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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.
Most editors have their favorite tool, and mine perhaps is the Razor tool. I love it and I use it in almost everything that I do. Basically, what the Razor tool allows us to do is to split up footage. Here, I have this project, the initial project that we were looking at throughout this training series, but this is the original clip. Let's look at this. (Music playing.) (Male speaker: Beautiful scenery?) (Male speaker: Plenty of places to ride, beautiful weather.) (Male speaker: It just doesn't get any better than this.) (Music playing.) So you notice the music goes on a lot longer.
When I initially setup this project in my head, I'm thinking that these clips, the things that he says, they are too close together. I want to give it some breathing room, so that we could put this cool B-roll in and that it would have just little bit more emotional impact. So when he said like, this line about different places to ride. (Music playing) (Male Speaker: Plenty of places to ride.) I want to show that clip and have more time to show that there are plenty of places to ride. It's just too close together when he said this for that to happen. I also have logistic problem with the music.
I wanted it to be longer, so that at the end when the music is climaxing right here. (Music playing) That he would be saying his last line. So the way that I got around this was to use the Razor tool to split this clip up. This is the first time we've actually cut audio, but that's what we're going to be doing here. Actually, we had the audio and video connected, but we didn't actually end up using the video of this except for the very end. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to use the audio waveforms as a guide. You could see these little light glitches here. It's not really a glitch.
It's just kind of like a marking, letting us now where he talks. So I'm going to go and select the Razor tool, which looks like a razor blade. I'm just going to cut in between these little lines here. So just click, and click, and click. Now I can go back to the Selection arrow and click and these are all separate clips that I can move around. Very nice. Now what I can do is I can turn on the visibility of this top video track.
So we have this B-roll here, but we're not seeing it visually in our Program Monitor because that track is turned off. So let's enable it by clicking the eye icon, which enables Track Output. We'll go ahead and click the Home key to get back to the first frame of our whole video. Now we can preview this with the split-up layers. (Music playing.) (Male speaker: Beautiful scenery?) (Male Speaker: Plenty of places to ride.) (Music playing.) (Male Speaker: Beautiful weather.) (Music playing) (Male Speaker: It just doesn't get any better than this.) So we put space in between his statements.
There is definitely some polishing that needs to go on. We saw his clip first, because that top clip fades in. So we'd want to move that over a little bit. Again, we could tweak all of these. I was not really paying attention very closely when I moved these, but the point is that the Razor tool gave us separate clips, all distinct clips that we can adjust. One of the things that I have not mentioned yet in this training series is that when you make these cuts, they are non-destructive. So basically what we can do at any point with any time we cut or trim or do any edits like that, we can go to these clips and we can extend them if we want to.
So there is nothing that is destructive about these at all. So again, we could constantly get back what we've lost from each of these little segments if we wanted to. Now one last word about the Razor tool. Right now we just used it to create some distance. But often times, I'll use the Razor tool to get rid of problems. Let's say somebody is talking or doing a voiceover and they cough or something like that. I might use the Razor tool before the cough and after the cough and then delete the cough. So it's a good way to get rid of the junk that you don't want, in addition to putting in space like this.
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