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Using video layers to add B-roll

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Video: Using video layers to add B-roll

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.

Using video layers to add B-roll

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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  1. 4m 1s
    1. Welcome
      55s
    2. What is Premiere Pro CS5?
      1m 41s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 25s
  2. 16m 44s
    1. The Premiere Pro workflow
      2m 21s
    2. Adding footage to the Timeline
      2m 19s
    3. Understanding timecode
      3m 3s
    4. Making basic edits
      5m 15s
    5. Getting familiar with the interface
      3m 46s
  3. 21m 59s
    1. Setting up a new project
      3m 48s
    2. Creating a new sequence
      5m 30s
    3. Capturing and ingesting footage
      2m 51s
    4. Importing files
      5m 23s
    5. Sorting and organizing clips
      4m 27s
  4. 33m 19s
    1. Making a rough cut
      4m 0s
    2. Making preliminary edits
      4m 55s
    3. Creating overlay and insert edits
      4m 16s
    4. Using video layers to add B-roll
      3m 47s
    5. Using ripple edits and ripple delete
      3m 1s
    6. Performing slip edits
      2m 54s
    7. Using the Razor tool
      3m 51s
    8. Moving edit points
      3m 47s
    9. Navigating efficiently in the Timeline
      2m 48s
  5. 28m 45s
    1. The job of an editor
      2m 59s
    2. When to cut
      5m 54s
    3. Avoiding bad edits
      6m 31s
    4. The pacing of edits
      3m 47s
    5. Using establishing shots
      2m 44s
    6. Using emotional cutaways
      2m 1s
    7. Fixing problems with cutaways
      2m 48s
    8. Matching action
      2m 1s
  6. 21m 38s
    1. Using markers
      3m 31s
    2. Replacing clips
      2m 36s
    3. Exporting a still frame
      1m 51s
    4. Creating alternate cuts
      1m 25s
    5. Rearranging clips in the Timeline
      2m 15s
    6. Targeting tracks
      2m 32s
    7. Disconnecting audio and video
      5m 0s
    8. Reconnecting offline media
      2m 28s
  7. 9m 46s
    1. Adjusting the rubber band
      3m 13s
    2. Adjusting clip position
      1m 21s
    3. Moving the anchor point
      2m 50s
    4. Adjusting clip size and rotation
      2m 22s
  8. 8m 15s
    1. Changing the speed of a clip
      1m 58s
    2. Using the Rate Stretch tool
      1m 57s
    3. Playing a clip backward
      4m 20s
  9. 10m 26s
    1. Understanding pixel aspect ratio
      5m 15s
    2. Understanding frame rates
      2m 15s
    3. About HD standards
      2m 56s
  10. 10m 32s
    1. Using layered Photoshop files
      2m 31s
    2. Animating clip position
      3m 33s
    3. Fading layers in and out
      4m 28s
  11. 12m 40s
    1. Applying transitions
      6m 2s
    2. Using transitions effectively
      4m 41s
    3. Setting up the default transition
      1m 57s
  12. 38m 31s
    1. The importance of ambient audio
      6m 35s
    2. Cutting video to music
      7m 38s
    3. Changing audio volume over time
      9m 55s
    4. Fixing audio problems
      9m 57s
    5. Censoring audio
      4m 26s
  13. 16m 25s
    1. Creating censored video
      5m 22s
    2. Creating a lens flare
      2m 20s
    3. Creating a logo bug
      3m 27s
    4. Creating background textures
      5m 16s
  14. 13m 23s
    1. Intro to compositing
      1m 11s
    2. Removing a green screen background
      9m 14s
    3. Compositing with blend modes
      2m 58s
  15. 22m 37s
    1. Adjusting white balance
      2m 24s
    2. Increasing contrast
      3m 5s
    3. Adjusting luminance
      4m 30s
    4. Creating cinematic color
      5m 21s
    5. Creating a vignette
      3m 12s
    6. Creating a day-for-night shot
      4m 5s
  16. 16m 5s
    1. Creating titles
      4m 55s
    2. Creating a lower third
      9m 12s
    3. Animating rolling credits
      1m 58s
  17. 14m 13s
    1. Exporting sequences from Premiere
      3m 57s
    2. Exporting with the Adobe Media Encoder
      2m 13s
    3. The most common formats and codecs
      4m 42s
    4. Exporting portions of a sequence
      1m 54s
    5. Rendering letterboxed footage
      1m 27s
  18. 6m 46s
    1. Examining the other apps that come with Premiere
      4m 25s
    2. Working with Final Cut Pro
      2m 21s
  19. 20s
    1. Goodbye
      20s

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