Learn about how to use the exercise files for this course. Cover the asset contents, launching the software, and relinking media. Also learn about the project structure and bin hierarchy that you need in order to follow throughout the course.
- [Instructor] If you have access to the exercise files used throughout this course, you can access them on the Exercise Files tab on the main course page. You'll download a compressed zip file and when you unzip the file you'll see a folder labeled Exercise Files. 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 was created using the Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud 2018.1 version of the software, also called version 12.1. So these exercise files will work if you are running version 12.1 or later.
If you're running a prior version of Premiere Pro, you should either access the correctly version Premiere Pro training within our library or just upgrade your software so that you can take this training and use these exercise files. And if it's possible, I definitely recommend upgrading so that you're up to speed with the latest that the software can offer. Now, I go over all of this in much more detail in the next movie on Premiere Pro versioning issues, so please check that out for more info. Alright. So let's take a look at these exercise files. If you open up the folder, you'll see two folders inside, Media and Project.
In the Project folder is the actual project file that we'll be using to follow along step-by-step in this course. The Media folder contains all of the media that the project is pointing to. So, you can see that in the Media folder, you've got folders and you've also got folders within folders. Everything's very well organized, but it's very important that you don't actually touch or move anything, because that can break the connection between the project file and the media. So, the only thing you have to do in order to launch the project, is to just double click right on this project file and your software will open.
So, I'm going to just double click on Donut Dynamite, and as this does launch, I do 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 will have graphic overlays on screen to direct you to the right command throughout this training. Okay, so I am at the start screen here, and it's very likely that you will first need to link your media, and basically this step is where you tell Premiere Pro where it needs to locate that media that we were just looking at.
Alright. So, I'm going to first just make sure that this box is checked, "Relink others automatically". This means that all I need to do is find one media file, and then everything else within that folder hierarchy will be found. So that's checked, and now I choose "Locate". Alright. So my Locate File dialogue box comes up, and it shows me exactly what file it's looking for. I'm going to go to my Exercise Files, and then Media, and this will tell Premiere Pro where it needs to look.
Specifically, I could go a little bit further. You can see that inside Media is Broll and then Beauty Shots and then here's this specific file. But really, all you need to do is click on Media, and then Search, and it will find that. So you can see that it has found my file Show Off Donuts, and if I select this and say Okay, you can see that it has located my media and everything is brought online. Now, if for some reason it finds some of the files but not all, just repeat the process, but burrow into more specific folders.
Once inside the project, you'll see an Assets Bin at the top and the clips inside of here are all pointing to that media in the Media folder that we just looked at. So everything here should look pretty familiar. This bin hierarchy is identical to the folder hierarchy that we just saw. And sometimes, you'll be in the Assets Bin, but most of the time, you'll be working in the Exercise Files Bin. Starting with Chapter 4, and moving on throughout the entire training, you're gonna be following movie per movie, and everything contained within each of these bins has everything you'll need for any given movie.
So the fifth movie of Chapter 4 for example, contains everything you would need for that specific movie. Not only that, I usually provide a pre and a post state for each and every exercise. So for example, this is what things will look like before you do any work within that movie, and here's what things will look like after you've done the work. So, everything is self contained, just follow that Exercise Files structure. Again, it does start with Chapter 4, because Chapters 1-3 do not use use these exercise files. Chapter 1 is just a general informational chapter on what's new content.
Chapter 2 just takes you on a tour of the Premiere Pro environment, and Chapter 3 shows you how to import and organize your media from scratch, so we'll be setting up empty projects for that portion. Now, if you don't have access to the exercise files, then you can definitely feel free to follow along with your own assets. Let's get started.
- What's new in the latest version of Premiere Pro
- Importing media
- Organizing assets into bins
- Editing and trimming video
- Using markers
- Editing audio and multicamera footage
- Working with stills
- Adding effects
- Manipulating clip speed
- Correcting color
- Adding titles
- Sharing and exporting your project