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How to Edit a Highlight Reel with Premiere Pro

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Project: Our 2017 Reel

    • 3. Collect Your Footage

    • 4. Start Your Project & Make Selects

    • 5. Editing with Rhythm

    • 6. Tidy Up Your Edit

    • 7. Sharing Your Work

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About This Class

In this short class, learn how to edit a highlight reel for use in portfolios, websites, or job applications. As a filmmaker or videographer, it's important to keep an up-to-date reel which shows off your latest work. The techniques discussed in these videos can also be applied to editing anything set to music—whether it's a wedding video or event recap.

In this class we'll cover:

  • How to quickly collect, organize, and prepare you files for editing
  • Choosing a song that matches your clips
  • Creating a narrative flow so viewers stay engaged with your reel

We recently finished our Spring 2017 Reel which highlights our favorite projects the past few years. Throughout the process, we came up with a few shortcuts that we think can help you get something out efficiently. Spend less time editing and more time making new work!

This class is a mix of concepts and technical tips. Some familiarity with Premiere Pro may be required to follow along, but for the most part we tried to focus on higher level work flows that can apply to any piece of software or skill level.

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Ceremony Films



Ceremony is a film production company started in 2011 by Jesse Chorng, Jimmy Chorng, and Gabriel Noguez.


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1. Introduction: in this class, we're going to show you how to edit a highlight video reels. You can apply these skills to anything that he puts a music. We'll tell you the philosophy behind making selects some useful hot keys. We'll help you establish better to flow while picking the perfect song. We'll show you how to make a grid for the music and other techniques to make your video look professional. We're all done. We'll show you how to explore your video to different platforms. My name is Jessie, and I'm part of a film production team called Sarah Body. We started working together in 2011 making short narrative films to kick off 2017. We put together a new reel that shows off our favorite work from the past five years and the process of cutting this real. We came across a lot of tips and shortcuts that will make this process efficient and most importantly, fun are real, is most definitely a work in progress, so we can't wait to start a community where we share our reels and get feed that 2. Class Project: Our 2017 Reel: I realize that everything is one big mistake. It's about enjoying the process. Electricity human point. Very loud way. Just feel way over. From now on, you can go back. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah Wait way 3. Collect Your Footage: The most important thing at this step is to eliminate as many roadblocks as possible when we started cutting are really we had so many videos from a lot of different sources. We don't want collecting footage to be a reason that this project took three weeks versus two days. If you have previous projects already edited in premiere, importing sequences into this new project is really easy. Go to import. Select your sequence that has your latest edit. If you don't have the original premier project, the next best thing is to have a high quality or un compressed export of your video if you don't have access to the project or it's a project that's stored on old drives that you have to search for. What we did was download videos directly from YouTube. The point want to make here is don't waste your time searching for original files or doing something like transferring final cut projects into premiere. All these things represent hours and hours of time for clips that you might not even use. Just download from YouTube of immuno, the highest quality you can will show you later in the class how to replace thes downloads with the original clips, but for now, collect your footage, put it into a holder and organize it and bring it into your project. 4. Start Your Project & Make Selects: after you finished collecting all your footage, the first thing you want to do is organize your project at the finder level. What I like to do is create several folders. The 1st 1 is called Project, and that's where my premier project and render files go. I create a second folder for Media, and this is where all my video and audio clips will go. I make 1/3 folder called Assets, and that's where I put music, photos, title cards or any other media assets. Finally, we have 1/4 folder called Exports. This is where I export drafts and ultimately the final video. Next. Open a premiere, create a new project and save it in our project folder. The first thing I do is create some bins. Creative. Been for sequences. There's a been for media and assets. Next, grab all the videos that you want to using your highlight reel and bring it into your media . Been We created several sequences just to keep things organized. One sequence for all GoPro footage. One sequence for all the videos we did for skill share. Really, you can create as many or as little sequences as you want The main purpose is to keep things organized and have a workspace where you can cut up the videos. If you're cutting 5 to 10 videos, you could have one sequence called Selects and bring the videos into their for us. We had 46 videos, so one sequence with selects from 46 videos would be a little too overwhelming. So that's why we created several sequences so we could divide up the videos and organize the selects in a way that made sense to us for this lesson. We're going to use some hockey's that we find very useful. The 1st 1 is I for setting an in point. Oh, for setting an outpoint. Apostrophe doesn't extract. So once you said an in point an out point, you hit apostrophe and it deletes the space in between and moves everything forward on the timeline. This helps us make selects very quickly, plus and minus. Zoom in and out of your sequence. Press space bar to play. Elder fast forward hit L again to fast forward four times as fast l again eight times as fast, etcetera. Finally, we used the up and down arrows to scrub through clips and our sequence when you're making selects, you want to choose clips that best represent your work. Whether that shows the diversity of shots, moments of shared experience, interesting people at this age, you don't have to worry so much about finding your very best shots. It's more about just cutting out the fact parts of videos that you know won't make it in your portfolio. Just removal. During this process, it's important to think about shots that you might need. For example, you might have a lot of shots of people getting ready. Or you might have a sequence where you see a lot of faces at this stage when you're making selects, that's something that you wanna have in the back of your mind, keeping a mental roller decks of the shots you have. Once you've made your selects, I find it useful to label them. I typically label establishing shots as forest because it just makes me think of the environment. Selects that I label Rose are really beautiful shots, mostly of people, and then things that label mango are shots that I definitely want to have in the final product 5. Editing with Rhythm: pick a song that speaks to you. Every song has its own emotion, so make sure it's an emotion that you want to bring to your video. Think about hydro clips, either work with it or work against it. It is a highlight video, so you want to pick something that moves People way suggest avoiding songs with any lyrics just because that could get kind of confusing. If you have certain types of footage because you're not selling anything and you're really just showing off what you've created, use any song that you want. If you do somehow get an email, you could always change it later. In terms of getting the music file, I'm sure everyone has their own way of getting MP threes, whether it's purchasing it through iTunes, ripping it off of Soundcloud again, using key bid, where you can just input YouTube link and download an MP three. That's what we did. Use the best parts of the song. If you like the intro and you like the chorus and the bridge, cut out the section in between, feel free to manipulate the song to suit your needs for our riel, we use three different songs just to keep the pace exciting. We jumped in in the middle of a song and left before it got too boring. Know where the buildup is? Nowhere The beat drops and started thinking about what clips can go in those places. If there's a climax to the song, you want to save a certain clip for that moment to really drive home the emotional impact when deciding on a song. Another tip is to go to Spotify or Soundcloud, make a playlist of songs that you think could fit. Play the song, going to premiere and play your select sequence. Just start getting a feel of how the song plays with your clips. Don't go through all the work of bringing into your project, making things line up and working on transitions without first testing it. The most important thing when picking a song is making sure that the rhythm and emotion of the song match your footage. Once you've picked a song or two that you think I'm worth bringing into your sequence and start playing around, try to find a logic to the arrangement of clips for our real. We started with a bad bad not good song, which we felt would be a great introduction to our characters. We open up the video with the close up in hands. We then start to see the characters. Here we see Shantel Martin. We start to get introduced to characters on the move. As the song builds up, we start to see the environments that the characters live and work in. As the saxophone kicked in, we wanted to showcase some of our beauty and fashion shots as the song builds up the transitions air quicker. The clips are shorter, then is the song Winds down, the shots become a little longer. We interrupt the flow by including this dialogue snippet. We thought it was a cool sound clip to transition into the next. The the second song we used to track called The Mole by Chimes and Bells and this is a Tram Moeller remix at this point were Rocket. We bumped up the tempo and changed the entire pace of the real. We're showing a lot of motion. Are cuts or quicker way see old characters, but new ones as well. Here we wanted to showcase our 3 60 video work. We introduce things like a mouse click and a cursor showing in browser interaction. And just when we hit that second minute mark, we fade out the song and we have another in between moment. We had this idea of sucking the viewer out of the Rio and putting them on to our desktop. And rather than trying to edit in, all these different video clips were just clicking through them, using moments that have cool sound clips and, most importantly, keeping the viewer engaged by surprising if you only have one track. Honestly, the real should only be about a minute long way were challenging our viewers to stay engaged with a three minute and 1/2 long real. In order to justify that and keep people engaged, we included breaks and these little moments of surprise. And at the to 30 mark, we introduced the finder window and hint at the range of videos we've worked on. Now, at almost three minutes, we wanted to step up the video even further. So if the first song was a nice soothing get you into the mood type of song, the second song pumped you up and started establishing a rhythm. Third song, we wanted to take it to the next stage, which is a celebration. We've made it this far. Now we're gonna party over From now on, you can go back to right after Dad Booth. An important note here is that you don't want to save everything for the end. This is Internet video. You're constantly battling for people's attention. So you still want to show strong clips in the beginning? Don't back load your video because people might not ever get to And then finally think about your ending for our ceremony. Riel. We were going for kind of a mixed tape work in progress, aesthetic. As soon as we got really high energy and we're pumped up by the A sap song we exit, some people might think that this ending is too abrupt. But it's something that we appreciate. So really think about how you want to end your video. It could be with a title card or a call to action. For example, hit me up for weddings or contact me for your next event. The point is, is you want to put a punctuation at the end of this real 6. Tidy Up Your Edit: up to this point when we've been editing, we've mostly been editing for feel and putting clips in a certain order. What we didn't do is snap exactly to the music or focus on every single transition. That's what we do at this phase open of the song press play and hit em to place markers to the beat. What you're doing here is creating a grid for higher eclipse can be cut when that's done, compared the clips you have to the grid and make any fine tune adjustments to make sure that things were cutting out in transitioning to the beat. After this, we have picture lock, which means all the clips that we want our in place. This is the point when we start digging into old hard drives or calling collaborators to ask for original fouls or high rez exports. We were able to do this for maybe 90% of our videos, the other 10% either someone else edited or it was a client from a few years ago. So we just use the 10 80 p download from YouTube. Honestly, it looks great for the clips that we did have. It's a long process of going into each project and finding the original clip. Once you've found all the original camera footage again, organized them into a folder, import them into your project and then finding the moment that you have in your sequence and replacing it as we mentioned. Ideally, nothing is color corrected because the next step is when you want to color correct everything at once to create a cohesive look for color correcting. We have a set of tools that we love to use, a lot of which is already built into Premiere. Lumi Tree has some great adjustments you can do with curves. Shadows highlights. You just kind of want to play around with the different adjustments. We also use the filter pack by film convert. It's a great way to make sure that all your footage from various different cameras a color matched. This is a GoPro clip. You go into the film convert settings, you choose the specific GoPro model you used and then, if you want, choose a film emulation. This is another clip that was shot on the Sony FS five. You could see it's very flat. The amount of the effect is up to you. Finally. Title cards. Title cards. Air. Great way to showcase client names or different projects. Call out locations. Part of your work might be titles and graphics at this stage. It's a great place to start working that into your real. For us, the only title card we used was at the end, and that was our ceremony logo. 7. Sharing Your Work: you reached the point where your video is ready to export. Set an in point at the beginning of the sequence, an out point at the interview sequence. The shortcut for this is hit Command M, which will bring up your export settings. Usually we use the presets for H 264 exporting for video at 10 80 HD Saves Here Exports folder and then hit export. At this stage, if you want to export videos to Instagram or Facebook, you still want to use the age 264 Kodak. But you might want to look at those platforms to see the specific dimensions that work best . If you're exporting to Instagram and you want a square crop, I find it's best to create a whole new sequence and drag your edit sequence into that and at this level, adjust the sequence settings. That way, you're not disrupting your previous edit, and you can export at the new custom size. Once we finished, our really the first thing we did was uploaded to our website. We also want to create a mailing list of friends and family to send this to. There's a lot of classes on skill share that teach you how to use mail chimp. And don't forget share your videos in this skill share class. We love to create a community and a gallery to see everyone's work. We want to see all of you guys highlight reels, and we'd love to get some feedback on ours.