Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Premiere Pro CC Essential Training (2014).
- If you're a premium member of the Lynda.com online training library, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. Now first things first, there are two exercise files download options for this course. One for the version released in June 2014 and another for the version released in October 2014. So you first need to figure out which version of Premiere Pro Creative Cloud you're running. To find this out just launch Premiere Pro and you can just start up any new project. I'll just call this version_check.
And then you come up to Premiere Pro, About Premiere Pro and if this says 2014.1 then that's the October version. If it says 2014 or 2014.01, then it's a prior version. Another hint, if your interface looks like this, dark gray with blue accents, then that's the October 2014.1 version. And if it looks like this, lighter gray with yellow accents, then it's the June 2014 version. Now since 95 percent of this course has been recorded in the June 2014 version, we'll switch back over to that interface for the time being.
Once you've downloaded the appropriate exercise files you'll see that they've been compressed to a ZIP file. Unzip the file and you'll see a folder labelled exercise files. If you open up this folder, you'll see a couple of folders inside called Creative Letterpress and Ventura Hot Glass. These are the folders that contain the main materials that you'll need throughout this course. The Ventura Hot Glass folder is for the first couple of chapters to get you through the fast track chapter two, which takes you from start to finish through an entire project. The Creative Letterpress project is what you'll use in chapters three through 15 where you'll dive deep into each aspect of the editing process.
If you take a look inside of these folders, you'll see a similar layout in each. Both contain a media and projects folder and the Creative Letterpress also has a couple of other resources. With that said, while you can go looking around inside of these folders I would recommend that you leave them alone and just follow along with the instructions contained within the training when I tell you exactly where to go to access certain resources. But I do want to show you now what you basically do when you launch the software and enter a project. We'll of course go through this in much more detail in chapter one of this course.
When you launch Premiere Pro, by default you'll come to the welcome screen. If you haven't worked in Premiere Pro before, this screen will be relatively blank. If you have used it before, you'll have some projects listed here under Recent Projects. To open one of the projects for this course you simply go to Open Project and then you navigate to either the Ventura Hot Glass projects, and it's called Hot Glass or to Creative Letterpress, Letterpress projects, and Creative Letterpress Master project.
You'll also be creating some projects from scratch in this course, and in that case you'll select Create New Project instead of Open Project at the welcome screen. But in this case I'll go ahead and just open the Creative Letterpress project and inside of each of the projects it's setup basically like this. Here you have some assets where all of the materials for your course are. And then where you'll be spending most of your time is within the exercise files. All you need to do is twirl down exercise files and follow along with the chapter that you're in.
So if you're in the fifth movie of chapter four for example, you'll twirl down the chapter four bin and go to 4.5 and then everything you need is right here within this bin, okay? So each bin is self-contained. It will include everything that you need. Now if for some reason you download the exercise files and they're offline, which can happen if you move things around, you'll just need to perform a simple relink. The entire relinking process is outlined in great detail in the Relinking Offline Media movie in chapter three, so if you're having issues, please watch that movie and it should get you squared away, but just to show you the ropes I'll perform that right now.
I'm going to leave the Creative Letterpress project and I'm going to open up Hot Glass. This time I'm going to go on my media drive and you don't have this so just sit back and watch here. Now another way to launch a project instead of going to the Premiere Pro icon and navigating is just do it via the finder or explorer level. So I'll just go into Hot Glass, Hot Glass projects, and double-click on the Hot Glass project. By the way, we're going to be looking at this in the October 2014.1 interface.
Alright so I've launched Hot Glass and it's missing the media. Okay the media is not actually gone, the link is just broken, so we just need to perform a relink. What I'm going to do is come down to locate and when I choose the location to search I can choose an option at any level. For example, if you know that the media is in a certain folder, you can click on that folder, but if you can't narrow it down that much, you can also click on an entire drive. Alright so while choosing an entire drive is more all-inclusive it can take longer than if you choose the exact folder where the media resides.
So bottom line, choose the level that you know for sure the media files are in. In our case I know that it's in Hot Glass media, but even if I didn't I could choose exercise files because I know that it's at least in there. Okay so whatever works for you. I'll choose search and then it's going to look inside there and find what I need. Notice that it's looking for specifically the close up oven shot, which is right here. Watch this okay button if I click on this, notice that I can click on it, okay? And because I have clicked on one of them it's going to find all of the rest of them.
Alright so I'll go ahead and say okay. And now all of my media is online. If I go into assets and interview, all of my interview clips are online. And B-roll, and so on and so forth. Okay so pretty easy. I'm going to get out of here and I want to show you one last thing and that's in Creative Letterpress. Let's go ahead and launch that project. Again we're in the October 2014.1 interface now. And that's to show you this, if you're using the October 2014 exercise files then the additional exercise files that apply to the new updates are listed in a special folder up here at the top called 2014.1 Update Exercise Files.
Then you just go in just like any other exercise files and follow along. I'll guide you when to use these. Now if you don't have access to the Lynda.com exercise files, then you should definitely follow along with your own assets. Alright let's get started.
- Editing in Premiere Pro in eight steps
- Setting up a project and a sequence
- Importing and organizing media
- Marking and selecting the best takes from clips
- Performing insert, overwrite, and replace edits
- Trimming, splitting, moving, and deleting clips
- Performing intermediate editing and trimming techniques
- Customizing your workspace and using creative tools
- A brief look at Creative Suite integration
- Making audio level adjustments and mixing audio
- Recording voice-overs
- Applying transitions, effects, and filters
- Changing clip speed
- Color correction techniques
- Creating titles, credit rolls, and lower thirds
- Multicam editing techniques
- Exporting your final project
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q: This course was updated on 10/10/2014. What changed?
A: We added tutorials to cover the most recent changes to Premiere Pro CC. The "What's new" movies provide an overview of the UI and effects changes, and the four movies indicated by the "(CC 2014.1)" tag give you a deeper dive into these features. Additionally, the "Using the Exercise Files" and "What version of Premiere Pro CC does this course cover?" movies will help you become fully acquainted with how this course is structured.
Q: How do I open the exercise files in Premiere Pro? I can't open any of the files in the Hot Glass or Creative Letterpress folders.
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."
Q: Premiere Pro keeps saying, "Project contains a sequence that could not be opened. No sequence preview preset or codec could be associated with this sequence type." What do I do?
A: Please read this post, which addresses this issue, and then try the suggestion in the order provided: https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-pro/kb/features-presets-missing-premiere-pro.html