Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Introduction to multi-application post-production, part of Creative Suite 6: Video Production.
The purpose of this course is not to show you how to be creative with using wonderful technologies. We're going to look exclusively at the clunk click of interoperability between multiple applications in the Adobe Creative Suite. Now that we've got Creative Cloud, a lot more people are finding it worthwhile investing in the full suite of applications. People aren't just picking out one program or another or a couple of programs, you're just getting the whole thing. And I suspect that a lot of users are a little bit unclear about how the pieces fit together. So, there's loads of courses out there on how to use individual applications, I've made a few.
There's some wonderful stuff on the net. But I just want to focus on how things connect. So here, for example we can be working Premiere Pro. We might be sharing work dynamically with After Effects, either taking compositions from After Effects into Premiere Pro or sequences from Premiere Pro to After Effects. We might be using Photoshop documents both in After Effects and in Premiere Pro. Working with individual layers and benefiting from the layer styles being dynamically produced in those editing systems. We might be using Prelude to organize our projects before we get into Premiere Pro.
And that might mean adding maybe subclips, building rough cuts, producing the rough structure of the program before we even get to the editing system. Then we've got Illustrator, fantastic for producing vector art. You can use graphics with it. And you've got lovely native support inside of both Premiere Pro and After Effects. Then there's Bridge, of course, which is less used by video editors. But nonetheless, provides some excellent tools for marking up, identifying and tagging media. You can even use the keywords functionality of it to make your content searchable in Premiere Pro.
Then of course, we've got Encore. Less and less people are producing content for DVD or Blu-ray. But it's still very, very popular internationally. And you could be working with a sequence created in Premiere Pro that is still dynamically-linked to your original project so you can carry on making changes. Perhaps, do a slightly better job than I have here at fixing the colors. Right at the start of the process, we've got Adobe Story. Where not only are you writing your script, you're also generating specific kinds of metadata for use in pre-production.
And further on, into production and post-production. In particular, you can take the dialog from your scripts and use it as a guide for Premiere Pro to conduct its Speech to Text analysis. Just giving you very, very accurate speech references inside of your project. You can see here in Premiere Pro, under our Metadata panel, we've got the dialog that's being spoken in specific shots. And then, of course, we've got SpeedGrade, a new edition to Creative Suite that you can use at the very beginning of the process. To apply a pre-grade and prepare your content, or you can use at the end of the process to conduct your finishing or both.
And everything fits together beautifully, either using dynamic link or around tripping workflow. Adobe, I've said again and again, that Premiere Pro is the hub of post production. And if you're working with Creative Suite, I think this is absolutely the case. If you fix in your mind that Premier Pro sits in the center of each of these different applications, it gives you a real sense of the structured relationship. That Adobe has set up to allow your creative decision to flow very easily between applications. For me, the most important feature of all of these workflows is that they minimize the amount of thinking required.
Many of the options, take for example the File menu, send to Adobe SpeedGrade. Or under the Dynamic Link options, send to Encore or paste with After Effects composition, new After Effects composition. These options all automatically generate the assets that you need in those other applications. Without you having to understand anything at all about frame rates, frame sizes, pixel aspects ratios, field orders, doesn't matter. Automatically, you're going to get the correct settings for the files that you create. And I think for any artists out there in the world, and that includes you if you're working in post production with any form of technology.
Any artist is going to approve of a technology that does that kind of work for them. There's no need to watch any of these lessons in a particular order. Feel free to dip into which ever chapter or lesson you find is useful for the work you're doing right now. Each one is designed to show you a specific relationship between two or more applications. My goal is to give you the simple steps you need to dependably share work between these various applications in Creative Suite.
- Improving speech-to-text analysis with Story
- Organizing projects in Prelude
- Batch renaming with Bridge
- Preparing images for video in Illustrator
- Working with Photoshop files in Premiere Pro
- Round-tripping a soundtrack from Premiere Pro to Audition and back again
- Preparing content for After Effects in Premiere Pro
- Sending work from Premiere Pro to SpeedGrade
- Using Dynamic Link to share sequences between Premiere Pro and Encore
- Using the Media Encoder to output from After Effects