In this chapter you'll be introduced to Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, a powerful but user-friendly nonlinear editing system. It provides a comprehensive toolset of fast cutting shortcuts, advanced finishing effects, and audio mixing controls.
Introducing Premiere Pro CS6
As you'll see in this lesson, Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 provides a range of tools to achieve many different goals, but its primary function is as a "cutter" that joins together pieces of video and sound to make a finished sequence.
This course is designed to give you the core skills you need to edit with Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and introduce you to more advanced skills that you'll use to fine-tune your production. This lesson tells you what to expect and how to use the exercise files included with the course.
There are many new and enhanced features in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and this lesson introduces some of the most significant ones. We'll look at changes to the interface, the new JKL trim, the Warp Stabilizer, new audio features, and more.
No matter what kind of project you are working on, it's likely you'll go through the same stages in your edit. This lesson walks you through the standard steps you'll usually take to complete your project.
Before you start clicking the buttons, it's probably a good idea to get some familiarity with the main part of the interface. This lesson introduces the panels in Premiere Pro that you'll work with every day.
Adobe describes Premiere Pro as the hub of post-production, and in this lesson you'll see how all the pieces fit together. We'll look at some of the ways you can incorporate the other components in the Creative Suite into your workflow.
All of your creative choices are stored in a Premiere Pro project file, which makes it a pretty important file! This chapter walks you through the process of creating a new project and describes the important settings you'll encounter.
Premiere Pro Projects
When you first create a project in Premiere Pro, you'll need to specify some simple things related to the display of video and audio time. This lesson introduces the General project settings.
Once you know the exact settings you need for your projects, you can use individual settings to create sequences that exactly match your requirements. This lesson describes the main settings you'll use.
When editing, there are times when you'll need Premiere Pro to create a temporary video file that shows how your video clips look combined with special effects. This process is called rendering, and this lesson shows you the sequence settings you can use to change the way Premiere Pro renders video.
Premiere Pro uses multiple track types for audio, and you'll need to use the right track type for the audio you have. This lesson explains how to create a preset with the right kinds of tracks (you can always add or remove tracks later).
Some cameras create media files that are fragmented into several different folders. The question is, which bit do you import? Fortunately, Premiere Pro has a special tool that fixes this problem, as this lesson explains.
If your original media is on a videotape, you can use Premiere Pro to record directly to your hard drive, creating media files that you can use in your project. This lesson shows you how to capture from tape.
Premiere Pro has excellent support for the media formats used by Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer. In fact, you can share edited sequences from those systems with Premiere Pro, and this lesson shows you how.
When you import or capture files to a project in Premiere Pro, no media is actually added to the project. The clips you'll work with are really shortcuts to your media files, as you'll see in this lesson.
Once you have all of your media files imported into a Premiere Pro project, it's important to get organized. This chapter gives you some tips.
The Project panel is an important part of the Premiere Pro interface, where you'll keep all of the available video, graphic, and audio clips that you might want to add to your sequences. This lesson introduces the settings and controls.
Sometimes you'll find you have so many clips in the Project panel that it's hard to find the one item you're looking for. This lesson shows you some quick search tools built right into the Project panel.
Premiere Pro uses information attached to your media files to know how to interpret them. Things like the number of frames per second and the shape of the pixels are all stored in this information, but... sometimes it's wrong! This lesson shows you how to correct the problem.
Premiere Pro CS6 has advanced audio controls, many of which you won't need if you are working on a relatively simple edit. But if you're configuring advanced channel mapping for your audio - where you decide exactly which part of your source audio goes to which output - this is the lesson for you.
When adding a clip to your sequence, you'll be using in and out marks to tell Premiere Pro which part you want and where you want it to go in your sequence. This lesson shows you both simple and more advanced ways to do this.
If you're editing with the mouse, you can drag and drop clips anywhere you like. If you're using the keyboard - which is usually a little quicker - you'll want to tell Premiere Pro which track to use when you make an edit. This lesson shows you how.
Once you understand the basics, you'll want to move on to more advanced use of the Timeline panel. This chapter will show you some of the more complex - and efficient - ways you can work with your sequences on the Timeline.
Taking Control of the Timeline
Each Timeline track has a set of controls that change the way it behaves. This lesson looks at what each of the controls does and when you might want to use them.
There are often several ways of achieving the same results in Premiere Pro, and using standard cut/copy/paste commands is one way you can edit your sequences as if clips were text in a word processor. This lesson shows you how.
There are two ways you can work on the Timeline in Premiere Pro: film style or videotape style. This lesson shows you how to remove clips from your sequence using both ways, so now you can add, move, and remove items on the Timeline.
There are essentially two ways of interacting with the Timeline in Premiere Pro CS6: You can have things move around each other or you can overwrite things. This lesson describes the two modes and how they affect what happens when you remove clips.
Markers are small marks in time that can store information, including comments. They can have a duration and be used by other applications to create things like chapter points or cue points. Premiere Pro CS6 has a newly enhanced marker system, and this lesson tells you all about it.
Technically, a transition is any change from one clip to another clip, even just a straight cut. But there are many special effect transitions available in Premiere Pro CS6, and this chapter shows you how to work with them and introduces some of the core concepts relating to special effects work.
This lesson shows you how to add transitions and explains some of the key options.
The work area is a special control on the Timeline panel that tells Premiere Pro which parts of your sequence you want to export or render. This lesson shows you how to use it and introduces a new alternative that was added in Premiere Pro CS6.
Once you understand the basics, it's time to start learning some of the more powerful editing features in Premiere Pro CS6. This chapter will take you to the next level of editing skills.
Advanced Editing Controls
Slow motion is one of the most commonly used special effects; it helps the viewer to get a deeper sense of what is happening, focusing attention and giving even simple events a greater significance. This lesson shows you how to play back clips in slow motion, or at any speed for that matter, in Premiere Pro.
In addition to adjusting the playback speed for a whole clip, Premiere Pro allows you to adjust speed over time. This lesson introduces a special form of keyframe control that enables you to achieve this.
Most of the time you will be editing clips into sequences, but the sequences themselves can also be edited into sequences. This mind-bending fact allows for some of the most powerful editing and special effects workflows in Premiere Pro and is known as nesting, as you'll see in this lesson.
J and L cuts involve the audio from one clip being played while you see the video from another. This classic technique, which you'll learn in this lesson, is used on countless films and television shows.
In addition to playing back and combining clips to produce a sequence, you might also want to animate their location onscreen over time, or scale or rotate them. This chapter introduces the fixed effects and shows you the core special effects controls in Premiere Pro CS6.
Putting Clips into Motion
The fixed effects change the way visual clips appear, offering scale, rotation, and position controls. They also include standard controls for your audio clips. This lesson introduces you to this important part of the Premiere Pro interface and provides an overview of working with effects.
Once you understand the controls to change the fixed effect settings, you're ready to begin animating. This lesson introduces the core keyframing controls you will use time and time again for many different effects in Premiere Pro.
Once you have a special effect set up just the way you want it, there's a good chance you will want to use it again. This lesson shows you how easy it is to create your own effect presets and apply them to multiple clips in your sequences.
While it's common to perform a live video mix on location or in a studio, you can also use Premiere Pro CS6 to perform a similar live edit using media files on your hard drive. This feature has been enhanced in CS6, offering better performance and more flexibility.
Before you begin your multicam edit, you need to prepare your sequence. This lesson shows you how to get ready for multicam edits.
Audio is extremely important to the final result of almost any production. This chapter introduces some core concepts for working with audio and gives an overview of the excellent tools available in Premiere Pro CS6 to sweeten the sound of your project.
Editing and Mixing Audio
Just as there is a standard Editing workspace, Premiere Pro also has a standard Audio workspace, where the tools you'll need to clean up and adjust your audio are brought to the fore. This lesson shows you how to find it and introduces the key tools.
Premiere Pro CS6 has a dramatically improved set of options for dealing with multitrack audio. This lesson gives an overview of the different track types and offers advice on choosing the best options for your project.
In addition to making manual adjustments to the audio level, Premiere Pro can automatically adjust the maximum volume of your clips using a special feature called Normalize. This lesson shows you how to quickly establish a standard level for multiple clips in your project.
The Audio Mixer allows you to adjust volume levels for your tracks while your sequence plays, recording your adjustments as a series of keyframes. This powerful feature can make adjusting your audio mix super-fast, as this lesson demonstrates.
EQ effects are used to make changes to the volume of specific frequencies in your audio, and the Parametric EQ effect achieves this particularly efficiently. This lesson introduces the audio effect you'll want to go to first every time.
Premiere Pro has a powerful special effects system that can show you many effects right away, without waiting for your computer to calculate how they'll look. This chapter introduces you to some of the core techniques you'll use again and again to add a professional finish to your projects.
Adding Video Special Effects
This lesson introduces the different types of video effects available in Premiere Pro.
To be able to self-train, you mainly just need to know how to add an effect, change its settings, and remove it again. This lesson gives you the key skills you need to work with effects in Premiere Pro.
Adjustment layers, which are new in Premiere Pro CS6, allow for some particularly powerful special effects workflows. This simple lesson unlocks some of the advanced techniques high-end professional special effects artists use regularly.
Previously only available in Adobe After Effects, the Warp Stabilizer and Rolling Shutter Correction effects are now right inside Premiere Pro. This lesson introduces these powerful filters and walks you through using them.
Sometimes you'll want to produce video that has the timecode visible right in the picture. This is a very common way to provide copies of a project for review before it's finished. This lesson shows you both the old and the new technique for creating "burned-in" timecode.
In addition to combining clips in time, you'll often want to layer them, creating composite special effects from multiple parts of your clips. This chapter will introduce you to tools that make blending, layering, and partially hiding your video clips quick and easy.
Working with Multiple Layers
Blend modes, originally found in Adobe Photoshop, are now also available in Premiere Pro. They allow foreground and background video clips to interact in several different ways, as you'll see in this lesson..
This lesson looks at the Ultra Key effect, which allows you to pick any color in a clip and make it turn transparent. This process, known as keying, is sometimes complex, but Ultra Key makes it quick and easy.
Garbage mattes allow you to make any region in your picture transparent. You will commonly use them in combination with other effects like the Lumakey and Ultra Key. This lesson shows you how to apply and animate garbage mattes.
The Track Matte key effect uses the alpha channel or brightness information from one clip to define areas of another clip as transparent or visible, allowing some particularly powerful special effects workflows. This lesson introduces one of the most flexible special effects Premiere Pro offers.
Titles are a staple addition to video and film media. They can add both functional information and aesthetic finish to your media. This chapter introduces the Premiere Pro Title tool and walks you through creating text, graphic, and template titles.
The Premiere Pro Title tool is a flexible, object-based panel that allows you to produce quite complex 2D titles. This lesson shows you each of the main areas of the panel.
The Premiere Pro Title tool offers advanced text editing controls. This lesson shows you how to make adjustments to the appearance of your text-based titles and raises some of the issues you'll want to consider when creating new titles.
It's easy to lose track of your media assets while working on an edit, and before you know it, you've forgotten where you put that one clip you need.... This chapter will give you some practical advice on staying in control.
Managing Your Projects
Once you have your media in your project, it's well worth spending a few moments to get organized. This lesson offers some tips on organizing your projects in a way that will be sustainable throughout the process.
Once your project is complete, it's time to share it. You might output to a master tape, files for distribution, a DVD, a Blu-ray disc, or the Internet. This chapter describes the many ways you can show your work.
Outputting to Tapes, Media Files, and Blu-ray
Before you play your sequence out to a tape, you'll want to double-check to make sure it is ready and won't lose any frames while it plays. This lesson shows you how to make sure you are totally prepared for your master tape.
It is becoming increasingly common to produce a file from your sequence rather than play out to a tape. This lesson shows you the options for exporting to a file and offers some advice about which format you should choose.
File-based distribution of media is on its way to becoming the standard, but DVDs and Blu-ray disks are still in high demand. This lesson shows you how to quickly produce a Blu-ray disc from your sequence in Premiere Pro, using Adobe Encore.
Once Encore has your sequence from Premiere Pro, you can begin to create an interactive DVD. This lesson shows you how to build a menu from scratch, adding buttons and a title and using Adobe Photoshop to adjust the final look.
Now that you have completed the course, this chapter offers some final reflections.
This course has given you the core skills you need to begin using Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 to create advanced projects with multiple media formats, mixed audio, special effects, graphics, and titles. This lesson offers a valuable tip for improving the speed at which you learn Premiere Pro.