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Adobe Premiere Pro Quick Start

Lesson 3 of 22

Meet Premiere Pro

 

Adobe Premiere Pro Quick Start

Lesson 3 of 22

Meet Premiere Pro

 

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Meet Premiere Pro

We looked at what we're gonna learn to edit. I'm gonna talk a little bit about some of the jargon you may come across. And I wanna talk about the Digital Video Workflow a little bit, and it's basically very simple. You shoot, you ingest the media, which means you get it off your card, you get it off your hard drive, you put it together in an edit, you edit a lot more, you export, you find the mistakes, then you repeat until you get it right. But really that's it. I really do like the analogy of being with a word processor because you're deciding what the story that you wanna tell, you're writing that story and then you're refining that story, maybe moving paragraphs around or sentences around, and then finally you print and deliver. We did tour of the interface, so you have an understanding of the project, source, program and timeline windows. As I said, I know that CreativeLive has a very large base of photographers who are well versed in the art of still image capture but they get a ...

little bit more challenged, confused, stressed, as soon as somebody says "Flick the switch and shoot some video." So I do wanna talk about some of the different video formats and some other things like frame rates that you will be hearing, so you have a better understanding of some of the battles that you're fighting. So first of all, if you're used to working in still imagery, your camera probably is anywhere between a 12, and these days, a 15 megapixel image, most running at around, our phones are at 12, but you know, 20, 24. But you're dealing, for television it's interesting. We're in high def television, and you would think, it would be comparable. Well, a television image, a standard, standard high def, it's kind of like an oxymoron there, 'cause we had standard television, a standard high def is 920 pixels by 1080 pixels. Doing the math, that means high def television is like a two megapixel camera. 1/6 the resolution of your phone. So you start thinking in a different space. Now ultra high def which is now out, isn't that much bigger, it's just double each of those. It's 3840 by, and this is where I get to do math, 2160, I think I did that right, but if I didn't, go ahead and call in and correct me. So, still, 4K, it's not super high resolution. So you're working with a different flavor and when you are bringing your photographs in, and you bring in these huge images, it's not always necessary. And we're gonna import some still photos later on and show you how you can work with these huge images within Premiere or perhaps, you may wanna scale them down and resize them before you bring them in. So that's one thing is just understanding really the frame of a television image and the takeaway is, 1920 by 1080 is your standard high definition television, and that's most of what we're gonna be using to cut our timelines. Now you can mix and match multiple resolutions, multiple frame sizes in Premiere, and it works with them very nicely, it'll scale things up or scale things down, so you don't have to worry about that. The nice thing is, these non linear editing programs, that's what these are called and at least that's a jargon that you'll hear, they are pretty standard and they will, they're smart enough that we don't have to be mathematicians and engineers anymore. That's really what I wanted to say. So that's one thing. Frame rate is another thing that's very confusing. With still images, it's your entire experience is that one frame and what's happening in that frame. Well, television or video is temporal. Things are changing over time. And you'll hear frame rates, you'll hear frame rates such as 24 frames a second, 30 frames a second, that would be the traditional US. 25 frames a second, that's most of the rest of the world. Then there's also faster frame rates, it's 60 frames a second, sometimes you'll hear 120. So that's how many images are happening within one second. And what's confusing is, people start shooting, and giving you footage, and you were using different cameras, and one camera might be shooting 24 frames a second, the other camera might be shooting 30 frames a second, the other one might be shooting 60 frames, well the nice thing is, unless you're doing anything special such as slowing things down, because you overcranked, or overframed the camera, Premiere will automatically convert everything to the time base or the frame rate of your sequence. In an ideal world, if you have full control, you should try to shoot everything at the same frame rate and edit at the same frame rate, but that's one of the things that you'll encounter and the nice thing is you don't necessarily have to worry about it. I will throw in a nice rule of thumb. It is much easier if you're gonna be mixing 24 frames a second and 30 frames a second to do your timeline and most of your footage at 'cause it's easier to go from 24 to 30, because basically you're adding partial frames, then go from 30 to 24 because now you have to actually remove frames and elements. So that's the second thing. You're dealing with a different sized frame, you're dealing with now temporal things happening over time, 24, 25 or 30 frames a second. And the next thing that's really starts throwing people off is these things called codecs and how it's compressed and as soon as somebody starts talking about this, your head just kinda goes, and it's this like I don't understand because you'll hear things like QuickTime or AVI files or AVCHD files, Advanced Video Codec High Definition, RED files, there's a whole bunch of different flavors and then you'll start hearing things like H.264 as a codec, ProRes as a codec, MPEG4 as a codec, so here it is in a nutshell. Every camera manufacturer likes to tweak things. And there are different codecs and wrappers depending on if it's broadcast, non-broadcast, they need to save space, so there are two things that you're dealing with. You're dealing with what's called the wrapper, and that might be something called QuickTime, it might be MPEG4, .MOVs, .M4Vs, .MP4s, you'll see .RD3 for red footage, those are all the wrappers. Think of those as the containers. Now inside those containers, you can use different math to save space, to compress the image. And that's where you start hearing things like ProRes, which was an Apple, or is an Apple codec. That's a very large file, and it's a very clean file. But as I said, it's a very large file. So if you wanna save space, you may use a codec, stands for compression decompression, which is just simply fancy math to throw away the material in that file that I would not normally see and for the photographers out there, thing of it as JPEG, where you're throwing away extra information but you're also gaining a little bit of noise and artifacts, so some of those codecs, as I said ProRes, H.264, H.265, those are the newest one coming out, these are usually things you would see on YouTube and Vimeo and streaming services. If you're streaming Netflix or HBO, they're compressing it to H.264 because you can put out more media with smaller bandwidth. So these are some things that you will come across, so just realize that you have wrappers, you have different compression codecs, and because Premiere has gotten so smart, you again generally do not have to worry about all of that, you can mix and match stuff in the timeline. Now, as a rule of thumb, if you don't have to mix and match, you shouldn't. Just because you can do it, doesn't mean you should do it, because it is making the computer work harder. So I just wanted to cover some of those elements that we're dealing with with broadcast.

Class Description

AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:

  • Start -- and finish -- an entire project
  • Import video and photos
  • Easily manipulate video with basic editing techniques
  • Perfect audio tracks using built-in tools
  • Apply filters and transitions
  • Create your own title
  • Export your project

ABOUT ABBA’S CLASS:

Want to wrap your head around the basics of Adobe Premiere Pro, but only have one day to get up and running? Kick-start your entry into the world of video editing with a course that covers start to finish Premiere Pro CC in a beginner-friendly format. Join Abba Shapiro in this fast-paced, one-day class as he guides you through the basic skills you need to create a video with industry-leading editing software Adobe Premiere Pro.

Gain confidence in your video editing -- and your storytelling abilities. In a quick start course perfect for beginners and hobbyists, learn what you need to know to create a professional video in Adobe Premiere Pro CC from start to finish, without swimming in complex techniques and unexplained jargon.

The Adobe Premiere Pro Quick Start is a 6-hour class designed to get anyone started inside the popular video editing software over the course of 22 lessons. From creating a new project to exporting the video, learn how to excel at all the basics of Premiere Pro. This Quick Start is a less intense, less time-consuming way to learn video editing that's well-suited for beginners, hobbyists, and anyone struggling to complete a project in Premiere Pro. The class covers basic editing techniques of Premiere Pro as well as many older versions.

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:

  • Beginner videographers
  • New video editors
  • Photographers looking to expand into video
  • Hobbyists that aren't satisfied with basic consumer video software

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR:

Abba Shapiro is an Adobe-certified master trainer with 30 years of experience in the video industry. He's an Adobe Creative Cloud expert who is also certified in competing programs like Final Cut Pro. His straightforward teaching style makes it easy to follow along using various Adobe video editing tools, from basic to pro video editing.

Lessons

  1. Class Introduction

    Dive headfirst into the Adobe Premiere Pro basics with a quick overview of the class. Learn what to expect as you learn to edit videos with Premiere Pro.

  2. Exploring the Interface

    Find what lives where by exploring the Adobe Premiere Pro interface. Get acquainted with the four basic areas of the video software, including the project panel, the source monitor, the timeline, and the program monitor. Learn easy ways to remember how the interface works.

  3. Meet Premiere Pro

    Dive into the editing in this lesson, while also learning basics like video editing jargon like resolution and framerate. Dig into best practices for video editing workflows and get into that video mindset.

  4. Building a Rough Cut

    Video editing starts with a rough cut, a rough draft that gets your story started before perfecting the project. Learn how the rough cut starts by creating a project; importing, organizing and selecting media; playing clips; marking in and out points; and editing. This lesson covers the first steps to creating your video, including basic drag-and-drop tasks as well as keyboard shortcuts, before going into more detail in the next lessons.

  5. Setting up a Project

    Start your project by following Abba as he starts his own live edit, from the moment Adobe Premiere Pro opens. Learn the best project settings and the ideal way to save your file.

  6. Importing Media

    With that blank slate in front of you, start importing the media for your video production. Abba walks through how he organizes media, and shares secrets like why you shouldn't use that "import media to start" option.

  7. Working in Timeline Part 1

    Get started on the timeline by learning how to create a new sequence for your video project. Walk through the confusing new sequence options and learn how to quickly drag-and-drop to create a matching sequence.

  8. Working in Timeline Part 2

    Start constructing a video by adding media to the timeline. Learn simple drag-and-drop methods for adding to the timeline, as well as keyboard shortcuts for essentials like zooming in on that timeline. Learn essentials like how to mark endpoints and out points to include only the segments you want.

  9. Refining Your Edit

    After building that rough cut, learn how to adjust your clips using trims, ripple trims, roll edits, and slip and slide edits. Walk through what each type of trim is and start tackling creative trims inside Premiere Pro.

  10. Trim Tools

    Dive into more trim techniques with this lesson on trim tools. Follow along with Abba as he explains more trim tools and their keyboard shortcuts.

  11. Working wth Audio

    Once your timeline is refined, start perfecting that audio with Adobe Premiere Pro CC tools. Dive into the audio side of the editing software by learning audio basics, keyframing, and syncing. Figure out the Premiere Pro CC's audio level tools and where to set the audio levels to avoid deafening -- or annoying -- the viewer. Learn how to use the audio tools built into Premiere without using another program like Adobe Audition.

  12. Adding Music

    Now that you understand how to work with voice audio, follow Abba with techniques on adding music to a Premiere Pro CC video. Learn how to work with audio tracks, how to continue the audio from one clip to another, and more audio tricks.

  13. Working with Music

    With the music in place, learn how to create fades for audio tracks and how to use audio ducking to mix music and voice. Then, explore working with sound effects in Premiere Pro CC.

  14. Basic Transitions

    Without transitions, your video will feel abrupt and choppy. In this lesson, get started with transition basics to smooth the change from one clip to another. Learn basic transition rules and how to use handles to adjust transitions.

  15. Advanced Transitions

    Move beyond the basic fade and dissolve transitions and learn how to modify transitions using the effects control tab. This lesson includes transitions like push and cube spin.

  16. Working with Filters & Effects

    Premiere Pro CC includes filters and effects that can fix problems, stylize video, or add creative effects. Abba walks through the basic filters as well as how to modify those filters, copy and paste effects, and combine filters. Dive into video filters like Lumetri color and audio filters in this lesson.

  17. Working with Nests & Sequences

    Nested clips are grouped clips that allow you to apply effects to multiple clips at once. Learn why nested clips are valuable, as well as additional techniques for modifying multiple clips at once, like adjustment layers inside a sequence.

  18. Motion Effects

    Incorporating motion into a video introduces different effects -- but not all motion effects are done in-camera. Follow Abba and go step-by-step into techniques for adding motion into a Premiere Pro project by scaling photos and videos, creating a picture-in-picture effect, and panning to create motion on still photos.

  19. Rendering & Positioning

    Video stuttering as you are working? Now that you've added multiple effects into your video, your project may start to stutter as your computer renders and tries to keep up. Abba walks through easy solutions to this problem by scaling the video in the program monitor for improved playback.

  20. Titles & Graphics

    In this lesson, give your video project a title (or video credits). Follow Abba as he creates a title from scratch, step-by-step. Then, learn how to use Photoshop and Illustrator files inside Premiere Pro CC.

  21. Basic Color Correction

    Color grading is a video-editing must. Learn how to work with colors in the Color Workspace with the Lumetri Color panel. In this mini-lesson on color correction, walk through some of the color grading and correction options in Premiere Pro CC.

  22. Exporting & Archiving

    As you wrap up your video, walk through this checklist on what to look for before exporting your video. Then, explore the different export options for finalizing videos in Premiere Pro CC.

Reviews

perrault095
 

One more amazing class from Abba! The is a fantastic teacher who would explain complicated issues and make it souds so simple. Lots of information to work with. Really great speaker and his humor is brilliant. Love his class!!! Will be rewatching it again and again.

Yevhen Byelyakov
 

An awesome class that makes the initial hoorays to Premiere Pro so much less intimidating and is guarantee to save you a lot of time. I've created about a hundred clips over the last year or so and after this course identified a huge amount of productivity boosters and also learned a few things to improve the quality of my produce. Looking forward to more in-depths courses. One last comment -- it is basic and gives cursory overview of the topics listed. Do not expect anything too deep or advanced but if you're self-taught, Youtube-style person who still drags the clips around or copy-pastes attributes across all clips, this course will be a great way to improve many of the routine tasks.

a Creativelive Student
 

This is the most succinct class for Premiere Pro that gives you exactly what you need to get started. The software is deep, but this will get you up and running in less time than trying to find it in a book or on the web. Abba's style is easy to listen to and he doesn't waste words as he takes you through the panels to show the options and how to think about not only using the tools but how to organize your media to make it easier to get the job done. Teaming with Colin Smith was great because Colin is also on Creative Live and gives great tutorials in Photoshop Cafe so it was fun to see the video they created together.