Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Introducing Premiere Pro CS5, part of Premiere Pro CS5 for Avid Editors.
So, let me introduce you to Premiere Pro. Here we are. Now, the first thing you'll notice, compared to Avid, Avid Media Composer, is that it's an incredibly busy interface. If you're used to that nice, clean, empty space for you to roam wild and free with your creative talents, you're going to have to take a little bit of time to adjust to this world of information. Now, I have to admit when I started out with Premiere Pro, I did feel that there was just an overwhelming amount of buttons and options on the screen. But now that I'm used to cutting with it I kind of like it. Everything is really at your fingertips. So, first of all, what have we got? We've got a Project panel here, which is, Premiere Pro's equivalent of bins, or even the Project window inside of Avid Media Composer.
It's a little bit different because you don't have to have a bin to store anything, but it effectively provides the same function. And we've got several other panels here, I'll get to those a little bit later, but you've got Resource Central which is a kind of a web browser for downloading free updates and assets. And then we've got our source and program monitors. These are effectively the Composer Windows from Avid Media Composer. Our Timeline, a little bit different to Media Composer because you can have tabbed multiple Timelines and nested sequences that are supported in Premiere Pro. We have workspaces, just as the same as tool sets in Media Composer, except that we got a menu right here inside the interface for toggling between these.
Here we go, here's an Effects 1, here's a Color Correction 1. Lovely, we've got scopes and wave-forms. There is a lot of functionality that isUNKNOWN between Media Composer and Premiere Pro. And here's out Timeline in which we have really the similar kind of principal segments on the Timeline, time moves form left to right. Now, in Media Composer 5, you also have support for stereo audio tracks, which up to Media Composer Version 4, all of the audio tracks were mono. Now in Premiere Pro, right back to Version 1, you've had Mono, Stereo, and 5.1 Audio Tracks, although you do need to pay for a plugin to do more than three exports in 5.1 Surround sound. Now, I want to draw your attention right away to these little Speaker icons on the Timeline which tell you the kind of track it is. In this case, it's a Stereo track.
I'd also like to draw your attention to these little panel menus. Now, each panel is in a frame. So this is the Timeline, here we go, this is the Timeline panel inside the frame which happens to have no other timelines. You can see this darker region here, which could have times on it. Up here, we've got a panel inside a frame which is sharing with, and I've got a little Navigator along the top to browse between tabs. The Effect Controls panel, this is like the Effect Editor in Media Composer. The Audio Mixer, which is just like the Audio Mixing tools inside of Avid Media Composer but an awful lot better frankly. A lot more functionality, submixes,UNKNOWN and so on. Ad then, the Metadata panel which is absolutely wonderful tool for adding and modifying and accessing metadata associated with clips. Now, each of these panels is kind of a floating independent space inside the interface.
But you'll notice it's all squeezy and you can adjust the sizes and so on. It's the panel menus that are also just like the Fast menus inside of Avid Media Composer. Now, Premiere Pro is the Cutting tool, just as Media Composer is the Cutting tool. And just as with Media Composer, you would perhaps use Pro Tools to work on your audio. In Premiere Pro, you would probably use Soundbooth or Audition. And if I want to, for example, work on a piece of audio, maybe there's some background noise I want to clean up. I can simply right-click and choose Edit in Adobe Soundbooth.
So, this will be a Ctrl-click on a Mac, and I can choose Render and Replace. And this will open up Soundbooth ready for me to work on that clip. So, there's some slightly more tightly integrated functionality there compared to having to export something like an AF for Pro Tools from Avid Media Composer. Within the suite of applications, just like Media Composer, you're going to be using Premiere Pro as a cutter. It does have a lot of effects, just as Media Composer does, it does have great Audio tools, just as Media Composer is sort of getting towards having in Version 5.
But again you would use Pro Tools. But I suppose what I'm saying is that you're really looking at using Premiere Pro primarily for cutting, because a lot of people are purchasing Premiere Pro as a suite with Encore. It comes with a standard which is a lovely DVD authoring application. But again, they're going to get it as a suite with After Effects, for example, and Photoshop. It kind of works very well to use those applications for your effects work and then you really have a fantastic comprehensive animation tool. You also have a Title tool inside of Premiere Pro, here we go, and this is kind of like the Quick Title tool that you have inside of Media Composer, you know, it's the regular Title tool.
It's 2D, it's not going to give you super functionality, but actually, it's pretty comprehensive in terms of the appearance of items. If I type in here with my Title tool, something like I think this is a piece of media called Paladin. I can choose Preset templates, and I can specify a whole bunch of properties with it. So, it's pretty good for 2D. You don't really have something equivalent to Marquee in Premiere Pro, but that's okay because what you do have is usually is After Effects, which is the most incredible title application with lots of presets. And it's 3D and it has lighting and virtual cameras and to be honest, in my experience, it's a bit more fun to work with the Marquee. Although Marquee is amazing the interface isn't quite as snappy and cool looking as the After Effects 1.
So there you go, that's Premiere Pro. And maybe we should have a look at making a new project.
- How Premiere Pro works
- Getting set up
- Creating sequences
- Applying effects, color correction, and opacity
- Titles and metadata
- Integrating Premiere Pro with other applications
- Working with audio
- Outputting video