Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Introduction to Video Editing.
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- If you're a premium member of the Lynda.com online training library you have access to the Exercise Files used throughout this title. 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 labeled Exercise Files. And inside there are three folders. One is called Chocolate Media, another called Chocolate Project and a third called Additional Materials. The Media is broken down by type of Material. While technically you can go in here and start looking around, my advice would be to leave everything alone.
That's because the Project File in this other folder, link to this Media. And if you move or change anything in here then your connection can break. Instead, just work with the project and follow along with the instructions contained within the training when I tell you exactly where to go to access certain resources. Just so you know, one way that you can work within the Project in this course is by simply double-clicking on the Project file. Another way is to launch Premiere Pro. When you do that you'll come to a Welcome screen. If you haven't worked in Premiere Pro before, this screen will be relatively blank.
If you've used it before then you'll have some Projects listed here under Recent Projects. To open one of the Projects for this course you just go to Open Project and then navigate to the Projects folder within the Exercise Files. Inside of your Project is a General Assets folder here at the top. And specific Exercise Files down below. For this course you'll only have Exercise Files for Chapters 4 and 5. To follow along, you just need to go to the bin that matches the Chapter that you're working in. So if you're in the fifth movie in Chapter 4 you just twirl this down and go into 4.5.
Here are all the materials you'll need for this movie. So for each movie you'll be working with the materials in these bins as well as your assets up here. Now, if for some reason, you download the Exercise Files and any are offline, which can happen if you move things around, you'll just need to perform a simple re-link. I'm going to leave this Project and enter a different Project that does have offline Media so that I can show you how to perform a re-link. Okay, so I've launched my Chocolate Project and I notice that it gives me this screen telling me that I have offline Media.
I'm simply going to say that I want to locate the Media and now I just need to navigate to the place where my Media is located. When you choose the location to search you can select an option at any level. For example, if you know it's 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 a parent folder or an entire drive. So while choosing an entire drive is more all-inclusive it can take longer than if you choose the exact folder where it resides. So bottom line, choose the level that you know for sure your media files are in.
In our case, I at least know the Media files are in my Exercise Files folder so I'll choose that and I'll click on Search. Here it finds the files so I simply select the file that is listed up here at the top. I'll find it, I'll select it and then I'll click OK. And all my Media is online. Now if you don't have access to the Lynda.com Exercise Files then you should definitely follow along with your own assets. Okay, let's get started.
- Exploring an editor's role in storytelling
- Understanding film grammar
- Learning when to follow and when to break editing "rules"
- Exploring shot and lens movement, as well as timing and pacing
- Getting to know video editing software
- Editing narrative scenes
- Editing documentaries
- Looking at the role of sound design, effects, and color correction
- Next steps for training and development