Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Building a rough cut in Adobe Prelude, part of EPK Editing Workflows 01: Ingest to Assembly Edit.
So here I am in Prelude and I've got a number of clips and I'm ready to start work. In fact, I'm pretty much ready to start work in my non-linear editor. And just for the record, you don't have to use Premiere Pro if you're working with Prelude. You can export your media as an XML file and import that into applications like Final Cut Pro or Media Composer or Edius or whatever you want to use. But I'm going to begin the work on my sequence here inside of Prelude. Now, I've got a number of different kinds of media.
I've got all of these individual MP4 files that were taken from a long interview with the singer, Carmen Perez. I've also got an interview with the director. Now, do I have that imported or not? It looks like I don't, so let's get that. I'm going to press command or control I. I'm going to browse to the interview with Rob Garrett. Select it, hit ingest and now I've got that on the list and if I open this up, this has a couple of comment markers and I might add a few more of those later on as I find interesting parts of the media.
So, I'm working with one long clip with comments on it. Several individual small clips which are named appropriately and also got the music video itself. So, here's the Satisfied music video in full and rather than adding comment markers to this, I've been adding subclip markers, which work exactly the same way, except that when you add them, you get this extra item in the bin, or in this case, in the project panel. Now I've added these in order to locate the media because I am going to work with the full, original file in my edit, but I want to be able to locate different parts of it.
And in particular, because I want to incorporate these into my rough cut in Prelude. One of the limitations of the workflow for creating a rough cut in Prelude, this is a kind of sequence in Prelude is that you can't make partial selections. When you put a clip in, you get the whole thing unless it's a subclip. So, here's a couple of examples, I've got a couple of shots here of dancing so I'm going to add a subclip and let's just play this on a little. (relaxing pop music) Well, that's probably enough, isn't it? Little bit more, maybe. (relaxing pop music) And let's call this "Satisfied dancing in club".
Now you'll notice that I'm putting the word "satisifed" at the beginning of each of these subclips. And that's so that they're easy to find in the bin. I'll just make sure I've got this subclip marker selected, press the O key for out and I've now marked that. I'd also quite like, let me just have a look. I've got this nice section at the end and I'm thinking of starting our EPK video with the introduction of the music video. That's quite a nice moment with her appearing and I thought maybe we could end it with the end of the video as well, which is the stars. So again, let's just come back a little bit.
Always go wide with your in and out marks if you possibly can. So, I'm pressing one to add a subclip. I'll take it right to the end of the video and I'll just call this subclip "Satisfied..." Let's just call it "end," and then press enter to name that. So, I'd like to clean this up just a little bit. I'm going to create a new bin and I'll call this "music video." There we go and I'll just resize a little so we can see all of the contents and let's just click and then shift click.
So I'm getting the music video and all of its subclips and I'm going to drop that in. And then let's make another bin and let's call this "interview CP, Carmen Perez." Alright, And let's just take all of these and drop them in, so let's put that in here. And let's take these and just shift clicking to make the list selection, dragging it in. And now I've got a much tidier interface. So, the next thing I need to do is to start building my rough cut.
And rough cuts in Adobe Prelude are actually files stored in your hard drive. Now, when I send this through to Premiere Pro, it's going to turn up as a sequence, and that will just be embedded in the Premiere Pro project file. But, to begin with, it's going to be a separate file. I can do this the long way around, but I'm going to show you the short way. The long way is to click on this button and give the rough cut a file name, but I'm going to show you a cool alternative, so I'm going to just expand this music video bin. And I'm going to select all other subclips. I'm not choosing the original media, just the subclips because those are the partial selections I've made.
And I'm going to drag and drop these straight onto that new rough cut button. See the little plus symbol that I get there? Now Prelude's just going to say, "oh OK, "well you want to make a rough cut." "Let's store that file somewhere," so let's go to our exercise files and into media. And while we're here, let's make a new folder. Let's call this "rough cuts." And let's open that folder. Now I'm going to give this a name. Let's call this "Satisifed EPK Rough Cut" Now, I'm going to click save and that's going to add the rough cut to my Prelude project and you'll notice that the clips have been added.
Now they've been added in the order that they appeared in the bin and that's, of course, just in the order that they are in the music video. Which is of mixed value, I suppose. If I go into the bin and switch this to the thumbnail view you can see I can now go into the music video bin and I've got my list of clips. I can drag and drop to change the order in which these appear and then when I add these to my rough cut, they're going to be in that order, so you're doing a kind of a storyboard edit right inside of Prelude.
Now that I've got the clips here, I can move them around and change the order as much as I like and I can drag and drop and shift and I'm just going to undo that a couple of times with control z or command z. Because I kind of do want these items to appear in the order that they appear in the music video. Now, this is kind of it for Prelude. If I want to add some more interesting content, well, I suppose if I go to upper level I could start to add some of the interview with Rob Garrett, the director. But remember, I don't have that broken into subclips and if I had any of it, I'm going to get all of it inside this rough cut.
I think what I'm going to do is save that process for working inside of Premiere Pro. I'm really just going to begin by choosing the items from the interview with Carmen Perez and choosing sections of the music video. So, I'm going to double click to go into the interview and you can see I've already named these so, maybe let's begin with "hello world" and I'm just going to drag and drop this in. And you can see that when you drag and drop into a Prelude rough cut, you really can't do anything but drop it in between existing clips. What you can't do, for example, is drop partway through.
You can't do an insert edit or an override edit or any other kind of edit. All you can do is insert between existing clip segments. And now, it's just a question, in fact let me switch to the list view here. It's just a question of looking and thinking "I wonder what kind of clip I'd like to include." I'm going to maybe take, if I met Carmen Perez and I'm dropping this in between different clips from the music video. Shooting on the beach is beautiful but cold, so let's see, what have we got? That's the car stuff, yeah, maybe let's have this towards the end.
Let's have that in the mid. Mainly, you're going to want the mid shots for the less emotionally engaging stuff. You're going to want to have the closeups for the really dramatic emotional content. How about this, say this? Oh no, let's have "I'm a mixed artist." Let's have that in the closeup in the middle of the club scene. So what I've done here is just begun the process of setting out the structure of my edit. This is an entirely non-linear process and it's intentionally a very simple one.
I just want to draw your attention to one extra button. This is, just down here at the bottom of the project panel. If I click this, you're only going to see subclips. And this is just to help you organize your media if you have added subclips to your media, rather than breaking it into individual files. That's what I've done with the music video. That's what I could have done with the Rob Garrett interview as well. Then, you can just drag and drop these in and treat them as if they were, well they are, shorter clips, the shorter parts of your media.
But again, what you can't do is add in and out marks. However, let's say I'm looking at this content on the timeline and I think "you "know, this is pretty good, but I'd really "like to shorten it or lengthen it." I can click and drag and trim, just as you would in a non-linear editor to change the content included inside this rough cut. So, that's how you create a rough cut inside of Adobe Prelude.
Stay tuned for future courses in the series, which will cover the other steps in the workflow, all the way up to the finished music video.
- Keeping media organized
- Ingesting media
- Transcoding on ingest
- Adding metadata like comments and other tags to your clips
- Producing an assembly edit