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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.

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.

The Quadro FX 4800 for Mac + Premiere Pro CS5 = Fast

These days more and more hardcore editors are being won over by Premiere Pro CS5. Why? Performance! They are particularly blown away when evaluating a system that contains a powerful video card such as Nvidia’s Quadro FX 4800. A video card like this allows the Mercury Playback Engine to perform at its peak.

In this recent article over at Pro Video Coalition, editor Scott Simmons of the Editblog on PVC puts Premiere Pro CS5 through its paces. Simmons is impressed by the real-time performance of Premiere Pro CS5 coupled with the Quadro FX 4800. This is especially noticeable when he adds layers of video, each containing intensive filters and effects. In the article, Simmons drops Premiere Pro’s resolution to 1/2 and sees no visual degradation of the image. With that, he adds more and more effects “far beyond anything I would ever attempt in everyday editing”. Personally, I’ve never heard an editor say that, have you?

For a more PC-centric view of the topic of Premiere Pro CS5 and hot video cards on Pro Video Coalition, you’ll want to check out Bruce Johnson’s article here.

If you are curious as to what other editors are saying about Premiere Pro CS5, this article is a good one to check out.