Today I had the chance to learn the basics of Adobe Premier Pro. This is the software I will be using to edit and piece together my film. In this class, Bex Pittman taught us how to,
- Create a new project
- Import media (video, audio, imagery)
- Select clips from a video using ‘in’ and ‘out’
- How to delete things in a sequence
- Use the overwrite edit tool correctly
- Use the insert edit tool correctly
- How to import just audio
- How to import just video
Creating a new project
- Create a folder with all footage in; audio, video, images. (On desktop?)
- Open Adobe Premier Pro
- The location folder must be the folder which holds all your media you plan to work with. You can then give this a name.
- I am working with DSLR, So I select this and then the fps. The fps you select must be the same as the fps of the footage you are working with.
- To import media, File > Media. This will then import the media from your location folder.
- All media will appear like this in the project space.
- To work with one piece of media, you will need to double click on the icon of that selected media.
Selecting clips using ‘in’ and ‘out’
Once you have selected the media you are going to work with, in this case, a video, it will appear in the source space like this. The yellow lever allows you to adjust where abouts in the video you are going to work. Using the J K L keys will allow you to rewind, pause and fast forward. You can also use the left and right arrow keys to move frame by frame to be more precise with your selection.
Selecting a clip
Once you have dragged the lever on where you would like to start, hit I on your keyboard. This will select where the clips goes ‘In’. You will then need to drag the yellow lever to where you want the clip to go out, and once you have done this, hit ‘O’.
You can then drag this image into the sequence bar.
This process can then be repeated with more media.
Deleting things in a sequence
Lift delete: A Lift delete is where you will delete a section of the sequence and the gap where the media was will remain. This will leave you a black space in your video. This is done by selecting the clip and pressing backspace.
Ripple delete: This method refrains a gap from being created and will automatically push to pieces of media together to close the gap. This can be done by selecting the clip, holding down alt and then pressing backspace.
When wanting to rearrange the order of your sequence, the technique which I will prefer to use is by selecting and dragging the media of choice and moving it to another point in the sequence.
An overwrite edit is when you drag the clip to a new place and it will delete the media which was previously in its place. This is done by selecting the media and dragging it to a new point in the sequence.
An Insert edit is where you drag the clip to a new point in the sequence and it will automatically shift everything else along. This is done by selecting the clip, holding down cmd and then dragging it to the new point in the sequence.
Adding only audio
When working with videos, it may get to the point where you would like just the audio from the video to be put in your sequence so that this can overlap a clip. To do this, using the selection tools of the video, there are two buttons under the image of the video one saying ‘Drag video only’ and the other ‘Drag audio only’. Once you select this ‘Drag audio Only’, you can then drag the clip into the sequence. This is the same for the video. (‘Drag video Only’)