Join Robbie Carman for an in-depth discussion in this video How to use the exercise files, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Audio Finishing Techniques.
- If you're a Premium Member of the lynda.com online training library, then you have access to the exercise files used in this title. After downloading the Exercise Files zip, you'll be presented with a folder, right here, called Exercise Files. And you can store this folder in a location of your choosing, but for this title, I'm going to keep it here on my Desktop. Inside of this folder, you'll notice a couple things. First, is this Premiere Pro project file, and we'll be using this file throughout the title, and I'll open it up in just a moment.
You'll also find a folder right here, called Media. And this folder contains all of the media used in this title. And all of this media is referenced in the Premiere Pro project that we'll be using. The video and some of the audio content, in this folder, are these .mp4 files. While highly compressed video is not great for video finishing, I compressed these files to H.264 MP4s to keep your downloads small. You'll also find some uncompressed audio files, these WAVs right here.
And you'll find some graphics files, like these PSDs, right here. And these will be used on several of the sequences that we'll be working with. The media used in this title is a promo piece for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. This is a real-world promo, but just keep in mind, there are several places where I did engineer an issue or change something from the original promo, to better illustrate a problem or point. Also, in a couple places that I'll point out, we'll use some media that is not related to this project directly, to show some other situations.
Alright, so let me go back and open up this Premiere Pro project. Now, depending on your configuration, when you open this, you may get a warning message that says, "The last time that this project was saved, "it was saved using the Mercury Playback Engine, "with GPU Acceleration." Simply click OK. The system that I prepared the exercise files on, was using a qualified GPU for acceleration. On your own system, if available, you can configure this acceleration in your project settings. After that, the project should open just fine, and the media automatically relinks, if you kept the project file next to the media files, out here on your desktop, just like this.
However, if you separated the project file and the media folder, for whatever reason, you'll need to relink the media used in this project, which is super easy. Let me just go ahead and move the media out here onto my desktop, and then once again open up the Premiere Pro project file. So, as I said, if the project and media folder are separated when you open Premiere Pro, it will prompt you for the location of the missing media. A couple options that are important here.
You want to make sure, right here, that you're matching to the File Name, and you also want to make sure that this box right here, for Relink others automatically, is checked. This will make the relinking process easier by relinking all of the files used in this project. Next, simply click Locate, and then navigate to the location where you moved or saved the Media folder. In my case, that's here on my Desktop, so I'll go into that folder, and then right here, I want to make sure that I Display Only Exact Name Matches. This will filter the listing to only show you the file that Premiere Pro is looking for.
Now, this next step is really important. You must make sure that you actually select the file that Premiere Pro is looking for. So, I'll go ahead and select that, and then click OK. If you don't have the file that Premiere Pro is looking for selected, you will get an error. So, I'll go ahead and click OK. In just one second, Premiere Pro will automatically relink all of the media used in this project. Now, in the actual project, over here in my project panel, you'll notice that I have two folders: Media, and then Sequences.
Media contains all the media that we'll use in this project, and for the most part, it's a duplicate of what you see on the OS level. In the Sequences folder, you'll see that I've broken things down by Chapter. And there is a sequence for each chapter and the Movie number in that Chapter. So, for example, 01_02 is Chapter One, and the second Movie in Chapter One. So, one note about the sequences. When you do open them up, they might look a little different in terms of Track Heights, and that's because, when I recorded this training, I was recording on a screen resolution of 1280 x 720, which is quite small.
On your own system, just remember you can always adjust the Track Heights to fit your preference, or to match what I have onscreen. If you're not a Premium Member of the lynda.com online training library, you can still follow along in this title, using your own media. Okay, so that's it for getting situated in this title. Let's jump in and start, Premiere Pro Guru: Audio Finishing Techniques.
Watch the companion course, Premiere Pro Guru: Video Finishing Techniques, for more information about finishing the visual elements of your projects.
- Working with others
- Exporting audio tracks and video references
- Keyframing clip and track properties
- Using Premiere Pro's mixers
- Adding effects with compression, gain, normalization, and EQ
- Fixing audio issues with Audition
- Making your audio broadcast-legal
- Outputting stems