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Strategies that will help you work more quickly & efficient, include:arrow
-Moving off your mouse and learn the Keyboard Shortcuts.
-Learn new workflows & techniques.
-Turning workflows into habits and muscle memory
-Experiment—but be ruthless with your time.
multi-planeSome of the strategies cost you nothing to implement… except the willingness to do so. A lot of producers & editors schedule professional development time as part of their workday. Scheduling 15 min every day as “research time” can save you hours or even days. For example on the sidebar of this blog there is an interview about multiplane moves. If that is something you want to try on your next production, spend a few hours trying this with the new direct link between Photoshop & Premiere. Taking the time to brush up on all kinds of skills usually pays off when you are working on deadline. Take yourself “off the clock” sometimes and learn something new!

It is usually a good idea to find multiple answers to the same question.
Here are a few suggestions:
1. Use the Search function on top of every page to find stuff in this blog.
2. Have “The Cool Stuff” PDF open in Acrobat and use the search in there.
3. Have the Premiere manual PDF open in Acrobat to find the official Adobe answer.
4. Use the Lynda.com search function to find relevant lessons.
5. Search YouTube for relevant answers.

Premiere Essentials
File>Project Settings
Optimizing media in Premiere (Sequence settings)
-FAQ Speeding up rendering & exporting

Transcode or not Transcode
See “The Cool Stuff” pages: 16, 139, 412,
Also read this article
You can bring almost all footage into Premiere without transcoding, provided that you are editing a package with no more than 4 camera angles.
For a complete list see page 103-108 of the Premiere manual.
DVCPRO-HD in MXF wrapper (the file structure on P2 cards)
Create folder: “20150803cam-1_whitehouse” and copy from card reader or HD
PRORES >Any flavor (but Mac only!)
AVID DNxHD MXF (Adobe licensed for both Mac & PC)
AVID DNxHD in Quicktime wrapper .mov
AVC-intra in Quicktime wrapper  .mov
AVC-intra MXF
AVI (Windows only)
Create folder: “20150803cam-1_whitehouse” and copy from card reader or HD
Click here to read more about media files.

Mac vs PC
About 95% of computers in the world are PC
Read this recent Mac vs PC article
With Adobe it doesn’t really matter what platform you are on, the interface is identical.
You substitute the Control key for the Command key to use the shortcuts.
PC’s are a little cheaper and it is easier to find qualified IT people to work on them.

Resizing footage
Also watch 26 tips for faster editing
Usually to fit an image to your sequence:
-Right click the image on the timeline and choose “set to frame size”
Select the piece on the timeline (single click)
-click the motion tab in Effect Controls
-click motionwireframe
-go over to the image and resize
You might have to take the view from “Fit” to 25% to be able to grab the resize handles.
This is only a view option, resizing happens in the motion tab.



Premiere Manual P 114
Resize vector/Illustrator/logo’s “Cool Stuff” P 548
Also watch this brief “Default Scale to Frame Size” video

Split or cut one or more clips Using “Add Edit”
Pr manual p 226
Cool Stuff p 372
In Pr the Track Tool is the letter A on the keyboard. like in FCP it is easy to “make room” in the middle of a sequence by turning on the Track Tool, moving everything after your pointer down. Then insert or trim and close the gap again as usual by clicking in the empty space and hitting delete. Alternatively, press Ctrl+K (Windows), or Command+K (Mac OS). To split clips on all except locked tracks.

Applying transitions
Here is the official Adobe take on it.
Apply Default Transition:
Select cut, make sure that Linked Selection is ON if you want to apply to both audio & video.
linkedSHIFT + D





Change the length of the default transition in Preferences >General

To adjust a transition to start, end, or offset, just drag the dissolve with mouse.
Adjust length: drag at end of transition or double-click to bring up duration box.



Good to know:

Setting up a project and a sequence
Importing camera media and digital assets
Organizing media
Editing clips into a sequence
Adjusting duration of clips using trimming tools
Refining the visual portion of a project using appropriate affects
Refining and enhancing the audio of a project
Exchanging media or projects with other applications

Utilizing metadata, markers, and captioning data
Creating outputs
Creating and adding titles
Creating Projects and Setting Up the Workspace
Adjusting General settings
Adjusting Scratch Disks settings
Adjusting workspaces and the UI
Import, Organize, and Select Assets
Organizing media
Marking ranges of clips
Creating sequences
Adding clips to a sequence
Adjusting clips within a sequence
Adjusting the speed or duration of a clip
Moving clips with a sequence
Audio Properties of Clips and Sequences
Working with audio clips
Mixing audio using Track Adjustments and Effects Effects, Transitions, and Titles
Modifying the appearance of clips
Creating transitions
Working with titles
Metadata, Markers, and Captioning Data
Using markers with clips
Using captioning data
Exchanging and Managing Media and Projects
Exchanging media or projects with other applications

Be familiar with Adobe Media Encoder AME

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