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Adobe Premiere Pro - Beginner to Pro

teacher avatar Jeff N., Video Editor

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    • 1.

      Getting Started - The Premiere Layout


    • 2.

      Color Correction Effects


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Learn how to use Adobe Premiere Pro by starting with the fundamental basics and work through each lesson to become more advanced.

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1. Getting Started - The Premiere Layout: So I want to be able to give you a quick crash course here on premiere. I want to go through the basics. So if you had to edit a video today, these basics would get you through editing a simple video. And then after, I will populate this with footage and we'll look at more details for each section. In the upper left section, you have the source section and that's where you view your raw video clips. In the upper right, you have your program section and that's your end result with the video that you're building out. Then you have your audio meters in the lower right corner and that will monitor your audio and the audio tracks here in the sequence time line. The sequence time line is where you have your layers of video tracks and audio tracks. And you can use the video playhead and different tools to cut and arrange your video. Now this next small section has eight tools and you'll use these in your sequence time line. Once footage is there, you have your selection tool, your track select, forward tool, a ripple edit tool, a razor tool that's going to be your most popular. A slip tool, a pen tool, a hand tool, and a type tool. We'll talk more about what these do once we have some footage. The bottom left over here is your project bin. And as you import footage, this is where you will see all of your clips and you have a couple different view options there. Now up the very top you have learning assembly editing, color effects, audio graphics libraries, my workspace and five camera workplace. Now the two that I use the most are editing and effects. You can switch back and toggle between those to see what layout you want. Also notice you have these lines in between each section. You can roll over left and right or up or down to make the workspace how you want it to be. Now coming up here to the top, you have different layouts. And if you want to see what Adobe has for you, you can click Learning. And they have some basics for getting started looking at that might give you a few extra tips that you can use. Assembly gives you one less window and editing is the one that is my favorite. If you're dealing with color correction, you might switch to color. If you're dealing with effects, you might switch to effects If you're working on just the audio portion, you might switch over to audio. What it does is it gives you some extra filters and folders to play with. If you click on the Graphics tab, it will give you some additional templates that Adobe offers. You can click there and there are some free templates for graphics and things like that. Now if you get lost, this happens every now and then If you go to window and work ****** and you select all panels, that's a great one to start with because it's not specifying only effects or only audio. It gives you a wide range of things to choose from. You can even save your own work space when you get the one that you like the best real quickly. I just want to give you a real quick demonstration here. I'm going to bring some footage in and there's a couple of different ways to do it. And I have one lesson after this where you can just focus in on importing footage. But I want to be able to bring in just a couple clips here so you can now see what this program looks like when it's populated with some footage. I have some stock footage from New York, I'm just going to bring that in now. I have my source bin over here and you can toggle back and forth between a list view or an icon view once you click on the footage. Now we populate that source window and we can see our footage up here on the left. Now there are a lot of different settings. One thing you might want to do is it's playing back at full resolution. If you select this box here and maybe take it to half, it won't be so demanding on your processor, it's a little bit easier to view. Now you have these icons here. One is an icon for just the video only. And you can drag the video only into your sequence timeline. Now all of a sudden you have your sequence timeline. And this is where you do all of your editing. On the right side, that's my final destination. That's going to be my end result after I add all of my cuts and effects and I'm done with my video, you'll see your end result on the right side. Anytime you want to see what you're doing, you just hit play on that side and it will play Final Video, what it's going to look like before you export it. Now on the right side, we have some effects here. You can see that I'm just clicking on that and I'm adding that to the video. I just want to give you a demonstration of the difference between your end result here and your source clip. Your original source clip. If you wanted to add some effects, you can just double click on that, or you can just drag it over into your footage. Once we add our effects, we can go to effect controls on the left side, it records all of the effects that we've added here. You see I added six or seven of them, so I'm going to just click on them, right click and clear to get rid of them because I don't want all of those. Now we're back to our footage. Now if you want to cut footage, use this razor blade. That's one of the most popular tools that I use there. If you select that, then you can start making your cuts. If you wanted to select the footage after you make those cuts, you can grab the arrow, which is the selection tool, and you can click right on the footage. This isn't the best way to edit footage. I'm just showing you how you could cut footage in the time line. If you want to get more precise, you would look at the footage on that left source window and edit that way. But I'm trying to give you just a quick crash course as to how this program operates. When you start your lessons, it'll make a little more sense. Now you see I've cut this clip into five different parts. Now what I want to do is I just want to bring in a music track. I'm going to search my computer for an MP three or wave file. Drag it into my project bin down on the left. Again, I can select the on the audio icon, this time I can drag it into my audio track. You have your video tracks up north and down south would be your audio tracks 12.3 I drag this one into three. You might have a voice over on two, you may have some sound effects for cars passing, might be on a one. Something else you can do is you can roll over the footage on the end. It gives you this tool where you can just roll over the end. And then you can hold the left button down on the mouse and you can extend it or shorten it that way if you want to fade. Music Use these key frames here and you add a key frame, and you bring out the audio all the way down by taking the second dot there, which is a key frame, and you bring it all the way down. And then you can do the same thing to the video. I add a key frame, and then I bring it all the way down, and as I roll over it, it fades out. And it would fade out the music as well. That's a basic rundown as to how Premier works. Now you have your video and you want to export it because you're done. You come up here to file export media. You have a lot of different formats there. H 264 is one of the most popular compressions there, as you would change the output name by clicking there. And you can also select the type of video if you wanted to be. Or ten ADP or 720, there's a lot of different formats there. Then you would hit Export and it would save the file for you. All right, so that's a really quick introduction as to how Premier basically works. And we'll get into more of the details in each individual lesson if you proceed. 2. Color Correction Effects: I wanted to be able to give you the very basics on color correction. This is a washed out beach shot and we're going to see if we can add some different looks to it. If you go right up to the top, you can select color. Then on the left side, if you select Lumetri Scopes, you will be able to see some of the tools that are available that give you some identity regarding red, green, and blue. And you can right click and select the presets there. Now on the right side, I'll go through a couple of these. We won't go through every single one of them because we're just looking at basic color correction. Premier gives you some of these defaults. You can select different looks and then pick the look that matches. If you just want to have a different look, you can select through these. I think they're called lots. Now you can also change the exposure, the contrast. Notice these meters on the left hand side are identifying the red, green, and blue. The maximum number for red, green, and blue is 255. And that's if you single out red, green, or blue, 255 would be the max green or red or blue. And then zero would be black. We'll talk a little bit more about what those meters do on the left hand side, but for now you can look at basic correction and you can adjust some of those things. Now if you want to get creative, there are a lot more presets in that and you can select any of those. You can't toggle all the way through quickly. What you can do is select those and then you can use the arrows on the right or left of the picture. You can go through each one, or you can select one and start playing around with the color wheels. If you grab the center, you can move towards the blues and greens and violets and that kind of thing. And we'll start changing the color for you. If you don't like what you've done, you can go back and hit that arrow at the top half circle and it will reset it for you. As you navigate through, you can use that right arrow or left arrow and it will select different presets. Then if you like that one, you can just click in the center of the screen. Or you can click in the center of the image there and it will apply it. You see a lot of cool looks there. Now regarding red, green, and blue, the three primary colors that make up your video. You can select red or you can select green. You can grab that and bring it all the way up. And you see green is at max levels at 02:55 or zero. You can do the same thing with blue when you want to single out some of the colors. That gives you a little bit of control. Now we'll skip down here to the vignette. This is a cool little feature and you see this quite a bit on videos where it adds just a little bit of black around the outside. That's a trend that you see quite often. This allows you to start with a basic circle or a widened rectangle type circle with rounded edges. You can start playing around with how hard or soft you want those lines to be and how dark or light and that thing, it gives you another added look. And it can be a cool little feature for your videos. Now on the left side, if you want to see the different meters that are there, you could right click and select the ones that are available for this one. I just want to show you the wave form, the R, G, B. When you look at these values again, you have 255 on the right side and 100% on the left. It's very similar to an audio meter when you have these sounds that peak above where they're supposed to be. It's the same thing when it analyzes the red, green, and blue, You'll notice that if there's too much blue, it maxes out at 02:55 Right now there's a little less blue than 255. And you can see that blue goes either up or down. Right now it's at zero, it's all the way down and there's no blue. And then when you bring all the blue up, you can see it maxed out. Same thing with the green or the reds. It's going all the way to the top or all the way to the bottom as you're looking at maybe some footage that you shot. This can be helpful in determining how much red do you have and how much blue do you have in your actual shot. Notice here the subjects on the left side, they're showing in black on that meter because there's no color there. As you play the video, you'll be able to see the actual subjects and where those colors land on the way. Form. As you get more precise, you could use this color wheel here on the RGB curves tab. You can create these keyframes in there and you can select blue or no blue and it gives you a little more precision. It's easy to do as far as taking out colors or adding colors in right now with this particular preset, we've got a little too much blue on the sky. I could use that color wheel and I could remove some of it. All right. So I hope that gives you a basic idea of the color correction and you can use this to modify your footage.