… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Tip #1072: Preserve Your Projects – Long-term

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

XML is the only file format that can be shared between apps.

The File > Export > Final Cut Pro XML dialog in Premiere.

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Some projects are one-and-done. Never to see the light of day again. However, in these days of stock media and multiple versions, we often go back to the same project for years.

Yet, technology marches on. How do we protect our edit for the long-term? There’s only one answer: export an XML of every finished project.

How? File > Export > Final Cut Pro XML.

  • XML files describe every element of your edit – but DON’T include media. (You will need to archive media separately.)
  • XML files can be transferred between applications, native project files can’t.

The best option, always, is to reopen your project in the application that created it. But, when that isn’t possible, XML makes sure you can recover your edit. Media links, edits and transitions are preserved in XML. When moving an XML file to other applications, though, you will lose most effects and color grading settings.

Because XML files are small, take almost no time to export, and provide the greatest amount of flexibility for the future, always export an XML version of the finished timeline when you are done with a project.


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… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Tip #1075: Adobe Beefs Up Learning

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Adobe’s Learn panel is refreshed with new Adobe training.

The top of the Learn panel in Premeire.

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Adobe continues to improve its training and tutorial access inside Premiere. If you haven’t seen what’s available lately, here’s where to look.

At the top of the Premiere interface is the Learn workspace; or choose Window > Learn. Click it and a new panel appears on the left side of the screen filled with tutorials.

Click the blue “New Tutorials Available” button to download the latest material. From what Adobe has told me, this section will continue to grow.


… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Tip #1076: Favorite Icons in the Button Editor

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

The Button Editor allows you to customize the buttons displayed in the Source or Program Monitors.

The Button editor. Arrows are explained in the text.

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Over the years, Adobe has significantly slimmed down the Premiere interface. There are a fraction of the on-screen buttons compared to when the Creative Cloud first premiered. (Um, so to speak.)

One of those changes reduced the number of buttons displayed at the bottom of both the Source and Program Monitors. However, we can get many of these back using the Button Editor (screen shot). This customizes the buttons displayed in the Source or Program Monitors.

To open it, click the Plus icon in the lower right corner of either the Source or Program Monitor panels. (Each panel can have its own customization. The two Button Editors are essentially identical.)

NOTE: The Plus icon is indicated by the bottom arrow in the screen shot.

The screen shot displays most, but not all, of the Button Editor choices. Here are my three favorite additions.

  • Left arrow. Exports a still frame based on whatever is under the playhead. This feature supports exporting stills using DPX, JPEG, OpenEXR, PNG, Targa or TIFF formats.
  • Center arrow. Opens Comparison View. (See Tip #253).
  • Right arrow. Toggles between enabling camera native or proxy media.

I’ve added all three of these to my customized monitor panel.


… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #1073: What Do These Transition Controls Do?

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

These controls allow trimming under a transition without removing it first.

The three transition trimming controls: Trim the In, edit point, or Out.

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If you zoom into the timeline far enough, you’ll discover three icons at the top of every transition that can save you time.

NOTE: To zoom into the timeline, select it, then type Cmd + [plus]. To zoom out, type Cmd + [minus]. To reset the timeline, type Shift + Z.

As the screen shot illustrates, at the top of every transition are three trimming controls:

  • Left. Dragging this icon ripple trims the In of the incoming clip.
  • Center. Dragging this icon roll trims the edit point, moving it earlier or later in the timeline.
  • Right. Dragging this icon ripple trims the Out of the outgoing clip.

NOTE: All trimming is based on the underlying clip having sufficient “handles,” extra media before the In or after the Out.

The benefit to using these controls is that you can trim the clips under a transition without removing the transition. For dissolves, this probably won’t make any difference, but other transitions take time to set up. This means you don’t need to repeat your work.


… for Apple Final Cut Pro X

Tip #1074: Timeline Title Secrets

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

These new timeline menu options provide fast access to common taks.

The timeline menu linked to the name of the currently open project.

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A new feature in the 10.4.9 update to Final Cut is located at the top of the timeline. But it is not easy to find.

Starting with the 10.4.9 update, when you click, not Control-click, the name of a project displayed at the top-center of the timeline, five new options appear:

  • Duplicate project
  • Reveal Project in Browser
  • Project Properties
  • Close [project]
  • Close other projects
  • Duplicate project copies your project, but does NOT make any compound or multicam clips independent. This is not a good idea. Instead, use Snapshot Project, which is an option available to all projects by Control-clicking the name of a project in the Browser.
  • Reveal Project is self-explanatory.
  • Project Properties is the same as Window > Project Properties, or typing Cmd + J.
  • Close [project] removes it from the timeline (which means it takes up far less memory), but does not remove it from the Browser or Library.
  • Close Other Projects closes other open timelines, again releasing the RAM they use, but does not remove them from the Browser or Library. Unless you are switching between different projects, closing projects you are not using is a good idea.

Locating these options at the top of the timeline is an excellent timesaver, except for Duplicate Project, which should be avoided.


… for Apple Motion

Tip #1061: Create HDR-compatible Projects in Motion

Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

Motion can easily create HDR projects. You just need to change two settings.

The Color Space menu in File > Share > Settings.

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We can create HDR-compatible projects in Motion by changing only two settings. Here’s what you need to know.

You can choose between two basic color spaces in Motion: Standard and wide gamut HDR.

NOTE: Wide gamut HDR refers to a greater range of colors and color saturation. It does not determine pixel brightness.

To work in a wide gamut HDR color space, also called Rec. 2020, you must first configure two settings. First:

  • Select the Project in the Layers panel.
  • Go to Inspector > Properties and change Color Processing to Wide Gamut HDR.

Next, when the project is complete and you are ready to export:

  • Choose File > Share.
  • In the Settings panel, change the Color Space setting to either Rec. 2020 HLG or Rec. 2020 PQ – depending upon what your distributor requires.
  • NOTE: Don’t use Rec. 2020 – it is an outdated setting.

    This setting determines the color of images you see in the canvas, as well as the color space and appearance of your exported project (the output media file). “Use canvas setting” matches the current project. Instead, set render color space to HDR Rec. 2020 HLG or HDR Rec. 2020 PQ if you intend to export an HDR movie when you complete the project

    The color-processing setting may affect the appearance of your final render. For example, when the project is changed from Standard to Wide Gamut HDR, the effect of some filters or blend modes may change in appearance.

    EXTRA CREDIT

    Remember, we can not use computer monitors to view HDR material. We need to use external, HDR video displays. Computer monitors are not accurate.


    … for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

    Tip #1056: Move a Mix from Audition to Premiere

    Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

    Take the time to verify the technical quality of your mix using Amplitude Statistics.

    The four key fields I check for every exported WAV file.

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    Recently, when I was preparing my webinar An Overview of Adobe Audition, I was reminded of an important tip I learned a while ago.

    When sending an audio mix from Audition back to Premiere, don’t use Multitrack > Export to Adobe Premiere. Why? Because you don’t know what you are getting. There’s a better way.

    Instead, choose File > Export > Multitrack Mixdown > Entire Session.

    This displays a window where you can set various parameters for your exported mix. In general, for video, choose:

    • WAV
    • 48K sample rate
    • 16-bit depth
    • Stereo
    • Check Open files after export

    When the mix is complete, the exported file will be displayed in the Files panel. Double-click it to open it the Waveform Editor. This next step is the reason for this whole process: choose Window > Amplitude Statistics and click Scan in the lower left corner of the window.

    This analyzes your clip for a variety of technical parameters. Here are the four fields I ALWAYS check:

    • True Peak. This is the loudest level in your mix. This must be below 0.
    • Possibly clipped samples. This must be 0. Anything larger means you have distortion in your mix.
    • DC Offset. This should be at or very close to 0
    • LUFS. This measures the average level of the total mix.

    For broadcast, digital cinema and cable, LUFS should be -24 ±1. For the web, LUFS should be around -16. (LUFS is also referred to as LKFS.)

    Once I verify that my audio meets all technical specs, I import it into Premiere and add it to the timeline as the final mix. The benefit to this approach is that I KNOW my audio is good, before final output, rather than HOPING it is good.

    EXTRA CREDIT

    Here’s a video that shows this process in operation.


    … for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

    Tip #1057: What Does this Blue Button Do?

    Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

    By default, sequences are edited as nests – but you can change that with a click.

    This button determines how sequences are treated when they are edited into the timeline.

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    I’ve been using Premiere for years and have never paid attention to this blue timeline button. Here’s what it does.

    When this button is blue, inserting or overwriting a sequence from the Files panel into a different sequence in the Timeline edits it as a nest.

    When this button is white, inserting or overwriting a sequence from the Files panel into a different sequence in the Timeline edits it as a separate clips. (That is, it deconstructs the sequence into its component elements.)


    … for Adobe Premiere Pro CC

    Tip #1058: What is the Events Panel

    Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

    The Events panel explains alerts and warnings in Premiere.

    An empty Events panel in Premeire.

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    The Events panel is located in the Windows menu. What does it do? Here’s the answer from the Adobe Support Community:

    The Events panel lists warnings, error messages, and other information you can use to identify and troubleshoot problems, particularly those associated with plug-ins and other components from third-party developers.

    An alert icon on the status bar notifies you of an error. Double-clicking the icon opens the Events panel, and clearing the associated item from the Events panel removes the icon from the status bar.

    Do either of the following:

    • Double-click the alert icon in the status bar.
    • Choose Window > Events.

    Then do any of the following:

    • To learn more about an item in the list, select it and click Details.
    • To clear the events list, click Clear All.

    … for Apple Final Cut Pro X

    Tip #1054: Be Careful of the Spell-Check Trap

    Larry Jordan – LarryJordan.com

    The Index does not display title content, only the label for that content.

    Correcting a spelling mistake for a title clip in the Timeline Index does NOT change the content of the title itself.

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    I fell into a trap this week, spell-checking titles in Final Cut Pro X. I thought I was correcting spelling, instead I was only correcting a list. Be cautious here! As I was finishing last week’s webinar on An Overview of Adobe Audition, I opened the Timeline index to proof-read markers and text titles.

    What I discovered is that you CAN use the Timeline Index to correct marker names. But you can NOT use the Timeline Index to correct titles. That’s because the Index displays the name of the title, not the content of the title. (See screen shot.)

    So, when I corrected the spelling of “slash” in the Index, it corrected the display in the Index, but NOT the actual text keyed into the video.

    So, while I thought I was being efficient in using the Index for spell-checking, in fact, I wasn’t changing anything that the viewer could see.

    EXTRA CREDIT

    This discovery meant I needed to reopen the show master, manually review each title in the Viewer, correct any mistakes in the Viewer, then reoutput the master file.

    A major pain in my timeline.