Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding comments, part of Prelude CS6 Workshop.
Adding a comment to a clip with Adobe Prelude is very, very straightforward. Here I've got a clip ready for me to play it back and add a comment. And let's say for example, I decide I want to use this, this section of a clip, and I want to highlight that for the editor. So what I'm going to do is line up my play head here on this frame. I can do so under the monitor window as well if I like.
Click the comment button and immediately there's an invitation for me to type in a description so I'll say something like, use this part of the take. Now you'll notice that, as soon as I added the comment, it was given a duration that went from the moment I added it, right to the end of the clip. And if I want to stick with using the mouse at this point, I can just click away and carry on working. And I can click on the end of this marker and drag it to change the end of the selected section.
Now the duration of these comment markers, which would be referred to as a temporal marker. They are important because they are displayed inside your non-linear editing system. They should come up as part of the Premiere Pro interchange or part of the XML interchange. And you can see here, although it's pretty subtle, this marker is deselected, this marker is selected. And when a marker is selected, I get information about it inside the Marker Inspector. If I had another comment now, let's say maybe I want to say don't use this section, I click Add Comment. And you'll notice that by default it's called Comment and the duration goes again right to the end of the clip, and my original comment has just been shunted up.
A track. So I've got this multi-layer marker display area at the top of the timeline. So let's say here I'm going to say don't use this section, okay. And now I'm going to click this end handle and I'm going to drag in and pull this back. And now you'll see that Prelude has automatically shunted down this other marker. So it does a pretty good job of balancing where the marker information is displayed. And it'll just go up, and up, and up, as necessary.
If I adjust the duration of either of these markers, I can just for example, overlap here, and Prelude will automatically shift the location of these so that you can see them in full. This layout is going to be used when you're working inside your non-linear editing system, so its pretty useful. It feels pretty intuitive. Here again, I'll click the button and I'll say I love the lighting on this shot.
Okay, and click away, and there is my marker. Now I'm showing you the mouse driven workflow for this. There is a keyboard driven workflow as well, which is a little bit quicker. But sometimes you just want to be holding a cup of coffee in the other hand and stick with using the mouse and that's absolutely fine with Adobe Prelude. Now notice if I try to open up another shot. Maybe I'll open up this footstep shot. I'm going to get this warning that says do you want to save the changes to the glove compartment shot? And this is interesting, because there's no particular indication inside of Adobe Prelude that you haven't saved. There's a tiny little marker.
If I cancel, you see here I've got the name of the clip at the top of the timeline, and I have it here at the top of the monitor panel. There's a little asterisk marker. And you'll notice that this is the same convention used in applications like After Effects and Adobe Premier Pro, where an asterisk means that there are changes that haven't been saved. If I had a power cut right now, these comments would not appear after the reboot. And so, if I press control S or command S, or if I click on the file menu, and choose save. Which is the same, you see here.
Control S on a PC, Command S on a Mac. Then the clip is going to be updated. And this asterisk will disappear. I'll press that now on my keyboard. The asterisk goes away. I'll open up this shot, and I don't get the warning message. You really are quite safe, though. If I add a comment here saying. Try slow mow for example. That's okay. There's the little asterisk. If I open up another shot, you're safe because as long as you read the message that comes up on screen you're going to get the warning. You can click yes, and then you're done. If I go back to this footsteps shop, there's my comment and the same here on my original mid shot that I had before, and so on, and so on. Here's my glove compartment shot.
Be aware, as ever, that the way Adobe Prelude adds these markers is a little bit different to non-linear editing systems, because these markers are being. Appended to the metadata associated with the media file. This isn't just happening to a clip, a short cut, or an alias to that media, it's actually being added to the media file. So if I come out of Prelude and bring this into, for example, Adobe Premier Pro CS6, I'm going to see this media whether or not I send it directly from Prelude, which I can do, I just Send the media on a hard drive anywhere in the world, and because its in the metadata, it's there indefinitely.
Of course, you can remove it as well. That's another option. Okay, so that's adding comments using Adobe Prelude.
- An overview of the interface
- Useful preferences
- Ingesting media
- Managing media in Prelude
- Adding markers
- Creating rough cuts
- Sharing clips and rough cuts