Epic and Everyday - Premiere Pro
- 1 What is Premiere Pro
- 2 Getting Started
- 3 Editing
- 4 Exporting
What is Premiere Pro
Premiere Pro is a non-destructive, non-linear video editing application.
The interface is comprised of a series of windows called "panels" that can be modified to create different "work spaces".
It follows the basic design of most editing software:
- Media Browser window: browse all available files on the computer, and preview content before adding to your project.
- Project panel: view all of the audio/video/still/title assets that are included in a project.
- Source Monitor: preview assets, set in and out points for fine tuning.
- Program Monitor: view the edited materials as part of the Sequence which is open in the Timeline.
- Sequence: audio and video clips are edited together on separate tracks.
- Timeline panel: edit audio/video/still images content into a Sequence.
- You can have multiple Sequences in one Project and Timeline windows.
- Media files audio/video/still content. Please save and work locally on the Storage drive in the Multimedia Lab.
- Clips are assets that point to the original file on the hard drive.
- Changes made to clips in the Premiere project will not affect the original media files - this is the meaning of a non-destructive program.
- This also means that changing the location of the source files may result in Premiere losing track of where to find the contents of the project with a "Media Offline' notice. When moving files from the server, or different computer stations, please keep all materials in a single folder. Reconnect media, or ask a lab aide for help.
- Project file: a recipe, or list of instructions for how to put the project together.
- In-Points and Out-Points: Designates the beginning and end sections of a clip.
- Playhead: Shows the time location of the current frame in any window. Sometimes it is also called the Current-Time Indicator (CTI).
Collect Source Files
Premiere Pro does not move or copy any files. Files need to be pre-organized before importing.
- Create a folder in the Storage drive labeled with your name. Do not use special characters other than a dash or underscore.
- Connect to the Nimrod file server and download your group's folder of video clips from the CCAM production. File Space Overview Nimrod > CCAM Transfers > Epic and the Everyday
- It is recommended to predesignate folders to organize any source materials that will be used in the project: Video, Audio, Stills, and Premiere Files
- Move ALL of media into the appropriate folder, i.e., video clips go into the Video folder.
Create a Project
- Launch Premiere Pro from the dock.
- Select New Project.
- Click the Browse button.
- Navigate to your project folder in the Storage drive and select the Premiere Files folder. This will keep all the extraneous files that Premiere creates tidy.
- Name the project descriptively and click OK.
Import Media Files
- In the Media Browser navigate to your project folder on the Storage drive.
- Add all video clips and still images to the Project Panel by right clicking and select Import.
- After importing all media close the Media Browser panel by pressing the x on the top right of the tab.
Create a Sequence
Insert vs Overwrite
The two main editing modes are called Insert and Overwrite.
- Insert edits will move the clips that are to the right of the Playhead to the right.
- Overwrite will overwrite the clips to the right of the Playhead.
- When Overwrite is used on a track with clips it will replace any existing clips.
- When Overwrite is used on an empty track above a clip it will not affect the other tracks.
- To make a edit drag a clip from the Project panel to the Timeline.
- Place the clip where the edit should start.
- Overwrite is the default editing mode.
- Hold down the Command key while dragging to switch to Insert mode.
The Snap function makes it easier to align clips in the Timeline.
- When a clip is moved it snaps to:
- the edge of another clip,
- the start or end of the time ruler
- the playhead
- To turn Snap on or off go to Sequence > Snap, press the S key or click the magnet icon in the Timeline.
- The Playhead ignores the Snap setting. To enable Snap while dragging the Playhead hold down the Shift key.
Separating Audio and Video
- Separate embedded audio and video by right clicking on a clip and choose unlink.
- Re-link the same way.
- Group clips by clicking and dragging a selection, right click and select group. They will now move together as one clip.
Chroma Key Effects
Working with Still Images
Watch Full Screen
- Click on the Program panel to make it active.
- Press control and ~ (tilde), this will make the window full screen.
- To exit press escape.
- Click in the Timeline of the sequence to be exported.
- Press the | key to view the entire contents of the timeline, if applicable and use the work area bar to select the portion of the timeline to be exported.
- Go to File > Export > Media....
- In the bottom left choose what part of the sequence to export:
- Entire Sequence: exports the entire sequence.
- Sequence In/Out: Exports the are between any in and out points set in the sequence.
- Work Area: Exports the Work Area set in the Timeline.
- Custom: Exports the area set by the triangles above this setting.
- Click the Queue button and Adobe Media Encoder will open.
- Drag a preset onto the name of your sequence to add the preset to the Queue. *For this assignment we recommend using the Quicktime H.264 preset under User Presets and Groups > Quicktime H.264 / 1920x1080 / 29.97fps / 10Mbps
- Click the Start Queue button (green play button) to start exporting. A status bar will show the progression.
- After the video has finished exporting playback the entire piece to confirm everything exported properly before submitting work for faculty or class screening.