February 10, 2015

Premiere Pro Tips: Maximizing Screen Real Estate

As an editor, you have your preferences on how you like things laid out to help maximize your productivity as well as just being in your happy place.  The user interface (or UI) is an essential component in how someone interacts with their software.

Premiere Pro, like many of the mature Adobe applications offers a tremendous amount of options in how to customize the interface to make it best fit your particular way of editing.  Today, I’d like to give two quick tips or options on helping to maximize your screen real estate. Continue Reading

February 09, 2015

Premiere Pro Tips: Keyboard shortcuts of the week

At this point in its life, Premiere Pro has hundreds of keyboard shortcuts and adding any new ones as defaults no doubt take a lot of internal discussions.

There are several essential keyboard shortcuts that are good to know about such as up/down arrows to move between edit points (while respecting track targeting), ‘D’ to select clips beneath the play head, home/end to move to the beginning and end of the timeline, etc.

The one that I wanted to share today though is around increasing or decreasing the track height of either an audio or video track. Depending on the task at hand as well as the screen resolution, the track height can be important for conveying information to the editor.

They keyboard shortcut for increasing video track height is cmd/ctrl and ‘+’, decreasing is cmd/ctrl and ‘-‘. Cmd is Mac, Ctrl is PC.

For audio height it is much the same except Alt/Option and the aforementioned +/-.

Give it a try the next time you’re editing!

January 26, 2015

Premiere Pro Tip: Publish directly to Creative Cloud, YouTube and Vimeo

Sometimes, even as an Adobe employee, you can’t keep up with all of the great stuff coming out of the product teams.

...and Vimeo too!

Premiere Pro does YouTube!

Such was the case when a co-worker asked me about publishing to YouTube.  Like many, he didn’t know that there are in fact YouTube presets, along with a large host of other presets for other services and devices.  These include things like Apple TV, Android tablets, Kindles, TiVo and the aforementioned YouTube and Vimeo.  To find them, simply choose “H.264” as the format in the Premiere Pro export dialog box or in Adobe Media Encoder.

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July 19, 2013

Render Taxes

Today, I’d like to talk about a popular subject… I’d like to talk to about taxes.  Or more specifically “render taxes” as it relates to non-linear editors.  It’s been said that everyone pays taxes.  In the case of video editing workflows, everyone has to render their media at some point, which takes time (tax = time) and hence the concept of a ‘render tax’.

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May 06, 2013

Premiere Pro CC for Broadcasters

For the last several years I have spent a fair amount of my time working with a large number of broadcasters, media & entertainment companies, large post production houses, networks and even a film maker or two.  While there is a ton of information out there about Premiere Pro CC for users of all types, I wanted to write about how the latest version of Premiere Pro is ideal for broadcasters and other media houses.  Whether you’re an executive, management or a creative within a media organization, this post is my own take on how the workflows and features of Premiere Pro CC make creating and publishing media easier than ever before. Continue Reading

February 13, 2013

KSL switches to Premiere Pro CS6

Just a quick post here. KSL which is an interesting broadcaster out of Salt Lake CIty, UT has switched over to Premiere Pro for its news operations.  They looked at native editing, tight deadlines and integration with other systems such as Bitcentral as key components of the decision.  Take a look at the PDF link here


February 08, 2013

AE & Me

While I tend to focus on many other things for Adobe these days, I used to spend a large chunk of my time in After Effects.  If you’d like to check out my story on After Effects, check out this link: http://blogs.adobe.com/aftereffects/2013/02/ae-dennis-radeke.html

The whole series, including lots of people much more interesting than myself, can be found here: http://blogs.adobe.com/aftereffects/category/ae-me

December 07, 2012

Premiere Pro, After Effects and SSD Drives

Okay, lets talk.

I’ve been doing digital video for a long time and have seen a ton of gear walk through my doors during my time with Adobe and in the field in general.  There have been lots of great improvements over the course of time and I’ve been privileged to help on some of them.  CPU’s have gotten faster and seen more cores, GPU’s have exploded in power, motherboard bus speeds have increased and on and on…

But, we expect this and will continue to do so…

That said, there are very few improvements that make a remarkable difference.  Lets be honest, there’s a ton of fast stuff out there and it’s not often that you get disruptive or revolutionary technology that makes a true difference in your every day workflow.

Well, I’ve had one of those game changers for the past 8+ months and after having it all this time, I now have to tell you that an SSD driveis absolutely one of those crazy, transformative technologies.

The problem with SSD drives in the past has been that they are expensive and not large enough in capacity.  Well, now they are becoming increasingly affordable and the capacity has reached 500GB which makes using it as a boot drive completely plausible.  480GB+ drives are now less than $500.  Intel, Samsung and others are terrific drives and I’ve played with at least a couple of them and had a solid experience with all of them.

If you are an After Effects user and a looking for a way to use that small 80-200GB SSD drive, install it in your system and point your AE cache to that drive and you will see Global Performance Cache go crazy with performance.

Once you go with an SSD drive, all other drives are driving you crazy!  I’ve put a 520GB drive into my Macbook Pro and I have a full desktop experience in less than 10 seconds.  Waiting even 30 seconds now is an eternity.  Using a standard spinning disk for your AE cache drive also yields a vastly slower performance.

In short, the time to make SSD drives your standard is NOW! I’m working to slowly swap them out for all of my demo systems.


December 13, 2011

NVIDIA Maximus and Premiere Pro CS5.52

With the advent of version 5.52 of Premiere Pro, Adobe offered support for what NVIDIA calls Maximus on the PC platform.  Maximus in essence is a Quadro card combined with a Tesla card.  Okay, what’s a Tesla card?  Basically, it’s a Quadro card without the display outputs – essentially, a headless GPU processing powerhouse.

I wanted to take what I had done with the NVIDIA Quadro card comparison and apply the same tests to the Maximus card set I have.  Read on, to learn the results.

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October 05, 2011

Diving into NVIDIA GPU’s and what they mean for Premiere Pro

Trying to quantify the GPU in a Premiere Pro…For the editing and pro community, it is a big deal.  It is something that I’ve wanted to do for some time, but I had no idea how complicated and time consuming this would be!

I went into this endeavor thinking that I would clearly delineate between different Quadro level cards and along the way understand what each one offered in the way of performance.  I was methodical in setting up my system and in trying to create real-world tests that would emphasize what the GPU brought to the table.

While I did learn a lot (which I will pass on to you in due course), the experience and tests in some cases were not always as clear-cut as I had expected.

Without apology, this article is long – a necessary result in trying to present my findings.  Bookmark the link, copy the text or download this PDF if you wish to read at your leisure and refer back to.

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