Monthly Archives: August 2010

DSLR Video Editing for Photographers

Greetings from South Africa! We’ve just completed our CS5 Masters Tour in Johannesburg, and it was truly an event to behold. A packed house (700+), with lines around the corner for entry to the theatre. What a way to kick-off the touring season!

In any case, I’d like to introduce the first of a multi-part series of videos I created entitled DSLR Video Editing for Photographers. About 3 weeks ago, I presented to the San Francisco Photoshop Users Group, and did a 90-minute lecture on this very topic. Needless to say, the response was overwhelmingly positive, and there were so many requests to actually ‘see’ the step-by-step process in action, that I decided to create this series. The goal here is to educate and illustrate the ease of entering the world of DSLR Video (in Premiere Pro CS5), even if you’ve NEVER touched an editing application before. Again, if you’re a photographer looking to get into this, or maybe you’re just looking to experiment or merely learn a new way to put together slideshow/portfolio presentations, incorporating your still images, video, music, titles, etc…this is for you. There will be 8 parts in this series, and I’ve tried to keep each episode fairly short (approx. 10-15 minutes) and geared towards a specific topic. The first episode, From The Camera To The Timeline is literally just that; shooting video on your DSLR, and then bringing the footage from the camera (or CF card directly) into Premiere Pro (using familiar tools/techniques that you already use) and organizing your media into a sequence.

I’ll be releasing new episodes each week (and perhaps even a bit sooner) so I hope you enjoy the series. If nothing else, I sincerely hope it will inspire you, the photographer, to explore new areas in Creative Suite, and expand your portfolios of knowledge.


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CS5 Masters Tour Hits the Road

It’s that time of year again, and over the next 3 months our Creative Suite Evangelist team (consisting of yours truly, Greg Rewis, and Terry White) will be hitting the road with our workflow-based seminar series, The Masters Tour. Over a period of 5-8 hours (it differs between cities) we’ll present new assets (many of which we’ve created) and showcase a complete workflow across all of the applications in CS5 Master Collection. We’ll start with some raw media (images, video, blank CSS templates, etc) and build up everything from an interactive document/ePub, to a website, to an AIR app, to an HD Blu-ray disc.

We’ll be covering a multitude of locales in the first go-round (and I’ll be solo-presenting some video-specific seminars along the way), so be sure to check your local Adobe Events pages for details. In the meantime, here’s roughly where I’ll be (and where the team will be) during September and October…

26 August: CS5 Masters Tour. Johannesburg, Z.A.
10-14 September: IBC. Amsterdam, NL
16-17 September: CS5 Video Event. Istanbul, Turkey
22 September: CS5 Masters Tour (Munich)**
23 September: CS5 Masters Tour (Dusseldorf)**
24 September: CS5 Masters Tour (Vienna)**
27 September: CS5 Masters Tour (Hamburg)**
28 September: CS5 Masters Tour (Switzerland)**
30 September: CS5 Video Event. Warsaw, Poland
11 October: CS5 Masters Tour (Helsinki)**
12 October: CS5 Masters Tour (Stockholm)**
13 October: CS5 Masters Tour (Oslo)**
14 October: CS5 Masters Tour (Copenhagen)**
18-20 October: CS5 Video Events, Czech Republic/Slovakia (details TBD)

**all three evangelists will be in attendance

I’ll be sure to include links to registration/agenda info shortly. Hope to see you there!

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To Transcode or Not to Transcode

With the release of Premiere Pro CS5 earlier this year, the topic of native editing, and more specifically, native DSLR editing has been a big one…worldwide. From literally every country I’ve visited, people are discovering the power of DSLR video and leveraging it to it’s fullest. But the questions I’m continually asked are, “Why does FCP/AMC force you to transcode? Why don’t you transcode in Premiere?”

This is generally followed by, “Surely, transcoding to an intermediate codec leads to better/more accurate color grading, higher bit depths, faster performance, etc…right?”

Well, the short is answer is: No. There are many misconceptions about transcoding, largely stemming from it’s long-standing traditional use. But as Dylan once sang, “The times, they are a-changin’…” and the same can be said for the way we work in our NLEs specifically, Premiere Pro CS5.

So, I decided to record a short (less than 9 minute) tutorial on ‘Staying Native or Going Intermediate’ to try and clarify some of these misconceptions, and educate users as to when, how, and why you might/might not stay native or move to an intermediate codec.

Staying Native or Going Intermediate? Transcoding and Premiere Pro CS5 from Jason Levine on Vimeo.

As mentioned in the video, this is not meant in any way to ‘slam’ or ‘cut down’ on anyone’s personal choices for editing/workflow, nor am I stating that there’s no place for transcoding~there most definitely are great benefits in certain workflows. These are simple truths that I hope will provide some clarification.

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