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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14 thoughts on “DSLR Video Editing for Photographers

  1. Just letting you know the RSS feed on your site is not working. I’m looking forward to following your video series and wanted to add your blog to my reader.

    1. Hey Terry! Thanks for the heads-up. It’s still very much a work-in-progress, so thank you for being patient. Funny, now I see the error in word press. Doh! Cheers, -jl

  2. Jason,

    Very much appreciate your to-the-point teaching style. I am glad in this new video you didn’t end it with the corny waving hands “Healing people daily with the power of…” This one has a much more professional opening and ending from you. 🙂

    Sorry to harp, but the whole pretending to be a preacher bit is just annoying and no longer funny during these sensitive and now serious times of religious tension.

  3. Interesting article which made good reading. I struggle with my new DSLR but fortunately there are a lot of references out on the internet. I have found a couple of websites that so far haveeducated me quite a lot. Comes down to experimentation doesn’t it? No more paying for film processing anymore.

  4. hi Jason,
    thank you for your great tutorials!
    the problem with this one is that i get stuck right at the beginning. 🙂
    after opening a new project and choosing locations it doesn’t have the DSRL category to choose from.
    do i miss any extra codecs? or is it because i’m still using the trial version?
    thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Marcello. Indeed, the DSLR presets are *not* (sadly) included in the trial version. That being said, as I mention in the video, you don’t even need to use a specific preset. Just choose “something” to start the project (it could be even a DV-PAL/NTSC preset), import your media into the project panel, and simply drag the first clip onto the ‘New Item’ icon…and it will build the sequence for you with the correct attributes. That’s the easiest way to get rolling quickly. –JL

  5. Jason,

    Please tell the internet community what is the best codec to use to work in CS4 premiere pro. I do not want to spend any more money for awhile and need to know what is the best workflow. There is nothing that I can find on the entire internet or videos.

    1. Hi Adam. Well, I’d first need to know what you’re trying to do in PPro. Are we talking about simply editing files? And if so, what kind of files? Sadly, the h.264 QT files from Canon DSLRs weren’t natively supported in CS4, so we typically recommended transcoding to something like P2. Without the Mercury Playback Engine, I don’t know how well ProRes would perform in CS4 (as I can’t really remember) but if you’re on the Mac, you could try transcoding to ProRes (going through Quicktime as the Format, and choosing ProRes as the Video Codec). Again, if you’re talking about finishing/archiving, the answers may vary. –jl

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