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Working with stills

From: Premiere Pro CC Essential Training (2013)

Video: Working with stills

Once you have your still images in your project, it's time to start bringing them into your timeline. And you can simply grab and drag at drop them in, but there is one potential gotcha. And that is when you drop a still image into your sequence, it won't ask you if you want to adjust the sequence to match that still image, which is a good thing. But if by accident you made the sequence. The wrong aspect ratio, or the wrong frame size, or even the wrong frame rate for all your video footage, then there could be a problem.

Working with stills

Once you have your still images in your project, it's time to start bringing them into your timeline. And you can simply grab and drag at drop them in, but there is one potential gotcha. And that is when you drop a still image into your sequence, it won't ask you if you want to adjust the sequence to match that still image, which is a good thing. But if by accident you made the sequence. The wrong aspect ratio, or the wrong frame size, or even the wrong frame rate for all your video footage, then there could be a problem.

I'm going to quickly click on my timeline and go up to the Sequence drop-down menu and look at the Sequence Settings for this project. And I see right here that I accidentally made this 1920 by 1080. And I know all of my footage is 1280 by 720. I'm going to go ahead and close this, knowing that my sequence settings are wrong. But I'm going to show you a trick that you should follow just to make sure everything is right. I've already imported one video clip, and what I like to do is before I drop any still images into my timeline, is grab a representative video clip and drag that in first.

And when I say representative, an example of a video clip that is like most of the footage that I will be using. So, I'll drop that in. Now, I will get the dialogue box that says, Keep existing settings, or Change it. And I do want to change it to make sure it matches my video. I can even delete it at this point. And if we go back up to the Sequence Settings you can see that it's now 1280 by 720. I'll hit OK and we're ready to work with our still pictures.

We have still pictures that are both landscape mode or horizontal. As well as portrait mode such as these magazines which are vertical. Now, of course, your sequence is horizontal so to deal with this you may need to be a little more creative. I'll drop the barbecue pizza shot in first. And when I let go, you'll notice that it's pretty short. But if I zoom in so you can see it better, and now double-click to load it into my source monitor, I can see that its duration was five seconds. Well, if I needed it to be longer or shorter, I can simply grab the edge and stretch it out, either way, to make it longer or shorter.

As a matter of fact, all of the basic editing techniques that we learned can be applied directly to still images. If you look in the upper-right-hand corner of the screen, I only see part of the image. And that's because most video images you're going to get are much larger than the resolution of your timeline. Even the highest of high-def televisions are only 1920 by 1080 pixels. Well, that's like a two megapixel camera. These images, which were taken with a higher megapixel camera, are actually coming in at a one to one aspect ratio, which is great because if I did want to do a pan or a zoom, I won't lose any resolution.

Let me drop down on fit to 10%. Now, if I double-click on the image, I can see that the image is actually way larger than what I'm seeing in my 720 timeline. So, a quick fix for this, if I'm not going to be doing any moves on the image is simply to right click on it, and choose the option of scale to frame size. Now, if I go back to fit, you'll see that it fits perfectly within my frame, and I can use it without worry. Now, you may ask, why did I not do this when I imported my clips by using that checkbox that we learned about in the previous video. I want the flexibility that if I want to quickly scale it, I can do it within the program.

But there's definitely times I may bring a clip in such as maybe one of the magazine covers where I want to do a tilt or a pan across the magazine cover to show the viewer information. Now, speaking of magazine covers, let's go ahead and bring in one of the magazine covers into the timeline and see how that's going to be a slightly different challenge. I'll go ahead and grab the pancake shot and drop it in right next to the barbecue pizza. When I click on it, you can once again see that we're looking at a very large image and I need to shrink it down. Using the same technique, I'm going to right-click and I'm going to Scale to Frame Size.

This is a different aspect ratio and what Premiere likes to do is make sure that you don't cut off any part of your picture. So, whatever the largest side is that's going to hit the edge of the frame. So, in this case, we had to shrink it down, so we don't cut off the top and the bottom. And a lot of times this is fine. Sometimes you may even make it even smaller and put it over a background. But I do want to point out what looks to be black on the left and right side of this image, is actually transparent.

So, if I had put this image on top of, say, Vanessa and myself speaking, you would actually see us behind it and not necessarily see this by itself. Let me show you exactly how that might work. I'm going to just go ahead and drag it up to the third track and grab that piece of video that we worked with earlier and just throw in a small chunk. I'm going to just grab an arbitrary in and out point and grab just the video. And put it onto track one. You'll notice that it isn't black here, so if I cut away to the cover that we were talking about I would have a problem.

So, the solution when working with still images, and if you have something on track one such as a narrator or your talent, is you're probably going to need to put something in between as a background. And you can import any image you want as a background. You might have a preset background made. Or you can simply create one under the new button at the bottom of the project window. And here you go. You can create either a Color Matte. Or even Black Video, which is just solid black and no sound.

So, I could go ahead and grab that, put it underneath, and I'm good to go. So it's easy to change the duration of an image by simply dragging the edge to make it longer or shorter, and using scale to frame size to make it fit perfectly within your frame.

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Premiere Pro CC Essential Training (2013)

106 video lessons · 36096 viewers

Abba Shapiro
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  1. 5m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 15s
    2. Using the exercise files
      3m 1s
    3. What is Premiere Pro CC?
      1m 19s
  2. 29m 33s
    1. Why you should watch this fast-track chapter
      1m 33s
    2. Importing media
      1m 29s
    3. Selecting shots
      2m 48s
    4. Editing to the Timeline
      4m 51s
    5. Refining the edit
      2m 41s
    6. Adding transitions
      3m 2s
    7. Adding titles
      4m 9s
    8. Adding and adjusting music
      7m 35s
    9. Outputting your show
      1m 25s
  3. 30m 13s
    1. Launching the application for the first time
      5m 13s
    2. Touring the interface
      4m 29s
    3. Customizing windows and panels
      4m 56s
    4. Choosing your editing style
      6m 5s
    5. Understanding system requirements
      3m 1s
    6. Adjusting some basic user preferences
      6m 29s
  4. 47m 5s
    1. Setting up a project and sequence
      7m 11s
    2. Understanding all the types of media used in creating a video
      5m 12s
    3. Importing files already on your computer
      3m 57s
    4. Importing pre-organized media
      3m 24s
    5. Importing media from existing Premiere projects
      4m 39s
    6. Importing card-based media
      6m 11s
    7. Importing Final Cut XML files
      2m 36s
    8. Organizing your media
      6m 13s
    9. Reconnecting offline media
      7m 42s
  5. 18m 54s
    1. Basic editing overview
      4m 38s
    2. Previewing and marking media in the Project panel
      6m 12s
    3. Previewing and marking clips in the Source panel
      3m 9s
    4. Creating subclips
      4m 55s
  6. 9m 19s
    1. Marking and targeting destinations in the Timeline
      3m 35s
    2. Moving clips in the Timeline
      1m 27s
    3. Trimming edit points in the Timeline
      1m 24s
    4. Splitting and deleting clips
      2m 53s
  7. 24m 59s
    1. Performing an overwrite edit
      5m 7s
    2. Performing an insert edit
      3m 20s
    3. Using swap edits
      2m 37s
    4. Using multiple tracks
      4m 24s
    5. Targeting specific tracks in the Timeline
      4m 8s
    6. Cutting a B-roll sequence
      5m 23s
  8. 20m 16s
    1. Looking at three-point edits
      5m 26s
    2. Performing replace edits
      6m 5s
    3. Linking and unlinking audio
      4m 48s
    4. Working with markers
      3m 57s
  9. 24m 49s
    1. Performing ripple and roll edits
      5m 53s
    2. Using slip and slide edits
      6m 34s
    3. Performing J and L cuts
      3m 32s
    4. Looking at the Trim Monitor window
      2m 47s
    5. Increasing trim efficiency
      2m 11s
    6. Tips and tricks for trimming
      3m 52s
  10. 27m 28s
    1. Taking control of your Timeline
      4m 7s
    2. Adding video and audio tracks
      4m 32s
    3. Changing track visibility and locking tracks
      3m 22s
    4. Rendering media in your Timeline
      5m 34s
    5. Using the History panel to undo multiple actions
      2m 22s
    6. Creating keyboard shortcuts
      4m 19s
    7. Creating buttons
      3m 12s
  11. 29m 43s
    1. Exploring audio in Premiere Pro
      6m 32s
    2. Adjusting audio levels of clip
      7m 17s
    3. Keyframing audio levels of a clip
      4m 33s
    4. Mixing audio
      7m 34s
    5. Fixing out-of-sync audio
      3m 47s
  12. 20m 56s
    1. Importing still images
      4m 57s
    2. Working with stills
      6m 36s
    3. Animating stills with keyframes
      4m 49s
    4. Animating Photoshop files
      4m 34s
  13. 8m 59s
    1. Changing clip size, cropping, and position
      5m 16s
    2. Animating the position of clips over time
      3m 43s
  14. 14m 43s
    1. Applying basic video and audio transitions
      3m 1s
    2. Modifying transitions
      8m 6s
    3. Applying multiple transitions
      3m 36s
  15. 47m 2s
    1. Applying video effects
      2m 42s
    2. Modifying effects
      4m 47s
    3. Combining multiple effects
      8m 30s
    4. Keyframing your filters
      6m 22s
    5. Adjusting existing filter timing
      5m 56s
    6. Applying effects to multiple clips
      2m 31s
    7. Copying and pasting attributes
      4m 25s
    8. Creating and saving effect presets
      6m 46s
    9. Applying audio effects
      5m 3s
  16. 25m 36s
    1. Looking at the Warp Stabilizer
      5m 14s
    2. Working with chroma key and green screen
      4m 45s
    3. Using color correction tools
      6m 55s
    4. Looking at the Lumetri color looks
      4m 6s
    5. Using adjustment layers to save time
      4m 36s
  17. 27m 41s
    1. Fit-to-fill editing
      6m 41s
    2. Stretching a clip
      4m 15s
    3. Looking at the Clip Speed/Duration dialog box
      9m 17s
    4. Making variable speed changes
      7m 28s
  18. 15m 29s
    1. Creating a static title
      4m 35s
    2. Creating a lower third title
      2m 57s
    3. Creating rolling and crawling credits
      3m 40s
    4. Using Photoshop for titles from within Adobe Premiere
      4m 17s
  19. 22m 2s
    1. Introducing multicam
      2m 57s
    2. Creating a multicam clip with timecode and sync points
      5m 13s
    3. Creating a multicam clip using audio waveforms
      2m 55s
    4. Editing a multicam clip in the Timeline
      6m 50s
    5. Refining a multicam edit
      4m 7s
  20. 21m 38s
    1. Finishing techniques
      8m 35s
    2. Exporting a master
      6m 52s
    3. Exporting for devices and the web
      6m 11s
  21. 16m 55s
    1. Moving and copying a project
      7m 46s
    2. Archiving a project
      6m 49s
    3. Preparing and integrating your workflow with non-Adobe applications
      2m 20s
  22. 1m 35s
    1. Next steps
      1m 35s

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