Week 15 Monday [May 4. Self-Paced; No Zoom]

Overview

  1. Today: Post-Production: More Editing Skills & Practice with Adobe Premiere Pro
  2. Wednesday:
    • Take Quiz 4 by this Sunday, May 10 via Wyocourses.
    • End-of-semester check-in with the instructor via email or Zoom
    • Work on Digital Video Story and or Reflection Post
  3. Friday: Work on Digital Video Story and or Reflection Post

For Wednesday (May 6): End-of-semester check-in with the instructor

You can check in with me via email or sign up a slot to do a Zoom check-in next Wednesday (May 6). You can sign up for a Zoom check-in here.

Please email me or talk to me via Zoom about:

  1. What remaining assignments do you need to work on
  2. What’s your progress and work plan to finish them? Any questions about them?
  3. Do you anticipate or have you experienced any difficulties with these assignments?
  4. Is there anything that I can help with your projects?

Continue with Adobe Premiere Pro…

Again, go find in-app tutorials in the software:

  1. Open the software -> go to the top application menu -> Help -> Open Premiere Pro In-App Tutorials
  2. Now, you should be able to see the “Learn” panel open in your interface. And you should be able to see three main modules: Premiere Pro Overview, The Basics, and Skills and Projects.
Today, we will continue with the in-app tutorials. We will start with the third module, Skills and Projects.
This module contains the tutorial “Creative and Stylistic Edits” (which you can see in the bottom left corner of the screenshot.)

Today, you are expected to review these in-app tutorials:

  1. Creative and Stylistic Edits. This tutorial includes 5 mini-tutorials. You need
    • Adding Transitions to Clips (Cross Dissolve Effect)
      • Two other commonly used dissolve transitions are “Dip to Black” and “Drip to White”. While you are learning to add transitions, try them with the sample video as well.
      • In the Effects panel, search for “video transitions”. Try “Dip to Black” and “Drip to White” and see what they look like in the sample video.
    • Working with Audio
  2. In the same module (Creative and Stylistic Edits), the following mini-tutorials are optional but recommended to finish. You won’t necessarily need to know them to finish your video project but using these effects would certainly enhance your video storytelling quality and aesthetic. As follows:
    • Changing the Speed of Clips
    • Adding Titles

After reviewing these tutorials and practiced editing as instructed, you should be able to:

  1. Use cross dissolve, drip to black, and drip to white to create fade in and fade out for singular video clips and titles or between clips.
  2. Do basic audio editing in Adobe Premiere (Audio transitions; volume control).

All the editing skills that we have learned so far will help you integrate b-roll clips in your video. Here’s a rough process of how you can do it, although your actual process may differ:

  1. First, make sure you have created a project in Premiere Pro and have all the b-roll videos ready on your PC.
  2. Before you start inserting b-rolls, you should already have the “skeleton” of your story ready in My Sequence panel and you have a good idea about where you want to insert b-rolls.
    • Note that the tutorial video below uses a different strategy, which involves inserting all the b-rolls to the sequence before sorting out deciding which ones and where to place them in the overall storyline.
  3. Import your b-roll videos to the Project panel where you keep all your media for editing.
  4. Select one b-roll video you want to use. Double click it to open it in the Source panel.
  5. Use the Mark In { and Mark Out } icons below the timeline to select the snippet you want to insert to the final project.
  6. Drag the snippet to an appropriate place on a dedicated b-roll video track in the My Sequence panel. Note that you shouldn’t insert your b-roll footage onto the same track which you use to develop the main storyline. B-roll footage should have its own video track.
  7. Repeat steps 4-6 until you have all the b-rolls in the sequence.
  8. Adjust the order of your b-rolls and add transition effects.

If you prefer a step-by-step visual tutorial for integrating b-rolls, check out the following video, especially 0:30-2:43. This video works with a previous version of Adobe Premiere Pro, but it is very easy to follow and an efficient demonstration of editing b-rolls.


Now, let’s learn one more audio skill that would help you finish your video project:

How to add reporter voice, i.e., how to record voiceover for your video?

You can record a voiceover directly onto the timeline in Adobe Premiere Pro.

  • In the following screenshot, you can find the microphone recording icon (circled out on an audio track in My Sequence panel) to record voiceover.
  • The fastest way to get this done is to use your computer’s built-in mic to record directly onto an audio track and edit within the app.
  • Make sure that you use a new audio track for recording voiceover (See the screenshot for instruction.).
  • Then, record and edit your voiceover within the app.

For troubleshooting and a detailed step-by-step tutorial, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rW9WLO2LXP8


This is the last course blog post. Please do not hesitate to contact with any questions or difficulties should you encounter while finishing the remaining assignments. I look forward to watching your video stories!

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