Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of EPK Editing: 6 The Final Product.
- If you are a premium member of lynda.com you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. And when you download them from the lynda.com website, this is what you're going to get, a folder that contains all of the files you need to go through the lessons in this course. I'll just open this up so we can take a look at them. As you can see, we have chapter folders that contain project files that relate to each chapter.
And you'll notice each of these has a begin state and a complete state. Now, you should always start out with the begin project file. That's the file I'm using at the beginning of each lesson. You can work through the lesson with me and use the complete version as a comparison. This is the file I've been working on and I've saved at the end of the process. So you can just see whether work you're doing matches or whether, perhaps, you've produced something better. But one exception to this begin and complete rule is here.
We've got the Satisfied Complete Prelude project and just a regular Satisfied Prelude project. There's no begin because actually this is just a blank Prelude project. Prelude saves automatically as you go, so you can just start out from scratch with Prelude, if you like, as well. If we go up one step, you'll see that we also have a final project. This Conclusion folder is just one of the chapters, but the final project is the actual Premiere Pro project I used to produce the work that I submitted to my client.
If you want to compare and see if what you've produced compares with the work I submitted to my client, then you can use this project file as the final example. I'll just go up another step here and you'll notice that we have a Media folder. This contains all of the media that's used in the edit. We have some behind the scenes footage. There's quite a lot of options there to produce the visuals for the cut. We also have an After Effects animation.
It was originally used in the music video that we're basking this EPK on and we've taken that to use in our own work. We've got some audio from Audition. This is after the mix is produced. This is covered in brief in this course and in much more detail in earlier courses in this series. Down at the bottom here we've got a Sent to Audition folder, this is what's produced from Premiere Pro when you send media over to Audition. And you've got some graphics.
Some of these were used in the end, some were not. We have an interview with Carmen Perez, the singer. This has already been broken into pieces and it's worth noting that all of the media is set at a relatively low resolution with relatively high compression as h264.mp4 files. This is really just to make the files as small as possible to download, but you will notice the quality is quite poor at this data rate. Next up we've got an interview with the director, Rob Garrett. That's just one long file.
Again, it's a relatively low resolution mp4 file. We have the original music. And you'll notice that many of the files here on my screen have PKS or PEK files or even CFA files. These are temporary files that are created by Premiere Pro or Audition to make playback easier, particularly for compressed formats like mp3 audio or h264 video, and also to display the waveform quickly and easily as a graphic.
I'm going to remove these before I upload the files to make it even quicker for you to download. Don't worry, though, because they'll be re-created automatically as soon as you import or work with the files. We also have the original music video We've got the entire piece here, again, as an mp4. In the making of this video, I used a free downloadable two-type font called Vivaldi. and it's worth noting that when you get to chapter five, unless you also download and install that font, you're going to find that the graphics don't display correctly.
Now, it's quite possible that you've got the Vivaldi font installed already. I'll just show you, though, how easy it is to find and add it to your system. Of course, you could use a Typekit font if you have your Creative Cloud subscription up and working and connected to the internet. You might find that there's a font you prefer to use there. Still, it's probably going to be better if you don't have an automatically selected replacement font. It can really mess up the layout and it wouldn't make a lot of sense if I'm talking about composition.
Here's a website, one of many that you can use to download fonts. There's so many free fonts available now, it's sometimes quite overwhelming when you're trying to create a simple graphic. But here you can see I actually just did a Google search for "Vivaldi font download", found this page very quickly, and although it's kind of tucked away in amongst the adverts, you can see here, "Download Vivaldi Font". Download the file and installation is very, very simple. Here's the file, Vivaldi.ttf.
You can just double-click on this and on both MacOS and Windows you get this option to install. If you're using an earlier version of Windows which is not giving you the same quick and easy installation process, you can just go to the fonts in Windows, it's a folder, and drag and drop the file in and it should install. Once fonts are installed on the operating system, they're accessed automatically from inside of applications like Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Photoshop.
So you really just need to install the font to be able to work through these exercises. If you are a monthly member or annual member of lynda.com, you don't have access to these exercise files, but you can follow along from scratch with your own assets. Let's get started.
- Choosing footage to use
- Assembling a rough outline edit
- Getting a cut ready for the client
- Making decisions on color and the look of the video
- Creating graphics and titles
- Outputting your project