Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Premiere Pro CC 2015 Essential Training.
- If you're a premium member of the lynda.com online training library, then you have access to the exercise files used throughout this title. Now, first things first, it's important that you know what version of Premiere Pro you've got, so that you're working with the right course and the right exercise files. This training is for the Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud 2015 version of the software. The application is now appended with the year, which is a very handy way to check. So this is 2015, this is 2014. They can exist right alongside one another, and if I open up my Applications folder, or the programs folder on a PC, you can see that here they are.
Alright, so we wanna be working with 2015. If your software version is 2014, you should either go to the Premiere Pro Creative Cloud 2014 training on lynda.com. Or, if you can, upgrade your software so you can take this training. Okay, so with that said, once you've downloaded the appropriate exercise files, you'll see that they have been compressed to a zip file, and when you unzip the file, you'll see a folder called Exercise Files. If you open this folder, you'll see three folders inside. You've got Greyhound Project, Greyhound Media, and Additional Materials.
Throughout this course, we'll be dealing with the subject matter of greyhounds while we learn to edit, and specifically, the greyhound rescue and adoption process, so stay tuned for that. But I briefly want to describe what we see here. The greyhound project folder contains the Greyhounds Project, that has all of the step-by-step materials that we use throughout the duration of this course. The Media folder contains all of your assets. So basically, the contents inside of this project folder are pointing to the contents within this media folder.
So, they're both important, don't separate them, don't move anything around. Everything is set up for you with this folder hierarchy in mind. This Additional Materials folder is simply that, some additional items that we'll need throughout this training, but don't worry, I'll tell you when. Alright, so to open up the project, you can either double click on this Greyhound Project file, or you can launch the software, and find the project from there. And I'm gonna do that just to show you how. So I'll launch Premiere Pro, and while this is launching, I just want to mention that this is a dual platform training. I'll be working on a Mac, but because many of you will be on a PC, I'll be calling out both Mac and PC shortcut commands, and we'll have graphic overlays on screen to direct you to the right command throughout the training.
Alright, so I get brought to a welcome screen, and there are several tabs across the top, but to open up a project you come to Create. And here I have my Greyhounds Projects under Recent projects, but you will not. So just come to Open, and then navigate to your project file within your Exercise Files. Okay, so Exercise Files, Greyhound Project, Greyhounds. And I'll say Open. Now, my project is opening without any issue. I'm gonna enter the software, and I wanna show you around a bit. It's likely yours will need some relinking, so sit tight, I'll show you exactly how to do that in just a bit.
Alright, so once you're inside the project, you'll see an Assets folder at the top, and these, uh, bins should look familiar. They are equivalent to the folders that we saw at the finder level. They contain all of the clips that we'll be using in building our greyhound promo, and greyhound documentary. But we actually won't be in this folder too often, rather, we're gonna be spending most of our time down here in Exercise Files. Here in Exercise Files are the step-by-step materials. So I'll twirl this down, and they're organized by chapter. So, if for example, you're in the fifth movie of Chapter 4, you can twirl down Chapter 4.
And then we have 4.5, I'll twirl that down. And here's everything that you'll need for that movie, OK. Most of the bins in this training contain materials in both a pre and a post status. And what this means is that the pre status sequence contains materials that exist at the beginning of the movie, okay, so before we've done anything. And the materials contained within the post status sequence are at the end of the movie, so after you've completed all of the steps. So you can always load the post status sequence to check what you've done against what I've done, okay.
Again, we'll go over loading sequences in Chapter 1. But you just double click on the sequence icon here, and it loads in the timeline. Alright, so this is in the pre status, and this is in the post status. And I'll close both of those. Okay, and we'll clean things up here a little bit. Now, if 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 3, 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. So I'm going to quit Premiere Pro. And I got a different project on a different drive, where all the media is offline, alright. So you don't have this as part of your exercise files, so just sit back and watch. I'm gonna go to my Media Drive, and in Exercise Files I have this project. So again, another way to launch a project is to just double click on the project file, which I'll do now. Alright, so I've launched, and instead of going to the welcome screen, I get brought to the Link Media window.
This is telling me that I have offline media, as you can see, quite a lot, alright. And this simply means that the link has been broken between the clips inside of the project, and the media in the media folder. So what I wanna do is come down to locate, so I need to locate the media. Now you need to choose a location to actually search. When you choose the location to search, you can select an option at a new level. For example, if you know that it's in a certain folder, you can go to that folder. But if you can't narrow it down that much, you can click on a parent folder, or even an entire drive.
So while choosing an entire drive is more all inclusive, it can certainly take longer than if you choose the exact folder where you know the media resides. So bottom line, choose the level where you know for sure that the media is located. In our case, let's say I know the media is at least in my Exercise Files folder, okay. So I'll select Exercise Files, and then click on Search. Now, you come up here and you see what it's looking for. So right now it's looking for the clip Allie fetches 1. And it thinks it's found it, it's highlighted it here, okay.
But even though that it's highlighted it, you can see that this OK button is not selectable. You actually have to click on it, alright. So I'm going to click on the Allie fetches 1 clip. And now the OK becomes selectable, and once I find this clip, it's gonna bring all the rest online, okay. So I've selected it, I'll say OK, it's saying "Okay, I found one, I found them all." And now everything in the project is online, and you're ready to go. 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.
- Editing in Premiere Pro: the fast-track approach
- 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
- Dynamic linking and round-tripping with other Creative Cloud apps
- Audio editing and mixing
- Recording voice-overs
- Applying transitions, effects, and filters
- Changing clip speed
- Color correction
- Creating titles
- Multicam editing techniques
- Exporting your final project
Skill Level Intermediate
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
Q: This course was updated on 12/01/2015. What changed?
A: We added 4 movies covering the fall 2015 updates to After Effects CC, including the new start screen, touch and gesture controls, drop zones, and Adobe Stock libraries.
Q: This course was updated on 06/21/2016. What changed?
A: We added two new tutorials to cover the June 2016 update to Premiere Pro CC.