Join Abba Shapiro for an in-depth discussion in this video Editing with the Automate to Sequence command, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Cutting with Music.
- The automate to sequence function. may shock you at how fast you can cut together a well organized and well marked slideshow. Now you'll notice in this lesson that I've chosen to put all of my markers on the sequence, not inside the clip. This is necessary for automate to sequence to work. I've also used green markers on the count of music, but have added red markers at the points in the music I felt a cut would enhance the flow. Let me play a few sections so you can hear what I have in mind.
(the music) So there I have a double beat, and that's a red marker. And I think that's going to be enhanced by not following the actual metronome beat of the music. Let's just jump ahead, and we have a lot of red markers so you can hear and feel how the music flows. (the music) So here I've stepped away from the actual metronome beat of the music and I'm really going with those impulse sounds which are just popping and call for a cut.
Now get ready for some magic. Make sure your play head is at the beginning of your sequence. And for good measure go ahead and mark an in point. Now go to the organize photos folder, and we're going to select all 67 of the numbered gargoyle clips. Let me go ahead and press the tilde key so I can bring this full screen so you can easily see all of these clips. And I'm going to just simply select number one. Scroll down.
Hold the shift key and click on 67. Now I've selected all 67 clips. I'm going to go ahead and press the tilde key so we can see everything in the program. And now with the 67 clips selected, I'm going to simply click on one of them, and drag them all over to this little icon that looks kind of like a bar graph, and let go. You'll be greeted by a pop-up window, and you're gonna need to make some decisions. The first thing is: Do you want to work by your sort order or your selection order? So since I've presorted these from 0 to 67, I'm we're going to use sort order, but you can also select the clips.
And we're going to look at that shortly. The next choice you want to make is at a numbered marker. Now the alternative is sequentially, and this would just throw the clips into your timeline, completely ignoring all those hard earned markers that you put in. Next you want to make sure your method is going to be an overwrite edit. And you want to use the in and out range. Once you have all of these selected, go ahead and press OK, and let's watch some magic happen.
Before the dialog box could completely disappear, all my clips are already in the timeline. Wasn't that easy? Let's take a look at our string two. (the music) And I'll jump ahead a little bit.
Now it's not perfect, but with a little bit of scaling, and an image swap or two, we're pretty close. Now if you want to manually sort your images, you need to open up that photos folder and go to the icon view, and simply arrange them in the order you want to edit them into. Now if you want to manually sort your images, and I'm going to bring mine full screen so you can more easily see them. You need to go to the icon view, and then I'm going to go down here and switch from list view sort to user order.
Once I've done this, I can grab any clip I want. And move it to exactly where I want it to appear in my timeline. So I'm kind of building my sequence through what's called a storyboard. Now once I've organized them into the proper sequence, I can simply select them all by clicking on the first one, and you can shift click to the last one. And if you want you could drag it to the automate to sequence icon. Or you can simply go up to the clip menu and choose automate from sequence there.
You'll get that same dialog box that we saw before, and all of our selections are still accurate. We still want to go by sort order because we've actually rearranged the sort order based on our user preferences. So now if I hit OK, we're going to drop into my timeline, exactly in the order that I want. Selection order is exactly that. Select while holding down the control key, or the command key, and that will be the order of your pictures when you choose selection order.
Automate to sequence is a huge timesaver and one of the reasons I often choose to put my markers on the timeline instead of inside the clip.
- Changing the duration of the music with editing
- Placing markers
- Cutting to the beat vs. cutting with the beat
- Preparing images for import
- Adjusting image size
- Editing to markers
- Trimming sound bites
- Adding effects
- Mixing audio levels
- Retiming music
- Changing pitch and key