Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding footage to the Timeline, part of Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training.
Now, we're going to jump in and look at a real Premier project just to kind of get our feet wet a little bit. We have this really cool project here, but we're missing a video clip from the beginning. We're going to be adding that video clip. First, let's go ahead and look at what we have. This project that we're going to be looking at in this chapter. It's about 14 seconds long or so. You'll notice that there is a distinct absence of video for the first three seconds. But that's okay. We'll get that video back and restore it by the end of this movie. (Music playing) (Male speaker: Beautiful scenery, plenty of places to ride, beautiful weather.) (Male speaker: It just doesn't get any better than this.) We're pretending this is going to be like a Web advertisement.
So what I'm looking for is a video clip to fit in this spot. I know it's in this Video folder. I can click these little arrows here and put things in the Video folder. You don't have to use these folders in the Project panel, but they really to help to keep things organized and I prefer to use them. I could open up the Video folder, but there is this handy search field here. And I know that the word train is in my footage. So I just simply start typing t-r, and look how live update this is. That's amazing. So as soon as I type t-r-a, I could see the clip that I'm looking for.
Again, it's a live update. To see all the rest of your footage, just go ahead and click this X to close out that Search result, but this is actually the clip that we what. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to click here, and I want to add this to my sequence. So to do that, I simply drag and drop. You can see that I could add this to different video layers essentially. I can also change where this goes in time. And if I put this clip over an existing clip, it will erase the content that's there. I don't want to do that. So I'm just gong to drag this all the way to the left, and there you have it.
That clip has been added to our timeline. So I'm going to press the Spacebar to preview this and look at the Program Monitor at what we have. (Music Playing) (Male speaker: Beautiful scenery, plenty of places to ride.) Fantastic! As we'll see as we go throughout this training series, there are several ways that you could add, clips to a Timeline, but that's as simple as it gets though. That's all you need to do is just simply drag and drop from the Project panel into the Timeline panel.
- Adding footage to the Timeline
- Creating dynamically linked content
- Making overlay and insert edits
- Moving edit points
- Playing a clip backwards
- Understanding pixel aspect ratio and frame rate
- Applying motion effects
- Cutting video to music
- Compositing with green screen and blend modes
- Correcting color
- Creating titles and lower thirds
- Exporting sequences
Skill Level Beginner
Q: When attempting to open the project exercise files into Premiere Pro CS5, an error message appears:
This project contained a sequence that could not be opened. No sequence preview preset file codec could be associated with this sequence type.
What could be causing the error, and how can the files be opened?
A: There are a few possible explanations.
Lastly, if the projects are not importing into Premiere, try importing the video footage by itself, rather than the entire project file.
Q: How does one perform internal edits within a piece of video in Adobe Premiere? For example, if I have a single clip of video, comprised of multiple segments strung together, how would I go about removing gaps and/or cleaning up each segment and then assembling the clips in a desired order? Most tutorials emphasize laying down multiple clips on the Sceneline or Timeline, but not editing one clip of video.
A: To remove footage from a single video clip:
- Drag the Current Time Indicator (CTI) to the first frame of the segment to be deleted, click the Split Clip button in the Monitor panel, drag the CTI to the last frame of the segment to be deleted, and then click the Split Clip button again.
- Delete the segment by clicking on the clip and either choosing Edit > Delete And Close Gap, or pressing the Delete or Backspace key. That will remove the segment and the rest of the projectwill slide over to the left to fill the gap.
Q: I can't view the exercise files.
A: Most of the video clips in the training were encoded using H.264. If you are on a PC, you may need to download the latest version of the free
QuickTime player from quicktime.com. Be sure to install QuickTime with your Adobe applications closed. QuickTime installs a series of codecs on your
machine, and many Adobe apps require QuickTime components to function properly.
Q: Why are many of the video files H.264 if some users must download additional components to view them?
A: This is one of the most common video formats in the world right now, certainly for distribution. This is because it is currently the most optimal
way to provide high quality video at the low files sizes that we need to be able to distribute these assets online. Even though it may require an extra
download for some users, this is the best way to be able to get you the highest quality exercise files. There isn't another video standard that is
cross platform that is free and that works as well as H.264.
Q: What is the most effective way to import a JPEG into Premiere Pro (i.e. best quality resolution, best playback speed)? When I import a photo as a JPEG and add it to a sequence, only a very small part of my photo is shown, because of the high resolution of these photos. Should they be resized in Photoshop first? Will changing it using effects provide the quality I am looking for?
A: Images can be scaled down using the Scale Transform in the Effect Controls panel as explained in the training. You can also scale down the images in Photoshop to match the size of your sequence in Premiere. But I prefer to use the Scale Transform as it gives me more flexibility and allows me to "zoom in" (aka scale up) photos without loss in quality. You'll probably want to make sure that the proportions of the image match the sequence though.
Q: Does Premiere Pro offer Z-axis editing like After Effects?
A: Premiere Pro does not offer 3D as After Effects does, but you can use the Basic 3D effect in Premiere to simulate that environment.
Q: The exercise files don't work for me. I get an error message stating the sequence(s) could not be loaded and it returns me to the Welcome screen. I am using the trial version of Premiere Pro and the correct codecs do not seem to be included.
A: All the required codecs are included in the trial version of Premiere. You just need to activate the trial with your Adobe ID. If you don't sign into Adobe, anything with MPEG compression will be unavailable. Signing resolves that issue and restores all MPEG-based support.
Q: I'm receiving the
following error message from Premiere Pro. "This project contained a
sequence that could not be opened. No sequence preview preset file or codec
could be associated with this sequence type." How do I resolve it?
Additionally, when I try
to create a project, I only have DV sequence presets available.
Q: When I tried to open the exercise files for this course, the following message popped up.
"This project was last used with Mercury Playback Engine GPU
Acceleration (CUDA), which is not available on this system. Mercury
Playback Engine Software only will be used?"
What do I have to do to solve the issue?
Q: After loading a project from the exercise files for this course, the media appears "offline" and cannot be used. How do I fix this?
A: This issue occurs because the project was not created in your copy of Premiere Pro, so your copy does not know where to look for the asset files. To fix this, please see the video "Relinking offline media."