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Tip #1612: What Do Red Numbers Mean in Motion?

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Red numbers always indicate values set by keyframes.

Red numbers in the Inspector indicate a parameter that has keyframes applied.

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You are happily creating stuff in Motion when, all of a sudden, red numbers appear. What do they mean?

Red numbers, illustrated in the screen shot, indicate parameter values that have keyframe settings applied.

Most of the time, you created the keyframes and all is good. But, sometimes, Motion creates them without you knowing about it.

Tip #1611 explains how to get rid of them.


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Tip #1608: Add Metadata to Videos in Compressor

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Metadata can be read by many different applications, as well as asset managers.

Custom metadata fields that can be added to any ProRes, MP4, MP3 or QuickTime movie.

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You can use Apple Compressor to add metadata (labels) to your videos during compression using Compressor. Here’s how.

  • Import one or more files into Apple Compressor.
  • Select the file name in the Job list, not the compression setting.
  • In the Job Inspector (top red arrow in screen shot), scroll down to the Metadata menu (bottom red arrow).
  • Click it and select as many custom fields as you need.

NOTE: No, you can’t add fields that aren’t on this list. However, you can import an XML Property List, if you know how to create XML files.

Metadata can be added to ProRes, MP4, MP3 and QuickTime files.


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Tip #1610: Add Automated Job Actions in Compressor

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Job Actions can trigger an Automator workflow for extensive automation.

The Job Action menu options inside Apple Compressor.

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Apple Compressor has eight pre-built automation tasks that can be triggered when compression is complete.

These include:

  • Save the file
  • Add to TV Home Videos
  • Create a Blu-ray or AVCHD Disc
  • Create a DVD
  • Open with a specific application
  • Prepare for HTTP Live Streaming
  • Run Automator Workflow
  • Send Email
  • Post to YouTube or Facebook

To access these:

  • Select a file in the Job list.
  • Scroll down in the Job Inspector (top red arrow) to the bottom.
  • In the Action menu (bottom red arrow), select what you want Compressor to do when compression is complete.

Most of the time, I simply want Compressor to save a file. However, I used HTTP Live Streaming every week to provide mobile device support for my webinars.

EXTRA CREDIT

For true flexibility, you can couple Compressor to Automator for significant file processing after compression is complete.


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… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Tip #1620: How to Rename Timeline Tracks

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Scale tracks vertically, then control-click a track to rename.

Control-click a track name in the Timeline to change its name.

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Premiere allows renaming audio or video tracks – if you know where to click.

Here’s how:

  • Load the sequence you want to label into the Timeline.
  • Select the Timeline panel.
  • Type Cmd + [plus] to increase the vertical height of the video tracks until you see the names of the tracks.

NOTE: To increase the height of audio tracks, type Option + [plus].

  • Control-click the name of the track you want to change and select Rename (see screen shot).

These names will show up in the Timeline and Audio Track Mixer.

Once you save the project, these names will stay with that sequence until you change them.


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Tip #1621: Create Custom Workspaces

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Custom layouts are easy to create and keep using Workspaces.

Window > Workspaces submenu.

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You can create an unlimited number of custom interface workspaces in Premiere. Here’s how.

  • Drag the vertical or horizontal borders between panels to resize panels.
  • Add new panels from the Windows menu.
  • Rearrange things as much as you want.
  • Then, choose Window > Workspaces > Save as New Workspace to save your work.

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To reset a workspace to its default setting, select it so it is displayed in Premiere. Then, choose Window > Workspaces > Reset to Saved Layout.


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Tip #1622: Reduce Audio Noise in Premiere Pro

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Adobe licensed their noise reduction tool from Accusonus.

Noise reduction options in the Essential Sound panel.

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One of the new features in Adobe Premiere Pro is a filter to reduce noise in an audio clip.

Generally, you want to use this effect to reduce, not eliminate, noise. Why? Because the more noise you reduce, the more likely you are to damage the quality of the remaining audio.

Still, this effect can salvage otherwise unusable clips. Here’s how it works:

  • Switch to the Audio workspace.
  • Select the audio clip you need to repair in the Timeline.
  • Assign the Dialogue tag by clicking the word Dialogue in the Essential Sound Panel.
  • Check the Repair option.
  • Check Reduce Noise.
  • Drag the slider while playing the clip and adjust to where the noise is reduced while the remaining audio sounds good.

NOTE: Because noise and voice frequencies overlap, there will probably be some degradation of the remaining audio. Try to find the best balance you can – but every clip will be different.


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Tip #1606: Change Metadata Labels for Video Exports

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Metadata can be embedded into ProRes, MP4, MP3 and QuickTime files.

The Project Metadata Inspector (top red arrow). The white arrow displays more metadata fields (bottom red arrow).

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Have you ever wondered where those labels come from when you share (export) a file? These labels are stored as project metadata.

Here’s how to change them:

  • Select the project in the Browser.
  • Click the “trident” arrow in the Inspector (top arrow in screen shot). This displays the project metadata.
  • Change the text in any field.
  • Or, click the white down arrow (bottom red arrow in screen shot) to display more than a dozen other metadata fields that can be added to your export.

These will be retained in the project until you change them.

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You can also add metadata to videos using Compressor.


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Tip #1607: Add Metadata to Videos in Compressor

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Metadata can be read by many different applications, as well as asset managers.

Custom metadata fields that can be added to any ProRes, MP4, MP3 or QuickTime movie.

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You can use Apple Compressor to add metadata (labels) to your videos during compression using Compressor. Here’s how.

  • Import one or more files into Apple Compressor.
  • Select the file name in the Job list, not the compression setting.
  • In the Job Inspector (top red arrow in screen shot), scroll down to the Metadata menu (bottom red arrow).
  • Click it and select as many custom fields as you need.

NOTE: No, you can’t add fields that aren’t on this list. However, you can import an XML Property List, if you know how to create XML files.

Metadata can be added to ProRes, MP4, MP3 and QuickTime files.


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Tip #1592: A “Better” Way to Adjust Audio in Motion

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Nothing about audio in Motion is easy. Here’s proof.

Enable keyframe display (top), Audio timeline (middle), Keyframe Editor (bottom).

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Audio always seems like an afterthought in Motion. Audio clips are impossible to find and almost impossible to adjust. But, here’s a trick that makes setting levels a bit easier.

Import an audio clip into Motion, then:

  • Reveal the Timeline (Shortcut: F6).
  • Click the Audio icon in the top right corner (top red arrow). This reveals the audio clip in the middle of the pane (middle section of screen shot).
  • Click the Keyframe icon (lower red arrow).
  • Put the playhead where you want the first keyframe to appear and select the audio clip in the Timeline pane.
  • Go to Inspector > Audio Track and add a keyframe for Audio Level. A small red dot appears below the audio clip in the Timeline pane. (Middle portion of the screen shot.)

NOTE: You would think you could adjust the keyframe audio level by dragging it. You would be wrong.

  • Adjust the audio level for that keyframe in the Inspector.
  • Move the playhead to where you want the next keyframe to appear and repeat the keyframe setting process.

NOTE: You would think the keyframes in the Timeline would indicate the different levels. You would be wrong.

  • To see audio levels once they are set, Control-click the keyframe and choose Show in Keyframe Editor. (Lower section of screen shot.)

NOTE: You would think Motion would make adjusting audio easier. You would be wrong.


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Tip #1593: How to View Motion Keyframes

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Each keyframe can be repositioned and modified from within the Timing Pane.

Keyframes displayed in the Timing Pane.

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Most of the time, the mini-Timeline in Motion, combined with the Inspector, allows us to adjust keyframes without getting bogged down in too many details.

But, when you need to see all the keyframes associated with an elements, the Timing Pane is the answer.

To reveal it, choose Window > Show Timing Pane.

Then, to see keyframes, click the 3 Diamonds icon in the top right corner (red arrow in screen shot).

This opens the keyframe display where you can see and modify keyframes as necessary.

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Tip #1594 explains how to modify keyframes.


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