Monthly Archives: September 2010

DSLR Video Editing for Photographers-Part 4

Here we are in Part 4 of the series. For this episode, I cover working with layered Photoshop (PSD) files for lower thirds, stylized text and simple animations, as well as using Premiere Pro’s own Titler from within the application. Once again, it’s the native capabilities of Premiere Pro (working with Photoshop) that make this process so easy and simple. And if you’re familiar with the ‘Edit Original’ command (found in nearly every Adobe app), changes can me made to your Photoshop files at any point in time. Even animations done in Photoshop (whether on text layers, 3D object layers or even video) will carry over and *play* inside Premiere Pro. Check it out…

Part 5 (dealing with exporting the media) is coming in the next few days. Thanks for watching!

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CS5 Masters Tour – Links and Venue Info

Here are registration links for our upcoming CS5 Masters Tours in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Denmark & Sweden. There’s still time to register for Munich (on the 22nd) so we hope to see you there!

* 09/22/10 CS5 Masters Tour – München at ARRI Kino Register Here
* 09/23/10 CS5 Masters Tour – Düsseldorf at UCI Kinowelt Register Here
* 09/24/10 CS5 Masters Tour – Wien at Cineplexx Wien Register Here
* 09/27/10 CS5 Masters Tour – Hamburg CINEMAXX Dammtor Register Here
* 09/28/10 CS5 Masters Tour – Schloss Lenzburg @ Castle of Lenzburg Register Here

* 10/11/10 CS5 Masters Tour – Helsinki at Bio Rex Register Here
* 10/12/10 CS5 Masters Tour – Stockholm at Skandiabiografen Register Here
* 10/13/10 CS5 Masters Tour – Oslo at Folketeateret Register Here
* 10/14/10 CS5 Masters Tour – Copenhagen at CineMaxx Register Here

DSLR Video Editing for Photographers-Part 3

A brief hello from the Netherlands, where we’re due to kick-off IBC in a matter of days. Before the show, I’ll be giving a presentation on DSLR Video Editing for DI Pros at our Adobe Offices…quite appropriate timing!

And with that, I bring you part 3 of this multi-part series. In this video, we’ll take a look at helping you tell your story through motion and sound. I’ll show you the techniques for adding markers to a musical soundtrack, allowing you to ‘time’ your images against beats in the music. I’ll even show you an automated way to lay down all your images and video against a soundtrack in a single click. Once that’s done, I’ll then show you how to animate and move within your large-format images, also known as the Ken Burns effect. Animate position, scale, rotation, opacity, and truly make the images come to life.

Stay tuned, as part 4 will introduce using Photoshop files natively inside Premiere Pro for creating titles, text, and lower thirds.

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DSLR Video Editing for Photographers-Part 2

As promised, here is Part 2 of this multi-part instructional series. This episode focuses on editing basics; everything from simple clip trimming, ripple deleting and actual ‘cutting’, to working with mixed frame sizes in a timeline, using transitions between images and video (this includes cross-dissolves, fades and dip-to-black) and some best practices for formatting your video content.

One thing that I neglected to mention in the video: if at any time you find that your playback is not as smooth as you’d like (or more importantly, if your system is having trouble keeping up with the HD media), from within the sequence you can simply hit the RETURN/ENTER key and it will effectively ‘render’ the work-area. In other words, wherever you see those red lines at the top of the sequence, it will render those areas and allow you to see, full real-time, all the work that you’ve done.

Note the Red & Yellow Lines. Yellow does not require rendering.

As mentioned, red lines don’t always necessarily mean ‘won’t play in real time’…and sometimes, it doesn’t really matter, so long as you can get the general ‘feel’ for how something is going to look (and adjusting the fractional playback/pause resolutions helps). Just something to keep in mind.

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