here, and then we'll cut after the focus and slate here, hold down the Command key to do a Ripple Delete there as well. So we've just done a few simple steps here, nothing major, and if you didn't follow along with me, it really doesn't matter.
Just do some stuff to the different clips here. And you'll notice when we go to the History panel that all of the steps that we did are right here and we can actually navigate to them and undo them in order. So if we wanted to go back to a certain point. Let's say we did the Ripple Trim and we want to go back to that, we can do that. And it's so cool that as you click this different history states, you could actually see what happened and we could jump forward and back exactly where you want to go. This is kind of like the equivalent of visual voicemail on the iPhone.
You could see all the steps that you take and you could just jump but you don't have to just blindly Command+Z or Ctrl+Z and undo back through history. You can see all the different states and all the changes and you go back in time to exactly where you want to go.
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