Adobe Premiere Pro

I use Premiere Pro as my professional video editor. I’m going to use this forum as a place to keep notes which might be useful in the future.

Audio – after you edit your audio, listen to it one more time to make sure everything sounds ok and you didn’t miss anything. Otherwise, you’ll be finding mistakes in PP and having to edit it that.

Bullet Points in titles – Import from MS Word.

– Always use good quality graphics to include in your video. If you’re taking your own pictures, make sure your camera is setup to take the Best Quality pictures. Never take just one picture – take a number of shots at different angles and settings and then choose the best one later.
– Number your graphics in order of the script. Also add a short description – such as
398 – epa-logo.jpg Note if you use the same graphic in different shots, keep the same name. You don’t want to import the same graphic over and over.
– Graphics/Video are always better than text. Try to avoid using text in your video if at all possible. Ask yourself the question – what picture/video would go with the story I’m telling.
– Import graphics at full size and then change the size by Scaling. Don’t import by “Scale to Frame Size.” You want to be able to do Ken Burns effects and to do that you need a great quality picture.

Ken Burns Effects
– This is simply the zoom in/out, the panning from right to left etc.
– The trick is to setup one effect and then save it as a preset. Then the next time you want to apply the effect just drag it onto your picture.

Memory Problems
– Try and reduce and turn off as many programs as you can on startup. In the Search box type RUN and then Msconfig.
Make sure you click the button to have this run every time you reboot.
I have found that this seems to help a lot.
– I also turn off other programs after I use them like Photoshop and Word.
Sometimes they leave Services running after you exit the program, so I manually go in and turn those Services off under Task Manager. I’ve noticed that Photoshop leaves a service on even after it is Quit.
– I also delete files that I’m not using, just to free up up memory.
– Under the project box, click the top-right Down Arrow and make sure Video Usage is selected and move it up near the top. This will show you which items you are using and which are not being used.
-I’ve read in forums that part of the problem is that CS3, what I’m using now, as a 32 bit program can only use 3GB of the 8GB I have on my new computer.
– You can also try Autoruns from This is about the same as Msconfig.
– I’m still getting “Low Memory” warnings, so I changed the Virtual Memory from 8000 MB to 16000 MB.
– The final solution is to either reboot or turn the computer off and start from scratch – this is usually the best solution.

Pictures need to be the best quality you can either take or find. Bring in lights if necessary. You want the largest depth of field as possible. Hire a pro if need be to get the good quality pictures you need. A wide/long shot is preferable to a closeup. Don’t  crop the picture. For Ken Burns effects you want to be able to move the static picture and to do that you need a larger picture area. This is not a slide show, it’s a movie so the camera needs to be able to move over the area.
One problem I have is the client bringing in poor quality pictures which end up being blurry on the video. Try and use the same camera and same white balance for each picture. Also make sure things are in focus – look at the pictures afterwards to make sure tat everything is in focus – if not – re-shoot.

Project Saves – at least every page of text, save the project with a new number. Usually every new page I start, I give it a new project number.

Don’t try to wing it when it comes to recording your audio. Have a written out text with large fonts.
– Have a Storyboard/Script with two columns. One column has the script and the other column has which graphic or video goes with the script.

Time Code
I put in a time code at the bottom of the screen for editing purposes. This shows me exactly where I need to make my changes. Setup a blank title and then search for the Time Code Effect under Video Effects. Then just drag and drop it on the new title. Expand the title for the entire video.

Titles – I setup two default Title Templates for the basic type of Title Text I use. I give them a name with 01 at the beginning to make sure they are at the top. Then every new title starts with one of those two titles.

Every new line of text needs it’s own title – this is a bug in CS3 – otherwise the text doesn’t look right.

Select Track (this moves the entire
track to the right or left)or use the tool right next to the Arrow
tool – it moves everything.
A – then use the mouse to move the
entire track audio and videos.
Select Specific linked track Alt Select
* – Asterik Hit this key while the movie is playing
to set down markers.
~ key Maximizes screen
Enter key to preview video – turns red to green
Razor Cut C
Razor all layers Shift click with Razor tool
Markers – Ctrl Shift right arrow To move to next right marker
J – K – L Backwards – pause = Forwards
I – O In and Out Points
G Deltes all in and out points
V Pointer
Z Zoom
Ripple Delete many tracks Select all tracks and Shift – Del
Shift Delete Ripple Delete a section
Ctrl Delete ??
Alt-Scroll Zooms with mouse –
Ctrl K Razor key
PgDown or Up Moves to next clip beginning.
\ Shows entire project
Ctrl D Adds default Transition – Use PgDn to
move between clips
Zoom out Alt Zoom.. Z is just zoom or DblClick on
the hand
Zoom Out – Ctrl 0 Brings picture back to show on screen
from any zoom level
Tab Gets rid of Panels or brings them back
Crl key down and drag in clip to insert
it at the beginning
Ctrl down to elnghthen clip.
Arrow keys to move up and down or go
through frames 1 at a time
Alt , Move 1 frame leftAlt . Move 1 frame rightthe upper case for “,” and “.” is “<” and
“>” so it’s easy to remember.
Moving selected clips a few frames to
the left and a few frames to the right in
Flicker Notes – Don’t use the crop feature to time text
showing up – it makes the text look bad
for some unknown reason.Here’s what to do if you have a number of items which show up in a timed sequence.For titles, if you have a list which comes in one item at a time,
it seems best to make a separate title for each item. If I try to
use one title and then use key frames and crop to show each
line, I get flickering.
Change Stereo audio from video to two
Mono channels.
Note – you have to do this BEFORE
you bring it into the time line.
THIS BELOW WORKS FOR MEIn Project Window , click on the video
with the stereo video.Then “Clip” – audio Options – Source
Channel Mappings – Mono – then
choose a separate channel for each
audio source.Then when you drag it to the time line,
it appears with two audio channels.Below is for CS5– right click the video In the source bin,- modify- audio channels- change to mono- now import the video in and you will
get two mono channels.
Title – use a title to make a copy to use
for different text

Click on the “T” box – it allows
you to make a duplicate with a
different name.
Ripple Delete Sometimes it doesn’t work – I noticed this when I added an audio track below my stills – I have to get rid of my audio track to get ripple delete to work again.

Use the Razor Tool to cut the audio where you want the ripple to end and then Delete that section. You may also have to do the same if you have any background stills.

Note – these don’t work in Encore unless you ad some text or
notes in the description.Use Chapter markers instead.
Markers for
In premiere, you can add Chapter Markers with no description
and they will import into Encore just fine. You can even “Burn
to DVD – no menus and the Chapter Points will work.Easy way to do this is use Page Down to get where you want
and then Right Click and choose set Chapter Marker.Then File – Export to Encore
Scratch Disk use a different disk than main program – not C:
Setup I have been using external drives as low as 4200 RPM for more
than 5 years now with no issues other than they are slower so
the response and renders take longer.As far as that goes, currently I am editing on an Acer Aspire
One WinXP netbook and it is amazing. And yes, external drives
are part of the workflow there too.For best results I have found that putting the source footage on
the C Drive is optimum. And then render the final out to the
external. Either way, make sure the the Preview renders that
Premiere creates go to a different drive than the drive with the
source footage.

Adjust Video

Use Proc Amp Effect – if combines a lot of color effects in one.
See area w/o
Alt Scrub.
Safe Areas In Monitor window…Right Arrow key…choose Safe Areasor also There is a Safe Margins button in the lower right corner
of the Program window.
Opacity Hold down Shift key….to get more accurate readings.
Work Area This is the yellow area over the timeline
Alt Key show
Black video Click the Create Item button at the bottom of the Project
Window and choose Black Video from the Create Type menu.
Save Screen as
File – Export – FrameIf it doesn’t look good, try below.then in Photoshop – filter – video – de-interlace.Note – you can also export as .tiff 1440×960 – pictures is a little
softer and just a little bit not as blocky – usually not worth it.
-Right click on bins and import files or folders- Arrow by bin will open up a folder you imported.Then click on
the folder.- Deleting in bins doesn’t delete from folder- You can rename the bin name- You can change view of the bin by the boxes at the bottom of
the bin page.- you can change the icon of the video clip by sliding the upper
left hand player to a particular point and then clicking on the
small button at the right. It usually changes the first frame, but
this changes that.- Click on arrow at top right and choose Edit columns to show
the different columns – video usage.- expand the bin box and it will show “video usage” which shows
you if you’ve used a video clip before.- also note the fly-out arrow options -you can change the project window options
Workspace Window – workspace – save it the way you like it.
Export Batch
– click on batch window to make it active- click on right top arrow and choose “Import/Export Settings”- set up you file with file name, log comments , In, Out.- Then export your file as a txt file.- Import it into excel, move thigns around and save as an XLS
Export Quality If you export – movie – quick time QT animation- the picture
quality is much better than NTSC DV.Unfortunately the file size is 8X.
Ken Burns
It’s considered an “obsolete effect”see dummies-AP6 pg 191Add the image (still) to the video time line.Click and drag”image pan obsolete” to the area under the
picture.Click or right click on the clip and go to “effects control”and click on setup under image controlchange your rectangles to get the effect you want.
If you want to scale and use Ken burns effects.Edit-Preferences-General-Uncheck-“Default scale to frame size.”Note – if this is checked than when you zoom in, the picture is
fuzzy !
ORI used to bring them in without scaling them, but I found it was
more convenient to start with them scaled, then as I begin to
work with each one, I right click and take away the scaling.That way I see the whole pic to begin with and it is a little
easier. This is best when using different sized pics where a
quick Motion copy/paste is less convenient.
Green Screen see green screen 1 & 2 in help premiere.Name: Steven L. GotzDate: Nov 7, 2007 at 4:27:10 pmSubject: Re: Keying in PremiereKeylight is the best way. There are other ways. Have you tried
Ultra (faster but less effective). It now comes with the
Production Premium CS3.Although I’m using the CS3 versions of both Premiere and After
Effects, I don’t have the premium bundle which means I don’t
have the Dynamic Link. Fortunately, the work around is pretty
simple and I’d think would work for you w/o the CSx product.I’ll edit in Premiere w/o doing any keying but allow tracks for
background layer and a tracking layer. On the timeline, select
the edited clip that needs keying and note the duration of the
clip then simply Ctrl-C to place its info into the Copy buffer.
Open up AE and create a new comp. You can set the comps
duration to match the clip length OR just do a Ctrl-V to paste
the clip into the new comp. It’s most likely off the screen in AE’s
timeline so just select the clips layer and hit [ to bring it’s IN
point to frame 0. Hit O to go to the clips OUT point then N to
set the work areas end point. Trim the comp to match the work
area and your ready to go. AE’s comp is set up, matching your
Premiere clips IN and OUT points. You could import your BG
layer as well or simply have a good substitute. Your NOT going
to render out the final composite at this stage.Set up Keylight as needed, and save a Preset if this is typical
footage. Once your ready, all your going to do is render out the
track matte then import it into Premiere above the target clip.
Change the appropriate settings to use this new clip as a
tracking matte.Video has to be in Video 2 or more.- click on the clip.- choose clip – video options – transparencychoose Chroma Key instead of Green Screen – it has four settingSimilarityBlendThresholdCutoffthis works pretty good 23, 27,1,0, high smoothingLoser Video NotesFirst setup windows – Workspace – EffectsI used three video effects on the Green Screen video.Video Effects – Keying – 1. 8 point Garbage Matte to get rid of areas not in the greenscreen – like wood.
Titles Basic02 File – New – TitleCheck “Show Video”Click on Text icon, then click on arrow to move it around.Title Safe is the Inner BoxClick on the Eye dropper to get the exact color you want.Templates are nice looking – lower thirds – you can change the
position and font etc.Shadow Feature is nice – use all the options.Title – Position – Hor. CenterCtrl S to Save or go back to Premiere and File – SaveAlways put title in Video 2 or above not video 1.Expand video two and add key point to change the opacity.
03 Keyframes – Make a basic title and put it on video 2 over a basic video 1
screen background.- Video Filter – Distort – Transform – and drop on title.- click on the open box next to Transform to enable key framing.- open up video two to show the alpha channel, but now- click on the diamond box to show the key frames- Set height and width on each key frame – say small at the
beginning and big at the end.- add a key frame by moving to a point on the line and then
click in the key frame box.- you can move from one key frame to the next by click on the
key frame arrows.- to get rid of a key frame, navigate to it and then uncheck the
box.- Use the position marker to set each key frame.- You could also use this MASK feature to hi-light the person
instead of blurring him.- Tint video a bluish color.- take of the mosaic filter, but leave the title mask-In premiere Pro 2You need to “toggle Animation” on each effect.Click them all on when you firs startTo add a keyframe on the audio clip vol – just CTRL Click
04 face blur
– Copy video from video1 to video2- Video effects – stylize – mosaic- change density to 25- To cover just a face you need to create a mask and you can do
that in the Title function.- file new – Title — click on the ellipse and make an ellipse on the screen- the color needs to be pure white so go to the fill and make the
color 255,255,255.- Save the title as mosaic mask- drop the tile on top the other video2- select video 2- Add a Track Matte video effect – to video2- Options – Matte – Alpha Video 3
05 logo in right
cornerMotion filter
For me to get this to work, I have to put the video into Video 2
and the graphic logo into video 3I make the logo canvas size 720×540, but make the graphic to
the size I desire.Import logo into video3Hi-light the graphic…and click on Effect Controls –
Transparency – Setup Key type to alpha channelIt should now look like the logo is on the picture.Then there are two ways to get your logo to go to the cornerEither Transform filter or MotionIf you want high accuracy use the Transform filter.But in this case he’s going to use the Motion filter.- click on Logo then Motion – Setup – Center- First thing you do is Click on the beginning key frame of Time
and click Center and then click on the end of time and click
centerThis stops that motion problem.Click in the work area….to right…and move the logo down to
the area you want it to be.Now this is the end key frame…and notice the coordinates.Then click on the beginning key frame and make it the same
coordinates.OKTo make the logo small and subtle…Change the opacity so that it’s lighter.Note there’s actually a tool to move the entire line up or down.If you hold down the shift key, you can change the opacity with
more control.And you can also use ADJUST….COOR BALANCE AND
LIGHTNESS etc using filters to change the logo colors and
make it almost invisible.Note- I could do this with my Butterfly Gardening video.

He also talks about import 3 d moving graphics….Ulead 3D

06 Pic in
Picture with
circle gradientNICE-You can keep it
stationary or
make it move.
– Put video on vid2, and circle gradient on video 1.- click on video 2 and Transparency and click on Track Matte.- to get the video to move and or reduce size, click on Vid2 and
then Motion.- click on the small red two lines to stop the motion.- click on the start point and move the start are where you like
it. Then click on the end point and move it to where you like it.IMPORTANT – SAVE – this motion as a file.- you can also reduce the size of the picture to 50% or less- you can then go to the track matte and apply the same motion
to the matte.To get rid of the black box, click on the circle motion and make
the fill color pure black.SPIN – to spin the circle, set first key frame at -800% and last
key frame to zero.Note———–Video hasMotion – white fill color and Transparency – Track MatteGradient Circle has Transparency – alpha channel andMotion – black fill color
07 Motion Trail Put your video in Vid2Effect – Time – EchoNumber = 7 , Echo Ope = Maximum,This makes the whole picture fuzzy.To create just a certain area, make a new title.File, New, Title.Create a shape of the area and make it 100% BLACK. SaveDrag the new title above your video and then go to
Transparency of that Title and click on Track Matte.This only allows the matte are to show, so you need to copy the
video to Vid1 ,but delete the Echo Effect.
08 Title – Show
and animate
Vid1 is backgroundVid2 is same background but colorized.Vid3 is your title.Apply a Track Matte Key to Vid2 and the matte is the title
above italso set matte alpha.You can do the same thing without vid 1, but it adds some
09 Create Mist Create Black video on Track 2File – New black video – drag to track 2.Video effects – Quicktime – drag it to your clip.Then Generators – Cloud and change the background to Black.He renders out the cloud to a avi fileFile – Export Timeline movie – Settings – work area – mist.avi –
okNow delete the black video on track2 and add in the mist.avi
file.Right click speed – 30%It then changes the duration – so you can then reduce the time
to what you want.Transparenty Setup Screen matteTransform filter onto mist cloud (Distort-transform)Change width to 200%Position – click position and drag it down toward the ground.Also add the blur – Fast blur – 5 to make it more realistic.Change the opacity down also.
Audio Mapping See book page 236 and 237 – allows you to import a stereo file as
two separate mono files. This would be good when you are
recording audio from two sources.In Project Window , click on the video with the stereo video.Then Clip – audio Options – Source Channel Mappings – Mono –
then choose a separate channel for each audio source.Then when you drag it to the time line, it appears with two
audio channels.
Ripple Delete I had trouble doing this once and it was because I had an audio
track at the bottom. Once I got rid of it, I could do it fine.
Ripple Delete You can also do this on the time line.Select the ripple Delete Tool and then click and drag the end of
the clip to change it’s length. Other clips will move next to it to
fill the gap.If you use Alt-drag – you can affect only the video or audio
portion of a linked clip.To keep other tracks in place, LOCK the tracks then do Ripple
Delete. Lock is over on the left by the EYE.
Ripple Insert If your want everything to move to the right, like if you wanted
to add one second of audio or video, get a 1 second video/audio –
I like to use the “BARS AND TONE” file – New – Bars&Tone.Then edit it down to 1 second and then on the SOURCE page,
choose the INSERT button. This will break everything at that
point and move everything for once second. If that doesn’t work
useCTRL plus drag the SOURCE.To Prevent tracks from moving, LOCK the track (by the EYE)To insert into a specific track, use CTRL ALT plus dragWhen you do the above, the Right facing triangles will show you
which tracks will be adjusted.
Fix Bad Tape
Pixels in a
On one tape, even though I had a perfect capture, I had some
pixels which were like this.


To fix it I had to

– Export the Frame, Ctrl Shift F

– Click on the file and then “Edit the Original” Ctrl E

– I then used the healing brush to fix the bad spot

Saved it again and put it above my bad Frame in Premiere.

– note I changed the default time to 1 frame.

Insert Video Mark you Beginning and End Points.Then use CTRL and drag the video to the time line.If you don’t use CTRL it will do an Overlay.Note – you also have 3 options – video, video and audio or just
audio. This saves the step of Unlinking if you have to do that.
Copy video and
If you want to copy part of a background and insert it, do a click
and drag to click your background video then copy. Then choose
the background video laver and Ctrl V or insert.Nothing else moves.
Delete a Video
If you want to delete a section of the video in the middle and
ripple edit doesn’t work try this.1. Lock the tracks which you don’t want to be affected.2. Select the beginning and end points of the area I want to
delete and use the EXTRACT icon – everything shifted down in
correct position.
Green Screen I have:1 – 500 watt light on each side of the green screen.1 – high 100 watt bulb on right side pointing down at screen1- diffused main key light for speaker.1- 75 watt backlight down low and pointing up.1- I do have a reflector but don’t think it help much.Note GS effect seems to be better than chroma key.Don’t use smo0thing.Settings of 30% and 30% seem best
Add Preset
Effect to entire
If you have your audio or video and it’s broken up into smaller
segments on a line, an easy way to add an effect to every piece
in the line is to click an drag and select all of the different
elements and then apply the effect to all of them.
Export Frame File Export Frame
Export settings Recompress – Maintain Data Rate – this is the setting you want.
Key Frames #2 Premeier Pro 2Windows Effects Control -if the key frames don’t show up, there’s a >> which you can click
up near the top to show them.If that doesn’t work, change the view to Tom2 and then you can
see the key frames areas – I don’t know why this works.
Track mattes
applied to
Backgroundsfound on
Digital Juice
Oct 2006
Going to the MatteHow to Apply ETK Mattes in Premiere, FCP & VegasThe mattes and transitional wipes in Digital Juice’s Editor’s
Toolkits are simply black and white gradient elements that are
used to define transparency in composited video. These
elements don’t have built-in alpha channel transparency like
ETKs overlays, lower thirds and transitions, so they’re a little
more difficult to use. The way you apply an ETK matte is
slightly different depending on what editing app you use. Here’s
how it’s done in three of the most popular editing applications.IN ADOBE PREMIEREStep 1 – Arrange your clips on the timeline.Video 1 – Place a video clip on Video 1,Video 2 – a Jump Back animation on Video 2 andVideo 3 – an ETK matte on Video 3.Step 2 – Add a Track Matte Key to the clip on Video 2.Toggle to the Effects tab in the Project window, then select
Video Effects and expand the Keying effects.Find a Track Matte Key and drag it to the Jump Backs
animation on Video 2.Step 3 – Set Up the Key. Select the animation on Video 2 and
open the Effect Controls window for the clip, select the Track
Matte Key. Set the Matte to Video 3, and set the Composite
Using mode to Matte Luma.
2 Audio Tracks If you record 2 audio tracks onto you DV footage,In the project window, select the video, then in the Clip menu,
select Audio Options, then Breakout to Mono.This should give you your two tracks of audio.
Audio- Stereo
to 2 monos
Does anyone know how to remove a stereo audio track to leave
one remaining?- select the clip in the Project window and choose Clip>Audio
Options>Breakout to Mono…use just the channel you want.
Audio Effects Multiband Compressor is nice for getting good sounds.
Accuracy of
audio on time
If you need accuracy, then frame by frame is not good enough.
From the Program Monitor – “right arrow key”, click on it and
choose use “Audio Units” and you can move less than one frame.This changes the time line to audio units and it can get very
Transitions An easy way to add transitions is to use the graphic in the
Program Monitor (go to next edit point) just to the right of “Step
Forward Right”. or just hit Page DownAnd then hit Control D – it adds the default transition.
Single Sided
Hold down Ctrl Key while draggind in a transition.
File Import
from Photoshop
You can Import PSD files from Photoshop.You can either Merge the file or just bring in certain layers.
Gradient File – New – Title – Then use the Rectangle tool to create a
rectangle for the entire area and then choose your colors.You can also make a circle etc.
Moving a
Graphic or
A simple way to move a graphic into the picture is to use the
Video Transition – Slide – PushYou can also do the same thing with a Title – just use the same
transition at the beginning and end of the title.
Titles Try using Video Trasitions – Slide – SlidingBox Effect and Sliding Bands on the Title – Very Nice.
You can also lengthen or reduce in time the transition by
dragging their edges.
Overlay to JB
Video 1 – Movie you want to displayVideo 2 – Jumback backgroundVideo 3 – OverlayOpen the Effects Palette, expand the Keying bin and apply the
Track Matte Key to your background clip.- Video2In the Effect Controls Palette, expand the Track Matte Key
effect. From the Matte drop down menu select Video 3, and from
the Composite Using: drop down menu select Matte Alpha
Merge two JBS Video 1 – Put a JBVideo 2 – Put a different JBAdd a Luma Key to JB Video2 – play with settings
Merge 2 Jbs –
You can do this with the Opacity filter.Reduce the Opacity of the filter on top
Crop Video You can crop your video in Premiere usingVideo effects – Transform-Cropnote you can also use the 8 point garbage Matte.The 4 point matte – doesn’t seem to work.
Audio EffectsFill Left You can change one track mono to stereo by simply using the
Audio Effect – Fill Left – then do a File export audio.
Window Workspace – Color CorrectionVideo effects – color correction – Fast color correctorPus center circle in the opposite direction of the clor you’re
trying to remove.
Correction 2
I normally always try to adjust Highlights, then Shadows, and
finally Midtones (in that order). Also, Adobe has an awesome
filter in Premiere Pro 2.0 that is called ‘Color Match’, which
does wonders for matching one camera’s color with the other.Also, when you do your color correction is important. If you’re
blending two cameras, do the color match before you start
cutting, so that if you do go and do a multicam clip (or 2-line
edit) you don’t have to go back correcting on your edits
individually later.
movie –
unknown error
This problem turned out to be a bad BMP file which adobe had
captured.I found this by videoing the render process and noting where on
the video the error occurred.It can also be caused by “AutoSave” – turn that feature off.It can also be cause because QT animation will only save 4 GB
Reflection Put a TITLE line on two different layers.On the video below the top, do -Transform – Vertical Flip and change Opacity to 30% or so.Move it around until it looks good.
Slow Motion right click the video file on the timeline and choose
Speed/duration and change it to what you want. You can also
check to keep the Audio Pitch – that’s good.
Freeze Framestop frame Razor the clip where you want the freeze frame. The right-click
on the right clip and choose hold on in point. Then razor clip
again where you want to start it again – See page 159 for more
Move track 1
Alt + right or left arrow key.To move 5 frames use Alt+Shift+ Arrow key.
Circle You can make just a circle show easily byVideo Effects – Render Circle – choose Blending Mode – Stencil
Ellipse Same as above but it doesn’t have the Alpha channel effect.
Audio Volume Add Stereo Dynamics filter onto audio file.Use compressor and add Makeup to raise low voices.See example in video help – premiere help text.
Click on video you want to change.Then right- click on the Opacity word in the file and change it
to Time RemappingControl click at the point you want beginning to set a keyframe.Then you can drag the yellow bar up or down to change the
Apply Effect to
multiple files
1. Apply the Effect on one file/clip.2. Under Effect Controls – choose that effect and do a Ctrl-C.3. Click and drag to choose all the files/clips you want to work
on and then just Ctrl-V.
Make your own
Video Effects
Create your own video effects and then right click and Save it
as a Preset.I created Ken Burns Zoom In, Out Pan right and left and put
them all in presets.
Feather the
Try the Edge Feather effect.
Reverse Video



Copy between
You can copy and paste areas of one project and move them to
another project.
Titles Another easy way to make titles is to use Adobe Photoshop.Each new layer becomes
DVD File – Export – Encore
DVD Menus When you create a new DVD menu from a template, if you close
the DVD menu window, in the EFFECTS panel it allows you to
change the background pictures, then by changing the template
it also changes the text.Windows – DVD layout.
DVD Settings
to get 1 ½
hours onto
Premiere Pro using a 2 pass VBR using a target of about 6 with
a max of 8 and a minimum of 4.
Apply Effects
to a number of
If you loop or copy a number of clips, you could set them as a
separate sequence, then drag the sequence into your project and
apply effects to the entire new sequence.OrRight click on the clip that has the effects you want and choose –
copy. Then choose the layer you want to aply the effects to and
right click and choose – PASTE ATTRIBUTESYou can also choose multiple layers and do the same thing to all
of them at the same time.
Audio DVD
When you do the above you can also have a background audio
you choose.
Add default
To add a number of jpgs with defaults transitions, select them
and then use the “Automate to Sequence” button – just above
History. It then adds all the jpgs with a default transition
between all jpgs. – see page 147 in Premiere book.You can also set up a specific order by using the ICON button
right next to it.
If you get some video which seems to flicker or have artifacts,
right click on the video and use – Field Options -Interlace Consecutive Frames – this seems to help.For titles, if you have a list which comes in one item at a time,
it seems best to make a separate title for each item. If I try to
use one title and then use key frames and crop to show each
line, I get flickering.I can use crop, but I have to use anti-flicker with key frames.
Full Screen
You can create more full screen wipes out of almost anything.Stack several together on the timeline and have them all merge
to cover the entire screen at one point. You can use lower thirds,
MDE’s (increase in size and dissolve out as it covers the entire
screen, Revealers,
If you get low memory or out of memory messages, tryEdit- Preferences- Render Optimization to Memory.
Render Try using Targa Sequence as the file format.File-Export-Movie-Settings-General – Choose TargaTarga is a just a series of pictures.Then reimport that movie again and render it as a QT movie.Note – Chad Perkins uses this 90% of the time.
Unused files
I have a lot of files in my project window that are not used in
my timeline and are not needed.Is there a way I can delete all
files that are not associated with timeline clips?If they are not there already, add “Video Usage” and “Audio
usage” to the columns in the Project window. Sort that column
by clicking on the name header, select the first blank usage clip
and then shift click the last one and press the delete key.Project > Remove Unused
Targa files Once you render your Targa files, you need to import them back
into a project and then render a a DV file.Import – Choose your first file and then at the bottom check –
NUMBERED STILLS. – this is important, otherwise it won’t
work right.
USE PSD’s You can use Juice Drops PSDs and import them as layers.You can then use each layer and move it to create a motion
effect out of still pictures.
NEST You can select multiple layers – right click and choose NEST –
this will put all those layers together on one layer.
YouTube Youtube HD requires 1280x720I have gotten great 1280×720 results at 3 mbps CBR. And I
have up-ressed widescreen DV within the Media encoder itself
to 1280×720. Audio 128 k, even 96 for a talking head with some
music intro only. Again, to keep the upload down. Youtube
re-encodes eveything again anyway.I like to keep everything in Premiere because it elminates the
quality loss and additional steps required to add something like
Squeeze into the mix. Plus I dont want to spend the money. On
the other hand, I have had 15 layer projects that took too long
to ensode, and exported them first as DV avi files, and then
created a new project to encode to h264
YouTube Try Adobe Premiere – Export – Adobe Media Encoder- H.264 – PreSets – YouTube 480x360A 2min file is 11 meg.
Keyframes To show keyframes for editing under Effects controlsWindows – Workspace – Editing
Titles To get all title controls workingWorkspace –
Pen Tool You can use the pen tool to select a range of key frames and
delete them.
Time code
Adds time code to a clip.Add a blank title and add time code effect to that.
Clip Notes –
CLIP NOTESSequence – Export for clip NotesWith a couple of clicks to define options, you can embeda Windows Media or QuickTime version of your sequence into a
PDF file that your client can read with the free Adobe Reader
application.Using the same Adobe Reader,the client can watch the movie, stopwhen they want to, and add timecodespecific comments. Whenthey’re finished, they hit Exportbutton in the Clip Notes window.This saves the file to their disk,they can then email you the fileYou then -Sequence – Import clip notes commentsYoull see the comments imported as timecodespecific markers. As you view themarkers, youll the comments inside, and you can make the changes youneed to make, exactly where they need to be.Note 1 minute of medium quality video is 2 MB. In Mov format
Sequence files Don’t delete these files.They are the actual sequence of files which go into making your
project.You can rename the sequence file and you can also make a
different sequence – like Sequence 02 and then also dray
sequence 01 into sequence 02 – possibly to do some testing!
Save a Project
with all files
Pg 455 in book – managementProject – Project ManagerCollect files and copy to new locationExclude unused files
Break one long
movies into
many shorter
Use the Project Manager instead. Drop your long clip in a
sequence, chunk it up with the Razor tool or the split clip
keyboard shortcut. When done, open up the project manager,
and use the “Create Trimmed Project” option. Set the handles to
“0”, and if you’ve named your split clips, you could use the
“Rename Media Files to Match Clip Names” option. Specify
your output folder, and run the process. When done, you’ll have
as many separate clips as you had edits, and they’ll already be
named (assuming you named the clips as above). This will be
many orders of magnitude faster than the export movie dance.
around box
Presets – Bevel Edges
MultiCameraEditing See my file below
Copying Effects If you have a number of effects which you like on one clip.You can select then all and then do a Copy and Paste them into
another clip.
Presets If you have an effect you like, you can right click it and set it as
one of your Presets.
Preset – Key
Frame and
Ease Ou
You can make a Motion Preset which will help to speedup
things.Make key frames at the beginning of the clip and then change
then both to Ease Out. – Save it as a Preset.You can then apply the Preset to the beginning of a clip.Make your adjustment to it, then go to the endo f the clip, make
your Motion adjustment and it adds another key frame with
Ease In automatically.
Zebra patterns If you’re seeing zebra patterns you’re losing color information.Chris says there should just be a few highlights.
Green Screen
& Alpha
If you use a Green Screen key on some video and you want to
keep the old “green” area transparent, you need to save it in
Quicktime format.File Export – Settings Quicktime – 100% qualitySave as Millions+ of colorsand Animation.Note this seems to have a 4 GB limit.That means I can only save about 100 seconds of material at a
time.I tried PNG compression which seems to work, but the color is
Export part of
Change the Work Area Bar to the area you want to export and
then Export – Work Area.Keyboard short cut is Alt plus the left or right bracket[] will set
the beginning or end of the bar to your CTI position.
QT EXPORT The Compressor Planar RGBis the largest files, but gives me
the most accurate color.Note – it only worked 50% of the time – I had “unknown error”
messages when using it sometimes.I changed to Sorenson3 and it worked fine.The other compressors gave me brighter video than the original.
QT ExportCompressor
32.5 MB = h.264 (brighter than normal)45 = Sorensen Video 3 (brighter than normal)
encoding to
Adobe media encoder doesn’t allow for “Fast Start” of .mov files.
I’ve only found QT Pro to have that feature.It’s essential when viewing 80mb movies on the web.I had this problem and could find no way from Adobe media
encoder to get a qt movie that would fast start – when on the
webserver they always needed to have the whole thing
downloaded before starting to play.
Dancing with
Stars Effect
It only takes about 10 frames.You only use Effects Levels and Fast Blur.Fast Blur you set at 0-50-0 (middle number is at frame 5.)Levels you only change RGB WhiteSet it at 255-0-255 (middle number is frame 5)
Key Frames
When you’re working in thekey frames panel, sometimes it’s
hard to see the key frames since they seem to be on top of each
other. There’s a bar across the top which allows you to zoom in
or out on the key frames area.
Screen as from
Camera Screen
Create the REC, cross hair and the brackets in a TITLE. In
another Title, create the RED button so you can edit it to blink
independent of the crosshair and brackets. Then use the
timecode effect on your video layer.
SubClip In source monitor, mark the in and out points, then right click
and choose make subclip or you can just drag it over to the Bin
with all the files.
Grey 90% of
Put your video clip in V1 and a duplicate copy in V2 over the
clip in V1. desaturate the clip in V1 to make it gray scale. Apply
a 8 point garbage matte to the clip in V2 and toggle animation
on for each point. Use the matte to outline your flower,
changing the location of its points over time.
Adobe Audition
Workaround: Premiere Pro CS3 &Cristian Rodrigues – 04:31am Jun 23, 2008 PacificI’m not sure if this was already posted, but I discovered a little
workaround to use both apps, in a similar way that Premiere
Pro 2 and Adobe Audition 2 work together. Just make sure you
have soundbooth installed too, and do these steps:Adobe Bridge:-Open Adobe Bridge-Click in Edit > Preferences (or Press “Ctrl + K”)-Click in File Type Associations, and select the audio files like
.wav, .mp3 or the format you’ll edit in AA3, click in the down
arrow and then Browse-Point to the Audition.exe file in the folder C:\Program
Files\Adobe\Adobe Audition 3.0\-Click OK and close BridgeNow open the Premiere Pro CS3:-Right click the audio track / piece you want to edit, select Edit
in Adobe Soundbooth > Render and Replace-It will render a temp file and open Soundbooth, you can close it
now and come back to Premiere Pro CS3-In the left window, where the audio and video files are placed
in Premiere, right click in the new audio file that was rendered
and Click Reveal in Bridge. It will open the Adobe Bridge
window now.-Right click in the file (in the Bridge window) and select Open
with > Adobe Audition 3.0 (default).-Be happy and edit the track in Adobe Audition now! When you
save the file and come back to Premiere pro, it will re-render
automatically and you wont touch your original source audio
V Pointer
Z Zoom
Alt-Scroll Zooms with mouse –
Ctrl K Razor key
PgDown or Up Moves to next clip beginning.
\ Shows entire project
Ctrl D Adds default Transition – note you need to click the track on the
left – not the individual jpgs or video.
Cut Off Dead
time before the
video starts
One way to do this is just change the area to compile from the
“sequence” to the “work area.”

16 X 9 Hi Def.

I have been following the 16X9 question.

I have been hired to produce a video that will play back on a large wide

flat screen.

I am shooting this project on a Sony PD-150 in SD.

In the past a few times I have added black bands top and bottom for

letterbox. I have been shooting some tests in the 16X9 mode on the camera.

It gives a true 16X9 picture.

I am editing on (don.t laugh you young kids) Premier 6.5. It works for me,

helping me win 30 Emmy awards and posting a number of national commercials.

So, I just capture the image as normal, but when I edit and look at the

image on my output normal video monitor in 4X3, it gives an egg shape to

round objects but fills the screen from top to bottom. Which means that it

squishes the horizontal image the proper amount. When output to a DVD and

played back on a wide screen TV, it fits top to bottom and side to side in

the 16X9 format.

Ok, so far. No problems. Well I wanted to cut in some normal 4X3 stock

footage, but when I do, it is stretched out. Well, I pulled down a Conopus

Picture in Picture effect, with black on the video 1 track and my old

footage on the video 2 track. Basically, and you can do this with a little

testing, all I did was blow up the old footage a little bit and crop top and

bottom some with the aspect ratio disabled. Then pull in the sides and you

are left with an image where it is full frame (in 4X3) but if you have a

shot of a round clock, it is egg shaped. Either dub it off to digital tape

and re capture or just leave it in the time line and it cuts together with

the 16X9 just fine. If headroom is a problem with the “letterbox” crop,

just set the top of the frame at the top and take twice as much from the

bottom. Bingo, it is simple, and works great.


Or get the RedGiant Software’s InstantHD which is for up-resizing but

it can be used as well to adjust a 4×3 to 16×9. I’ve used both for my entire

feature of 95 minutes of 4×3 converting into 16×9 (I shot it with letterbox

format in mind) and it is accepted for distribution without problem.

HD to SD

Multi Camera Editing.

1. Make 6 Sequences – one for each of the 4 videos

One for the Synced sequences &

one final video call it – MultiCam Sequence.

2. Drag each video into their appropriate sequence.

Video 1 goes to Sequence 1. Video track 1

Video 2 goes to Sequence2 Video Track 1 etc.

note they all go onto video tracks 1.

3. On each video track – Right click and choose and obvious sync point either audio or
visual. Set sequence marker unnumbered

4. Now go to the Synced Sequence

Drag Sequence 1 to video track1

Sequence 2 goes to video track 2 etc.

5. Now sync up the each video to the sequence markers.

6. Now drag the “Synced sequence” from the project area to

video 1 of the Multicam Sequence.

7. On the new track – right click and choose Multicamera enable.

This creates a multicamera sequence area.

8. In the mulitcamera Sequence area, click on the upper right arrow and choose –
Multicamera monitor.

This opens up the multicamera monitor.

9. You then hit the Red record button and choose which clip you want to record.

You can change which clip is recorded by just clicking on the appropriate clip.

You can also use the number 1,2,3,4, to indicate which clip you want.

10. If you need to edit the clips, play back the clip and look for areas that might need

11. When you find a place which needs changing of camera angles.

Hit Ctrl K which adds a Razor cut at that point.

12. Right click on the portion you want to change and choose

Multicamera – Camera 1,2,3 or 4. It then changes the clip to that clip. 

13. Note – Only one layer of audio is layed down when you do this process – Audio1.

So make sure your good audio is in audio 1.

When you change the clip number, it also changes the audio number.

To change it back to Audio 1, Delselect the clip and then Alt Select the particular audio

track and right click and choose Camera 1 again and the audio will change back to

14. You can also use a Roll Edit “N” to change the outpoint of one clip and the in point
of another clip. It’s an easy way to make changes.

Note – I’m still not sure where the best place is to add Green Screen Effect.

Ripple Delete including Encore Chapter Markers

I’m trying to do a ripple delete of about 25 seconds of video at the start of the time
line……the remainder of the time line has 10 Encore chapter markers in there correct
places……when I perform the delete the video moves over correctly but the chapter
markers stay in there original places and do not follow the 25 second jump.


Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Chapter markers (and sequence markers, for
that matter) are locked to a specific time code in the sequence. You’ll have to change
the chapters markers manually, which should only take you a minute or two:

1) Ripple delete the footage you want to remove from the head of the sequence,
making note of the duration of the removed piece.

2) Right-click on the time ruler on your timeline, and find the option to jump to the next
Encore chapter marker. You can also customize your keyboard settings to map the
“next” and “previous” commands to your keyboard, which will make this process even
faster. In any event, the CTI (current time indicator) will jump to the next chapter marker
in the timeline.

3) Making sure that you have no clips selected in the timeline (press Ctrl + Shift + A to
de-select all), use your numerical keypad to type a minus sign (“-“) and then the
duration that you noted up above. When you press enter, the CTI will jump back that
amount of time.

4) Using your mouse cursor, select the chapter marker where you were just positioned
and drag it back to the CTI. It should snap into place. Repeat this process to move the
remaining marks, which should not take too long as you only have a few marks.

Put your chapter markers in *only* after you have finished your edits.

As you edit, add clip markers to indicate where you and/or the client want the chapter
markers to be.

Then, as you move the clips around in the sequence, the clip markers move with them.

When the client (or you) have approved the final edit, then hop nimbly from clip marker
to clip marker using the Shift+Ctrl+Arrow keyboard shortcut and add an Encore chapter
marker at each clip marker.


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