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Adobe® Premiere® Pro CS4 Classroom in a Book®

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The fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe Premiere Pro CS4

Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 Classroom in a Book contains 21 lessons. The book covers the basics of learning Adobe Premiere Pro and provides countless tips and techniques to help you become more productive with the program. You can follow the book from start to finish or choose only those lessons that interest you.

Learn to work with audio, create transitions, add effects, and produce titles, and then take it to the next level by creating efficiency in your editing projects and utilizing tools such as Adobe Dynamic Link, OnLocation™ CS4, and Encore® CS4. Learn to use the new Speech Search technology for speech transcription projects and how to work with the latest tapeless media in Premiere Pro. Best of all, the accompanying DVD-ROM includes footage and audio clips that you can practice with.

“The Classroom in a Book series is by far the best training material on the market. Everything you need to master the software is included: clear explanations of each lesson, step-by-step instructions, and the project files for the students.” —Barbara Binder, Adobe Certified Instructor, Rocky Mountain Training

Classroom in a Book®, the best-selling series of hands-on software training workbooks, helps you learn the features of Adobe software quickly and easily. Classroom in a Book offers what no other book or training program does—an official training series from Adobe Systems Incorporated, developed with the support of Adobe product experts.


Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. What’s on the Disc
    1. Lesson files ... and so much more
  3. Getting Started
    1. About Classroom in a Book
    2. Prerequisites
    3. Installing Adobe Premiere Pro CS4
    4. Optimizing performance
    5. Copying the lesson files
    6. How to use these lessons
    7. Additional resources
    8. Adobe certification
    9. Checking for Updates
  4. 1. Touring Adobe Premiere Pro CS4
    1. Introducing Adobe Premiere Pro CS4
    2. New Features in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4
      1. Effects
      2. Audio
      3. Sequence editing
      4. Managing assets
      5. Project and sequences
    3. Nonlinear editing in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4
    4. Presenting the standard digital video workflow
    5. Enhancing the workflow with high-level features
    6. Incorporating other Creative Suite components into the editing workflow
      1. Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium workflow
    7. Touring the Adobe Premiere Pro workspace
      1. The workspace layout
    8. Customizing the workspace
    9. Review questions
    10. Review answers
  5. 2. Exploring Adobe OnLocation CS4
    1. Getting started
    2. Setting up Adobe OnLocation
    3. Calibrating your camera with SureShot
      1. Setting up your frame
      2. Setting your focus
      3. Setting your iris/exposure
      4. Setting your white balance
    4. Recording live video
    5. Recording video to a shot list
    6. Analyzing video with Adobe OnLocation
      1. Waveform Monitor
      2. Vectorscope
    7. Analyzing audio with Adobe OnLocation
    8. Review questions
    9. Review answers
  6. 3. Shooting and Capturing Great Video Assets
    1. Getting started
    2. Tips for shooting great video
      1. Get a closing shot
      2. Get an establishing shot
      3. Shoot plenty of video
      4. Adhere to the rule of thirds
      5. Keep your shots steady
      6. Follow the action
      7. Use trucking shots
      8. Find unusual angles
      9. Lean forward or backward
      10. Get wide and tight shots
      11. Shoot matched action
      12. Get sequences
      13. Avoid fast pans and snap zooms
      14. Shoot cutaways
      15. Use lights
      16. Grab good sound bites
      17. Get plenty of natural sound
      18. Plan your shoot
    3. Capturing video
      1. Three DV-capturing scenarios
    4. Capturing an entire tape
    5. Using batch capture and scene detection
      1. Use a clip-naming convention
      2. Use scene detection
    6. Tackling manual analog movie capture
    7. Capturing HDV and HD video
    8. Review questions
    9. Review answers
  7. 4. Selecting Settings, Adjusting Preferences, and Managing Assets
    1. Getting started
    2. Selecting project settings by sequence
    3. Three types of settings
    4. Project settings
      1. General tab
      2. Scratch Disks tab
      3. Sequence settings
      4. Adjusting user preferences
        1. Preferences categories
    5. Importing assets
    6. Taking a closer look at images
      1. Image tips
    7. Managing media in the bins
    8. Exploring additional bin features
      1. Having multiple bins open at once
      2. Finding assets
    9. Finding assets with the Media Browser
    10. Review questions
    11. Review answers
  8. 5. Importing Tapeless Media
    1. Getting started
    2. Using a tapeless workflow
      1. Panasonic P2
      2. Sony XDCAM
      3. AVCHD
    3. Using Media Browser
    4. Importing P2 and XDCAM media
      1. P2 folder structure
      2. XDCAM and AVCHD media
    5. Mixing media formats
    6. Review questions
    7. Review answers
  9. 6. Creating Cuts-Only Videos
    1. Getting started
    2. Using a storyboard to build a rough cut
      1. Arranging your storyboard
      2. Automating your storyboard to a sequence
    3. Editing clips on the Timeline
      1. Trimming a clip
      2. Closing the gaps using Ripple Delete
      3. Using the Ripple Edit tool
    4. Moving clips to, from, and within the Timeline
      1. Adding and moving clips on the Timeline
    5. Working with Source Monitor editing tools
    6. Adjusting clips in the Trim panel
    7. Using other editing tools
    8. Review questions
    9. Review answers
  10. 7. Adding Video Transitions
    1. Getting started
    2. Using transitions with restraint
      1. Adding whimsy
      2. Adding visual interest
    3. Trying some transitions
      1. Sequence display changes
    4. Changing parameters in the Effect Controls panel
    5. Using A/B mode to fine-tune a transition
      1. Working with the Effect Controls panel’s A/B feature
      2. Dealing with inadequate (or no) head or tail handles
    6. Applying transitions to multiple clips at once
    7. Adding audio transitions
    8. Review questions
    9. Review answers
  11. 8. Creating Dynamic Titles
    1. Getting started
    2. Strengthening your project with titles
    3. Changing text parameters
    4. Building text from scratch
    5. Putting text on a path
    6. Creating shapes
      1. Aligning shapes
    7. Making text roll and crawl
    8. Adding text effects: sheens, strokes, shadows, and fills
      1. Experiment with effects
    9. Review questions
    10. Review answers
  12. 9. Applying Specialized Editing Tools
    1. Getting started
    2. Exploring the timesaving editing tools
      1. Making rolling, slide, and slip edits
      2. Using the Program Monitor’s Lift and Extract buttons
    3. Replacing a clip and replacing footage
      1. Using the Replace Clip feature
      2. Using the Replace Footage feature
    4. Using Sync Lock and Lock Track
      1. Using Sync Lock
      2. Using Lock Track
    5. Editing with In and Out points around a clip
    6. Creating subclips from the Source Monitor
    7. Multicamera editing
      1. Creating the initial multicamera sequence
      2. Switching multiple cameras
      3. Finalizing multicamera editing
      4. Changing an edit in the Timeline
      5. Multicam tips
    8. Review questions
    9. Review answers
  13. 10. Adding Video Effects
    1. Getting started
    2. Sampling some basic video effects
    3. Applying effects to multiple clips
    4. Adding keyframing effects
      1. Extra credit: combining effects
    5. Adding keyframe interpolation and velocity
      1. One additional velocity/interpolation issue
    6. Adding lighting effects
    7. Creating custom presets
    8. Review questions
    9. Review answers
  14. 11. Putting Clips in Motion
    1. Getting started
    2. Applying the Motion effect to clips
      1. Examining motion characteristics
    3. Changing clip size and adding rotation
      1. Adding rotation and changing the anchor point
    4. Working with keyframe interpolation
    5. Creating pictures-in-picture
    6. Enhancing motion with shadows and beveled edges
      1. Adding a drop shadow
    7. Using other motion effects: Transform and Basic 3D
      1. Get a glint with Basic 3D
    8. Review questions
    9. Review answers
  15. 12. Changing Time
    1. Getting started
    2. Using slow-motion and reverse-motion techniques
      1. Speeding up a clip
      2. Changing speed with the Rate Stretch tool
    3. Enabling variable time change with time remapping
    4. Applying time remapping with speed transitions
    5. Using time remapping with reverse motion
    6. Recognizing Timeline downstream effects of changing time
    7. Changing the speed of multiple clips simultaneously
    8. Changing the length of multiple stills simultaneously
    9. Review questions
    10. Review answers
  16. 13. Acquiring and Editing Audio
    1. Getting started
      1. Making the connection
    2. Setting up a basic voice-recording area
    3. Voicing professional narrations
    4. Creating a high-quality aural experience in Adobe Premiere Pro
    5. Examining audio characteristics
    6. Adjusting audio volume
      1. Adjusting audio in the Effect Controls panel
    7. Adjusting audio gain
    8. Adding J-cuts and L-cuts
      1. Adding an L-cut
    9. Review questions
    10. Review answers
  17. 14. Sweetening Your Sound and Mixing Audio
    1. Getting started
    2. Sweetening sound with audio effects
    3. Trying stereo and 5.1 surround sound effects
      1. Looking at one more VST plug-in
      2. Editing keyframes by using the clip effect menu
    4. Working with the Audio Mixer
      1. Automating changes in audio tracks
    5. Outputting tracks to submixes
    6. Recording voice-overs
    7. Creating a 5.1 surround sound mix
    8. Fixing, sweetening, and creating soundtracks in Soundbooth
      1. Cleaning up noisy audio
      2. Adding audio effects in Adobe Soundbooth
      3. Using multiple tracks and Dynamic Link with Soundbooth
    9. Review questions
    10. Review answers
  18. 15. Audio Transcription
    1. Getting started
    2. Transcribing audio to text
    3. Searching transcription for keywords
    4. Modifying the metadata
    5. Review questions
    6. Review answers
  19. 16. Compositing Techniques
    1. Getting started
    2. Making compositing part of your projects
      1. Shooting videos with compositing in mind
    3. Working with the Opacity effect
    4. Combine layers based on a blending mode
    5. Working with alpha-channel transparencies
      1. Using video effects that work with graphic-file alpha channels
    6. Color keying a greenscreen shot
      1. Using the color key effect
    7. Using matte keys
      1. Using mattes that use graphics or other clips
      2. Using Track Matte Key
      3. Making a traveling matte
    8. Review questions
    9. Review answers
  20. 17. Color, Nested Sequences, and Shortcuts
    1. Getting started
    2. An overview of color-oriented effects
      1. Coloring effects
      2. Color removal or replacement
      3. Color correction
      4. Technical color effects
    3. Adjusting and enhancing color
      1. The Leave Color effect
      2. The Change to Color effect
      3. Color correction
      4. The Color Balance (RGB) effect
      5. The Auto Color effect
      6. The Fast Color Corrector effect
    4. Using nested sequences
      1. Multiple uses for nested sequences
      2. Nesting a video in a newspaper
    5. Nesting clips
    6. Getting to know the recommended keyboard shortcuts
      1. Changing a shortcut
      2. Most frequently used shortcuts
    7. Review questions
    8. Review answers
  21. 18. Managing Your Projects
    1. Getting started
    2. Project menu overview
      1. Making a clip offline
    3. Using the Project Manager
      1. Working with a trimmed project
      2. Collecting files and copying them to a new location
      3. Final project management steps
    4. Conducting a Clip Notes review
      1. Reviewing your Clip Notes PDF file
      2. Viewing Clip Notes comments in Adobe Premiere Pro
    5. Importing projects or sequences
    6. Review questions
    7. Review answers
  22. 19. Using Photoshop and After Effects to Enhance Your Video Projects
    1. Getting started
    2. Exploring Creative Suite Production Premium
    3. Importing Photoshop files as sequences
      1. Re-creating the lower third animation
    4. Using Dynamic Link with After Effects
      1. Surveying After Effects features
      2. Looking at the After Effects workspace
      3. Animating the lower third
      4. Importing a project from After Effects to Adobe Premiere Pro using Dynamic Link
      5. Editing an existing dynamically linked animation
    5. Replacing a clip with an After Effects Composition
    6. Review questions
    7. Review answers
  23. 20. Exporting Frames, Clips, and Sequences
    1. Getting started
    2. Overview of export options
      1. Checking out export options
    3. Recording to videotape
      1. Recording to an analog recorder without device control
    4. Using Adobe Media Encoder
      1. Making single frames
      2. Exporting editable movie and audio files
      3. Exporting for the Web
      4. Working with Windows Media (PC only)
      5. Encoding MPEG files
    5. Exporting to mobile devices
    6. Working with edit decision lists
    7. Review questions
    8. Review answers
  24. 21. Authoring DVDs with Adobe Encore CS4
    1. Getting started
    2. Overview of DVD authoring in Adobe Premiere Pro
    3. Adding Encore chapter markers to the Timeline
    4. Creating an autoplay DVD
    5. Creating a menu DVD
      1. Previewing the DVD
    6. Creating a Blu-ray Disc
    7. Exporting DVD projects to Flash
    8. Review questions
    9. Review answers