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Workshop

Review the questions and answers in this section to sharpen your tips, tricks, and techniques when using Premiere. Also, take a few moments to tackle my short quiz and the exercises.

Q&A

Q1:I tried using the overlay method to place a cutaway in a piece. But each time I click the Overlay button, it places the cutaway in a completely different location or I get the message “The Source and Destination Durations Don't Match.” What's going on?
A1: I have not found any documentation about this issue, but here's what I think is happening: Take a look at your timeline. Is there a gry band in the time ruler? That's the culprit. It shows the location of in- and out-points placed in your Program Monitor window. Sometimes those in- and out-points seem to appear for no apparent reason. Because all it takes is single-key shortcuts to put those in- and out-points in the Program Monitor window (I for In and O for Out), that could be how they showed up. In any event, they trump the edit line when it comes to telling the timeline where to place an overlay. So get rid of those in- and out-points. Press D and F to do that.
Q2:I want to apply a video effect gradually over the duration of a clip so the effect reaches its maximum values at the end of the clip. But it always returns to the default settings as it approaches the end. What's up?
A2: This is why I suggested setting the start and end keyframe values before working on any others. The end keyframe does not reflect any values you've placed in the middle of the clip. Unless you change it, it will retain the original, default value of the effect.


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