Archive for October, 2010

Dave Dugdale-Sony Vegas to Premiere Switcher

Dave Dugdale is not a DSLR camera expert. However, Dave is interested in learning all about DSLR production and sharing all this mistakes with others. He created a site called Learning DSLR, which aims to show others how to shoot HD video with a DSLR. The site is primarily aimed at others like Dave that are making the transition from point-and-shoot cameras to DSLRs.

Up until now, Dave has been using Sony Vegas to edit his videos. With the latest version of Vegas focused more on stereoscopic 3D than DSLR editing, he decided to take a serious look at Premiere Pro CS5. Although he doesn’t have a recommended video card, Dave seems to be very happy with Premiere Pro’s performance.

Dave plans on creating more videos about “the switch” to Premiere Pro CS5, so I’ll be following along. Check out the first installment of the series, “Switching to Premiere Pro CS5 – Audio Track Format” on Dave’s website.

ASC Shane Hurlbut Uses Premiere Pro CS5 on “Act of Valor”

Shane Hurlbut is an acclaimed cinematographer who has an amazing list of credits including: “Drumline”, “Mr. 3000”, “Into the Blue” and “Terminator Salvation”. Recently, Shane sat down with Adobe TV and discussed how Premiere Pro CS5 was used in the production of his latest film, “Act of Valor”, produced by the Bandito Brothers.

You can see Shane’s interview, along with a bunch of new videos about shooting and editing DSLR video using Adobe tools here.

Additional interviews about DSLR production with Shane Hurlbut can be found on here.

Shane Hurlbut Videos on Vimeo:
Shane Hurlbut’s Vimeo Channel
Hurlbut Visuals HDSLR Bootcamp
Hurlbut Visuals Camera Protocol

After Effects Leftovers, Secrets You May Have Forgotten

If you’ve been using After Effects for a long time, you may have forgotten some of the more useful features over time. If this sounds like you, then have I got an article for you!

Over at Pro Video Coalition’s “Motion Graphics and Visual Effects” section, Chris Zwar has written up a 5 part series called, “After Effects Leftovers”, which features over 40 tips, tricks, workflow suggestions and general reminders about topics like layout, masking, painting, rendering and even the After Effects interface. Along with the articles are helpful videos. Click the links for those at the end of each article. There are corresponding project files that are available from Chris Zwar’s website, as well.

Sounds good? Then hop right over to the series and read all about it in the following locations.

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5

If you have any questions, keep in mind that you can always find info at the After Effects Help Forums or the Manual.

Promote Your Articles and Tutorials at Adobe

Do you write books, tutorials or DVDs about Premiere Pro or After Effects? Then you’d probably like to know that there is a simple and powerful way to promote your content. How? Add a comment to Help, that’s how! Comments, which may include links to your work, can be added quickly by content creators directly to Help. For example, if you made a video tutorial about titling in Premiere Pro you could go to the Help page about titling and add a comment with a link to your work. This will appear right at the bottom of the page. It’s easy to do too. This blog post aims to show you how to do just that.

Before I get into the methodology of adding comments to Help, content creators will want to know the advantages of adding comments in the first place.

  • Many more users come to than standard tutorial sites.
  • Your comment is targeted directly to users that need your content.
  • It’s a great way to promote your tutorial books or DVDs.
  • Drives more users to your content giving you more credibility at tutorial sites.
  • Positions you as as one of the “leaders” of the community.

To make a comment with a link, start by going to the Help Pages online.

  1. For Premiere Pro, go to Help online:
    For After Effects, go to Help online:
  2. In the upper left corner of help, check the “This Reference Only” option, type in the search term for the topic you wish to provide a link for, and then press Enter.
  3. After you’ve found the proper page, click “Add Your Comment and Rating” at the top of that Help page.
  4. The Adobe ID page launches.Log in to Help with your Adobe ID. If you do not have an Adobe ID, go here to get one:
  5. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Add Comment” button.
  6. A comments field will launch. Enter the relevant information in the field. Don’t forget to include the link for your content in the body of the comment—no HTML code is required.
  7. When you are satisfied with the comment, click the “Save” button.
    Your comment will then be posted with a link to your content.

Feel free to do this on your own any time you like. If you need help doing this, you can contact me (kmonahan—AT— and I’ll add it to the Help comments. Help comments can be seen by every user that goes to help for that particular product. The best tutorials get permanently added to Help (folded in from comments) as long as they are high quality.

If you’re offering tutorials and “how to” books or videos for sale, I can also fold in portions of your content (via your publisher) into Help. This is a great way to promote your books and videos to the Adobe community completely free of charge. If you are authoring this kind of content, drop me a line and let me know what you’ve worked on so I can request access to your content from your publisher.

If you would like to do more tutorials but are running short of ideas, I can also help with that too. I have areas of content that do need reinforcing. Content that matches our needs is ideal.

If you know a content creator be sure to tell them, as well.

Getting into HD with DSLRs and Premiere Pro CS5? Read This!

Todd Kopriva hosts the Premiere Pro Work Area where you can find tons of cool blog posts, articles and troubleshooting help related to Premiere Pro. This week, Todd posted an article which links to a series of videos about DSLR video post-production. Created by Adobe Evangelist Jason Levine, these videos provide a good overview of DSLR post for photographers and other folks that may be new to editing.

In addition to the link to Jason’s videos, Todd has posted a plethora of supplemental links for DSLR HD post. Since Jason tends to present in rapid fire form, these links provide more detail and background for those that are interested in this booming new area of video post-production.

Todd’s link-ridden post is here. Enjoy!

Which is faster? Adobe Media Encoder vs. Apple Compressor

I’ve already written a blog about switcher Chris Fenwick’s journey into learning about Premiere Pro. This time, he’s done a shoot out between Adobe Media Encoder and Apple Compressor. Guess who wins?

I agree with him in that Compressor has always given me a less than satisfactory user experience but I didn’t know that I’ve been wasting so much time with the app over the years. Chris shows that encoding using Media Encoder is about 50% faster than Compressor.

Have a look at Chris’ screencast and see what you think.

Adobe Premiere Pro Tutorials from Andrew Devis

The Creative Cow has always been one of my favorite portals for information about digital video. It’s really a great pro community you should definitely check out. Over at “the Cow” there is thing that is never in short supply, tutorials! There are loads of them for Premiere Pro, so be sure to check out the entire catalog here.

Recently, a bunch of new tutorials for Premiere Pro CS5 has cropped up. Authored by Andrew Devis, these are valuable nuggets of information sure to get you to the next level of expertise. Thank you Andrew!

Here are the links to get you started.

Premiere Pro Starting Splash Screens
Using and Creating Title Templates in Premiere Pro
Title Style Shortcuts in Premiere Pro
Spicing Up Your Titles in Premiere Pro
Rolling Titles in Premiere Pro
Audio Editing Basics for Premiere Pro and Soundbooth
Balancing Audio Levels for Multiple Clips in Premiere Pro
Pan and Zoom and Corner Pin Effects in Premiere Pro
Links to all of Andrew Devis’ Tutorials

Note: I am appending this post because Andrew Devis has cranked out even more tutorials in the past few days. Check out these links:

Sync Lock and Target Tracks
Unlinking Audio and Video for J and L Cuts
Using Markers to Pace Your Editing
Understanding the ‘Source Panel’ Tools

A Premiere Pro Switcher’s Story

Chris Fenwick

Chris Fenwick

Chris Fenwick is a colleague of mine and has been for quite a while here in the Bay Area. Chris has been involved in the post-production community since the 80’s so he’s been around the block a few times. He’s also well known in the Final Cut Pro community and has given impassioned lectures about non-linear editing workflow at FCP users groups like SF Cutters.

To my surprise, Chris has recently become a “switcher”. That is, someone who formerly used another editing tool and has made the decision to switch to Premiere Pro CS5. Lately, he’s been working with a ton of DSLR footage and the workflow for editing it in Final Cut Pro is too painful. Chris simply doesn’t have the time to transcode his footage just to start working on a project. Chris’ reasoning is that Premiere Pro CS5 provides tools to get his job done more quickly and smoothly than Final Cut Pro can.

Chris has recently released a series of videos about the switching process on his website. Although he can be a bit brash in talking about its quirks, I think that Chris gives a very honest assessment of the tools and features found in Premiere Pro CS5. Check out Chris’ website and look at the left hand column for links to all the videos and commentary. If you’re a switcher too, I think you’ll find the videos valuable. By the way, you can also follow Chris on Twitter.

Are you thinking about switching too? No problem! We’ve posted a web page for switchers right here at Adobe. Check out the link here for more information:

Got a switch story to share? Contact me at kmonahan – AT – and point me to your story or video.