Join Robbie Carman for an in-depth discussion in this video Using dupe detection, part of Premiere Pro Guru: Video Finishing Techniques.
One of the pet peeves of a lot of editors, as well as producers and directors, is reusing shots, in a timeline. Now, for something that's long form, that kind of happens from time to time. You're revisiting a scene, doing a recap, or something like that. But in commercial work or promo work, having the exact same shot in the sequence is kind of a faux pas. Now, of course you can visually identify a repeated shot, but Premiere Pro offers a way to identify repeated frames really easily on a timeline.
That's what I want to show you in this movie. So here on the sequence, let's go ahead and play back the beginning of the sequence and see if you can identify here for yourself the repeated shot. >> Owning a home is the American dream. But today's economy is challenging. >> Did you see it? It's the kid setting the dinner table. Now, it looks slightly different because there is a couple shots separating it, but if I zoom in here, I can tell you that it is the exact same shot. So, there is the kid setting the table right there.
Now if I go back right here, it's the exact same shot. Now, of course, visually identifying a duplicate shot is something that you have to be paying attention to and on the look out for, but Premiere Pro can help us with this. And there's a feature that can help us do this really easily, but finding it is a little hidden. In my timeline, I'm going to come to this little wrench icon and this is my Timeline Display Settings, and if I click in here, one of the options that I can turn on is Show Duplicate Frame Markers. So I'm going to go ahead and turn that on.
And when I do that, notice underneath these clips, which of course are the same shot, I now have this blue line. And what does that indicate? It indicates that these are the exact same frames used in both shots. When I'm finishing a project, I always have duplicate frame markers turned on, because the last thing that I want to have happen, unless it was really on purpose, was to have duplicate frames or duplicate shots in the sequence, and this is a really easy way of identifying those duplicate shots. Once you identify them of course, you can determine which one you want to replace, if at all, or part of the shot that you want to replace or cover.
Now there's one more thing that kind of goes along with dupe detection that's also kind of found in this wrench icon. If I click on the wrench icon again, there's another option right here for Showing Through Edits. Let me go ahead and turn that on. And when I do that right here, you can see that I get these two sort of sideways facing arrows. A through edit of course, is a cut in a shot that has adjacent frames. And while these might look like separate shots, they're really not. It's one shot. Personally, I find through edits to be a little distracting.
In this case, the through edit is not serving any purpose whatsoever. So what I am going to do, is simply right-click here on the through edit and I can say Join Through Edits and when I do that, the clip becomes whole again. I'll do it to the next through edit right there. And there we go, I now have one complete shot. So I think you can see that identifying duplicate shots and duplicate frames as well as identifying through edits is really easy to do. And fortunately Premiere Pro has some visual indicators to identify those problems. Like I said before, once you identify some duplicate shots, or identify some through edits, it's your choice on how you want to fix them, but identifying them and seeing them, is half the battle.
- Checking for gaps and flash frames
- Replacing temp or stock images
- Checking transitions
- Improving render quality with sequence settings
- Fixing common color and contrast problems
- Developing a look with SpeedGrade
- Reducing noise with SpeedGrade and After Effects
- Legalizing footage
- Interpreting alpha channels
- Handing off and receiving files
- Creating a digital master