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DSLR Video Editing for Photographers - Pt. 4

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[♪mellow guitar music♪] [DSLR video editing in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5] [Text & Titling with PSDs and Beyond - with Jason Levine] Hello, everyone. My name is Jason Levine. Welcome to Part 4 of DSLR video editing for the Pro photographer. In this section we're going to basically cover working with Photoshop files natively inside Premiere Pro to allow you to do things like Lower Thirds or add branding logos or what have you over top of your video. The key is you can do all of the work that you've always done in Photoshop, and you can bring those PSD files in natively and you can even choose which layers are visible and how you handle them inside Premiere. You can even animate them in Premiere, or you can leverage animations that you've already done in Photoshop and play those back in Premiere Pro CS5. So an incredible level of flexibility. The key is it's a workflow that you're already doing. You already know how to do this. I'm just going to show you how to bring it into the Timeline and drop it over top of your images and video that you've been building up all along. So let's go ahead and bounce over to Photoshop where I've got a Lower Third that I designed. Again, nothing terribly fancy. I've got a couple different layers here. You can see that we've got some movement going on underneath. By the way, you can see that I'm scrubbing the Timeline here in the animation timeline. If you've never used the animation timeline in Photoshop, as I mentioned in the previous episode, the great thing is it's all based around keyframing, and the keyframing works exactly the same as it does in Premiere Pro and in After Effects as well. So if you can do it here, you can do it there. You already know what to do. Now, by looking at this, the first thing that I really wanted to do is I wanted to actually fly my text in from the side and then kind of fly off the screen. There's a number of different ways that you can do this, and in a later episode I'll actually show you how you can finesse this Photoshop file in After Effects to do some really cool text animations. But for just basic fly in from the left and then fly out again, you can do all of it here, and Premiere Pro will be able to read that information and display it. So let's do that. Remember, the basic process is you just need to set that first keyframe. It'll do all the work for you. So the finished position, I want the ending position of my text to be here, and let's say right around 20 frames. That's just under a second. So if I come over to my position down here in the animation timeline, notice that familiar Stopwatch icon. If I click on that, it's going to set the keyframe for me. So I'll reposition my playback cursor and grab my text, holding down the Shift key, and just drag it off screen. And now I'm going to slide that keyframe over because we know we want it to be right at the start. Notice there's some opacity on there. Now if I hit the space bar, it's going to cache those frames and play back for me. Now you can get an idea of what that looks like. Really simple, really easy. And remember, we only had to create that first keyframe. After we moved the text layer, it generated that second keyframe at the beginning for us automatically, just as it did in Premiere Pro in the last episode. So now that we've got this, if we like the way it looks again, we can make any changes to this at any point in time that we want. I'm going to go ahead and save this. And let's go ahead and close it while we're at it as well. Let's close that. Let's bounce over to Premiere, and let's go ahead and import that file. Now remember, we can File Import or I think I've got it here in the Media Browser. There it is. Lower Third. Double click on Lower Third PSD, and you'll see that you're greeted with this very cool dialogue, which basically asks you, "How do you want to handle the import of this Photoshop file?" "There's lots of layers here. Do you want to bring everything as merged, so merging all the layers together?" If you turn on Merged Layers, this is going to allow you to first select the layers you want and then merge them together. You can bring them in as individual layers or as a sequence, which would basically allow you to animate each individual layer independently. But we've already got animation on there. I don't need to see all the individual layers, I just want the Photoshop file. So I'm going to choose Merge All. Remember, if you choose Merged, now we can turn on or off the ones we want, but it's going to bring it in as effectively what appears as a flattened Photoshop file. But it's never actually flattened. Stay tuned. You'll see why. Okay. So Merge All Layers, click OK. I've already got the layers on that I need, right? So now it's actually in the Source Monitor. Remember, we haven't brought it into the project yet. So if I click Play, you'll see that it'll start playing this back. And lo and behold, there is our Photoshop animation. Sometimes this can be a little sluggish. You can see that as you start to scrub it around it's going to cache those frames. It's going to be a lot smoother. So now again we can hit Play, wind back, there we go. Now it's real time. Okay. So if we like it, we can take this, click it, drag it down into our Project panel, there it is, and now we can decide where do we want to place this inside our sequence. So let's say we want it right at the top. I can scroll up here, take my Lower Third Photoshop animation, place it where we want it to go--maybe right about there-- wind back, and you can see it's the wrong size because it was actually designed for a 1920x1080 video. So once again I can right click Scale to Frame Size. Boom! Now it automatically fits the right frame size. Wind it back, let's play this a little bit, fades up, and there's our Photoshop file. Okay? Now, looks pretty good. The opacity is at 100 percent. I don't quite like that so much, so I can choose my Photoshop file, I can come into Effects Controls, and I can say, "Let's drop the opacity down to around 87 so that you see the background bleeding through." It just looks a little bit better. We can kind of scrub through this because this is animating so it might look a little bit different. Let's change our viewable percentage here. Let's go to 50 percent so we can really see. Yeah. I think that looks pretty good. What if we want to make a change to this? The cool thing is, even though you're looking at this and you're probably thinking, "Well, that's a flattened PSD. You basically just flattened it." "You merged it all together, right?" Well, no, because remember, Premiere Pro works natively with PSD files, so even if you bring it in as merged with all the layers merged together, if I simply right click on this PSD and choose Edit Original, it will launch Photoshop if it's not already running, it will bring us into Photoshop, and now--I can move this over here-- we can see, oh, here we are. Here's everything. Let's say I wasn't crazy about the overall color scheme on this. I think on this Layer 5 if I double click this, I think I've got some gradient overlay. And I do. So if I go ahead and uncheck this, now I'll actually see the original color that this was. Go ahead and click OK, and let's say that I just want to make that one particular change. All right. Let's close it, save the change, click back to Premiere Pro. [makes buzzing sound] The change is applied. It's that simple. So you have this incredible round-trip capability between Premiere and Photoshop, and the file is always live, even though it appears flattened. Obviously, there's a bit of a difference when you bring it in as a sequence and you have all the layers broken out onto their own video tracks. Remember, video tracks are basically just like layers in the Photoshop file, right? So they're not all necessarily tied together in a single Photoshop file, but Video Track 1, 2, 3, 4 will house different videos, different images, different text layers, different Photoshop files, whatever it is. The key is that at any point in time we can always go back to Photoshop and make changes, which means that for you as the photographer, as the designer, you can create your Lower Thirds, your text, your basic animations, your logo, watermark, branding, all of that stuff. You can build it where you feel most comfortable in Photoshop and then just integrate it brilliantly, directly, natively, without having to flatten inside Premiere Pro, which is really, really nice. Actually, I'm not so crazy about this. I kind of liked that gradient overlay, so once again I'm going to go back, Edit Original, double click on this, place that back on there, click OK, close this, save it, let it save, back over to Premiere Pro, and the change is already applied. Now, there's one more method that you can use for creating text, and you can of course use the native Premiere Pro Titler. Oftentimes I wouldn't show that to the faint at heart because it is a little bit daunting, but I want to point it out here. If you go up to File, New, Title, once again it's going to choose the attributes of your title document based on the size and attributes of your sequence, so that's already done for you. And you can give it a name, and we can just call this one "India." We'll just make a title that is going to list the names of the locales. Maybe we'll just pop up a little title every time I change destinations. So click OK on there. This window is not exactly sized appropriately for the screen resolution that I'm in, so I can shrink this down a bit. And we can wind back here. The other thing is that this is totally live, so if you want to see what this is going to look like over a series of different images, you can do that like so. So maybe this is a good one because it's a bit brighter. All right, so we'll leave that there, leave this here. Okay. And now, basically, it works pretty much like the way you'd assume. You can click on the Text tool. You can either draw a text box or you can simply click, and then once you've done that, you can choose your font. You'll see you could have a nice little preview right there. So I could do something like Century Gothic and maybe make this around 55 font size. Let's have it center justified here. And again, because we're on a white background or a light background, we probably want to add a drop shadow. I know some of you are afraid right now. That's okay. I'll try and make it as tasteful as I can. And again, we can just click here. We'll actually want it down here. That's fine. We'll move it later. We'll just call this "New Delhi, India." Okay? Now that I've typed that, I can click my Selection tool again and I can move this down. That's obviously pretty hard to see, so we probably want to-- Well, first of all, we can readjust the opacity there of the drop shadow. Hmm. That doesn't look so much better really. So we could also add in Photoshop just a little gradient or just a little sort of color bar, a little black color bar with opacity of 50 percent just so that that text pops out real nicely. But once we've done that, just to kind of show you, I can close this. You'll see that it appears as a little title document here inside the Project panel. I can click and drag that down onto my image like this, and now you can see it appears. Also, if we wanted to place it, let's say, over here, let's click and drag it over top of the motorcycle here. There it is right there. Remember, all of your standard effects and filters apply, so if I wanted to say, "Fade that up as we did before"-- let's move my interface here again--let's go ahead and cross dissolve it at the top and the tail, wind back, play, and now you'll see it fades up nicely, fades back down, motion continues. Okay? So two different ways to use titles and text in Premiere Pro CS5 for your video and images. You can create it all in Photoshop and bring it in. Even if you've got animation, remember that you can still animate the Photoshop files in Premiere Pro as well, or you can use the Premiere Pro Titler to do it-- however you feel most comfortable. The key is you've got options. You always have options in CS5. That's really what it's all about. All right, my friends. That's it for this episode. Stay tuned for the next one where we're actually going to show you how to get all of this stuff out. Now that we've finished, now that we're pretty much done, how do we export? That's Episode 5. We'll see you next time. [♪mellow guitar music♪] [Want to learn more?] [http://www.adobe.com/premiere] [http://bit.ly/TryCS5_Ev] [♪♪]

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Posted by: adobetv on Oct 12, 2010

In Part 4 of this multi-part training series, Adobe Worldwide Evangelist Jason Levine discusses working with layered Photoshop (PSD) files for lower thirds, stylized text and simple animations, as well as using Premiere Pro's own Titler from within the application.

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