How to Use Adobe(R) Premiere(R) 6


How to Use Adobe Premiere 6 introduces new users to Premiere and shows them everything they need to get started with video editing to create and share polished video productions. It is more accessible than other reference and training books, with its clear visual design and focus on the basics. It also provides the first step into using Premiere effectively, with everything that one needs to get going, have fun, and get work done. The book does not assume any experience with ...

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How to Use Adobe Premiere 6 introduces new users to Premiere and shows them everything they need to get started with video editing to create and share polished video productions. It is more accessible than other reference and training books, with its clear visual design and focus on the basics. It also provides the first step into using Premiere effectively, with everything that one needs to get going, have fun, and get work done. The book does not assume any experience with video editing.

Also available from Doug Dixon, How to Use Adobe Premiere 6.5 (ISBN: 0672321661).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780672321665
  • Publisher: Sams
  • Publication date: 7/10/2001
  • Series: How to Use Series
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 8.08 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Dixon is a technologist and author who works in the "Video Valley" of Princeton, NJ. As a technology leader at Sarnoff Corp., and previously as a software product manager at Intel, Doug has extensive experience developing multimedia and Web technology into consumer products. Doug is a contributing editor for Camcorder and Computer Video and Digital Photographer magazines, covering video editing and streaming media technology and tools, from DV to DVD, consumer to professional. He is active in professional activities and speaks at local, regional, and national meetings, from user groups to industry conferences.

Although he writes about new and cutting-edge technology, Doug's focus is on making technology understandable and useful for real people. For more on these topics, see his Manifest Technology web site at

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Part 8: Capturing and Using DV

The advent of the DV (Digital Video) format has brought dramatic improvements in the ability to conveniently edit good-quality video on personal computers:
  • DV is "real" video, high-quality, full-resolution, full-rate video and audio.
  • DV is a digital format, so copies are exactly the same as the original, and no longer suffer the losses of converting back and forth to analog.
  • DV is compressed in hardware in the camcorder, so there is no need for additional specialpurpose processing on a capture board.
  • DV is compressed lightly, so it is reduced enough in size to be feasible to transfer and store on personal computers, but still high enough quality to edit and manipulate without damage.
  • DV camcorders use the IEEE-1394 digital interface (also called FireWire by Apple and i1ink by Sony), so devices like camcorders can communicate with your computer using a single, consistent interface.
  • The DV/1394 interface is two-way, so not only can you capture video from your camcorder to Premiere, but you can also export your clips and productions back out to the camcorder.
  • DV and the 1394 interface also supports device control, so you can operate your DV camcorder directly from Premiere, and even schedule automated capture and recording.
  • DV supports both audio and video, so both are captured together and stay in sync with each other.
  • DV keeps a timecode with the recorded video, so you can organize clips on a tape with their exact timecode, and keep the timecode with the captured clips in Premiere.
Premiere provides strong built-in support for DV, with presets for specific camcorder models and capture and editing presets for the DV format. You can use the Movie Capture window to control your camcorder from your computer, and then capture clips into your project. You also can log a list of clips for automated capture using the Batch Capture window. And when you have finished editing your production, you can export it back to DV tape to save and share.

©f Course, if you do not have a DV camcorder, Premiere also can capture audio and video clips using analog capture boards.

How to Connect Your, DV Camcorder

The first step in setting up your computer to work with your DV camcorder is to connect the two with an IEEE 1394 cable, and then configure Premiere to work with DV video. Premiere depends on the DV support in your operating system (Windows or Macintosh) to connect to and control your DV camcorder. It also depends on the IEEE 1394/FireWire hardware in your system to interface to your camcorder, which must be compliant with the OHCI specification.

1: Check Your DV Capture Board

If you have a DV-enabled Macintosh system, then DV support is built in. On Windows PCs, an add-in board typically provides the 1394 interface. To check your hardware, open the Start menu and choose Settings, Control Panel, and then open the System control panel. Click the Device Manager tab, and open the 1394 Bus Controller entry to check that your hardware is described as "OHCI Compliant."

2: Connect Your DV Camcorder

Connect your DV camcorder to your computer using an IEEE 1394 cable, as described in the documentation for your camcorder and 1394 interface. Plug the smaller 4pin connector on the 1394 cable into the DV interface on your DV camcorder (typically marked DV IN/OUT or IEEE 1394). Plug the larger 6-pin connector to the IEEE 1394 connector on your computer. Next, plug your camcorder into its power adapter, turn it on, and set it to VCR or VTR mode (tape player), not camera mode.

3: Select DV Preset

After the camcorder is connected and turned on, then launch Premiere. On the initial Load Project Settings dialog, select DV-NTSC (or DV-PAL), and choose the 32kHz or 48kHz audio preset, depending on the video and audio formats provided by your camcorder. Click the OK button...

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Table of Contents

1. Getting Started.

2. Working with Projects.

3. Working with Clips.

4. Using the Storyboard and Timeline.

5. Importing Clips.

6. Capturing Video and DV.

7. Assembling Video Clips.

8. Editing Video Clips.

9. Adding Transitions.

10. Mixing Audio.

11. Adding Titles.

12. Compositing Clips.

13. Animating Clips.

14. Video Filters.

15. Producing the Final Video.

16. Creating Video for the Web.

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Welcome to Adobe Premiere 6! Premiere has along history as the leading cross-platform video editing application for Windows and Macintosh. And, although Premiere has always had power and professional features aplenty, now it is even easier to use for creating quick and fun digital video productions.

My goal with this book is to help you get started with using Premiere, and become familiar with the range of its capabilities. With this book, you can use Premiere to quickly and easily create your own video productions with professional touches. The book takes you through all of the major features of Premiere, basic and advanced, which can enable you to

  • Capture high-quality video from your DV cam- corder.
  • Organize your audio and video clips and edit them into a complete production.
  • Enhance your work with transitions and effects, titles and animations.
  • Save and share your productions as digital video files.
  • Output streaming media formats to share on the Web.
Each topic is illustrated with step-by-step screen shots, annotated to illustrate the operation being demonstrated. Premiere is a cross-platform application, so the examples in this book apply equally well to Premiere's Macintosh version (even though most of the screenshots are taken from the Windows version). When there are differences between the two versions, particularly with keyboard and mouse shortcuts, the text describes operations for both systems.

Who Should Use This Book?

If you are just starting out with digital video on the desktop, then this book can get you started quickly with Premiere 6, capturing video, performing simple edits, and exporting your productions for the desktop or Web. Premiere provides convenient tools like the Storyboard and Title windows to help get you going, and then provides lots more room for growth as you start taking advantage of its more sophisticated features.

Plus, Premiere makes it very convenient to use its advanced features-for example, by using floating palettes to list transitions and effects and group them in categories, and by providing preview capabilities in the Title and Effects dialogs. And Premiere's extensive undo capability and History palette makes it easy to learn and experiment with the different options.

If you are stepping up from an entry-level video editing application, this book will show you how Premiere 6 frees you from the limitations of more basic tools. For example, now you can have more than one or two video and audio tracks, choose from a much wider range of transitions and effects, customize the screen layout for your working style, and generally have much more control over editing your production. Finally, if you are upgrading from version 5, this book demonstrates the significant improvements offered in Premiere 6, especially with built-in support for capture from DV camcorders, output to all the major Web for mats, a collection of After Effects plug-ins, and a dedicated Audio Mixer. This version of Premiere also offers an enhanced interface, with more convenient access to controls through command buttons

and extensive keyboard shortcuts.

Book Organization This book is organized into 16 parts, or chapters, each focusing on a major feature in Premiere. Each part contains approximately five to nine tasks, which take you step by step through performing a particular operation in Premiere. Each task presents the operation in a series each illustrated with a Premiere screen shot annotated to highlight the action being performed. In this way, you can easily see and understand how to use the Premiere controls to perform the task.

Parts 1 to 4 get you started quickly with using Premiere by taking you through the process of importing, organizing, and editing material into a simple production. They also introduce the Premiere user interface components and conventions (projects, bins, clips, the Storyboard, the Timeline, and so on). The illustrations for these parts all use the sample media clips provided with Premiere, so that you can follow along exactly with the steps in the book.

After you become familiar with the basics of using Premiere, Parts 5 through 7 show how to save and share your productions by exporting video and audio to different desktop and Web formats. They also explain how to capture your own material to edit, especially digital video from a DV camcorder, and also output the final production back to DV.

In the second half of the book, Parts 9 through 16 then introduce more sophisticated techniques for trimming and editing your audio and video clips. These parts also demonstrate additional features in Premiere for enhancing your productions, from titles and overlays, to audio and video effects, to motion animations, By covering each of the major features in Premiere, this book also shows you the wealth of additional capabilities and options you can use to create more sophisticated and professional results. You can get started quickly, and then still have plenty of room to grow in the future.

Learn More About Using Premiere

To learn more about using Premiere, check the Adobe support Web site for technical tips and tutorials. Also check the Adobe site periodically for new upgrade releases and support for problems or bugs:
  • Adobe Premiere-Product Information and Tutorials

    Adobe Support-Technical Guides and Tutorials


    Adobe Support-Downloads


    Adobe Support-Searchable Knowledgebase

For more information on desktop video topics, including video editing tools, file and compression formats, DV, and streaming media, also visit my Manifest Technology Web site:

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