Just bought Premiere? Not sure where to start? Start here. You’ll really like Sams Teach Yourself Adobe Premiere 6.5 in 24 Hours. From page one, you can tell: Jeff Sengstack really knows his stuff. How often do you get to learn Premiere from an Adobe Certified Expert who’s won a regional Emmy?
But it’s not just the author’s credentials. This is one how-to book that never overlooks the “big picture”: what you’re trying to accomplish. Sure, there are plenty of step-by-step instructions here, but Sengstack doesn’t just distill the documentation: he also offers loads of expert tips (drawn from his friends in all corners of the TV and video business).
Some are simple (don’t forget to shoot cutaways like crowd reactions, so you can avoid disconcerting jump cuts when you’re editing). Others go well beyond what you’d expect in a basic book, such as Sengstack’s coverage of working with Alpha channels and mattes, and of the nifty Tc|Native Essentials audio tools included with Premiere 6.5. (Speaking of bundled goodies, you may be especially inspired by Sengstack’s four lessons on DVD authoring and burning with Premiere’s bundled DVDit! LE.) We’ve never seen a better Premiere introductory guide. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.