Skill Level Intermediate
- Hey everybody, Sean Duggan here and this week I want to talk to you about a cool app for editing your video clips together into a very sharable and professional looking result. The app in question is Adobe Premier Clip. It is available for both iOS and Android platforms. It is a free app. You don't have to have a Creative Cloud subscription to use the app. You do have to have a free Adobe ID. But if you do have a Creative Cloud subscription, the cool thing is that the projects that you create on your phone will synchronize with your Creative Cloud and you can then access them on your computer, you can send them directly to Adobe Premiere Pro from the phone.
So you could start with a rough draft of a video and finish it off, polish it in Adobe Premiere Pro where you have a lot more functionality. So very, very useful app to use. Let's dive in and take a look. Go into my Adobe apps here and it's the one in the bottom center there, Adobe Clip. I already have a couple of versions of this project in progress that we're going to jump into, but I want to start out by showing how you get started. So I'm going to tap the plus icon up in the upper right and I'm going to choose to get some pictures.
Now, I'm going to get pictures from my phone, but I could get pictures from my Lightroom Mobile account. I could get them from my Creative Cloud, Dropbox, or I could even shoot a photo or video. But I'm just going to go out and get some that are on my phone and I have an album here and I think it's all the way at the bottom if I remember. Yeah, there it is. And these are clips from a trip that I did to Solvang, California not too long ago and I'm just going to select these. All right, looks like I've got them all.
So this is a mixture of video clips and stills. Now, Adobe Clip is asking me do I want to have an automatic video made or do I want to do a freeform one where I'm sort of trimming everything. I'm going to start out with an automatic 'cause sometimes it's nice to see what it comes up with and I found that sometimes even though I end up do modifying it later, the automatic version that it creates for me actually gives me some ideas. So we'll just tap Automatic and see what it does.
Now, it has a soundtrack already and I can choose to replace the soundtrack. I am going to come and replace the soundtrack 'cause I already have a piece of music in mind. Now you can come out to your playlist if you want to and choose music you may have on your device. Just realize that if you're doing something for a commercial or a business project that you are going to have to have the appropriate licensing for any music that you use, otherwise you could get into trouble. I'm going to go to the Premiere Clip Themes. These are themes that come with Premiere Clip that are free for you to use and I'm going to choose this one right here and tap Add.
And then I can even modify the start by dragging right here. I want this to sort of start a little bit in. There's a little bit of dead space right there. Start right about there. All right, so that looks good. And then this is a metronome here. So I can have the pace be faster or slower over the clips. And here's how I can reorder the clips if I want to. I'm not going to reorder them right now. I'm going to just tap Done here.
So I'm going to play a little bit of this and we'll see what it looks like and then make the decision about how we might want to edit it further. (lighthearted music) All right, that's good for now. So did you notice there that there was a couple of clips of that red flag waving, that it had duplicated the same clip and kind of was doing a jump cut between them.
So that's the kind of thing that you're going to get when you get this automatic assembling of the video and sometimes that's interesting, it gives you ideas. So what I'm going to do now is I'm going to promote this to a freeform video so we can do more manual editing. To do that, I'm going to come up to this little film strip, button up at the top, and this is going to allow me to just convert to a freeform editor and now I have access to a timeline and I can see how the clips have been put together, I can reorder the clips, change their duration. So I'm going to do a little bit of that and then we're going to jump into the in-progress version just to sort of save time.
I want to point out that these little dots on the timeline there represent the different beats of the music. So when you do an automatic video, you can have it automatically trim the cuts to try to match the beats of the music there. So for instance, the first thing I want to do here is I want to move the title slide up. I have a picture here of a sign for Solvang. So I'm just going to press on that and drag that up and I can put that right in front there and then I can preview how this is working.
(lighthearted music) So one thing that I see that might be kind of interesting is this flag actually sweeps in front of the camera. I don't need all of these clips of the flag actually. So I'm going to get rid of some of these by just tapping on the X and the trashcan. These are all duplicates. But I'm going to move this one up here and put that right there.
And I want to arrange this so that when the flag flaps around and obscures the camera, that's going to be a transition to another cut 'cause I think that's kind of interesting. So to change the duration of a clip, I just grab on these little purple sliders here and I can change the duration. Then I can grab the little play head here, this little white line and see what's going on. So if I bring this in to right about there, that's a good place to cut it.
Right about there, that's good. Now I'm going to bring the purple one back in. Right to there. Whoops, took it a little bit too far. There we go. All right, so I have that adjusted and one thing I'm just noticing now is that the clip that I just adjusted is now two seconds. You can see that down there in the bottom. But I'm noticing that the title there, the Solvang clip, is less than a second. So that's way too short. I'm going to bring that out. Again, this is not a clip, this is a still photo here. So let's just make that maybe about four seconds, something like that.
That's good. All right, so now what I'm going to do is I'm going to play this again starting from the top. (lighthearted music) Good. So what I'm going to do now is going to bounce into another version of this project here so we can see it completed and I will show you a few other things.
So if you tap on a video clip, down at the bottom there are some controls here. You've got a little iris icon. So you can adjust the exposure of the picture if you want to, highlights and shadows. There is a little audio speaker icon where you can either play the actual audio that was recorded with the clip or mute it on this. I've muted all of these clips. Unfortunately you have to go in and mute each clip individually. It would be nice if you could have sort of global, mute the whole thing, but at the present time there's not one there.
If you did have the clip playing, you've got some controls there for how loud the audio is and you can enable smart volume and what smart volume will do is it will bring the audio down if there's music playing so that you can still hear dialogue and things like that. Obviously that's a moot point here since I have the audio turned off and there's also some fade controls there. You have a little turtle icon here, which allows you to slow the clip down if you want to. You can't speed it up, but you can slow it down and then finally down here you can choose to duplicate a clip.
So if you wanted to have different instances of the same clip, you could do that. All right, I'm just going to tap Done up there and up here is the music controls if you need to get back to the music. Here's where it says Sync to Music. This is where trimming the clip will sync to the music. I'm actually going to turn that off right now. And tap Done. Up in the gear icon here. This is pretty cool, you can choose a look for the entire video project and this is based on Adobe SpeedGrade looks.
So you can have a consistent look for the entire project if you want to. So you could have everything look like that or like that. I think I chose a vibrant one for this just so it'd look like a nice, bright, bright day. And then you have some overall settings for fading in from black, fading out to black, cross fades between clips, et cetera and here's the Photo Motion setting and that's what's causing the photos to sort of zoom and pan as we go through the project. All right, so that looks pretty good there.
Basically I'm done here with this and I'm ready to share it. There's one more thing I'd like to do. I'm going to come close this and I'm going to come to the main preferences and I'm going to turn on the bumper. So what a video bumper is is at the end of the video it'll just show a little clip that you designate. By default, it's going to show the Adobe Premiere Clip logo, but I'm going to turn one on that is custom. So I'm going to tap Custom right here and I'm going to go out to my Creative Cloud and specify the clip that I want to use.
Just one that says Mobile Photography Weekly at the end. So we'll close that, make sure that's turned on there and now when I go back into that project and into the preferences here, I can make sure that the video bumper is turned on and I can see that it is the file name that I wanted to use. You could also add a watermark if you wanted a watermark over the entire video. Finally, I can come up here to the Share or Export button and you can see I have a variety of options for how to save this out.
I can save it to my camera roll as a video, I can save it to Creative Cloud, Dropbox, publish directly, YouTube, Twitter, or send it to Premiere Pro CC if I needed to do more work on a full professional video editing program. So Adobe Premiere Clip is a great way to take your video clips and edit them together into a really nice, polished product. (lighthearted music)