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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.
If you are an annual or a monthly subscriber to the lynda.com Online Training Library, then unfortunately, you won't have access to the exercise files, but of course, feel free to follow along with assets that you make, or you can just watch the training. For those of you that are premium members of the Online Training Library, or that have purchased this training on a disc, then you will have these exercise files. Now, I want to just take a few minutes and explain some of these exercise files and how to use them here. Basically, the way I have divided this up is that we have, in the Exercise Files folder, one folder for each chapter in the training.
In each chapter, you'll find the projects that we use in that chapter, and in this Media folder, you'll find the media. In most cases, the media is just linked to in the Premiere Pro project files. You don't even need to worry about these, but if you'd like to use some of these video files to kind of explore on your own, then you are more than welcome to do so. Now, most of the video, here, is encoded using the H.264 codec, and if you have trouble using that or viewing that footage of the video, then go to apple.com/quicktime or just quicktime.com and download the latest version of QuickTime and that should fix you up so that you can watch H.264 video through Premiere.
H.264 is really the only way that I can create enough video and get it to you in an efficient way so that you can have it and it's going to be distributed to you via the Internet as well, because there is a lot of video here. Now, I'm very pleased to share with you some of the assets that we have through this training series, some great projects. I worked on a movie called Dream Job and it was for a 48-hour film challenge, if you've ever been to one of those. Most major cities in the United States, they have these competitions where you can get in and you can make a movie in 48 hours.
Write it, act it out, edit it, do all the postproduction, from start to finish, in 48 hours. So this five-minute production of Dream Job is some of the assets that we'll be looking at in this training series. The Director of Photography, Brian Liepe, is just phenomenal, and a really great cast and crew. And then I also directed a music video by the Zen Chemists in Seattle, and they are kind of like a hip-hop rap group. So we'll be using some of those assets in this training series as well. So some really good stuff, some real-world projects. It's going to be great.
So let's go ahead and jump on into it.
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