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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.
Okay, so in my last movie, I basically give you the charge to go out and play with those video transitions and see what you can come up with, just kind of experiment and explore, play around. That's all fine and good. The problem is that many new users to Premiere come up with final projects that look like this. (Music playing) (Male speaker: Beautiful scenery.) (Male speaker: Plenty of places to ride.) (Male speaker: Beautiful weather.) (Male speaker: It just doesn't get any better than this.) Okay, so you noticed that there are all these crazy transitions from every clip.
So first, there is like this Center Split, and then there is the Page Peel, the ever-popular Page Peel. And then we have the Cube Spin. We have an Iris Diamond, then we have Barn Doors. These are all just default transitions found here in the Video Transitions category, not changed or altered by me in any way. It's just the default settings. The problem with this is this is very distracting. Again, as we've been talking about that the entire training series, we as editors are storytellers. So everything that we do needs to have a purpose.
It needs to support the greater story being told here. We are trying to get people to go to this Explore California website and purchase travel from them. So, how do these Barn Doors support that? How does this Iris Diamond support that and this Cube Spin? So, oftentimes again, a lot of people that are new to these transitions will go crazy and use these effects just because it feels good to use them and say, hey, look what I can do with my computer. But what is this Page Peel doing for the story that we're trying to tell? Here's the ultimate test that you can ask yourself to see if you're using a transition effectively.
If you are wondering between whether you should use some cool-looking effect like a Page Peel or some other cool- looking effect like the Center or Split here, then you don't need either one, because if you're not using it to tell a story effectively, again, it doesn't matter. You might want to use the Page Peel if you had an author and you're looking at a book. So he turns the page and so you might want to turn the page as well, or turn the page to the next scene if you wanted to do that. Because that would kind of go with what is happening in the story.
But even then, when you use these big what are called wipes, where you have like these big things where like some thing is coming in and very significantly changing the shot, as you move from one to the next, that's referred to as a wipe. So, most of these are referred to as wipes here, and they are very jarring as you're watching a video. They take you out of this and instead of thinking about Explore California I started thinking about the Cube Spin. I might like it, I might hate it, but that's where my focus goes. I don't think about buying stuff from this company anymore.
I'm now thinking about the Cube Spin or the Iris Diamond. Even if I love the effect, I'm still talking about the effect and not the company. That's not what you want. Most of the time, we just use the big old Cross Dissolve effect that we talked about before. Cross Dissolve, again, is that one word. It fades out from one to another. As we talked about earlier in this training series, when we talked about artistically editing, dissolves can show a passage of time or of distance. Basically, it's saying like meanwhile, such and such is happening, or if we want to show again a soft transition between one clip to the next to make it little bit more relaxing, then that's something you could do as well.
But the Cube Spin, you're going to have to try really hard to find a good artistic purpose to use that Cube Spin. Now, there were times in "Star Wars," if I go down to the Wipe area and then just grab Wipe, and I'll just go ahead and drag-and-drop it on the Cube Spin, which will actually replaced the Cube Spin, so I don't need to delete it, which I could do by selecting in the transition and hitting Delete. But if I just drag-and-drop a new transition on an old transition, it will trade them out. There were several times in "Star Wars" when there was a wipe used.
Now, this is typically a very big no-no. This is not something that you ever want to do in a movie. But George Lucas used a huge wipe like this to show a huge distance in space, so that his world was so big that just a regular cross dissolve from one world to another planet in the "Star Wars" scheme of things, that was a huge transition. So, that's why he used a wipe. So he had a real purpose. You might say that it didn't really work, but still he used them with a purpose.
If you are going to use a wipe or something that can really jar the viewer, take them out of the scene, then make sure you do so very wisely and with serious intent.
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