Join Jason Osder for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a Live Logger template (iPad), part of Premiere Pro Guru: Working with Prelude.
- We've been looking at using Live Logger to log footage in real time on the set. But to really get an idea of the potential here, we have to think about designing our own template because the templates that come with for logging are so basic that it's hard to even get an idea what's possible. So let's take a look at a customizing Adobe Live Logger. I'm here in Live Logger and I'm on my Templates page. There's a couple built-in ones and a couple that I've already customized. We're going to take a look at the custom ones in a second. But first I want to look at making a new template.
All of these controls are up here. We have plus for new, pencil for edit, duplicate, throw away, and share. So I want to go ahead and do brand new one which will start a totally blank template and of course we got to give it a name and we'll call this Custom demo and we'll confirm. Here's what a blank template looks like. We start over on the right side creating the buttons to make tags.
So whenever you see the little lines, you know you can edit. We start with just one untitled button. But we can get in there, we can't remove the only one, but we can modify it, create a new peer item which will split the real estate in half and give us two equals or create a sub-item that will look much like a menu. I think we should modify first so this isn't called untitled. As you can see, the button itself has a name. We'll call this demo 1. Then you can add other associated tags.
These are things that will make their way into the metadata and you'll see that by definition the name becomes the first tag but you can add other things like note 2. Then you can display some larger text especially if there's some real key to this. If all of this is going to be sort of the number one thing that we're logging, we might go ahead and just name this 1. Then we've got some choices about the exact look. I can actually include an image. I can change our color sum.
This is the color of the icon or the image so we can do basically black text on a yellow background if we want. We see up at the top what our button is becoming and I can confirm. So now we've got one big button with a name. And obviously, I'm just using sort of some demonstration for the text. But if we select here and make a new peer item, you can see that automatically, the real estate is divided in half and now I have all of the same choices and so presumably this is demo 2.
Our big text in the center can be a two and perhaps we want to play with the background color a little bit, and we'll confirm. You see and you have to use your imagination here. I'm going to run you through a real life scenario in just a second, but one more thing to show you which is that you can get these sub-items, these menu type groups. So they're new sub-item. You see how this grows out of that and will allow you some choices under two. Let's say under demo 2, you have two different sub-items, so we need a new peer item.
Then under demo 2, you could either have let's say an A or a B choice. So we'll make that one A. We can make this one B. You can see how depending on how careful you want to be here and how detailed, you could really make a sophisticated logging schema right here out of these buttons. Let me save this one and just show you a little bit how it's going to work especially these sub-items. So remember, now that I've got these established, anytime I hit the template itself, I'm going to start a new log.
So my custom demo is the one I just made. We'll call this Custom demo log. And all I really want to show you here is once I start one with number two, you see how A and B choices just popped right out there and I can get the sub-note and then go ahead and write a note. Whenever I'm ready for the next one, it's just as simple as new tag, and then maybe that one is demo 1 and so on. Now, I think this is actually more confusing with these abstract demo 1, option 1, option 2.
You can see if I look at edit, I can see what some of the other choices here are. If I choose the basic template to edit, you'll see that the basic template in a lot of ways is similar to what I just showed you. It's just sort of an A, B, C, B2, B2. Not as informative as how this would really work. So I went a little further and I thought of a real world situation that I was on not too long ago, and it's this Farmer's Market situation. Just to get in there, I'm going to hit Edit so we can take a look at it. This is more of a real world situation.
The idea is we're at this Farmer's Market and we're going to talk to a lot of people, what's called sometimes voice of the people, right? You just come up to someone and you ask them a set of questions. Often those set of questions are sort of hardwired. You know you're going to ask every group or every person, the same ones. In this case, we asked everyone their name. We asked everyone how long they've been coming to the Farmer's Market and/or how often they come to Farmer's Market. And we asked them why they like the Farmer's Market. Those were our standard questions that we asked everyone every single time. So I made ones for name, time, and why.
Then I made one more button for more. 'cause usually after those first three questions, things went off on some tangents and generally they were pretty good. I really thought that this was a good example of how to use Live Logger. We're there with a lot of different people, right there on set, each one of those interviews is between two and five minutes and they all basically have the same questions. So this really lend itself to a template that would allow us in real time to make these selections. Now you have an idea of how to customize templates in Live Logger.
This is the type of tool that when you're just doing a vague thing, it's hard to understand what it's really good for. But when you have a real world scenario and you build something custom, you really start to see the power of the tool.
- Understanding Prelude
- Choosing a Prelude workflow
- Transferring and transcoding footage
- Adding metadata and markers
- Using Live Logger
- Creating a rough cut
- Exporting to Premiere Pro
- Adjusting advanced preferences