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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.
Adobe OnLocation is really a remarkable application and it comes with Premiere for free and it really is going to become, I predict, a very pivotal part of the Adobe video experience. Basically, what Adobe OnLocation allows you to do is it allows you to connect your camera to your laptop and take that laptop with you in the field, and as you can see here it says, No video input found. Connect a camera to your computer, blah, blah, blah. So basically what it allows you do is basically use this as a monitor.
Now, I'd imagine there is probably dozens of applications that allow you to use your computer screen or your laptop as a video monitor. It's a very cost effective thing to do. But what's special about OnLocation is that OnLocation allows you to record direct to disc. So let's say for example, instead of recording to a P2 card or a Flash Drive or a DVD or whatever else you got going on, FireStore, it allows you to record straight from your camera to your computer. Now, there are zillions of benefits to that.
Number one is it allows you to use these great Waveform and VectorScope tools, so you could actually check your footage while it's being recorded. If you go to the Window menu, there's also this SureShot Camera Setup and you could use this to basically run your camera through a series of tests to make sure it's calibrated right, that you're getting the right color and luminance values. Also, right when you are capturing these clips, you can put a metadata that will go with those video clips throughout the workflow. So if you go from OnLocation, you record the clips here and then you take those clips into Premiere for video editing, all the metadata that you setup here will go with those clips.
Now another cool benefit is I could go down to the Shot List here. This is where the clips go once they are recorded. When you click this little button which is Add shot placeholder, so let's say I know that I'm going to shoot some scene like Bar Fight, blah, blah, blah, whatever. And I would probably really have like scene 14b or whatever right there instead of description of the clip name. But let's just say that that's what I set. Well, what happens is is I can actually when I shoot this scene, then it will say instead of having the offline indicator, it will actually have a thumbnail of the video clip.
So I can make sure that on the day when I'm shooting that I shoot all the clips on my shot list and then I can put metadata in those clips as well. So you could imagine really the power of what's going on here with being able to bring in clips directly at the scene. And not only that, you can also check for continuity errors. If we break for lunch, for example, I can look at the last clip that I shot and make sure that everybody is still wearing the same thing, they put back the jewelry or the fangs or whatever else we have going on their costumes, that everything is still contiguous from the last scene.
Later in this chapter, we will look at Adobe's Story for preproduction. You could only imagine how powerful things can be that Adobe has this great complete workflow from preproduction to production with OnLocation and then of course postproduction with all of the other applications. I can picture that being a very efficient workflow.
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