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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.
In this tutorial we're going to look at two important concepts, that of video layers, also called video tracks, and also B-roll, which we have talked about but haven't really explained. So basically, let's look at our program so far. We have a sequence of this cool little interview of this guy explaining how wonderful California is. (Video Playing) (Male speaker: Beautiful scenery, plenty of places to ride, beautiful weather.) (Male speaker: It just doesn't get any better than this.) Okay, and that's great. But it does get a little bit fatiguing for our eyes just to hear him talk.
Now it's great to connect with him, and to be able to see his face and his expression. But wouldn't it be better while he's talking about the beautiful weather to be able to see the beautiful weather? To be able to see how great it is, that when he says there's plenty of places to ride? (Male speaker: ?plenty of places to ride.) Wouldn't it be better to actually see people riding bicycles rather than just watching him talk about it? And that's what we try to do when we have video. We try to show rather than tell. So what I want to do is I want to bring in a clip to show while he's talking.
We can do that using a video track, video track 2 actually. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to double-click this B-roll_RideBy and this is what B-roll is. A-roll is like our main program, and that's why this guys speaking is A-roll. He's the main subject and this B-roll is kind of just like extra footage that we shot when our talent wasn't there, our subject wasn't there. We just went out with the camera crew and we shot some extra beautiful stuff, some kind of like stock footage type elements. And then we're going to just bring that in on top. So really it's not key part of the program. It's just kind of explanatory.
So what I'm going to do is again move in time and wait until this clip gets good. Let's say right about there, right when he's underneath that sun flare. Then I maybe will go ahead and click I or click the Set In Point button, move in time, and we don't want any blank shots like this. So let's back it up to when we still have some bicyclists on screen. That looks good. Go ahead and click the Set Out Point button. If we want to, you can click the Play In to Out button to start from the end point and play it right to the out point.
But we're not going to do that. And what I'm going to do is I don't want the audio from this clip. I just want the video. So I'm going to grab the video icon, and drag this down to video track 2 or video layer 2, and what that does now is it stacks the video, and so as we're playing this here-- and actually I might want to drag this to where he says "there's plenty of places to ride," and you could see that by the audio waveform representation here in the Timeline panel. that this is where he says that. That was his second line. So now by putting this over that layer on top, that covers up or obscures the view of the A-roll footage.
So now as we play this, watch what happens. (Male speaker: Beautiful scenery, plenty of places to ride, beautiful weather.) (Male speaker: It just doesn't get any better than this.) Okay, so what I would like to do ideally is to have another clip of B-roll when he says "beautiful weather" or that third statement that he makes here, and then cut back to him when he's all happy saying the final line. (Male speaker: It just doesn't get any better than this.) He's really passionate, he's feeling it, and so I want our audience to be able to connect with him when he says that line, because that's really well done there.
So now we have is the B-roll on this second layer and that's as far as we're going to take it, but you could continue on with this project, import some more B-roll and put this over some of his other comments. But basically that is what I want to show you here, that we can add B-roll, and also too if we wanted to add credits or a lower third or whatever, this is how we add content on top of what is already there, by using video tracks.
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