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