Adobe Premiere


When you first open Adobe Premiere, this window will pop up:

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For this project, I didn’t need to adjust any of the options so I left them on the standard. However if you click on the bar next to it, the scratch disks window will open.

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In this section you can choose how and where you want your work to be saved. This section is very important if you have a drive and need to move media data from one computer to another. To save your work onto the computer, you need to create a folder on your desktop for this project. Then as you can see in the photo above, each section has a browse option at the end. For EVERY section; click browse and find the new folder you just created. If you DO NOT do this for every browse option, for example leaving audio previews out, the audio will not save to the folder and your blockbuster will become a silence movie.

Adobe Premiere will now start as a blank project. To import media, click on the Footage browser (the bottom left box) and select from your files in the media browser.

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You can also drag and drop media from your home screen, which I have done here with my Plurality footage.

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The bottom middle-right box is your timeline. This area shows you the timing for your project, and is the main area in which you will piece everything together.

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The top left section is the preview window. This is wear you can crop and edit footage before you add it to the sequence.

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In the top right corner is the output window. Everything you add to the timeline will show in this window. This section allows you to see your sequence in running.

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To start editing, drag and drop your footage from the media browser into the output window.

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Moving the blue marker along the line takes you to different parts of the footage. The left arrow key on your keyboard moves the marker backwards frame by frame, and right arrow key moves the marker forwards frame by frame.

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When you get to a section you want to use, place the marker at the start of that section. And click on the mark in button highlighted. (The second icon on the bottom bar)

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Now move the marker to the end of the section you want, and press the mark out button. (The third icon on the bottom bar)

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Now only one part of the footage is highlighted. If you press the fourth icon on the bottom bar, it will play from the mark in point. If you press the eighth icon it will play from the mark out point. If you wish to adjust the section you’ve selected, you can move the mark in and mark out markers by clicking and dragging them.

Once you’ve decided on the piece you want to use, drag from the centre of the preview window and drop onto the timeline. You have now added footage to your project, and it can be seen in the outlook window.

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I have added another section of footage to my sequence. And I have placed it directly next to the first piece of footage. This means the sequence runs  seamlessly from one piece to the next without a pause in the middle. This can be tested in the output window.

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We can also edit the audio separate form the video footage in our timeline. First right click in the section you wish to edit, and click UNLINK.

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So when you click on this section it will no longer highlight both video and audio like this:

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But rather if you click on the video only, only this will be highlighted:

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Now that I have video selected, I’m going to delete it because for this section I only need the audio.

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Now if I put the marker over the audio only section, no image will show in the outlook window above.

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However, I don’t want the first video footage to just suddenly cut off into a black screen, so I’m going to add a transition effect. To do this, click on the effects bar in the footage browser. There are a range of different effects for both audio and video but today I’m going to use a dissolve in the video transitions section. I want my footage to gentle fade out to darkness so I’m going to use the the cross dissolve.

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I dragged this effect and dropped it on the edge of the video piece. And as you can see the video starts as this:

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And then fades:

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