Smaller Premiere Pro CS6 trim tool icons

The interface upgrade for Premiere Pro CS6 included an updated look for certain trim tools, including the Selection tool, the Ripple tool, and the Roll tool. For some users, these icons are larger than they would like at certain zoom levels in the Timeline. Some have described that there is too much zooming in and out when performing simple trims because of the larger icons.

DSLR specialist, Philip Bloom feels the trim tools are too large, as well. His friend, “James,” (described as the English “MacGyver”) has created new icons that can be used in place of the existing ones. You can install these tool icons “at your own risk” by following instructions on Philip’s blog entitled, “Little fix to make using Premiere CS6 a little bit better!”

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Premiere Pro CS6 video tutorial series by Andrew Devis

Andrew Devis has been very busy, indeed. Already one of the community’s most prolific content creators, Andrew has released a comprehensive Premiere Pro CS6 video tutorial series on the Creative Cow website. Already featuring 75 in-depth video tutorials, the series helps people get started with Premiere Pro CS6, and those that are coming from other applications.

This series is a good introduction to Premiere Pro, and a boon to all those wishing to know more about the application. Thanks to Andrew!

Opening Premiere Pro CS6
Project Panel
Playback Controls
Keyboard Short-cuts
Matched Sequences & Bins
New Items
Importing Assets
Importing PSDs
Timecode & Playhead
Insert & Overwrite Edits
Targeting Tracks
Tools Part 1
Tools Part 2
Tools Part 3: Rate Stretch
Tools Part 4
Trim Monitor
Timeline Trimming
JKL Trimming
Dynamic Trimming
Un-Linking Tracks
Exporting Single Frames
Three & Four Point Editing
Replacing Footage
Track Headers Options
Naming Conventions
Transitions: What, Why, When
Applying Transitions
Audio Transitions
Titles 1: Basic Titles
Titles 2: Formatting Titles
Titles 3: Title Styles
Titles 4: Exporting Titles
Titles 5: Text on Paths
Titles 6: Rolling Titles
Titles 7: Crawling Titles
Titles 8: Creating an Arrow
Project Management
Fixed Effects
Animating Fixed Effects
Picture in Picture Presets
Corner Pin Effect
The Pen Tool
Color 1: Color Correction
Color 2: Color Waveform
Color 3 The Vectorscope
Color 4 RGB Parade
Color 5: Color Cast
Color 6: Output Levels
Color 7: Skin Tones
Color 8: Color Corrector
Color 9: Secondary Color Correction
Color 10: Vignettes 1
Color 11: Vignettes 2
Color 12: Luma Corrector
Color 13: Luma Curve
Color 14: RGB Curves 1
Color 15: RGB Curves 2
Color 16: Levels Effect
Color 17: Day for Night
Color 18: Leave Color Effect
Color 19: Change to Color
Color 20: Blend Modes 1
Color 21: Blend Modes 2: Lens Flare
Color 22: The Filmic Blend Technique
Color 23: Adjustment Layers
Audio 1: Track Types
Audio 2: 5.1 Audio Channel
Audio 3: Clips & Tracks
Audio 4: Clip & Track FX
Audio 5: Some Audio FX
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Premiere Pro CS5 & CS5.5 Keyboard Shortcuts

For Premiere Pro, the keyboard shortcuts article is typically the most popular page in the Help system. However, when we launched CS6, there were some issues with search engines not finding specific pages that were previously easy to find. The page, Default keyboard shortcuts (CS5 & CS5.5), was unfortunately one of those pages. While we search for a fix, here is a link to the current set of keyboard shortcuts for Premiere Pro CS5 & Premiere Pro CS5.5:

Adobe Premiere Pro (CS5 & CS5.5) keyboard shortcuts

For Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 keyboard shortcuts, see this blog post.Share on Facebook

Premiere Pro CS6 Keyboard Shortcuts

For Premiere Pro, the keyboard shortcuts article is typically the most popular page in the Help system. However, when we launched CS6, there were some issues with search engines not finding specific pages that were previously easy to find. The page, Default keyboard shortcuts in CS6, was unfortunately one of those pages. While we search for a fix, here is a link to the current set of keyboard shortcuts for Premiere Pro CS6:

Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 keyboard shortcuts

For Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 & CS5.5 keyboard shortcuts, see this blog post.Share on Facebook

Free video tutorial samples from “Learning Premiere Pro CS6”

I just reviewed several of the new Premiere Pro CS6 sample video tutorials from Jeff Sengstack and Infinite Skills, and they’re quite good. Entitled, “Learning Premiere Pro CS6,” this series is one of the most in depth training series on Premiere Pro CS6 to date. Over 22 hours of training and 111 lessons are available. Jeff has in depth knowledge about Premiere Pro and his delivery is enjoyable to follow along with. There are 22 free video tutorials from the series available on this page on the Infinite Skills web site, so be sure to check them out.


The following subjects are covered in the free tutorials. I’ve added links to corresponding Help topics:

Here are the topics that are covered, and the corresponding topics in Help:

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Creating a reflective floor using After Effects

A common task in After Effects is to create a reflective floor in After Effects. Rob Garrott shows you how to create one with this video tutorial from This is part of a series called, “Design in Motion.” Check it out!

Other videos in the series:
Creating motion blur in After Effects
Depth of field in C4D and After Effects
Glowing “sci-fi” text in C4D and After Effects

Design in Motion is a series of creative techniques featuring short projects using After Effects and CINEMA 4D. Taught by motion graphics expert Rob Garrott, the course covers how color correction, expressions, rendering type, lighting, and animation are used in each program, and the topics are updated weekly. Using these tips and tricks, motion graphics designers will find designing to be a more efficient process.

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Alternatives to the jog shuttle controls in Premiere Pro CS6

The Premiere Pro CS6 user interface has been vastly improved, with a cleaner look and customizable buttons. In cleaning up the UI, however, there was one casualty: the jog shuttle controls.

We know that a number of our users relied upon the jog shuttle controls for scrubbing through footage, but many more did not. We found this out through research from our Product Improvement Program, the prerelease program, from observing professional editors in action during customer visits and in studios at our office. We observed that more editors used the J-K-L keys to scrub footage, rather than the jog shuttle controls. The obvious benefit of the removal of the controls is that the interface looks much cleaner.

We were aware, though, that a sample of our users might be upset if we removed them. To those users, we apologize. The alternative is to use the J-K-L keys to scrub footage. The use of these keys imitates the jog shuttle controls closely, with the benefit of not having to use the mouse to precisely click a set of controls.

We know that J-K-L scrubbing could be improved. We are aware of the following problems:

  • The high speed scrubbing with JJJJ or LLLL is not fast enough, compared with other NLEs.
  • When scrubbing at high speed, the audio pitch is too high, and therefore not as audible as it could be.
    • Note: You can dial down the audio pitch to be much more audible when scrubbing at high speed.
      • When scrubbing forward with LLLL, press the Shift key, and then press the J key multiple times until audio playback is more audible.
      • When scrubbing backward with JJJJ, press the Shift key, and then press the L key multiple times until audio playback is more audible.
    • Press Shift + L to play forward slowly. Continue to press the L key until the pitch and speed is satisfactory.
    • Press Shift + J to play backward slowly. Continue to press the J key until the pitch and speed is satisfactory.

See this video by Maxim Jago for a good explanation of how to use the J-K-L keys:

For information about how to operate J-K-L scrubbing, see this page in Premiere Pro Help.

Some users report that third-party hardware, such as, the Countour Shuttle works as a suitable replacement for the jog/shuttle controls.

If you can think of any other improvements, please file them as a feature request here: on Facebook

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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Premiere Pro Learn Channel
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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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