Join Todd Kopriva for an in-depth discussion in this video Changing a sequence to match a clip, part of Premiere Pro CS6 New Features Overview.
Premiere Pro CS6 includes a new behavior that makes it even easier to match our sequencer settings to the settings of the footage used in it. This is very important for both performance and quality reasons. Let's see how this works. Begin in the Bike Race 1 project in the Assets folder. And create a new sequence by clicking the New Item button and choosing Sequence. We'll deliberately choose a sequence preset that does not match our footage. So I'll choose the red R3D 10ADP 29.97 frames per second sequence preset. Then I'll go to the race shots bin, expand it, and drag the bike race cableshot4.mov clip into our new sequence.
Premiere Pro detects that this clip does not match the sequence, so it asks us if we'd like to change the sequence to match the clip. For now I'm going to keep the existing settings so that we can see why doing so might be a bad idea. In the Program Monitor, I'll choose Fit, so that we can see the entire sequence frame. And notice that the sequence frame is much too large for the clip. That's not surprising, because the sequence that we chose was for a very large format video. That being for red, which is digital cinema.
Whereas our movie is simply a standard definition movie. But the frame size isn't the only problem. Let's Zoom back in 100% and then I'll press the right arrow key to move one frame ahead, and then again, and then again, again, and again. Now I'll do that ten more times in a row, counting off the times that I press the, the key, and watch what happens. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten. Did you notice that every fifth time that I press the button, the image didn't change? That's because our clip has a frame rate of 23.976, as we can see up here in the Project panel. But our sequence has a frame rate of 29.97.
That means that if we play this clip in this sequence, the frames are going to be repeated one out of every five. This makes the motion not look at all smooth. Now we can choose, let's Zoom out a little bit so we can see this clip better. We can select the clip and Choose Video Options > Frame Blend, which gives us smooth motion, but it does so by blending the images of two adjacent frames together which isn't very high quality. I'll press the right arrow key a few more times, so we can see the results of this. And you'll see, that on every frame there's a little bit of an echo, as two frames, are blended together.
You'll also notice there's a bit of delay as Premiere Pro processes the frame blending. This is a bit of a drain on system performance. So how can we avoid these problems? Well, we could've simply accepted Premiere Pro's suggestion that we change the sequence settings to match those of the clip. So let's try that again, we'll create a new sequence, these are the same wrong sequence settings at first. Drag the same clip into the sequence. And this time accept Premiere Pro's offer to change the sequence settings. Now if we look at the entire sequence frame by choosing Fit, we see that it matches the clip perfectly and let's Zoom back in 100%. And I'll press the right arrow key to move ahead one frame at a time. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, 11, no repeated frames. Now, you don't need to add a clip to a sequence.
And wait for Premiere Pro to ask you if you want to change the sequence settings to match those of the clip. You can also simply drag a clip down to the new item icon. And it automatically will create a sequence that matches the settings for that clip. Or you can right-click, or Ctrl click on Mac OS, and Choose New Sequence from Clip to do the same thing. So the new behavior in Premier Pro CS6 is just intended as a protection against a mistake.
It's not the most efficient way to create a new sequence based on a clip.
- User interface improvements
- Importing and sequence setup improvements
- Editing improvements
- Effect improvements
- Performance improvements
- Audio improvements
- Exporting improvements
- Miscellaneous new and removed features