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6.4 Introduction to Adobe Premiere

So we've prepared our time lapses in Lightroom and we've exported them as JPEGs sequences. We've put them together in After Effects, stabilized any shaky footage and maybe added some animations. The next step is to begin putting our time lapses together as a video sequence. Let's take a look at Premiere and get an idea of how it works before we start introducing our clips. I'm gonna begin by choosing New Project. I can pretty much ignore this window and overwrite my old file. This window we need to take a little more seriously. This window's asking some information about our video. Now usually I'm shooting on my DSLR, and I'm shooting in 24 frames per second, so this option in the digital SLR folder is gonna be perfect for me, so I'm gonna go ahead and click OK. Now, at the moment, our time-lapse sequences are in After Effects and we haven't exported them as video. And this is a video editor, but we're gonna explore in the next video a dynamic work flow that saves us having to make them into video files. For now, let's just take a look at the approach as if we were editing video files. You begin with the project window, and you import your footage here. So, you can go to file and choose import and then navigate to a folder in your system. You can also double click directly in the project window, and that's going to do the same thing. It's going to automatically open the finder and you can explore and find your footage. Alternatively, you can open a folder. And drag and drop any clips from your finder or explorer. Once that's done, you'll be able to access your video clips in the project window. To preview them, double-click them. They're going to open in this source window. When you're in the source window, you can hit Space bar. And that's gonna play through the clip. The source window is useful for isolating certain areas of the clips and deciding which pieces you want to keep before introducing them over here to our timeline. So I'm gonna hit I for in I'm gonna play a bit of the clip. Around about there was long enough. So I'm gonna hit O for out. Once that's done, I'm just gonna click and drag to my timeline and drop there. Let's repeat the process with another clip. Let's investigate this one. So I'm gonna review it. I can use the arrow keys to scrub frame by frame. I can hold it down. I'm gonna start just about there. Hit I. Space bar. Hit O, and drag that to my timeline. And that's about as complicated as that part of the process is. Once it's in my timeline, I might want to further fine-tune my edits, so what I would usually do is just go on instinct here, and then I would tighten the edits over here. So let's hit Space bar and preview our sequence now. Okay so that's pretty okay, but I want to tighten this area here so I'm just gonna pull this outwards so we can see more of the timeline. What I want to do is actually remove this area here. And just join these together. So I can just drag this over, and pull this one back. But there's an easier method. If I undo that. If I hold down the Ctrl key, we can use ripple edit, and what that's going to do is automatically shuffle the clip over. If I had other clips behind it it's also gonna pull those over too, so this is a very efficient way to work in here. Once we're in here we also have the Effects area, so we can add all kinds of transitions and special effects. But really the only thing you're going to look at really as maybe color correction mostly. And most of the other work we would do inside of after effects if we're going to add any kind of flashy animations and things. You'll find that there's stopwatches and things but let's just take a look at color correction. And in here we can use something like RGB curves. If I drop that on the file here, it appears that nothing's happened. But if we go over to this tab with Effect Controls. And let's just hide that. What we'll see now is. Here it says RGB curves. We can start pushing and pulling and brightening our image. The thing is I can't really see any histogram or any kind of information that is of any use. So if I can get ones of the window, here I can pull up another display, and I will use the reference monitor. By default it usually shows you the source window. Okay, by default you're going to see this window which basically shows you the same thing, but if you right click, choose Display Modes, I tend to choose RGB Parade. So I can see this. You can always rearrange your workspace once you're in here. I tend to take this fellow here, pull him over here and pop him there, so then I can see a graphic representation of the colors in the scene as well as the window itself. If I come back here, I can reset this effect. And we can say okay this is the light areas in the image, there's a bit of over-exposure where this line meets the top and that's going to be this here. But there's still some detail in the dark area so I would usually go in and just play with the curves and try to balance out my shot. Now the mids is missing some details. I'm just gonna brighten that up. And if you're familiar with curves, this is gonna be a nice, friendly way for doing this. But we've used Lightroom, and hopefully, we've processed our images, but we might need to make some corrections. This is gonna be a useful way to see the information in the clip and try to get some balance throughout our clips. So this is the process for importing and editing video within Premiere, but we've got Is a bunch of different compositions and image sequences. So we could go in and take each one, and choose composition, and choose add to render queue. And from here we can choose an export method, but this gets very complicated. And once we've done this, we've basically got a video clip with no flexibility. So, we want to explore a way to dynamically import directly from after effects. And be able to jump back and change things without having to export them over and over again. So, that's exactly what we're going to do in the next video.

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