Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating overlay and insert edits, part of Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training.
Previously in this training series we have looked at basic edits. Basic trimming where we're cropping off some of the beginning or some of the end of a clip, and that's probably what you'll do most of the time with clips. But there are a wide variety of different types of edits that you can perform. We're going to look at two of the most basic in this movie, Overlay and Insert. Now to give you the setup of our project here, in our Timeline we have two clips. We have this cool clip of flowers, and then we have this cool clip of the inside of the flower shop. Now at the end of this flower clip, basically it freezes for a second and then a door closes and we want to get rid of that, and we also don't need the beginning the flower shop here.
So what I want to do is bring in this clip of the owner talking and I wanted to overlay and get rid off some of this junk at end of the flower clip and the beginning of the merged clip. We can actually do that from the Source Monitor. So what I've done here is I'm going to line this up in time. I want this to be at 10 seconds and 13 frames in, is where I want this edit to happen. So I'm going to line up my Current Time Indicator there, and in the Source Monitor I have set an out point for 11 seconds and 14 frames in, and we just want the first 11 seconds and 14 frames.
By the way, as you are scrubbing through and navigating the Source Monitor, we have these two controls here. We have a jog wheel, so if you want to slowly go through the clip and you could look at it frame by frame a little slower than you would by playing it, you can do that. You can go backwards by dragging it to left or right, and then right above it, if you want to go a little bit faster, instead of jogging we can shuttle. So if we drag this to the right, we're going to go forward in time and it's going to go slowly as we move a little bit to the left, a little bit to the right. As we move more to the right, it's going to go faster.
Likewise, we could also take this to the left and again, as we move a little bit to the left it's going to go slowly backwards, and as we move farther to the left, it's going to go backwards more quickly. So as you can see, sometimes it takes a second to initialize, but these are both good ways to navigate around your footage. So now that we have the section that we want, we have a few options and I didn't mention this in the last video, but we could also take just the video by dragging this icon to our Timeline. We could also take just the audio by dragging the speaker icon to our Timeline.
But what I wanted is these two buttons right here. This is what I'm interested in. Now we have the Insert edit and the Overlay edit. First let's talk about the Insert edit. As you could see from the icon here, it looks like its cutting something in half and then putting itself into the space. That's exactly what this is going to do. If I were to click this Insert button, what it does is that it will split the footage at the Current Time Indicator, and put the clip from the Source Monitor there. So what it did is we had the Fridge clip, and then it cuts in to the footage we just inserted in here and then there is the remainder of the flower clip.
So there's the stuff that we don't want, and then we still have all of the store stuff that we don't want. So I'm actually going to undo that. But that's what an Insert edit does, and it is very helpful for when you don't wan to replace footage, but you actually want to make way for it. You want to create a wedge and stick the footage in that wedge. But I'm going to put this Overlay Edit on now, and you could see that there's a Down arrow on top of stuff that's already there, and that's what this is going to do. This is going to replace what is there. So as I click the Overlay edit, you'll notice that the time changed last time because we actually inserted this and everything moved over to the right, or later in time in other words.
And so it actually changed the duration of our program, the Insert edit did. The Overlay edit is not going to change the duration of our program. It's still going to end here. It's going to replace what is there for 11 seconds and 14 frames. So I'll click this button now and there you have it. So now we have the footage of the flowers, then the interview with the woman, and then we have the part of the flower clip that we want. And again, because Overlay edits replace content, it does not change the length of the program as we saw with the Insert edit.
- 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."