Premiere Pro Tutorials

There are a multitude of tutorials available for Premiere Pro on the web. One quick recommendation would the those created by the Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley.

They are quick and easy to understand. Some of the most crucial ones are found below. While they are for Premiere CS6, they work for Premiere CC.

Creating a new project

Understanding your workspace

Copying camera filesImporting

Editing clips with In and Out points

PR How to use editing tools in the Source Monitor

PR How to trim clips in the Timeline panel

PR How to edit in the Program Monitor

PR How to trim clips in the Timeline panel

PR How to create TV news-style edits

PR How to apply and adjust video effects

Working with multiple tracks

Titles and text

Adding Titles (New and improved)

Video in Text Shape Effect

Cool Video Effects for Free

Working with Adobe Audition

Audition is just one of the powerful tools in Adobe’s new suite of production tools.  While learning new tools sometimes seems daunting, the transition to Audition from other audio editors is not terribly difficult. Continue reading

Setting Scratch Disks in FCP

Whenever you encounter problems or have questions in Final Cut Pro it is always a good idea to search the help files first.  They generally are well written and provide much of the necessary help immediately.  Such is the case with setting the scratch disks either when FCP is first opened, if they are “misplaced”, or if you want to specify a destination such as an external firewire drive for your project content. Continue reading

FCP to WordPress

OK.  You’ve created a video in Final Cut Pro.  You want to put it in your blog.  What now?

Once again find that calm place in your mind. It isn’t that tough.

Now what do I do?

In Final Cut Pro, click in your timeline.   (Make sure you don’t select a specific element.)

Go to File>Export>QuickTime movie.

Name your movie and export it to your desktop so you can find it easily.

When it finishes, double click on it to open it using QuickTime Player.  Play it to make sure everything is OK.

While you are still in QuickTime Player Select File>Save for Web.  Name the file and save to your Desktop.  Check the box Computer H.264, 5 Mbit/s maximum data rate.

Uncheck the other boxes.   Select Save.

When that is completed, find the folder created on your desktop.  Right click on the video file inside the folder that says computer m4v.  Right click and open it using QuickTime Player.  View it and make sure everything is working.

When you are satisfied, upload the file to either YouTube or Vimeo.

Open the video, copy the URL.

In your WordPress account simply paste the URL of the video into the Post Edit screen.  When previewed or published, WordPress will automatically embed the video.

For more help with WordPress check out this Ultimate Guide from Make Use Of.  Provided via Creative Commons “share alike” license.

Put the Big Rocks in First

Managing your workflow in a pressure packed digital environment doesn’t have to be as difficult as herding cats in a windstorm. Most problems occur due to a lack of planning, failure to understand the process and keeping an eye on the “end game.”

Here are some very basic steps that work and can make the difference between meeting and failing to meet a deadline. Continue reading