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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.
When you purchase Premiere, it kind of blows my mind how many free applications you get in addition to Premiere. I mean, as if Premiere wasn't enough being as cool as it is with all of its features and functions, you also get Adobe Bridge for browsing files. You get Ultra. We talked about it earlier in this training series, which is a great green screen application. It also has tons of virtual backgrounds. Again, you can get training on that on lynda.com. It also comes with OnLocation for production, for capturing clips, capturing footage, recording straight to disk, and also it comes with Adobe Encore, which is what we are looking at here for DVD authoring.
Adobe Encore is actually becoming one of people's favorite applications. It's a joy to use, very simple, and once you use Premiere, you already kind of feel very comfortable with Encore. I also do a lot of the Encore training on lynda.com and people are really falling in love with this application. Let me show you why. It's so easy to get in here and to do simple projects. I am just going to double- click in the Project panel. Again, this is Encore, but it functions just like Premiere. So I am going to bring in a video.
Let's say, for example, I will bring in this babbling brook closeup footage. Go ahead and click on Open. And this is what I want to make a DVD of. I want to make a DVD with a menu, with the button that clicks and then goes to this, and plays this little clip. So I am going to go down to my Library panel, and this is one of the best features of Encore, because the library is basically a huge collection of free assets, buttons, and art and backgrounds and menus, all free for you to use. So I could click on Party menu HD, and actually this isn't an HD project that I set up.
It's just an SD project, so I am just going to click on this left button to see just the menus. And I can go, let's say for example, to the Entertainment menu. And I could just double-click the Entertainment menu, and that's another thing that's cool about Encore is that these menus are just Photoshop files. That's all they are, and so you use these secret codes when you name your layers in Photoshop, and then when you bring that over into Encore it recognizes them as DVD elements. So I can go ahead and I am now looking at the DVD menu, pretty cool looking.
Click the Play button to highlight it and select it. And then over here in the Properties panel I have Properties for this button, and I could adjust the properties for this button and one of them is the Link. Right now the Link isn't set. So I am going to click this little pick whip, click-and-drag over to our babbling brook video, and you can see that we get this little spaghetti thing. It's not working. It's telling us that that's not working correctly. So what I need to do is create a Timeline. I am going to go down to the bottom of the Project panel, click the New button, just like in Premiere.
I am going to create a new Timeline, because you actually have to have footage in a Timeline in order to link it up for DVD. So now I can go back to my menu, double-click this to open it up. With my Play button selected, click the pick whip from Link, and now select not the footage but the Timeline, and now that Link is set. And these other buttons, I don't even need them, so I am just going to select them, and hit Delete Key on my keyboard. Now, the last step is what to do once the Timeline is done playing, and that's called an end action.
So with this Timeline selected in the Project panel, I am going to go to the Timeline area in the Properties panel and then go to End Action, drag a pick whip back to the menu. So we have created a perfect circuit. People are going to start seeing this menu, they click the Play button on their remote controls, and then they are going to watch this footage. And once the footage is done, then they will be taken back to the menu. Our DVD project is done in just a couple of minutes. Now we go to the Build panel and we change the format to DVD and all we have to do now, click the Build button and we are done. And that's it.
That's all it takes to build a really cool looking DVD that works fantastic. Now, there are dozens and dozens of different menus and buttons and other features here, and you can change the set from a General category to Corporate, Education, Entertainment, Wedding even, Travel, Technology, and the list goes on and on, and the more you start learning about Encore, the more you realize like how much more you can do with it. It's really a full-featured DVD authoring application. So again, if you are interested in learning more, check out the Encore training on lynda.com, really one of the best parts about being an owner of Premiere.
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