Adobe Premiere Pro CC For Dummies

Standards Information Network (Verlag)
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  • erschienen am 17. März 2022
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  • 400 Seiten
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978-1-119-86722-7 (ISBN)
When the filming stops, the real video production work begins

Ever wonder how your favorite video creators regularly put out such slick content? They're probably using Adobe Premiere Pro CC, a go-to video production app for both professional and amateur video creators.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC For Dummies walks you through each step of editing and producing slick and stylish videos that stand up to what the pros post. From transferring your digital movie files from your camera or phone to your computer all the way to uploading your latest creation to YouTube or the web, this book has the info you need to bring your ideas to life.

If you're new to video production, you can begin at the beginning with the handbook's user-friendly guide to the basics of setting clips on the timeline and making them flow seamlessly. Or, if you've already got a few videos under your belt, you can skip right to the more advanced material, like special effects and handy tricks of the trade.

You'll also find:

Instruction on joining video clips into a continuous final product, complete with transitions, special effects, and more
Advice on improving sound, getting rid of color errors, and customizing the look of your videos with filters and aftereffects
Straightforward guides to adding voiceovers and soundtracks to your videos

So, if you're new to Adobe Premiere Pro CC-or digital video editing in general-Adobe Premiere Pro CC For Dummies is the first and last resource you'll need to start editing like a pro.
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John Carucci is not a celebrity, though he certainly brushes up against the stars of stage and screen on a regular basis in his role as an Entertainment TV Producer with the Associated Press. Along with hobnobbing with actors and musicians, John is also author of Digital SLR Video & Filmmaking For Dummies and two editions of GoPro Cameras For Dummies.

Chapter 1

Perusing the Premiere Pro Landscape


Getting to know the workspace

Introducing the panels

Describing each tool

Briefing on the libraries

Way back in the early 20th century, the only way to edit a videotape package was to put it together in linear order. You know, the first scene first, then the second, blah, blah, blah. Nowadays, Adobe Premiere Pro lets you randomly drag clips (parts of a movie file) around and put them in any order you like. This is known as nonlinear editing. The really cool thing is that you can shuffle clips around as many times as you like until you're happy with the results.

As with any software, learning how to navigate the Premiere Pro features is extremely important. This chapter introduces you to the Premiere Pro workspace, including the panels, tools, and libraries.

In the workspace, various configurations of panels allow you to control various aspects of making a movie: audio mixing, controlling effects, and managing project assets. One of the key panels here is the timeline, which is the place you arrange, and often rearrange your clips to make your movie.

Understanding What Premiere Pro Can Do

Premiere Pro brings the creative power of post-production moviemaking from the editing suite to the convenience of your computer screen. Tape-to-tape editing, film splicing, and workprint are a few of the antiquated terms now in the rear-view mirror thanks to nonlinear editing.

That's quite a contrast from the way things used to be. For years, putting a movie together involved a series of steps that had to occur in sequential order. Imagine splicing pieces of film from different reels and putting them together and then realizing that you missed an entire scene. That's not a good feeling, and you get little forgiveness for skipping parts of the order.

Premiere simplifies the process of telling stories visually by making it more affordable, more flexible, and allowing you to change your mind and experiment with placing clips in the timeline without penalty. Change your mind and see how it plays out without any worry. You also don't get your fingers sticky with film cement, and you won't get cut with a razor blade. While the software is intuitive, it's important to have a lay of the land to fully understand its potential.

Premiere Pro lets you to place elements in a timeline, a long panel that appears at the bottom of the screen where you add video clips. The order in which you add the clips doesn't matter; you can drop in the last scene first, and the first scene later on, or in any other combination. It still plays out in linear fashion, regardless of when you add the clips. Yet, while Premiere Pro is intuitive, it's important to have a lay of the land to fully understand what the software can do.

Dissecting the Workspace

Premiere Pro makes you feel like a video-editing superhero whose special powers transform your movie project from appalling to appealing. Not quite as cool as x-ray vision or web-slinging, but producing effective, clean edits is a power in its own way.

Before you can create an award-winning masterpiece, you need to get familiar with the workspace. C'mon, even Batman had to know his way around Gotham City, right? So think of yourself as Batman (your choice on which actor.okay, Christian Bale, no wait, Robert Pattison, or go old school with Michael Keaton or Adam West). No matter. You should learn your way around Premiere Pro so when you see the Bat-Signal - or most likely a text message on your iPhone - to edit an important package, you intimately know the Premiere Pro tools and functions that are at your disposal. The following sections give you an overview of what you see when you open Premiere Pro.

Breaking down the interface

The Premiere Pro interface looks overwhelming at first glance because so many choices make it hard to focus on anything specific. Yeah, there's a ton of great stuff; it's just a matter of focusing on what's necessary. I'll address the points of contention, taking it from the top - of the screen, that is, where you'll find nine menu headers whose deep nesting make it feel like "bursting" nest syndrome. Consider the overwhelming screen real estate, shown in Figure 1-1.

FIGURE 1-1: Premiere Pro showing the editing workspace.

While complex, the workspace actually makes sense. You just need to look at it as a series of individual components that work together as a single entity. The Project panel (lower left in Figure 1-1) shows the ingested movie files, and the timeline (lower right in Figure 1-1) has an edited clip. On top, the Source Monitor panel shows clip content while the Program Monitor panel plays out clips on the timeline.

Ingesting and Editing

Ingesting refers to transferring your video content from the camera of card into Premiere Pro. Editing is the means of putting that ingested content into some cohesive order.

The screen is far less scary when viewing the workspace as individual sections, or panels, each with its own special function. Although the panels have specific functions, they all work together. For example, the Projects panel stores your assets and sequences that you could drag into the timeline and then view on the Program Monitor panel before deciding to color-correct the video by making a selection in the Effects panel and fine-tuning it in the Effect Controls panel.

Understanding the panels

The panels in Premiere Pro are stylish, functional, and easy to navigate once you get the hang of working with them. You can click on one panel and interact that action with another panel. So, you can be in the Projects panel, select a clip, set its In and Out points, and drag the clip into the timeline. Once there, you can click on the clip, activate the Audio Meters, and make adjustments to the sound. Need to be more focused? Then for precise work, fill the screen with a single panel by highlighting it and pressing the accent key.

While each panel is a stand-alone, they all work together to create your video. It isn't necessary to understand every panel to do great work. The more you know, the more you can do, but you can easily get started by simply learning how a few panels work.

When you click in a particular panel, the area becomes activated, as indicated by a blue borderline. This allows you to perform whatever task that panel offers. For example, when selecting the Timeline panel, you can move clips around, change their length, or delete them altogether.

Getting around the workspace

Unlike a lot of software that folks use (I'm looking at you, Office 365), you can customize where different elements of the Premiere Pro interface live. Think of the interface of what you see on the screen, and the workspace, the particular way they are arranged.

Timeline on the bottom, monitors on top enjoys popularity; but so does the reverse. And even then, some users tuck the timeline to get a better view of the Project panel. Other users like a deep timeline to see multiple audio and video channels. Still others keep it compact so they have more monitor real estate. It's all about freedom of choice, and Premiere Pro makes it like a buffet where you get to choose what fills your plate and how much.

Some users may opt for one of the preset workspaces found at Windows???Workspaces. Again, it's all about personal choice, and Premiere Pro makes the available choices unlimited. Any time you choose, you can toggle between various layouts (see Chapter 3 for more information) to perform specific actions to get the job done.

The panels operate independently depending on the one you highlight. Navigating to a particular panel is just a matter of clicking on it (a blue borderline lets you know it's active). The pull-down menus supplement the workflow by providing you with another way to access an action or effect, or to provide more choices.

Having a Panel Discussion

With Premiere Pro, most of your work will be done in three panels:

  • The Project panel where your video resides
  • The Timeline panel where the clips are placed
  • The Program and Source Monitor panels that shows the playback

When you're getting familiar with Premiere Pro, you need to know what each panel allows you to do when you're editing video. When you move into a new house, you need to understand the layout. Otherwise, it may take opening a closet door or two before you find the bathroom. In the following sections, I walk you through these primary panels in Premiere Pro.

Knowing the Project panel

Think of Premiere Pro as an office building, and the Project panel as a large office space with several rooms leading off of it. This panel, shown in Figure 1-2, holds media assets like your movie clips, still photos, and audio files, as well as all the sequences you've created. The panel is much like a self-contained room where the pieces are organized, and is completely customizable regarding size and display.

You can also control how panel information displays on the bottom of the palette. The palette allows you to view the contents as icons of various sizes, or view each...

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