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- 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
Skill Level Beginner
If the end goal of your creative work is to produce a DVD, or a Blu-ray disc. Or perhaps, to use Adobe Encore to produce a web DVD, a web-based version of your content, then again, there's some pretty easy ways to do it. The old fashioned way would be to be in Premiere Pro. And maybe go to the File menu and export media. Then you would choose an MPEG-2 format. H.264, of course, if you're producing a Blu-ray, or Mpeg 2 for a DVD. You can make MPEG-2 Blu-rays, but it's a bit of a waste of the data storage space on the disc to be honest.
You might as well make it H.264. It's just a more efficient compression algorithm. But let's say we're going to choose H.264, and then we would choose our preset. You can scroll right the way down and look for oh, what have we got here? How about we've got HD formats, YouTube, lots and lots of them. I suppose we could start with HD and then work out way down and choose the preferences. And the only downside with this, we've got a Blu-ray template. we can choose one of those. The only downside with this is that we have to understand how all of it works. We need to know about group of picture structures, and we need to know about our profile.
We need to know about whether we want single paths or dual paths, variable bit rate or constant bit rate, and so on and so on and so on. Now, if you know about those settings and you've got a bit rate calculator for your disc, fantastic. Go for it. Render out the video as a file and send it into Encore. But Adobe Encore has the main concept encoder built-in. And it can automatically use it to set the data rates for your media, and it does a pretty good job of encoding. Since that's the case, why bother making the fall out of Preimere Pro? Well, I suppose it could be just because it's an absolute finished step, and you don't want to have to think about it anymore.
But the real benefit of having Encore and Premiere Pro in the same Suite is that you can maintain a dynamic link connection between the two when you're working on your DVD projects. This idea of dynamically-linked creative decisions just opens up new vistas for creativity. There's actually a couple of ways of sending your work from Premiere Pro to Encore. And I've got a simple example here, a very, very simple sequence with four clips in it. And if I want to, I can go to the File menu and I can choose Adobe Dynamic Link and send to Encore.
Now, if I choose this option, Encore is going to fire up, aAnd well, I might as well do it. It's going to ask me what I want to call the new project I'm about to create. And really, I just need to choose the Authoring mode, am I planning a Blu-ray or a DVD? And the beauty of it is that Encore will just work it out, regardless of the resolution of your sequence. And remember, we are talking about the sequence conforming settings if you like here. The frame rate and frame size for the sequence, not for the clips in the sequence. It doesn't really matter what the sequence settings are.
Encore will work it out and make a Blu-ray or a DVD for you. And then, you've got NTSC or PAL. Pretty basic settings. I'm just going to cancel this. That's okay. Instead, I'm going to go into this project I've created, which is just an empty Encore project that's ready and waiting for my media. I'm going to toggle back to Premiere Pro, and I'm going to pull Premiere Pro out of the way. I'm going to grab the sequence in my project. And I'm going to drop it directly into the Project panel in Encore. Now in Encore, I've got a footage item. And I can Right-click on this and I can choose New. And I can choose Timeline.
This has now created a timeline ready to go on my disc. And it's based on this sequence. And what's special though, is that it's a dynamically-linked sequence. So if I toggle back to Premiere Pro, and let me pull this over and go full screen again. I can make a change to this and it's going to show up automatically inside my Encore project. So I could do something like, maybe get an obvious effect. I'll just make a really clear one because it's nice and simple. Let's have this go green.
There we are. So, I'm taking my third shot. I'm going to toggle back over to Encore. You might have seen there just a flicker on screen as Encore updated. And now, if I can find it, there it is, there's the shot with the effect on it. I can do anything I like in Premiere Pro. I can go in and add titles. Let's make a new title. The first title will do. This is a program called Paladin. Let's just pull that out with a Shift key. And then, let's pull that onto our timeline.
Wonderful. Toggle over to Encore. Then the director comes in and says, that's awful. I need you to use the graphic that we made. Let's have the paladin logo there. Let's bring that in as footage with all the layers combined. (audio playing) Let's just scale that out a little bit. (audio playing) And now, (LAUGH) I've created an absolutely awful combined effect of that green background and the title. I hope you're impressed with my motion graphics there inside of Premiere Pro, but hopefully you get the idea. It's very, very easy for you to just Drag and Drop your sequence from Premiere Pro into Encore and have it update.
And in fact, there's one extra feature here. If I go back over to Premiere Pro, you've got this set Encore Chapter Marker button. And you can actually turn any marker you like into a chapter mark if you just Double-click on it. And then, you can specify if it's an Encore Chapter Marker, a comment, or web link, and so on. This button just gives you a shortcut to one of those settings. Now that I've got some Encore Chapter Markers, you'll notice, unfortunately, if if I go over to Encore, it doesn't update retrospectively. And add those chapter markers to my timeline.
This is something you need in advance of sending the sequence over to Encore. If I pulled Premiere Pro, and let me grab this sequence again and drop it in again to Encore. Let's have a look up. I can't do it because the file is already in the project, that's not going to work. Okay, well, I suppose another way of doing this would be if I duplicate it, so let's just Right-click or Control-click, duplicate that sequence. Let's give this a new name, let's call this Amazing New Sequence.
Okay, let's try that, pull this out of the way. Grab our amazing new sequence and drop that into Encore, that seems to work just fine. So now I'm in Encore, there's my amazing new sequence, and I need to resize a little bit to see everything here. I'm going to turn this into a timeline. You can actually do this, by the way, in Encore by just selecting the item and going to the New Item button at the bottom of the Project panel. As long as you've got the assets selected in the first place, Encore will realize that you want to use that in the new time line that you're creating.
And now, here you can see right away, there are the markers that I added in Premiere Pro. In fact, of course, Encore will allow markers to have names. And you can change that in Premiere Pro as well. If you give it a name it will popup as the chapter marker name. So, that's how easy it is to dynamically link sequences in Premiere Pro with a project in Adobe Encore CS6.