Better searches for Community Help

To search Help documentation, use the Community Help search engine. It’s much more effective than a standard search engines, like Google. A word of warning, you do have to go through a couple of procedures to search Help documentation without community results, which can be distracting.

To get started searching documentation, type a term into the search box in the upper left hand corner of any page on Help, and then press Enter. A Community Help search page will launch. A good place to begin a search is on the Help and Tutorials page.

Currently, the results of the Community Help search might be less than satisfactory. The search results might contain community content, or content that isn’t relevant. You need to refine the search.

  1. To search only the Help documentation, click the “Only Adobe Content” radio button.
  2. Check the results of the search. Most of the time, this search will give you good results.
  3. If your search is still unsatisfactory, click the link that says, “Adobe Reference Only.”

You should now see a search that is based only on the contents of Help.

Keep in mind that you can click the All Community Content button if you want to find tutorials and content, as well as Help content.

You can bookmark these links to go straight to a Community Help search that is filtered for Help documentation only:
Premiere Pro Community Help Search
After Effects Community Help Search

If you have any trouble with searching Help, please let me know by leaving a comment on a relevant Help page. Click the “Discuss this Link” hyperlink at the bottom of any help page and you can leave a comment or ask a question. I’ll then adjust the page to make it more easily found.

You can find lots of help on the forums:
Premiere Pro fourms
After Effects forums 

Check out FAQs
Premiere Pro FAQ
After Effects FAQ

Help and Support pages
Premiere Pro Help and Support
After Effects Help and Support 

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Free video tutorials about Adobe Prelude

Adobe Prelude CS6

Adobe Prelude CS6

Today’s video technology makes it easier than ever to acquire enormous amounts of media, all of which needs to be ingested, managed, and organized in a way that is useful at every stage of post-production and distribution. Fortunately, Adobe Prelude CS6 provides users with a fast, easy interface for ingesting, transcoding, duplicating, tagging, commenting, and communicating about media. In this course, video expert Maxim Jago introduces the core concepts of metadata management and tagging using Adobe XMP metadata. You’ll learn how to organize, ingest, transcode, tag, comment, subclip, and build a rough cut before sending media on to Premiere Pro for editing — the complete workflow with the new Adobe Prelude CS6.

Free movies:

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Exporting media using Adobe Media Encoder CS5, CS5.5, CS6, & CC

This article will help you get started with exporting media with Adobe Media Encoder. If you want to learn how to export media from Adobe Media Encoder, you can start from the beginning of the article and work your way through. However, Adobe Media Encoder is so intuitive, perhaps you only want to know which are the best settings to use, or how to encode to multiple formats. Scroll directly to those topics if that is the information you are looking for.

Getting Started
To get started with learning Adobe Media Encoder (affectionately known as A.M.E.), see this video tutorial: Overview of the Encoding Workflow by Jan Ozer and video2brain. This is an excellent video tutorial to get you started in understanding how to use Adobe Media Encoder.

To get started in the exporting process, click the Timeline, or select the sequence in the Project panel. Then, choose File > Export > Media. The Export Settings dialog box opens with  the sequence imported into the Queue. You will choose format and preset in the Export Settings dialog box by clicking pop-up menus to choose the format and preset for the encoded movie clip. See “Choosing media formats for export in the Export Settings dialog box” for information.

Add media to Adobe Media Encoder
You can also use Adobe Media Encoder as a standalone application to encode media files from third party applications, and from other users which provide you source files that need encoding. Choose File > Add Media, or click the Add button (the Plus sign icon) to add files to the Queue. You can drag files to the Queue from Windows Explorer for Mac OS Finder. You can also double-click the Queue to launch an Open dialog. Choose files in the dialog, and then click the Open button to add them to the Queue.

Adding and dragging sequences and compositions into Adobe Media Encoder
With the applications both open, you can add sequences directly from Premiere Pro, or compositions from After Effects directly to Adobe Media Encoder. Choose File > Add > Adobe Premiere Pro Sequence, or File > Add > After Effects Composition. An Import dialog box launches. Choose the sequence or composition in the dialog, and then click OK. The sequence or composition is then imported into Adobe Media Encoder.

You can also drag a sequence from Premiere Pro or a sequence from After Effects directly into the Queue. A good technique is to drag the sequence or composition, then press Alt (Windows) or Command (Mac OS) + Tab to switch applications to Adobe Media Encoder. Once Adobe Media Encoder is the application in focus, drop the sequence or composition into the Queue.

Choosing media formats for export in the Export Settings dialog box
Now that media is in the Export Settings dialog box (or the Queue), make choices for the video format and preset. If you are in the Queue, you can return to the Export Settings dialog box. Click either the current format, or preset and the dialog box will open. For information about the Export Settings dialog box, see this page in Help. Once you’re in the Export Settings dialog box, make choices specifically for your the kind of media you need for your device.

In the Export Settings dialog box, click “Format” to see a menu of all the available media formats. Choose the most appropriate format.

Media formats

Media formats

Here are suggestions for common media formats:

  • Web video (Vimeo, etc.): H.264
  • Blu-ray: H.264 Blu-ray
  • DVD: MPEG-2

Not sure which media format to choose? You can make this choice easier by asking one question: “Which device will play this media?” The answer you give will greatly narrow down those choices. See this video about the topic of choosing the proper media format.

See this article: File formats supported for export in Help.
See the FAQ entry, “What are the best export settings?”
Available codecs for Adobe Media Encoder are in this blog post.

Choosing presets
After you have selected the proper media type (codec), the next stage in encoding media would be to choose the proper preset. To choose a preset, click “Presets” to see a menu of available presets. From the menu, choose the appropriate preset for your target device, an obvious choice should be available.

Encoding and Batch encoding
Now that you have the media in Adobe Media Encoder, and have chosen a format and a preset, it’s time to encode the file. Click the Export button to begin encoding. Click the Queue button, if you have more movies to add, or if you want to encode in the background.

Sometimes you need to encode multiple clips to a single format, while other times, you have to encode a single clip to multiple formats. You can do either in Adobe Media Encoder by exporting media in batches using the Queue, or by using watch folders.

Encoding a portion of a sequence
If you would like to  encode only a portion of a sequence, do one of the following:

  • Set the Work Area in Premiere Pro for which you wish to export.
  • In Premiere Pro CS6, set In and Out points.
  • In Adobe Media Encoder, change the In and Out points by dragging the work area bar in the Export Settings dialog box and then clicking the In and Out buttons.

Once you have selected the export range, choose one of the following in the Source Range menu:

  • Entire Sequence
  • Sequence In/Out
  • Work Area
  • Custom

Create a SWF, DVD or Blu-ray disc by using Send to Encore via Dynamic Link
If you are creating a DVD or Blu-ray disc, you can circumvent Adobe Media Encoder by using Send to Adobe Encore via Dynamic Link instead. For details, see this article in Help. You can also create an Auto-play DVD (sometimes called a first play DVD) using this method. See this article for details.

Create video for HTML5
If you need to encode video made especially for HTML5 applications, see this video tutorial entitled, “Producing for HTML5″ by Jan Ozer and video2brain.

Use Adobe Media Encoder for background rendering
You can use Adobe Media Encoder for background rendering for Adobe digital video products. Karl Soulé shows you how in this video: Save Time with Powerful Background Rendering Using Media Encoder.

Additional online resources

Video tutorial: Gems inside of Adobe Media Encoder by Dennis Radeke
Help article: Compression Tips
Video tutorial: Publish your DSLR projects with Adobe Media Encoder by Richard Harrington
See this page for a quick-start guide to using Adobe Media Encoder for exporting media.
See the video tutorial, “Get results with the Adobe Media Encoder,” by Richard Harrington.
See this video by Jan Ozer for What’s new in Adobe Media Encoder CS5.5

Recommended resources for sale
video2brain: Producing great video with the Adobe Media Encoder
MacProVideo: Core Adobe Media Encoder
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Adobe interns for DV community needed

Recently, I got the word that my department is looking for 8 paid interns here at Adobe, 2 of them will be working directly with me on DV products.

Position summary:

We are looking for art and digital media student interns with expertise in any of Adobe’s Creative Suite products. These interns will play a key role in Adobe’s Community Help by developing and sharing their product expertise, answering questions, and providing learning content to our customers. Adobe’s Community Help is an integrated online environment for instruction, inspiration, and support. It combines content from Adobe Help, Support, Design Center, Developer Connection, and Forums-along with great online community content-so users can easily find the best and most up-to-date resources. Access tutorials, technical support, online product help, videos, articles, tips and techniques, blogs, examples, and much more. Our interns will use Adobe’s products to create video tutorials, artwork, animations, and samples. Ideal candidates will have strong writing and communication skills as well as experience with social media, forums, or blogging.


  • Use Creative Suite apps to create art, animations, videos, photography.
  • Troubleshoot and moderate user forums in your area of expertise.
  • Work with an instructional design mentor to design and drive a project addressing a top learning problem or issue that needs a creative and innovative visual solution.


  • A strong portfolio that demonstrates talent and creativity in your major area of study.
  • Ability to communicate patiently and diplomatically with customers.
  • Strong communication and inter-personal skills.
  • Ability to work across teams with geographically remote team members.

At least 1 year of experience in one or more of the following Adobe products:

  • Lightroom
  • Photoshop
  • Dreamweaver
  • InDesign
  • Illustrator
  • After Effects
  • Flash Professional
  • Acrobat
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Audition

Enrolled in a bachelors program with one of the following majors:

  • Photography
  • Graphic design
  • Illustration
  • Game design
  • Web design
  • Animation
  • Videography
  • Sound design

How to apply:
Click here:
Type “14433″ as the job number.
Click the “Search for Jobs” button.
Click the link for “Digital Media/Creative Intern.”
Click Apply Online.
Create a new user account, then log in.
Fill out the form.
Upload a resume and cover letter.

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Andrew Devis tutorials for Adobe After Effects

Andrew Devis

Andrew Devis

My co-worker Todd Kopriva has compiled a handy list of all the tutorials created by Andrew Devis about After Effects on his blog. There are a lot! If you didn’t already know, Andrew is one of the top content creators over at the Creative Cow. If you haven’t seen his work yet, be sure to visit Todd’s blog post to get started.

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New After Effects Compositing Course from Jeff Foster and video2brain

New After Effects Course by Jeff Foster

Jeff Foster, and video2brain, have just released a new video tutorial series, “Fundamentals of Compositing, Tracking, and Roto Techniques with After Effects.”

In this workshop Jeff Foster — video producer, compositor, visual effects artist, and author of “The Green Screen Handbook” — teaches you the basics of green screen compositing and setting up a streamlined roto workflow with After Effects and a Wacom tablet.

You’ll get real-world tips on getting the best mattes and keys from your green screen shots, stabilizing and tracking footage in After Effects, and using the Roto Brush feature to create quick and accurate mattes of anything that moves in the frame. You’ll also learn how to create more believable composites by matching your foreground and background plates, using roto-spline masks, and applying match-moving techniques.

Here are some free video tutorials from the series:

Best Practices in Software Keying
Related topics in Help:
Keying introduction and resources
Keying effects

Stabilizing with the Warp Stabilizer in After Effects 5.5
Related topics in Help:
Motion tracking overview and resources
Stabilize motion with the Warp Stabilizer effect (CS5.5 and later)
Track or stabilize motion with the point tracker

Roto Brush Basics
Related topics in Help:
Rotoscoping introduction and resources
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Color Correction in Premiere Pro from Maxim Jago and video2brain

Color Correction in Premiere Pro by Maxim Jago

Color Correction in Premiere Pro by Maxim Jago

Recently, a new series on color correction for Premiere Pro was released by video2brain. Hosted by Maxim Jago, this series of video tutorials aims to get you up to speed on the color correction capabilities of Premiere Pro CS5 and CS5.5. Entitled, “Color Correction in Premiere Pro: Analyze and Optimize the Color in Your Video,” topics include color correction basics, color correction scopes (and how to use them), the Fast Color Corrector, the 3-way Color Corrector and color correction effects. Learn to fix color mistakes and the secrets of matching color on different camera angles. Color Correction with After Effects is also explored. Almost 3 hours of instruction is included.

Here are the free video excerpts you can check out:
What Is Color Correction and Why Do You Need It?
The Waveform
Example 3: Layering Clips
Using the Three Way Color Corrector

A blog post about more color correction tutorials may be found on the Premiere Pro Work Area.

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Useful Filter Shortcuts for Photshop


Here are useful shortcuts when working with filters in Photoshop

Repeat previous Filter

  • Command+F (Ctrl+F)
  • Runs the last filter again with the previously used vales. No dialog box opens.
  • Mac Think “I command the filter to run again”
  • PC Think “I control the filter to run again”

Reopen previous Filter with same settings loaded

  • Command+Option+F (Ctrl+Alt+F)
  • Opens the last filter dialog box with previously used values loaded.Can adjust then apply it.
  • Mac Think “I want command the last filter, but with options to adjust”
  • PC Think “I want command the last filter, but with alternatives to adjust”

Fade previous Filter:

  • Command+Shift+F (Ctrl+Shift+F)
  • Must run immediately after a filter. Let’s you mx back original with a fade amount as well as use blending modes.
  • Mac Think “I command the filter to fade and blend”
  • PC Think “I control how the filter fades and blends”

Trust me… these are useful.

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Exporting Sections of a Sequence

Recently on the Creative Cow forum, editor Frank Bokoski Jr. ran into a little trouble exporting from Premiere Pro. Specifically, Frank wanted to export segments of his sequence the way he did in other applications. When exporting, Frank set In and Out points on the timeline and then attempted to export only this section. Frank found that the In and Out points were being ignored. So the question remains: how does one export only a segment of a sequence?

Fortunately, Premiere Pro experts Ann Bens and Jeff Pulera stepped in to help. Jeff offered up the workflow, while Ann provided specific details (like keyboard shortcuts and step order) for that workflow. Here are the steps for exporting segments of your sequence:

  1. Place the playhead at the in point and type ALT+[
  2. Place the playhead at the out point and type ALT+]
  3. Choose File>Export>Media
  4. Set the Source Range menu to Work Area (bottom left)
  5. Adjust any the rest of the output settings, if desired
  6. Click the Queue button
  7. Adobe Media Encoder opens
  8. Click the Start Queue button
  9. The encoding process begins
  10. Repeat this process for all the segments you wish to export
You can also export your entire sequence from Premiere Pro by choosing File>Export>Media. Once in Media Encoder, you can drag the orange in and out points (just above the Source Range menu) to include a segment prior to exporting. However, most people find the previous method of exporting the Work Area to be more quick and precise.

Use the Source Range menu to choose Work Area

Use the Source Range menu (bottom) to choose Work Area

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Adjusting the audio levels of multiple clips in Premiere Pro

In Creative Cow’s Premiere Pro forum, FCP switcher and award-winning editor (Good Eats, CNN, This American Land) Walter Biscardi wanted to know how to raise the audio level for one or more selected clips as he used to in Final Cut Pro in the Gain Adjust dialog. Walter finds this option useful when raising or lowering voice overs by the same amount, for example. This is so important to Walter that he recorded a “Gotchas” tutorial video explaining to others how to invoke audio gain. Though you might want to watch the entire video, go to 10:12 to see Walter’s tips for Audio gain. More info about the Audio Gain dialog is found in Premiere Pro Help.

A fully featured Audio Gain dialog box

A fully featured Audio Gain dialog box

Premiere Pro super user and now an Adobe Employee, Jon Barrie offered up the right piece of advice. Here are his steps:

  • Create a keyboard shortcut for the Audio Gain dialog (Jon assigned it to Shift+G, but you can also assign it to Option+CMD+L if you like).
  • Select the clips you wish to adjust the audio for.
  • Type the shortcut for Audio Gain (note that there are a lot of options here). You can also right-click on any clip and choose>Audio Gain, or select a clip or group of clips and then choose Clip>Audio Options>Audio Gain.
  • Choose one of the options: Set Gain to (Absolute in Final Cut Pro) or Adjust Gain by (Relative in Final Cut Pro).
  • Enter in a value for dB or click and drag to scrub to a new value.
  • As you change the value, you should see the audio waveform changing in the timeline. These levels can go further than Final Cut Pro’s limit of 12 dB.

Controls for the Dynamics effect are shown here

Controls for the Dynamics effect are shown here

Jon adds, “This function doesn’t affect the levels band, it still reads as 0 and you can manipulate it as though the gain added or removed is a level of 0 on the levels band.” He also notes that in the dialog, the loudest peak level of the selected clips is visible, so you can see the amount of gain you have before it distorts. Adding the Dynamics effect to limit the levels will further keep anything from distorting. Note that in this dialog you can normalize all peaks or max peaks, as well.

Audition processes clips so that the volume matches

Audition processes clips so that the volume matches

On the same thread, Editor David Cherniack added another tip for balancing audio clips: send the clips to Audition.

  • Create sequence with the clips that need to have the volume matched.
  • In the sequence, select the clip and choose Edit>Edit in Adobe Audition>Sequence.
  • Once in Audition, choose Effects>Match Volume.
  • Drag and drop the clips into the Match Volume dialog.
  • Click the Batch Process button.
  • The clips then will process for matching volume.
  • Choose File>Save.
  • Send the Audition sequence back to Premiere Pro by choosing Multitrack>Export to Adobe Premiere Pro.

The newly sweetened audio will now be imported back into Premiere Pro.

So there you have it! Some great and simple audio tips to help you adjust the levels of multiple clips using Premiere Pro. Audition too!Share on Facebook