Week in Premiere 5/20/16
Premiere Pro News
The Digital Media Artists \ Los Angeles (DMA LA) held a meeting this week (5/18/16). Adobe Premiere Pro was represented by none other than Senior Product Manager, Al Mooney. Al demoed the new features coming to Premiere Pro CC. Big thanks to LACPUG and Ryan Summers for the live Tweets from DMA LA!
What is this? It isn't really news; it's not a tutorial; but it's freaking fun! In this video, Adobe gives us a behind the scenes look at Freddie Wong and RocketJump Film School. RocketJump Film School is a wonderful resource for filmmakers and, even though their focus is on filmmaking in general, there is a lot good Premiere Pro content to be seen. Lauren Haroutunian, Dean of RJFS, says this about RocketJump and I think she speaks for a lot of filmmakers, "RocketJump helped me fall back in love with filmmaking". Head on over to RocketJump Film School now and check out the amazing videos they have, from pre-production all the way through post, all for free.
Adobe Character Animator got the big break it deserved! This week on the Simpsons, Homer Simpson hosted a live Q&A with a few lucky viewers who called in to the show. The segment lasted 3 minutes and was a landmark success for Adobe's motion control animation software. For those who are not familiar with Adobe Character Animator, it comes as part of After Effects and, simply put, uses a webcam to translate user movements and facial expressions into character animation. See what's coming to Adobe Character Animator Preview 4. Watch the live Simpsons Q&A segment here: THE SIMPSONS | Homer Live: East Coast | ANIMATION on FOXHomer Live EAST COAST.
Exactly one month ago NAB Show 2016 was in full swing. If you are a Premiere Pro user who was not able to attend, or maybe you did attend but feel like you missed out on some Premiere Pro action, this post is for YOU! This Premiere Bro post is a visual replay of Premiere Pro highlights from the Adobe booth, SuperMeet, and more. Got a sweet Premiere Pro NAB Show highlight? Share it in the comments of this post!
Related to NAB Show 2016, one of the highlights for Premiere Bro was meeting Premiere Pro users. One evening, at dinner, I had the privilege of sitting across from Ryan Brown aka Filmguy. For the record, there were other people at the table; it wasn't a date, despite all the Adobe we love we have in common. Anyway, I am stoked to share his NAB Show blog post featuring a video of Dave Helmly doing a Premiere Pro product demo at the Adobe booth. The coolest thing about this video, besides the new features coming to Premiere Pro CC (and Dave's shirt), is Dave is the Head of Global DVA Field Operations at Adobe Systems. In other words, you've got Adobe big wigs doing product demos for customers at the Adobe booth! Don't you love that?
If you are not aware of Adobe's mobile apps, YOU ARE MISSING OUT! This week Adobe Spark launched. The Adobe Spark family includes apps formerly called Adobe Post, Adobe Slate, and Adobe Voice. Never before has creating content for social media and online sharing been so easy and fun! Premiere Bro uses Spark Post for Premiere Pro #TipTuesday posts on Instagram. See below in the Premiere Pro Tips section.
When it comes to editing feature films and television shows, edits after picture lock have to be handled with significant care. Tracking these changes can be very tedious, obviously, because there is a lot more content compared to short form videos. Change List CC for Premiere Pro makes the process much easier: "Change List CC analyses two Premiere Pro CC sequences and produces a change list comparing a track of the two versions of the edit. The resulting report lists the step-by-step changes that need to be made to the initial cut to match the new edits."
This week, editor and digitalfilms founder, Oliver Peters, assembled a list of Premiere Pro CC learning tips and resources. This post was shared on Twitter by Gary Bettan of VideoGuys. This list has something for all Premiere Pro editors. Give it a skim and make sure you're familiar with all the resources on this list.
I am not a financial guy, but this question by Alex Gollner caught my eye. Can you imagine if Adobe acquired Avid? Just typing that felt weird. Alex, for a self-proclaimed FCPX pundit, sure shows up in Week in Premiere a lot!
Premiere Pro Puns
Funny stuff from the Premiere Pro community...
Premiere Pro Tips
Sweet tip from Diego Lopez! Did you know you can locate a clip in any sequence from Project panel? If a clip has been used in a sequence, the Clip Usage triangle will appear in the Preview Area of the Project panel when the clip is selected. For you convenience, there is a screenshot of the Adobe help page Diego linked to.
Stay curious my bros.
Several helpful hotkeys...
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Premiere Pro Tutorials
The online Premiere Pro user community was buzzing over this tutorial by Casey Faris. In this one-of-a-kind tutorial, Casey shows how to turn a game controller, specifically the Logitech F310, into a legit editing surface. It has already been featured on No film School, Fstoppers, and Digital Trends, etc., in just one week of being posted. The limitations are obvious, but they are totally overwhelmed by how fun this makes editing in Premiere Pro. (Did you see my game controller vine above? Yeah, it's fun.) But don't underestimate or dismiss this technique either. Once you get used to it, a gaming controller could totally speed up editing a simple stringout or selects sequence. Think of it this way, if controllers are good enough video gaming, where speed is EVERYTHING, why not in video editing?
No joke. Editing like a gamer is a trending thing in the Premiere Pro user community. (There was another game controller post shared 3 weeks ago in Week in Premiere.) In this blog post, editor Ashley Lynch of Gingerbreadgirl Post gives us her thought on editing with the Logitech G13 keypad and the Razor Naga mouse, both are typically used in gaming. I know what my two next computer accessories will be!
Editor Vashi Nedomasky continues to give us a behind-the-scenes look at editing 6 Below, a Scott Waugh film starring Josh Hartnett. Take a look at how Vashi uses Premiere Pro timeline markers to organize clips. To create a timeline marker, make sure no clips are selected and press M. Pressing M again will bring up the Marker inspector where you can add a name and comment to the marker. You can Option+Click and drag to extend markers or you can press Shift+Tab to jump to the duration field in the Marker inspector. Do you use timeline markers in your editing workflow? Share how in the comments below!
Colin Smith of VideoRevealed published another Premiere Pro tutorial this week that got a lot good reception (~1500 views in 4 days). His video shows how to create a tilt shift look in Premiere Pro using the Camera Blur effect (or Gaussian Blur for Mac) and a simple mask. (My favorite part is 1:50!)
Speaking of Colin Smith, (or should I say with Colin Smith?) listen to this 18-minute interview by Marcel Lewin, the Digimedia Dude, with Colin talking about Premiere Pro performance and the hardware that affects it. It's one of the most insightful conversations on all those 3-letter computer words like CPU, GPU, RAM, SSD, etc. Broaden your hardware horizons and learn how to improve your Premiere Pro editing performance based on your system's capabilities and limitations.
Post-production freelancer Jonas Almeida shows how to change the language of Premiere Pro CC without changing the language of all the Creative Cloud applications. (In case you were not aware, you can change the language of Creative Cloud apps in the preferences of the Creative Cloud desktop app.) In this video, Jonas shows how to change the language of Premiere Pro within the Console window (CMD+F12). This will especially serve companies with multilingual editors who share edit suites.
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