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DSLR Video Editing for Photographers - Pt. 3

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[♪mellow guitar music♪] [DSLR video editing in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5] [Make Your Images Come Alive - with Jason Levine] Hello, everyone. My name is Jason Levine. Welcome to Part 3 of DSLR video editing for the Pro photographer. In this episode I'm going to talk to you about using markers and creating animations or motion on your still images. So markers are used oftentimes when you're wanting to time specific events in a sequence. For instance, if you want things to appear in time against a musical soundtrack, I'm going to show you how to do that. And then we're going to show you how to effectively add animation, add motion to those stills. This is also known as the Ken Burns Effect. We'll save the animation for the end. Let's talk about markers first because as you all know, when you add music to something, that's really what creates the life, right? That's really what brings all this moving stuff to life is having a really nice soundtrack. And also what helps it look a bit more polished is if you have the video events in sync with changes in the music. Now, you don't have to be a musician to know how to do this. You can basically just use your ear and your eyes, and you can use markers to indicate in your Timeline where you want those changes to occur. So what you'll see is I've actually got an audio file in here. This is a piece that I composed. By the way, of course your interface here, you can navigate around this. If you want to make a particular panel full screen in Premiere Pro, you can hit the Tilde key, which is--I can't even really describe that. It's different on all different keyboards. I wish I could tell you what it is on others. The Tilde key will allow any panel to be full screen. So we can move around here. Here is our audio too. By the way, we all have these little arrows that you can collapse or expand, so if I wanted to shrink this up. You'll also notice that you've got these little portion bars here so you can make it larger. The same goes for video if we wanted to make our video a bit bigger, those video thumbnails a bit larger. You can do that. I'm using my plus and minus here to zoom in, etc. So lots of flexibility there. Okay. So I've got my music, and let's take a quick listen to this. I'm going to turn up the speakers so we can hear. Take a listen. [♪mellow music♪] Okay. So you can kind of hear the beat, specifically with those cellos, where you might want those transitions to happen. As it turns out, just my rough edit guess here seems to work pretty well. But we can finesse that a bit more. Something else to keep in mind while you're doing this, remember that you're DSLR cameras capture audio too, so you'll see that on Audio Track 1 I've got all of the live audio from those cameras, which is a lot of wind blowing and probably not great. [chuckles] Keep in mind if you want to just disable that, you can come over to any particular audio track, and you can just toggle on or off the sound. That's not destroying the track or anything, it's just disabling the audio at that particular moment. Just to give you an idea here, let's turn it back on. [♪mellow music♪] [wind blowing] It might be hard to hear there, but it's getting all this sort of rumble. So if we turn it off, you're not going to hear any of that. If I turn this off, now no music, right? Okay. So let's go ahead and now what I want to actually do is let's add markers. The best way to do it is right here we have this Set Unnumbered Marker. There's a keyboard shortcut for that. I'm actually just going to click on it because what we can actually do, we can play back, and as we're playing, when we feel a change necessary [snaps fingers], we can click, and it will automatically drop one of those markers in there. Let's do it. [♪mellow music♪] Okay. So you get the idea. You can see where I dropped all those markers. Now effectively what we can do is we can take the edge of our video or our images-- I'm going to do a ripple here so I'm holding down my Command key or the Control key on the PC--and I can move these. And you'll notice that as I cross the marker, it snaps to the marker. So I can adjust the durations of these clips very, very nicely like so. And you'll notice, by the way, that the transitions and everything else stays with those images, so now we have some nice changes and we can actually time these so it just looks and feels a bit more smooth and a bit more musical. Now if we take a look here, let's add a nice little transition to that. I'm going to add a Dip to Black, cross these here, let's wind back and play again. Here we go. [♪mellow music♪] Now remember, we're probably going to have motion on this one. Here we go. Another one. [♪♪] And a transition. [♪♪] Okay. You get the idea. Pretty cool, right? Really simple. And this is again one of those things, simple stuff, but it's going to make your video presentation look that much better when it's actually timed against the music. But what is missing here is the actual motion on these clips. These images are starting to look pretty dull not moving. So what we might want to do is maybe start out with something like a nice zoom out, right? This is that classic Ken Burns style, slow zooms. It pulls you in having this movement on these images. And these really nice images that I took in the desert, it'll serve them well to have some really nice dramatic zooms and/or pans. So let's start by doing just that, creating a nice kind of zoom. Because we've already got some transitions on here, I'm actually going to place my cursor in the middle of the image just so that I can see everything so that it's not in the middle of a fade. And I'm going to come over here again and click on Effects Controls. So with the clip selected, I'm going to twirl down Motion. And effectively all we're going to do is we're going to scale this and we're going to use keyframing to do that. Now, if you don't know keyframing, here's the good news: If you've ever used the animation timeline in Photoshop CS5, keyframing is exactly the same. The process is the same, the way it works is the same, so nothing is different. If you've never done this before, what is a keyframe? Well, kind of as the word describes, it's a key frame, it's a key moment in time where you are indicating to the editing application that there is going to be some kind of a change, whether it's a change in scale, a change in position, a change in rotation, anything. The keyframe is just indicating at that moment in time there's going to be some kind of change moving forward, right? So that's what we're going to do. And basically, we can create this nice little zoom out with two keyframes. So I'm going to come over here and scale. First we have to decide how much we're going to actually scale. I often set the ending keyframe, like sort of the finished position, first. So if we just take a look at this image first of all, we've got to see how much room we've got to work with. I'm thinking a zoom in will actually look pretty good, so I want to first set the final size of this image. That might be a little too large. We don't need to move a lot. The other thing to remember is you don't need to move too much to still create a pretty dramatic effect. So 109 percent scale is where I want this to finish. To set that keyframe properly, I'm going to come to the end of my clip here, and you can see it's in the middle of this transition. By the way, you can also use those shortcut keys. I'm using the Function, down arrow to go to the end there. I'm going to click on this Toggle animation button right here next to Scale. Okay? Boom! And it's going to add a keyframe for me right there. Remember, that's the ending position. But we want it to zoom in gradually, so now we're going to go to the beginning of that clip. I held down my Function key and the up arrow. Now I'm going to scale this back down. We can drag it manually here. So here's something to consider: Remember that you only have to click on this Toggle animation button one time-- the first time, the first keyframe you set--because each time you move the playhead-- you move the cursor and adjust a parameter-- it automatically draws the next keyframe for you. So that's a very important thing to learn. If you click Toggle animation a second time for the second keyframe, you will effectively erase the first keyframe you made. That's a little bit backward, a little bit weird. The good news is that it works the same in Premiere and After Effects and in Photoshop. So now if we just play this, we've got this nice fade up and this nice slow zoom. That almost seems [chuckles] a little too long, right? That's okay. Remember, we can always adjust durations. The key is we've got this nice motion happening here. Now, if we want this to seem a little less linear-- because you'll notice that it does in fact seem kind of like it's moving along at a constant speed. It is, but we can actually add little ramps or eases--ease in, ease out. If you've ever used After Effects, you know this real well. It's also known in some circles as temporal interpolation. Here's what you have to do: If you just want something to ramp out of the gate and then slow down as it comes into its final position, you can right click on a keyframe and we can choose Ease Out. Right click on the End keyframe, and for this one we want to ease in so that it actually kind of slows down as it approaches that keyframe. So do that. And now when we take a look at this, let's wind it back. I don't know if you can quite see, but there's a little bit of a transition as it moves in and then as it slows into its final position. Really cool, really simple, right? Now here's the other thing: Let's say that we wanted to copy these same attributes to another image, okay? Let's say I wanted to actually repeat that same motion on the next image. I can right click on the clip and choose Copy, which is going to copy all of the animation that I have. Come over to my next clip, which you can see doesn't have any properties on it yet, right click or control click Paste Attributes. Boom! Now when we play these back, we've now just copied the same attributes across both of these images. You can also kind of see why a nice longer transition might work better here. This is where, if we were to come in here, we could adjust the cross dissolve duration so that it just looks a bit more smooth. Something like this. Take a look now. [♪upbeat music♪] Yeah. That just looks infinitely better, right? And very quickly start to create some movement. The really cool thing, though, and the really interesting thing that they do with this Ken Burns Effect is to show actual panning, so panning and zooming. This next image is a perfect one to use for that because what we have here is a family on a motorcycle. And if we just zoom out, if we scale down here, you can see that what we might want to do is actually start zoomed in and then we kind of want to pan across all of these different characters. So first what we can do, make sure you select the clip. If you actually click on Motion up here-- you'll see it'll become highlighted--we can now take this piece of video and we can sort of move it around inside the frame. You can see the edges of it right there. So we could start here, for instance, and let's scale up a bit, something like that. Move it around. So we could start here, and let's say we set a keyframe. So let's just set a scale keyframe. We can move those around after the fact. Let's go to the end here and go back one frame. By the way, I can use my arrow keys to advance frames. I'm going to scale it back out. So the final scale will be something like that. Okay? So now we've got our scale keyframes. But of course we want to move as this is scaling, so let's move this one over. We can set a position keyframe. We're already in the first position that we want. Click on the Toggle animation--it sets the keyframe for us-- come over here, and we know that we want to be focused over here, maybe right in the middle, something like that. Okay? So now you can see we're actually panning across and simultaneously zooming out. All right? Now, what's cool about this, I'm going to hit that Tilde key to go full screen. You'll notice that we have this little sort of diagram here showing us how this movement is working. By the way, this is also known as your jog wheel so I can see what's happening here. You'll notice that along the motion path that you see here, we actually have little handles that you can grab, and then you can actually bezier this motion just to create a smoother transition from Point A to Point B. That's really what it's all about. You can see I can adjust these handles just like that to create a bit of beziered motion. It helps to be full screen and then shrink it down. Let's go back here. Now when we wind back and hit Play, it transitions. [♪upbeat music♪] Right? Very cool. And now here's where we might add one of those cross dissolves across the two clips, zoom in again, nice long cross dissolve like this, transition, here we go from video transitioning to our moving still, transitioning back to another still. Really cool, right? Really simple. So that's the basic idea. That's the basic concept of using motion. We're going to use this again. You'll see me do this again in the next episode where we're actually going to be talking about using some of your familiar friends, Photoshop files and such, and even talking about animation and the animation timeline. So stay tuned for the next one. I hope you've enjoyed it. We'll see you in Part 4. Take care. [♪mellow guitar music♪] [Want to learn more?] [] [] [♪♪]

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Duration: 14 minutes and 35 seconds
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Posted by: adobetv on Oct 12, 2010

In Part 3 of this multi-part training series, Jason Levine will showcase some common methods for 'telling your story' with motion and sound. Drop music into your timeline, add markers and time images to specific audio events, as well as animation of position, scale, rotation, opacity and more. Here's how you can begin to (easily) bring your stills to life, alongside your DSLR video.

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