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The ability to move clips as a group makes it easier to adjust segment timing.
Premiere provides a fast and easy way to move multiple clips at the same time: the Track Select Forward tool. Here’s how it works.
From the toolbar, select the Track Select Forward tool. (There’s no assigned keyboard shortcut, but you can add one in Premiere > Keyboard Shortcuts.)
Click in the timeline. All clips that exist at that frame in the timeline are selected, even if it’s only the tail end of a clip.
NOTE: If you find yourself selecting clips that you don’t want to select, move the cursor past the end of the clips you don’t want to select.
Type Cmd + [left / right] arrow to move all selected clips one frame left or right.
Type Shift + Cmd + [left / right] arrow to move 5 frames left or right.
In the tool bar, click the small arrow next to the Track Select Forward tool to choose the Track Select Backward tool. It works the same way, except that it selects all clips BEFORE the position you click in the timeline.
Menu colors can also be sorted, helping to group similar clips.
A menu preference that I skip over ALL the time is “Labels.” However, these can be really useful – especially to help organize larger projects.
Label colors are assigned to different media types by default. These default colors are set using Preferences > Labels. (See screen shot.)
However, you can change these colors to something that works better for you.
NOTE: One reason where changing label colors might help is color blindness. Or, you may have preferred colors that help you organize media.
An added benefit to using colors is that you can sort on them in both Project and Bin panels. To sort on color, click the empty column header just above the colors. Click a second time to reverse the sort order.
NOTE: The sort order is actually based on the color order of a spectrum – from red to violet.
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Your movies tell the world a lot about you – in ways you may not expect.
Both Final Cut Pro and Compressor embed metadata (text labels) into your movies that can be easily read by anyone using QuickTime Player – or other media viewing software.
This includes the name of the person creating the file, descriptions, keywords, Event names and much more. This metadata can be customized – for example, I use it to embed a copyright date.
However, sometimes, you may NOT want this information embedded for security, secrecy or personal reasons. Apple Compressor 4.5.3 features a new function that disables embedding metadata and prevents any that is already embedded in the source media from passing through to the compressed file.
NOTE: This only affects compressed files, source files are not modified.
Select the compression setting applied to a clip.
Scroll to the bottom of the General tab.
Click the Remove all metadata and annotations radio button.
This setting can only be applied to individual compression settings.
To set this as a default for a setting, select a compression setting in the Settings panel, then disable metadata from the General Inspector.
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Adobe’s on-going interface cleanup continues in the Header Bar.
In the beta release of Adobe Premiere Pro last week, Adobe cleaned up the Header Bar. While the big news surrounds the new import and export workflows, the newly-cleaned-up look of the Header Bar is also worth mentioning.
NOTE: Beta software, by definition, is unstable and likely to change. You can install the beta version without losing access to the current release of Premiere. However, use beta software only for exploration and experimentation; because there is always the possibility of losing your work due to a software bug.
THE HEADER BAR
Starting with the initial Creative Cloud release several years ago, Adobe began the process of cleaning up the Premiere interface. Because, frankly, there were so many icons, controls and widgets it was almost impossible to figure out what you needed to tweak to accomplish even simple tasks.
The latest beta release continues that trend. Once you create a new project – or open an existing one – you’ll see a lot fewer icons at the top of the interface.
Adobe calls this the Header Bar and it now divides into two sections. On the left (at the top of the screen shot) are:
Home. This brings you back to the opening screen where you can choose which project to open or create.
Import. This opens a new approach to importing media and creating a new project.
NOTE: You can by-pass this window by clicking Create in the lower right corner.
Edit. This opens the editing window with the familiar Premiere interface.
Export. This opens a new approach to exporting projects.
NOTE: I’ll cover both import and export workflows in future tips.
On the right (lower portion of the screen shot) are icons to:
Quick Export. This expands on the Quick Export option in the current release version of Premiere.
New Features. This, not surprisingly, displays a “What’s New in Premiere” screen.
Feedback. This speeds sending feedback to Adobe during the beta process.
Workspaces. Rather than listing all workspaces across the top of the screen, they are now consolidated into this menu. Their function is the same, however.
Maximize video output. This displays video in the current timeline full screen.
Adobe concludes: “We’ll be rolling out these new experiences on a timeline starting with this public Beta to ensure that our customers can provide feedback, explore the changes and continue to use Premiere Pro to its fullest potential. These changes are additive and not a replacement to current workflows. We understand how important muscle-memory is and we don’t want to disrupt your flow in any way.”
Here’s a link to Adobe’s blog with more details on all the changes.
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This new feature in Apple Compressor is specifically targeted at folks creating graphical animation. It reduces image file size without compressing the media. It’s called “Indexed Colors.”
What this does is, rather than storing the full range of colors in a file, it only stores the actual colors used. This can reduce file size 80-90% per frame without compression!
To create this:
Create a new compression setting and format it as an Image Sequence(see top screen shot).
Select the Image Sequence in the Settings sidebar.
In the General tab of the Inspector (lower screen shot), change Image Type to PNG or GIF.
NOTE: PNG is uncompressed, GIF is compressed.
Select the number of colors in the image in the Color palette menu. (The fewer colors, the smaller the file.)
NOTE: “Not indexed” uses all available colors.
Global shares the same color pallette across all frames. Local uses a new color palette for each frame. Local is faster, but global will yield more consistent results.
Color dithering: If you have more colors than you are indexing, turn on Color dithering. (Sierra 2 may produce a smoother image.) If the number of colors in the image equals the index number, set this to None.
Animated: Available when Image type is set to PNG or GIF, exports a single, animated file containing all frames (rather than a collection of individual files for each frame).
Playback: Available when Animated is selected. Playback specifies how many times the animated GIF or PNG loops during playback. Select Continuously, or enter the number of times you want the animated image to play. (Not all web browsers will recognize this option.)
Create unique output directory: Available when Animated is not selected. Select this checkbox to create a folder to hold the output files; the files saved will be named “frame-0,” “frame-1,” “frame-2,” and so on.
Add leading zeros to frame numbers: Available when Animated is not selected. Select this checkbox to have Compressor add leading zeros to output filenames (“filename-000000,” “filename-000001,” “filename-000002,” and so on).
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