… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Tip #122: What is Auto Save Actually Saving?

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Auto Save can protect you from catastrophe.

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By default, Auto Save saves a copy of your Project file every 15 minutes in the same location as your project.

NOTE: You can change the Auto Save location in Project Settings > Scratch Disks.

However, by default, Auto Save does NOT save your current project or media. Think of Auto Save as a backup file in case something really bad happens to your main project file. As well, if you don’t make any changes to your project for 15 minutes, it does not create a new Auto Save file.

Also, by default, it saves up to 20 versions. When it saves the 21st version, the oldest version is deleted. This means that it only keeps the 20 most recent versions of your project file to avoid filling your hard disk with backups.

You can have Premiere automatically save the project you are working on by checking the Auto Save also saves the current project(s) checkbox in Preferences > Auto Save.

I tend to leave this option off because I want to decide when to save my project – in case I’m experimenting and don’t want all those changes saved… yet.

But, automatically saving a project file can decrease your stress if you are someone who tends to forget to save frequenty.

Also, if you have a fast enough Internet connection, you can backup your project files, but NOT your media, to the Creative Cloud. My Internet connection is far to slow to make this viable.


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… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Tip #133: Open Sequences Between Projects

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Premiere supports opening unlimited sequences from any project!

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Premiere allows you to open (more accurately, “import””) one or more sequences from different projects. This makes it easy to share work between projects. Here’s how:

  • Open, or create, the project into which you want to import a sequence.
  • Open the Media Browser.
  • Navigate to the project file that contains the sequence you want to open. Then, double-click it.
  • A message appears saying that Premiere is starting the Dynamic Link database. This technology allows different Adobe apps to share data between apps.
  • After a few more seconds, all the sequences, bins and clips in that project are displayed in the Media Browser.
  • Right-click the sequence you want and choose Import.

Virtually instantly, this project will appear in the Program panel.

NOTE: This simply imports a sequence, it doesn’t link them. Any changes you make are not reflected back to the original project.


… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #103: Add an Audio Fade Without Using Keyframes

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This is a fast way to add fades.

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In the Timeline, select an audio clip. Then, look very carefully at the edges.

Just above the volume control line you’ll see a small dot at each edge. This is the Audio Fade dot.

Drag the Dot to add a fade to the beginning or end of each clip.

To change the duration of the fade, simply slide the position of the dot left or right.


… for Random Weirdness

Tip #098: What’s the Best Way to Repair the Boot Disk?

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Not all repairs work the same – this is better.

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A common question is whether it really makes a difference to switch to Recovery mode to repair a hard disk. There are two answers:

  • No, if it is an external disk
  • Yes, if it’s the boot disk

WHY?

While we can repair an external drive at any time, we really can’t repair the boot disk when it is running AS the boot disk. By definition, all the OS files need to be open and active and we can’t repair an open, running file. Disk Utility compensates for this, but it can’t do a complete repair.

By launching into Recovery mode, we are booting from a completely different part of the hard drive, using totally different files. This allows Disk Utility to fully repair everything on the main boot disk – Macintosh HD – without interference.

EXTRA CREDIT

To launch into Recovery Mode, restart your Mac while pressing Cmd + R. Startup will take longer, but, when complete, you’ll be able to run First Aid from Disk Utility. I try to do this once a month or so.


… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #074: Automatic Keywords Using Finder Tags

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A Fast Way to Organize Media Before You Import

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Finder tags are the next step beyond changing the color of a file or folder: They allow a greater amount of customization and can be used, when importing media into Final Cut Pro, to create keywords automatically.

Right-click (Control-click) any file in the Finder and choose Tags.

The Finder ships with seven color tags. You can use these or create your own; for example, Interviews, B-roll, Scene 23, etc.).

Once a tag has been created, you can assign it to as many other clips as you want. Tags allow you to organize clips using the Finder before importing them into Final Cut.

In the Finder you can find files using tags. In Final Cut, when you import a file and select From Finder Tags in the Media Import window, FCP X will assign a keyword to match each Finder tag. These, then, work the same as any other keyword.

Think of it as automatic file organization.

Cool.


… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Tip #116: Premiere Now Exports HDR-10 Media.

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New Feature in Fall 2019 Release

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Editors can now export HDR content with HDR10 metadata to ensure projects look their best on HDR-enabled displays. Adjusting variables, such as display color primaries and luminance in a the HDR10 export dialog, allows you to deliver content that adapts your images for the display device.

Output settings are controlled in the Export dialog. (These also apply to Adobe Media Encoder.)

We’ll cover this feature more in future weeks.


… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Tip #114: Optimize Your Content with Auto-Frame

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New Feature in Fall 2019 Release

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New in the Fall, 2019, release of Adobe Premiere, Auto Reframe “can be applied to individual clips as an effect or to whole sequences. Auto Reframe identifies the action in your video to ensure that what’s important stays within the output frame. When you are applying Auto Reframe, you can adjust the sensitivity of the algorithm, depending on the amount of motion within your footage. You can further refine the results by adjusting the keyframes after Auto Reframe has worked its magic.” (Adobe blog)

We’ll have more on this feature in coming weeks.


… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Tip #115: Finally! Gain Worth Talking About.

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New Feature in Fall 2019 Release

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The range for audio gain for clips in Premiere has expanded to +15 dB.

With higher bit rates for digital audio captured by modern cameras and recorders, signal levels can have more variation, without the problems inherent to analog media like tape.

Increasing maximum audio gain from +6 dB to +15 dB means you can increase clip volume without additional amplification effects, making the workflow simpler, more precise, and bringing Premiere Pro in line with audio levels in Adobe Audition.

Gain can be adjusted by dragging the volume line in an audio clip, or by adjusting levels in Effect Controls.


… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #085: Narrow Your Search (Part 3)

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Boolean selection simplify finding that needle in a haystack.

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A “Boolean Selection” is a search based upon logical criteria. Specifically, “any,” “and,” and “not.” These are most often applied to searches using keywords, but you can find these options in a variety of places in Final Cut.

Here’s how these work. Let’s say you are searching the media in your project. These clips have some combination of the following keywords applied to each clip: “Red,” “Green,” and “Blue.”

  • Any. This will find clips that contain even one (“any”) of the keywords you are searching for. If a clip contains Red – or – Green – or – Blue, it will appear in the results of your search.
  • All. This will find clips that contain all of the keywords you are searching for. Only clips that contain Red – and – Green – and – Blue will appear.
  • Does Not Include Any. This lists only those clips that do not hold any of the keywords you are searching for. For example, searching for Red and Blue and enabling this option means only clips that do not contain either Red or Blue will appear.
  • Does Not Include All. This lists only those clips that do not hold all of the keywords you are searching on. For example, searching for Red and Blue and enabling this option, will show clips with Red – or – Blue, but not both.

I like keywords a lot. What I like even more is how, using Boolean selection, we can really narrow our searches to find exactly the media we need next for our project.


… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #102: Change the “Shape” of an Audio Fade

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Audio fades are optimized for cross-dissolves.

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Hidden inside the audio fade dot is the ability to change the “shape” of a fade. The shape controls how the audio fades and there’s a reason for each shape. To see the choices, Control-click the dot itself.

Here are the choices:

  • Linear. This is a straight-line fade from full-volume to dead quiet, or dead quiet to full-volume depending upon whether you are at the end or beginning of a clip. This is the best choice when fading to or from black because it sounds the smoothest.
  • S-Curve. This fades quickly, then lingers. I don’t use this often, truthfully.
  • +3 dB. This is the default fade and is best used when cross-fading from one “steady-state” audio clip to another; for example, from one piece of music to another. (See Tip #104 for the reason why.)
  • -3 dB. This is best used when you want something to fade really quickly, then linger longer than an S-curve. I use this most often at the beginning of a clip when I want to minimize a breath, but be at full-volume for the start of a sound-bite.

Each of these sounds different and has a different use in an audio mix. I vary these from one clip to the next, depending upon the sound I need. The one you should use is the one that sounds the best to you.