Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video The importance of ambient audio, part of Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training.
In the world of low-budget video, it's actually not video that's the biggest problem.…It is audio.…Audio is the dead giveaway that something is just a really poor production.…Try that next time.…Next time you look at an independent film, see if you can stand it if the audio is bad.…Chances are you will not be able to.…You might be able to find a lot of independent movies that you can tolerate if…the video is bad, even if the quality of the video is poor.…But if the quality of the audio is poor, there's no tolerance for that.…So, in this chapter, we're going to look at the powerful world of audio.…
In this movie, we're going to talk about something called ambient audio.…Now, in our main project here, early on in this training series when we were…talking about the Razor tool, we split this main clip of this interview here,…this guy's interview, we split this up into several little segments, where he…says something and then there is a break and then he says something, there is a break.…But there is an audio problem there with that gap.…
- Adding footage to the Timeline
- Creating dynamically linked content
- Making overlay and insert edits
- Moving edit points
- Playing a clip backwards
- Understanding pixel aspect ratio and frame rate
- Applying motion effects
- Cutting video to music
- Compositing with green screen and blend modes
- Correcting color
- Creating titles and lower thirds
- Exporting sequences
Skill Level Beginner
Q: When attempting to open the project exercise files into Premiere Pro CS5, an error message appears: <div><strong>This project contained a sequence that could not be opened. No sequence preview preset file codec could be associated with this sequence type. </strong></div> <div><strong></strong>What could be causing the error, and how can the files be opened?<br /> </div>
A: There are a few possible explanations. <div><br /> </div> <div>First, if the projects are not importing correctly, the error could be with the codecs being used on a particular machine. Check to make sure the Video Previews codec setting matches the file type being used. <br /> <br /> </div> <div>Another possible issue could stem from using the trial version of Premiere CS5. Some codecs for encoding MPEG formats are available only with the full version of Premiere CS5. </div> <div><br /> </div> <div>Additionally, the "Video Previews" codec setting for the Custom Sequence Presets could cause the issue if it is defaulting to “I-Frame Only MPEG”. Changing the setting to Microsoft AVI might fix the problem.<br /> <br /> <div><br /> Lastly, if the projects are not importing into Premiere, try importing the video footage by itself, rather than the entire project file.<br /> </div> </div>
Q: How does one perform internal edits within a piece of video in Adobe Premiere? For example, if I have a single clip of video, comprised of multiple segments strung together, how would I go about removing gaps and/or cleaning up each segment and then assembling the clips in a desired order? Most tutorials emphasize laying down multiple clips on the Sceneline or Timeline, but not editing one clip of video.<br />
A: To remove footage from a single video clip:<br /> <ul> <li>Drag the Current Time Indicator (CTI) to the first frame of the segment to be deleted, click the Split Clip button in the Monitor panel, drag the CTI to the last frame of the segment to be deleted, and then click the Split Clip button again.</li> <li>Delete the segment by clicking on the clip and either choosing Edit > Delete And Close Gap, or pressing the Delete or Backspace key. That will remove the segment and the rest of the projectwill slide over to the left to fill the gap.</li> </ul>
Q: I can't view the exercise files.<br />
A: Most of the video clips in the training were encoded using H.264. If you are on a PC, you may need to download the latest version of the free<br /> QuickTime player from quicktime.com. Be sure to install QuickTime with your Adobe applications closed. QuickTime installs a series of codecs on your<br /> machine, and many Adobe apps require QuickTime components to function properly. <br />
Q: Why are many of the video files H.264 if some users must download additional components to view them?<br />
A: This is one of the most common video formats in the world right now, certainly for distribution. This is because it is currently the most optimal<br /> way to provide high quality video at the low files sizes that we need to be able to distribute these assets online. Even though it may require an extra<br /> download for some users, this is the best way to be able to get you the highest quality exercise files. There isn't another video standard that is<br /> cross platform that is free and that works as well as H.264.<br />
Q: What is the most effective way to import a JPEG into Premiere Pro (i.e. best quality resolution, best playback speed)? When I import a photo as a JPEG and add it to a sequence, only a very small part of my photo is shown, because of the high resolution of these photos. Should they be resized in Photoshop first? Will changing it using effects provide the quality I am looking for?
A: Images can be scaled down using the Scale Transform in the Effect Controls panel as explained in the training. You can also scale down the images in Photoshop to match the size of your sequence in Premiere. But I prefer to use the Scale Transform as it gives me more flexibility and allows me to "zoom in" (aka scale up) photos without loss in quality. You'll probably want to make sure that the proportions of the image match the sequence though.
Q: Does Premiere Pro offer Z-axis editing like After Effects?
A: Premiere Pro does not offer 3D as After Effects does, but you can use the Basic 3D effect in Premiere to simulate that environment.
Q: The exercise files don't work for me. I get an error message stating the sequence(s) could not be loaded and it returns me to the Welcome screen. I am using the trial version of Premiere Pro and the correct codecs do not seem to be included.
A: All the required codecs are included in the trial version of Premiere. You just need to activate the trial with your Adobe ID. If you don't sign into Adobe, anything with MPEG compression will be unavailable. Signing resolves that issue and restores all MPEG-based support.
<div>Q: I'm receiving the following error message from Premiere Pro. "This project contained a sequence that could not be opened. No sequence preview preset file or codec could be associated with this sequence type." How do I resolve it? </div><div> </div><div>Additionally, when I try to create a project, I only have DV sequence presets available.</div>
<div>A: Solution 1: Deactivate, and then reactivate Adobe Premiere Pro. </div><div> </div><div>Launch Adobe Premiere Pro by clicking the application icon. Do not attempt to load a project file. Choose New Project, then create a project. The settings you choose in this step are not important. </div><div> </div><div>Launch Premiere Pro so that the Help menu is available. Choose Help > Deactivate. Then on the Deactivate, screen click the Deactivate button. On Premiere Pro CC Choose Help > Sign out ...Then sign back in. Launch Adobe Premiere Pro as you did in Step 1. On the Sign In Required screen, click the Sign in button. If prompted, sign in with your Adobe ID. The full list of sequence presets is reinitialized. Open the project the generated the error to ensure that it opens correctly. If you are still unable to open your project, contact Adobe Technical Support. </div><div> </div><div>Solution 2: Re-create the Adobe Premiere Pro preferences and plug-in cache. </div><div> </div><div>Get ready to press the Alt (Option) + Shift keys simultaneously. Launch Adobe Premiere Pro by clicking the application icon, and immediately press and hold the Alt (Option) + Shift keys. Continue to hold the Alt (Option) + Shift keys down until you see the Welcome Screen. Note: If the preferences have been reset successfully, the Recent Projects area of the welcome screen will be blank. (Holding Alt (Option) alone on launch will reset the preferences. Holding Shift alone will delete the plugin cache.)</div>
<div>Q: When I tried to open the exercise files for this course, the following message popped up. </div><div> </div><div>"This project was last used with Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration (CUDA), which is not available on this system. Mercury Playback Engine Software only will be used?" </div><div> </div><div>What do I have to do to solve the issue?</div>
<div>Luckily, there is no issue. This is how Premiere Pro operates. "Mercury Playback Engine Software only will be used" is an indication that the machine that is being used does not have an approved/fast enough graphics card. However, all the files and media for this course will work just fine.</div><div> </div><div>You can read more about the system requirements for Premiere Pro <a target="_blank" href="http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/tech-specs.html">here</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://helpx.adobe.com/x-productkb/policy-pricing/system-requirements-premiere-pro.html#main_Adobe_Premiere_Pro_CS6_system_requirements">here</a> </div><div><font style="font-family:Tahoma,Geneva,sans-serif;font-size:10pt"><span style="font-size:10pt;font-family:tahoma,geneva,sans-serif"><p><a href="http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/tech-specs.html" target="_blank"><br /></a></p> </span></font> </div>
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."