Rendering & Positioning


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Lesson Info

Rendering & Positioning

I've talked about rendering a lot throughout the course, and I really haven't explained it. So, the situation is as follows: you know, I've done a lot of filters, and effects, and motion. I've manipulated my images a lot, and sometimes, depending on how fast your computer is, and how complex the effects are, and how complex the motion is, when you play things back, it could stutter. If you have really dense footage, you know, red footage that uses a lot of bandwidth, or 4K footage, when you play it back, it could just be a little bit choppy. So, sometimes, you may wanna find a way to play that smoothly, and there'll be a couple of options, depending on, again, your style of workflow. You can switch from full resolution to quarter or half resolution. Half or quarter, I should say. So, here it's gonna be using fewer pixels, and it'll be less likely to stutter. And the reality is, when I'm looking at my computer, think of this: this source image is 1920 by 1080. It's regular high definiti...

on, okay, it's not the 4K stuff. But I'm really only using a quarter of my screen. So, if I'm looking at this at full resolution, it's actually doing more work to scale it down on my computer screen so I can see it. If I switch it to half resolution, so now it's a quarter of the size, I just cut 1920 in half, and I just cut 1080 in half, okay? So, it's 540 by 960 is what it has to paint frame by frame. That's a lot less math, and it's gonna play smoother. And if I go down to a quarter, even smoother. If you get really large images, like some of the 4K, 6K stuff, you'll actually see one eighth and one sixteenth as options. They're grayed out here because it's really unnecessary. So, if you're looking for better playback performance, the first place you could go is reducing the resolution of playback to full or half, and at half, I won't even notice the difference, 'cause it still is using the same number of pixels. If it's still stuttery, I could render it. You'll notice that there are some green bars here, there are some red bars here. I'm sorry, there's green and yellow. I don't have any red, because I haven't pushed anything hard enough. Let me see if I can create a red bar with an effect. Usually the time effects will do that. So, I think an echo will probably break this. Yeah, got that to be red. Okay, so it was an echo effect. So, these are the three colors you're gonna see. Here's the amusing thing: we would assume green is good, yellow is warning, and red is bad. Like, I can't play it, it's gonna be choppy. In the engineering world, when Adobe built this with the guys who are never allowed to leave and see the light of day, they said yellow is good. Yellow says it will play back without dropping any frames. Okay, no problem. But there's a filter or an effect on there. You know, you've done something, but you're good to go. Red will still play back, but you may drop a frame. But you may not. Green means you rendered it, and what rendering does, and you can have it happen in the background, or you can manually push it. Sorry, gray is rendering. This is no rendering at all, is green. So, if something's really complex and really choppy, I can say, and I did this earlier on with some of the more complex things, I could select that clip, and under sequence, I can say render it into out point, render a selection, render my audio. And what it does is it calculates everything it needs to to paint this picture, and then it plays it back at full speed because it's cached that information. It's kind of like if I came up to you and I said, "What is 4632 times 1945.3," you'd be like, "A, you're crazy, and B, I have no idea," and you'd have to think about it. Well, that's what it does, it has to think about it. If I told you in advanced I'm gonna ask you that question, and you do the math on a calculator or your phone, and then I ask you the question, you're like, "Boom, I got the answer." that's really all rendering is. It's taking that information, and it's figuring it out, and it's writing it in an out of the way invisible file, so when you hit play and it gets to that complex graphic, it just refers to the render file or the preview file, plays it back, and you don't even notice the difference. But, if you change any parameter, if I go over there and say, "You know what?" and you move the slider a little bit, you've just changed the mathematic equation, it's gonna go red again, and I'm gonna have to rerender it or watch it stutter. So, rendering allows you to see playback at normal speed. If you have really complex filters on it, or if you have a slower machine, it becomes a little more problematic. Today's machines, with today's graphic card, it's really hard to get a red bar and for it to stutter. They really are pretty fast. When you get into the world of 4K, you may get some of that. But that's something to keep in mind. And we'll talk a little bit more about rendering, about export. But that's what it is. As long as you see green or red and it's playing back, I very, very rarely render anymore. If you came from earlier versions of Premiere, or other nonlinear systems that have been popular over the years, a lot of times you saw a red bar. If you didn't render, it wouldn't play it back. Okay, so that's what that is all about.

Class Description

If you want to wrap your head around the basics of Adobe Premiere Pro, and only have one day to get up and running, this is the course to kick-start your entry into the world of video editing. 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 Premiere Pro.

Abba will cover:

  • Setting Up A Project
  • Importing Video And Photos
  • Basic Editing Techniques
  • Working With Audio
  • Applying Filters And Transitions
  • Creating Titles
  • Exporting Your Project

Feel comfortable and confident in your editing, this course will show you how to take your videos and photos and turn them into visual stories. If you’ve been thinking about expanding your business to include video, this class will help you get the technical confusion out of the way so you can focus on being creative.

Software Used: Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017



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.

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.


This is an excellent class to learn Adobe Premiere Pro - there's a lot of information included and Abba is a great teacher. He's clear and to the point and easy to listen to. Highly recommend.