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Welcome to the exciting world of video editing. You are about to learn the tricks to creating slick and entertaining works on your computer. And you’re going to do it with this book and Adobe Premiere 6.5.

Premiere 6.5 Power! is a hands-on, intelligent, and practical look at Adobe’s nonlinear video editing software, Premiere 6.5. This book is the first publication that takes an in-depth look at this Premiere upgrade, optimized for both Mac OS X and Windows XP. Both curious users ready to jump into digital video editing and experienced videographers making the change from previous versions of Premiere will find plenty of valuable information in Premiere 6.5 Power! Just a few of the topics covered include introducing the digital video medium, concepts of nonlinear editing, and advanced video shooting techniques.

Premiere 6.5 Power! demystifies Adobe Premiere 6.5 and the video-editing process by providing need-to-know terms and concepts for nonlinear video editing. This book won’t bury you in a lot of details that, at the beginning of your journey as a video editor, may overwhelm you. Premiere 6.5 Power! focuses exactly on what digital video is and what you must have to edit DV, wasting no time in getting the Power User ready for the DV environment and bringing the technology and professional approaches to DV editing into easy-to-grasp concepts the pros are now practicing in the entertainment industry.

What You Will Find in This Book

The goal of Premiere 6.5 Power! is to provide an intelligent and down-to-earth approach to unlocking Premiere’s full potential, taking the curious and casual user through step-by-step tutorials and in-depth discussions of the DV medium. You will find Premiere 6.5 Power! a reliable resource for digital video terminology, editing concepts, application techniques, and answers to any problems you may encounter when filming or editing using Premiere.

After reading this book, you will have been introduced to:

  • Terminology of the video industry

  • Basic and advanced techniques in editing video with Premiere

  • Techniques in editing and mixing audio

  • Creating work for playback on videotape, multimedia, and the Internet

  • Techniques for filming

  • Professional touches for your video projects

  • Troubleshooting techniques concerning DV, Premiere, and media production

Who This Book Is For

You don’t have to be Steven Speilberg, George Lucas, or Sam Raimi to read this book. You can just be yourself, armed with a video camera, a computer, and Adobe Premiere 6.5. This book is for the casual user who has a collection of videotapes in the corner of his or her entertainment center and who wants to create a collection of moments for the next family gathering or class reunion. This book is also for the professional editor who is ready to upgrade their editing bay from Premiere 5 or 6 to Premiere 6.5. Premiere 6.5 Power! is also great for users who have previous experience with DV editing or filming events. If you are a Web designer, this book also holds something for you, providing the opportunity to incorporate video in your future Web design projects.

To make sure you’re not hitting that frustration level with new technology or blowing your budget, Chapter 2 is a final checklist of hardware and software you’ll need to get the most out of editing with Adobe Premiere 6.5. I cannot tell you how many times I have dived into a training manual, salivating at the possibilities of a new piece of software recently installed in my Macintosh, only to discover two chapters in that I was missing an essential piece of hardware or some recent upgrade. Hopefully, this chapter will save you from the frustration that I’ve had to go through.

How This Book Is Organized

This book contains sixteen chapters

  • Chapter 1: “DV 101.” This is an introduction to the concepts of digital video. It explains the difference between a VHS (analog) video recording, HI-8, S-Video, and DV (digital) recording. To avoid the frustration of finding out in the middle of a book that a key component is needed to make the whole project work, this chapter also goes into exactly what is needed to make Adobe Premiere work and even gives some tricks in “preemptive troubleshooting” before the lessons begin.

  • Chapter 2: “Getting Set Up.” What do you really need and what can be stored away for later use? What can I use in the way of peripherals? These are just a few of the average questions users ask before they launch Premiere. This chapter helps you build the best video editing bay for you as well as customize Premiere so it works by your particular parameters.

  • Chapter 3: “The Premiere 6.5 Interface.” With the application launched, you take a closer look at the interface of Adobe Premiere. You also set up the Premiere windows on your desktop for optimum DV editing. Once introduced to the interface, you import clips and perform a few basic edits in Premiere.

  • Chapter 4: “Importing and Editing Clips in Premiere.” Whether it is the preexisting Source files or your own personal video captures, the editing process begins here with basic file management (working with bins, understanding the thumbnails, and so on) and applying the work into a timeline. Here, you go into the details of importing for full-screen video, multimedia, and Internet projects. After importing the video clips, you go beyond the basic edits of the previous chapter and learn the details of the editing process.

  • Chapter 5: “Exporting and Sharing Your Video.” So now that you have the file completed and exported, what do you do with it? In Chapter 5, various export formats are explained and defined in basic terms and the most commonly-used formats for video, Web, and multimedia projects are explained in more detail. Movie resolutions (i.e., screen resolutions, such as 160×120, 720×480, and so on) are addressed so the users know when to generate a full screen, half screen, or Web media product.

  • Chapter 6: “Capturing Video to Your Computer.” For any user who is using a video capture card, you get an in-depth look at how to capture analog video with an Audio/Video (A/V) card. For the DV camera user, you can review the process of capturing DV with your computer. Here, the process of transferring video from analog to digital is reviewed, along with other troubleshooting tactics when capturing video and audio.

  • Chapter 7: “A New Approach to Working with Titles.” You want to incorporate a time, place, or event. Maybe you want to include credits of who shot, edited, and directed the project. Here, you give projects that professional touch with appropriate title and captions. You are introduced to “typography for video,” tips and strategies when working with text, and applying templates with the new Title Designer in Premiere 6.5.

  • Chapter 8: “Pump Up the Volume!” You have the video and the titles, and now it is time to work with audio. This chapter covers incorporation of audio, working with multiple tracks, and applying effects to audio for special effects.

  • Chapter 9: “The Distance Between A & B: Transitions.” In earlier chapters, basic transitions are shown. Here, the Transitions window is showcased. You get hands-on application of unique (and fun) transitions beyond the simple cut, fade, and wipe. Transitions are discussed in more detail, including how to set their default settings, what to expect when transitions are changed, and appropriate applications for these unique segues from Track A to Track B. You also experiment with additional QuickTime transitions and apply your own custom masks (created in Photoshop).

  • Chapter 10: “Helpful Hints and Terrific Tips for New DV Editors.” The first time you sit behind Premiere, the temptation to do everything you can and go overboard with eye-popping effects and transitions is hard to resist. Here are a few tips for keeping your final video work clean and not a gallery of Premiere transitions, effects, and audio filters. You will also pick up several hints and tips for how to film events and polish your project before exporting it.

  • Chapter 11: “Advanced Video Techniques and Special Effects in Premiere.” The basics are down. The user has a list of “Do’s and Don’ts” beside them. Now, it is time to learn how to record like the Hollywood professionals. This chapter goes into more advanced techniques, both in filming with DV and recording surrounding audio and studio narration. You learn how to work with video markers for syncing events, create inset video, and work with advanced options with your Title Designer.

  • Chapter 12: “Storing and Moving Files.” The project is done and the movie output, yet this project is far from over. There could be a need to return to it at a later date and add to it or streamline the content even more. What do you need to keep? What do you throw away? In this chapter, we make recommendations for proper archiving of files and for moving your project from one computer to another.

  • Chapter 13: “What Lies Ahead for You.” In the final chapter, you are introduced to new output capabilities for your work. Beyond the simple VHS tape, VCDs and DVDs are now available. These new concepts in output (as well as their shortcomings) are discussed here.

  • Appendix A: “Troubleshooting Adobe Premiere 6.5.” In the event of problems with Premiere 6.5 or your DV camera, here are some helpful hints, things to look for, and final help resources to help out in the event something goes wrong during your project or in its final output.

  • Appendix B: “Additional Resources for Digital Audio and Video.” Along with Premiere 6.5 Power!, you have here a list of other resources, both in print and on the Internet, that will provide you with alternative resources to help you grow as a videographer and DV editor.

  • Appendix C: “Playing Well With Others: Premiere’s Integration with Other Software.” The book concludes with a look at other software on the market that works with Premiere, in particular the integration between Premiere and Photoshop. Other packages discussed here are Illustrator and Flash MX.

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