Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Software versions and exercise files, part of Premiere Pro and After Effects: Enhancing Production Value.
This course uses both Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects, and can be performed, for the most part, in either the Creative Cloud or Creative Suite 6 versions of the program. The only thing that requires Creative Cloud is the Warp Stabilizer VFX exercise, which is at the very end of this course. Therefore, if you have access to the exercise files, you'll see that I provided both CC, Creative Cloud, and CS6, Creative Suite 6 versions of the project files.
Now, for this course, I'm going to be using Premier Pro as my hub. Every exercise is going to start inside Premier Pro. Some of them can be completed entirely inside Premier, and some of them will be to dynamic link over at After Effects. If you're the type of person who uses After Effects instead of Premier Pro, that's okay. I've also created After Effects project files that contain the exact same sequences and same sources, and you can replicate pretty much everything inside After Effects. Inside the Exercise Files folder, you'll also find an Adobe Premier Pro previous file folder that should start out empty.
It's just something automatically created by Premier. And also a production values sources folder. All of the sources used in this course are included inside this folder. If for some reason, you open up a project file and it says it can not find the media, link back to it inside this folder. And to do that inside Premier, all you need to do is scroll down the Project panel until you get to the sources folder. Select the missing source, right-click and choose Link Media. But I'm not expecting you to have that problem with this course.
The only other thing worth noting is inside Premiere, I have changed the viewers to full quality, just so that I can display these techniques with a minimum of artifacts in the windows. Chances are your default is half resolution, and you can continue to use that if you have a small monitor and/or a slow, older computer. I happen to be using an 8 core 2008 vintage Mac Pro with an NVIDIA Quadro 4000 card, which these days is about a middling system at best. In other words, a lot of these techniques do not require a lot of computing horsepower.
You should be fine with whatever computer you're using, including laptops. Now that we have all that out of the way, let's go ahead and dive in and start learning how to make your footage look a lot better.
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- Compositing footage shot on black
- Tinting and color-balancing footage to change its mood and unify multiple clips
- Adding a filmic glow
- Introducing artificial lighting to add mystery and interest to a scene
- Relighting existing footage
- Using the Warp Stabilizer and Rolling Shutter Repair to smooth out wobbly shots