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Begin to Edit in Premiere Pro

Lesson 37 from: Filming Families: The Modern Family Video

Courtney Holmes

Begin to Edit in Premiere Pro

Lesson 37 from: Filming Families: The Modern Family Video

Courtney Holmes

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37. Begin to Edit in Premiere Pro


Class Trailer

Class Introduction


The Spark That Inspired Me


What Are Family Films?


Gear for Family Films


Camera Settings for Video


Frame Rates & Slow Motion


Picture Profiles & Color Grading


Settings for Audio Capture


Lesson Info

Begin to Edit in Premiere Pro

I'm gonna show you how I create a new project. Before we start, I wanna say I've already been through the footage for the session that I did on Sunday. I've put together a version of the film because by the end of this, I want you to see what a completed film for them will look like, but in saying that, I'm gonna do it from scratch with you guys so that you can really hear my full thought process, and I'm not gonna try to replicate what I did. It's probably gonna be pretty similar anyway, but each time that you sit down and work with... It's like when you have a group of materials, you can build lots of different things with it, right? So, it's not ever going to be the same. You can take the same materials here, and here, and build two different things, right. So it's gonna be pretty similar, but what I'm gonna try and do with you guys so that you can see my thought process through this is do it from scratch. And I would always be pretty familiar with the footage anyway before I get st...

arted. We will get as far as I can, and then at the end, in the next segment, I will show the completed film. So first thing first, we go into New Project, and I would call this the client's name usually, but it's up to you, however you want to title your stuff. And you can see there's a location folder underneath this. This is kind of going back to what I was talking about earlier in terms of how I organize stuff. I keep the project within the hard drive, the document folder, the client's folder. It defaults to your documents folder. So you'll need to change this to go and point it to wherever it is that you want it to go. This stuff you can leave as it is. Under Scratch Disks, you have two options. You can either have it all point to the same client folder. What this is, is it's the preview files, and it's the auto saves, and all of that. So you can have this write to the computer, and then have the project file be on the hard drive, or you can have this with the hard drive. If the hard drive failed, you would still have the previews here. So if you still had the footage somewhere you could then relink it. I don't worry a whole lot about that stuff because I'm always on top of my hard drives making sure that they're doing really well. I also have backups, I use CrashPlan as a back up. So I've always got my footage saved in two locations. I typically will leave this in the documents folder, and I don't worry about moving this. It's the kind of thing that you can also delete later. So you don't necessarily need to keep this stuff, it's just the extras, okay. So I'm gonna go back over to general. You can leave this as it is, as I said, and then go okay. So who here is familiar with Premier Pro? Can I just get a show of hands? Okay, alright, and I know that there's a lot of people at home here who are watching who've probably haven't ever seen it opened up, so I'm gonna go from scratch here. When you open up the work space, you're gonna probably be, I would say, in editing. Up here at the top, these are all the different work spaces, and you can see I've got editing highlighted right now. So a quick rundown of what we're looking at, and I'm gonna be really basic with this. I don't want to get too heavy into the technical stuff of Premier Pro, because there's a lot of classes on that, on all the different ways. It's like Photoshop, there's a million different ways to do the same thing. So what I want you to take away from my class, is my thought process in assembling the film. It's the story telling side of it. But I am gonna run through some basics so you can get there. So when you first open up from your Pro, over here on the left hand side, and this is the source panel, and this is where when you double click on a video file, it's gonna show up here, and this is where you're watching the raw file, the raw footage before it's edited, before it's cut, any of that. So that's where you would see it. Your media would be here. This is the project tab. You can see there's several different tabs. I'll cover those later. But you would import your media in here. It lives in folders, they're also called bins. And when you double click on the media, it then shows up here. When you've picked the clips that you want, or the sections of the clip that you want, you then drag that down here onto the timeline. You can't see if populated yet, because we haven't created it. Whatever you drag down here first, sets the settings for your sequence. This is a sequence. You can have more than one. Your timeline, there's multiple sequences within, okay. So whatever you pull down first sets your sequence settings. I usually recommend for the people that are shooting a mixture of resolution sizes, which usually happens if you're shooting a mixture of frame rates, and you're on a mark three. I always recommend that you start your sequence with a 1080p clip at whatever the standard frame rate is that you're shooting. So 24 or 30 or 25 if you're in Australia. So start it with that, whether that's the first clip you plan on using or not, it doesn't matter. It's just setting the settings. It's the easiest way. There's another way to set the settings, I'll show that later. But for now, this is the easiest way, okay. And then you continue that process of you click on the clip here, you watch it here, you choose what you want, you bring it down here. And then you click on a clip, you watch it, bring it down. Choose where you want, bring it down. That process then builds a film all the way across. Then when you're watching this part play back, you see that here. So this is where the completed version lives.

Class Materials

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Shot List Worksheet Template
Shot List Worksheet Example
Ideas for Your First Film
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Ratings and Reviews

Adam Nicholls

Worth a watch! Courtney provides a clear and organised class, she is also very passionate about what she does which is always nice to see. She has a great back story which is fantastic. This course is good for beginners who have some knowledge in photography and want to learn more about video. I would recommend that people do not refer this class to the bible of filmmaking as I feel you can expand further on what Courtney teaches. Some useful tips for beginners but some methods I personally feel can be taught differently. I feel a gimbal is a useful bit of kit if used correctly. You can still use a gimbal when in manual mode providing you follow the basics rules! Obviously if Courtney prefers not to use a gimbal then that's also fine but I wouldn't discourage students from exploring useful filmmaking tools. Slow motion can be achieved with 50/60fps however I feel other frame rates should have been discussed like 120fps. I liked that Courtney engaged with the students as it gets them involved and will help them remember what they have learned during the class. Thank you for taking the time to share some of your knowledge

a Creativelive Student

Courtney's work is absolutely amazing and inspiring. I feel lucky that she has chosen to share her process and that this class is available! After watching all the videos and trying my hand at this video thing, I am feeling really encouraged and inspired to do more- both personally and professionally. I appreciate the way that she breaks things down in the video and that she shares her thought process. A really great course!


Courtney’s course completes me! I have storytelling “holes” in my film previously, but this course helped fill those holes to create a flow and a film with emotion. Not only is the course wonderful (and well worth every penny) but Courtney is wonderful as well! I had such an amazing experience at Creative Live!!!!

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