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Compositing with Premiere Pro CS5.5
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Why nest sequences?


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Compositing with Premiere Pro CS5.5

with Maxim Jago

Video: Why nest sequences?

There are many reasons to nest your sequences inside of each other. And each of them gives you a new shortcut a new way of getting from A to B in your edit that is more efficient than the repetitive editing that you'd have to do keeping the clips separate on their own. Essentially, nesting is putting one sequence inside another sequence. And the kind of things you can do are, for example here, I've got several clips one after another and they're from the same location. They're from the same scene.

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Compositing with Premiere Pro CS5.5
2h 18m Intermediate Oct 06, 2011

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Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 is primarily a nonlinear editing system designed for fast cutting of multiple media types, but it is also an advanced special effects and compositing tool. In this course, master editor Maxim Jago describes the tools and options available to create complex compositions using just Premiere Pro, without involving After Effects or Photoshop. Learn how to adjust opacity, use garbage mattes and track mattes, and create nested sequences, as well as how to work with chroma keys, luma keys, and the Ultra Keyer. Maxim shares all the techniques necessary to layer multiple media elements and produce advanced sequences as compositions.

Topics include:
  • Introducing Premiere Pro: the compositing program
  • Understanding transparency and alpha channels
  • Adjusting opacity
  • Working with garbage mattes
  • Luma keys and chroma keys
  • The Ultra Keyer
  • Nesting sequences
  • Understanding and using blend modes
  • Creating track mattes
Subjects:
Video Video Editing Compositing video2brain
Software:
Premiere Pro
Author:
Maxim Jago

Why nest sequences?

There are many reasons to nest your sequences inside of each other. And each of them gives you a new shortcut a new way of getting from A to B in your edit that is more efficient than the repetitive editing that you'd have to do keeping the clips separate on their own. Essentially, nesting is putting one sequence inside another sequence. And the kind of things you can do are, for example here, I've got several clips one after another and they're from the same location. They're from the same scene.

And let's say that I'm happy with the general look of them, but I want to apply an overall look change. I want to do something to them that's going to look unique to the program I'm working on. So, I can just put this sequence inside another one and then I can throw on an effect that applies to all of these one after another. And I make one set of changes instead of multiple changes I'm creating an overall look for my program perhaps even a grade and perhaps even doing some color correction effects to make sure my levels are legal.

A big benefit of nesting is if you have multiple layers in your sequence, here for example I've got a background layer and I've got a foreground intro with an ultra key on it and then later on I've got a title over the top I've got a graphic over some of this media. If I take this sequence and nest it inside another sequence and then maybe put an effect on here I've put a tint effect onto this sequence. Then included in that single segment in my master sequence as it were is both layers of the video, the foreground and the background. Both effected by the same effect.

And even titles. I've got a title here. And that's affected by the effect as well. Nesting my sequence in this way allows me to treat all of these clips inside my baseball intro sequence. I've got that in my project just as any other sequence here. It allows me to treat this as a single segment in multiple sequences together. So for example, here I've got an episode one, episode two, episode three, I haven't put an effect on the episode two and episode three openers yet, but I can very easily.

If I go back to my intro and perhaps open up this title and maybe go into the title. Select this word and maybe change this to sport. Sent to that back up again, close the title, and then look in my master sequences. You can see, there is the we love sport, sport, sport, is updated in all three episodes. And this means that you can generate a very complex multi layered introduction to a TV series that you're cutting inside one Premiere Pro project, throw that into every episode. And if you then find later on that your commissioning editor, your director, your producer whoever say oh no, we need to make some changes to that. It's no problem.

You can make changes once, and it'll update everywhere that that sequence appears inside of your project. Although, Premiere Pro doesn't really do media management in the way that, for example, other editors like Avid do. It does do a very good job of managing the relationships between the media and the sequences that you include inside the same project. And this is a perfect example of that. So there's lots of reasons to want to nest. Apart from anything else it helps you keep your timeline nice and tidy.

Including your titles inside a nested sequence is a really good way of achieving things like picture in picture effects, where the text is included in the effect. If I select this segment, go to my controls, scale this video down, you can see quite clearly the text is incorporated in my picture in picture effect. You can do this of course by selecting the individual parts and scaling them separately. But it's pretty efficient to to have it nested inside a single segment.

Any changes that I apply to my nested sequence will be applied on mass and it's just a very quick and easy way to work.

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