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Whether you're a beginning video editor or a professional producer, now you can master the world's leading digital video software application. In this comprehensive guide to the latest release of Adobe Premiere Pro, it's all here - the basics of capturing, editing, and outputting digital video, as well as advanced techniques for professionally integrating music, narration, and special effects. Full of step-by-step instructions, tips, and tricks of the trade, this definitive reference belongs on your desktop or in your editing suite.
Inside, you'll find complete coverage of Adobe Premiere Pro 2
Part I: Getting Started with Premiere Pro.
Chapter 1: Premiere Pro Quick Start.
Chapter 2: Premiere Pro Basics.
Chapter 3: Customizing Premiere Pro.
Chapter 4: Working with Project Settings.
Chapter 5: Capturing Video and Audio.
Part II: Editing with Premiere Pro.
Chapter 6: The Timeline, Sequences, and Clip Management.
Chapter 7: Basic Editing with the Source Monitor and Timeline Panels.
Chapter 8: Editing Audio.
Chapter 9: Mixing and Creating Effects with the Audio Mixer.
Chapter 10: Creating Transitions.
Part III: Working with Type and Graphics.
Chapter 11: Creating Titles and Graphics with Premiere Pro’s Title Designer.
Chapter 12: Creating Type and Graphic Effects.
Part IV: Advanced Techniques and Special Effects.
Chapter 13: Using Clip commands Advanced Editing Techniques.
Chapter 14: Using Video Effects.
Chapter 15: Superimposing.
Chapter 16: Using Color Mattes and Backdrops.
Chapter 17: Creating Motion Effects in Premiere Pro.
Chapter 18: Enhancing Video.
Part V: Outputting Digital Video from Premiere Pro.
Chapter 19: Exporting to DVD, MPEG, AVI, and QuickTime.
Chapter 20: Outputting to the Web and Intranets.
Chapter 21: Exporting Video to the Web.
Chapter 22: Exporting to Videotape.
Chapter 23: Outputting to CD-ROM, Macromedia Flash, and Macromedia Director.
Part VI: Premiere Pro and Beyond.
Chapter 24: Editing Audio with Adobe Audition.
Chapter 25: Using Adobe Encore to Create DVDs.
Chapter 26: Customizing DVD Screens and Navigation in Adobe Encore DVD.
Chapter 27: Trimming Clips in After Effects.
Chapter 28: The Photoshop Connection.
Chapter 29: Using Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Illustrator.
Chapter 30:Working with Masks in Adobe After Effects.
Chapter 31: Adding Special Effects in Adobe After Effects.
Part VII: Appendixes.
Appendix A: What’s on the DVD.
Appendix B: Places to Visit on the Web.
Appendix C: The Digital Video Recording Studio.
Welcome to the world of Adobe Premiere Pro and digital video. For both experts and beginners alike, Adobe Premiere Pro packs the power you need to create sophisticated digital video productions. You can create digital movies, documentaries, sales presentations, and music videos directly from your desktop computer or laptop. Your digital video production can be output to videotape or the Web, or you can integrate it into projects in other programs, such as Adobe After Effects, Adobe Live Motion, Macromedia Director, and Macromedia Flash.
This chapter introduces you to the basics of Adobe Premiere Pro: understanding what it is and what you can do with it. This chapter also provides a simple Quickstart project to get you acquainted with the Adobe Premiere Production process. You'll see how easy it is to load digital video clips and graphics into an Adobe Premiere Project and edit them into a short presentation. After you've completed the editing process, you'll export the movie as either a QuickTime or Windows Media file for use in other programs.
What You Can Do with Premiere Pro
Whether you need to create a simple video clip for the Web or a sophisticated documentary or presentation, Premiere Pro has the tools you need to create a dynamic video production. In fact, the best way to think about Premiere Pro is to visualize it as acomplete production facility. You would need a room full of videotape and special effects equipment to do everything that Premiere Pro can do.
Here's a short list of some of the production tasks that you can accomplish with Premiere Pro:
* Edit digital video clips into a complete digital video production. * Capture video from a digital camcorder or videotape recorder. * Capture audio from a microphone or audio recording device. * Load stock digital graphics, video, and audio clips. * Create titles and animated title effects, such as scrolling or rolling titles. * Integrate files from different sources into your production. Premiere Pro loads not only digital video and audio files, but also Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, JPEG, and TIFF graphics. * Create special effects, such as distortions, blurring, and pinching. * Create motion effects in which logos or graphics move or bounce across the screen. * Create transparency effects. You can superimpose titles over backgrounds or use color, such as blue or green, to mask the background from one image so that you can superimpose a new background. * Edit sound. Premiere Pro enables you to cut and assemble audio clips as well as create sophisticated audio effects, such as cross fades and pans. * Create transitions. Premiere Pro can create simple dissolves from one scene to another, as well as a host of sophisticated transition effects, such as page curls and curtain wipes. * Output files in a variety of digital formats. Premiere Pro can output QuickTime and Video for Windows files, which can be viewed directly in other programs, as well as streamed over the Web. Premiere Pro also features Web-specific file formats, such as animated GIF. * Output files to videotape.
How Premiere Pro Works
To understand the Premiere Production process, you need a basic understanding of the steps involved in creating a conventional videotape production in which the production footage is not digitized. In traditional, or linear, video production, all production elements are transferred to videotape. During the editing process, the final production is electronically edited onto one final or program videotape. Even though computers are used while editing, the linear or analog nature of videotape makes the process very time-consuming; during the actual editing session, videotape must be loaded and unloaded from tape or cassette machines. Time is wasted as producers simply wait for videotape machines to reach the correct editing point. The production is usually assembled sequentially. If you want to go back to a previous scene and replace it with one that is shorter or longer, all subsequent scenes must be rerecorded to the program reel.
Nonlinear video-editing programs such as Premiere Pro have revolutionized the entire process of video editing. Digital video and Premiere Pro eliminate many of the time-consuming production chores of traditional editing. When using Premiere Pro, you don't need to hunt for tapes or load and remove them from tape machines. When producers use Premiere Pro, all production elements are digitized to disk. An icon in Premiere Pro's Project window represents each element in a production, whether it is a video clip, a sound clip, or a still image. The final production is represented by icons in a window called the Timeline. The focal points of the Timeline are its video and audio tracks, which appear as parallel bars that stretch from left to right across the Timeline. When you need to use a video clip, sound clip, or still image, you simply click it in the Project window and drag it to a track in the Timeline window. You can place the items of your production down sequentially or drag them anywhere to different tracks. As you work, you can access any portion of your production by clicking with the mouse in the desired portion in the Timeline window. You can also use the mouse to click either the beginning or end of a clip and shorten or extend the clip's duration.
To fine-tune your edits, you can view and edit the clips frame by frame in the Timeline window. You can also set in and out points in the Monitor window. Setting an in point affects where a clip starts playing, and setting an out point affects where a clip stops playing. Because all clips are digitized (and no videotape is involved), Premiere Pro can quickly adjust the final production as you edit.
The following list summarizes some of the digital-editing magic that you can perform in Premiere Pro by simply dragging clips in the Timeline:
* Rolling edit. As you click and drag to add frames to the clip in the Timeline, Premiere Pro automatically subtracts from the frames in the next clip. As you click and drag to remove frames, Premiere Pro automatically adds back frames from the next clip in the Timeline. * Ripple edit. As you add or subtract frames, Premiere Pro automatically adds to or subtracts from the entire program's duration. * Slip edit. Dragging a clip to the left or right automatically changes in and out points without changing the program duration. * Slide edit. Dragging a clip to the left or right keeps its duration intact but changes the in or out points of the preceding or succeeding clip.
Chapters 7 and 13 both provide in-depth discussion of Premiere Pro editing techniques.
As you work, you can easily preview edits, special effects, and transitions. Changing edits and effects is often a simple matter of changing in and out points. There's no hunting down the right videotape or waiting for the production to be reassembled on tape. When all of your editing is completed, you can export the file to videotape or create a new digital file in one of several formats. You can export it as many times as you want, in as many different file formats as you want. Furthermore, if you want to add more special effects to your Premiere Pro projects, you can easily import them into Adobe After Effects. You can also integrate your Premiere Pro movie into a Web page using Adobe GoLive.
Adobe After Effects is covered in Chapters 26 and 30. Adobe GoLive is discussed in Chapter 20.
Your First Video Production
The following sections provide a Quickstart tutorial that leads you step by step through the basics of video production in Premiere Pro. As you work through the tutorial, you'll learn how to place clips in the Timeline, edit clips in the Monitor window, apply transitions, and fade video and audio.
In this project, you'll create a simple video sequence called Nite Out. Figure 1-1 shows frames of the production in Premiere Pro's Timeline window. The clips used to create the project are from Digital Vision's Night Moves CD-ROM. The production begins with a title created in Adobe Title Designer, viewed over an opening scene of people walking in the city. After a few seconds, a dissolve transitions to the scene of diners in a restaurant. Soon the dining scene dissolves into one showing kitchen workers preparing food. The project ends with another title superimposed over the last scene.
Starting a Premiere Pro project
A Premiere Pro digital video production is called a project instead of a video production. The reason for this is that Premiere Pro not only enables you to create the production, but it also enables you to create and store titles, transitions, and effects. Thus, the file you work in is much more than just a production-it's truly a project.
Your first step in creating a digital video production in Premiere Pro is to create a new project. Here's how:
1. To load Premiere Pro, double-click the Adobe Premiere Pro icon. When you load Premiere Pro, the program automatically assumes that you want to create a new project or open one previously created.
2. To create a new project, click the New Project icon. If Premiere Pro is already loaded, you can create a new project by choosing File [right arrow] New Project.
If Premiere Pro is already loaded and you already have a project onscreen, you need to close that project because you can only have one project open at a time.
Specifying project settings
Before you can start importing files and editing, you must specify video and audio settings for the project. The New Project dialog box, shown in Figure 1-2, appears whenever you create a new project. This dialog box enables you to quickly choose predetermined video and audio settings. The most important project settings determine the frame rate (frames per second) and the frame size (viewing area) of your project as well as how the digital video will be compressed.
For a detailed description of project settings, see Chapter 4.
As a general rule, choose project settings that match your source footage. The footage used for this tutorial conforms to a video standard called NTSC D1. The frame size is 720 by 486. The audio file is 16-bit 44 kHz.
1. To work with the tutorial footage, choose the DV NTSC Standard 32 kHz. After you click, Premiere Pro displays information about the project settings. Notice that the Frame Size is 720 by 480, the standard DV frame size (which is close enough to our 720 by 480 footage. Also note that under Video Settings, the display reads D1/DV Pixel Aspect Ratio (0.9). This indicates that you are creating a project for footage with non-square pixels. Since the tutorial footage uses non-square pixels, this is the correct choice for the project. However, since the tutorial audio is 44 kHz (better quality than 32 kHz, you need to change one of the audio presets.
2. To change a preset, click the Custom Settings tab.
3. In the Audio section of the dialog box, click the Sample Rate pop-up menu and choose 44 kHz.
To learn more about Pixel Aspect Ratio and choosing project settings see Chapter 4. Audio Samples are discussed in Chapter 8.
4. Select a location to store your file. If you want to change the default location, click Browse and use the mouse to navigate to the folder where you want to store your file.
5. Enter a name such as Nite Out in the name field.
6. To open your new project, click OK.
Setting a workspace
Before you start editing, you may want to set your workspace so that you can easily view the most important Premiere Pro windows used in editing. This is easily accomplished by picking an editing workspace. Choose Window [right arrow] Workspace [right arrow] Editing. This opens the Project, Monitor, and Timeline windows as well as the Info and History palettes. In this tutorial, you use the Project window as your home for source footage. You'll edit your clips in the Timeline and Monitor window, and you'll view the edited project in the Monitor window.
If the Timeline doesn't open, double-click Sequence 01 in the Project window. The sequence will open onscreen in the Timeline window.
Importing production elements
You can place and edit video, audio, and still images in your Premiere Pro projects as long as they are in a digital format. Table 1-1 lists the major file formats that Premiere Pro supports. All media footage, or clips, must first be saved to disk. Even if your video is stored on a digital camcorder, it still must be transferred to disk. Premiere Pro can capture the digital video clips and automatically store them in your projects. Analog media such as motion picture film and videotape must first be digitized before Premiere Pro can use it. In this case, Premiere Pro, in conjunction with a capture board, can capture your clips directly into a project.
For more information about capturing video and audio, see Chapter 5.
After the Premiere Pro windows open, you're ready to import the various graphic and sound elements that will comprise your digital video production. All the items that you import are stored in the Project window. An icon represents each item. Next to the icon, Premiere Pro displays whether the item is a video clip, an audio clip, or a graphic.
When importing files into Premiere Pro, you can choose whether to import one file, multiple files (by pressing and holding the Shift key), or an entire folder. If desired, you can even import one project into another, using the File[right arrow]Import[right arrow]Project command.
Here's how to load the production elements for the Nite Out project:
1. Choose File[right arrow]Import. 2. Open the Tutorial Projects folder on the Adobe Premiere Pro Bible DVD-ROM. 3. If you want to load the files, select the Nite Out folder in the Chapter 1 folder and then click Import Folder. The Nite Out folder now appears in the Project window.
On the DVD-ROM The video clips (705008f.mov, 705009f.mov and 705029f.mov) used in the Nite Out project are from Digital Vision's NightMoves CD. The sound clip (705001.aif) used in the Nite Out project is also from Digital Vision's NightMoves CD.
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