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Adobe Premiere Pro - Advanced Training

Tools to up your editing game in Premiere Pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi everyone, this is using tools, all the tools down here. There are some that we haven't covered in the Essentials course, I'm going to go through the useful ones, and you might be using some of them. I'm going to try and build on that, to show you some kind of more slightly advanced uses. 

We're going to look at the Ripple Edit tool, the Rolling Edit tool, Right Stretch, Select Forward, and the Slip and Slide tool. Who doesn't like a Slip and Slide, bad joke. Let's start with the Ripple Edit Tool, it is hiding in here somewhere, Ripple Edit tool, B is the shortcut, anything in brackets is the shortcut for it.

What you'll find though, when you get used to it, is that you'll be on the Selection tool, and you'll just hold down the 'Command' key on a Mac, or the 'Ctrl' key on a PC, and watch this, when you hold that key down, you can actually get a bunch of your tools, like the, what's that one, the Ripple Edit tool, and can you see, the yellow square, the yellow arrow is the Ripple Edit tool. So I'm just holding it down, hovering above this. It means that I can make adjustments, and it will flow along. 

So let's drag it this way, and it all comes along for the ride. Same with this, if I want to edit it this way, I just got to make sure I get to the right side of the cut. So I get my little yellow arrow, and that's a Ripple Edit tool or the B tool, or hover above and see if you can figure it out in here, that's way too long. We're all about shortcuts, the 'Command' key on a Mac, 'Ctrl' key on a PC. Now this one here has some problems, you probably ran into it before-- let me switch programs, let's jump back to this one. So I've got a music track and some dialogue going on. Have you ever done this, where you've switched to the-- let's go the full way, let's hit 'B', and we try and drag it, and just doesn't go. 

You might not have noticed is, can you, can I point to it? There you go, if I drag it this one, can you read around here, it says "Trim blocked on Video 01." It's because video 01 one is holding it back, it doesn't know what to do, like do I drag this along, it's blocking it, so that happens quite a bit, at least it tells you. So one of two things, I can select both of them, then switch my B tool, and I'll hold 'Shift' and click both of them, then that'll work, and that works mostly, but if you've done it where you've got like, say a cut down here, so I'm using my Razor tool, and I'm going to do the same thing, I'm going to try and do this. I'm going to switch B tool, for my Ripple Edit, and it goes and actually works, maybe this way, can you see, it won't go this way, because it's like, "Hey, the Trim is blocked on Audio 02." 

So I don't want to select it, because I don't actually want to edit it. I just want to unsync it, remember we did sync lock earlier on, to say, just don't be connected to all of this stuff, you see, it'll work fine. So often, leave the music track unsynced, for lots of different reasons, especially if you're using the Ripple Edit tool. Let's do Rolling Edit because we kind of saw a good example for that in here. Rolling Edit tool, we can go the long way, where are you, Rolling Edit tool? Rolling Edit tool, I kind of don't use this like day to day, it's kind of one of those useful ones every now and again. 

So the Rolling Edit tool is this little kind of weird icon here. It just means I've got two things stuck next to each other. If I drag this it's going to not only extend that one, but it's also going to trim that one up in one file swoop. I find it's useful mostly when I'm on my Selection tool, again, holding down the 'Command' key on a Mac, 'Ctrl' key on PC. Remember, yellow one was my Ripple Edit, and the Rolling Edit here, just, it's really great with images, we're just kind of playing with the timing, and trying to get the transition between these two, "the wind always be at your back." A weird transition, anyway, but, just trying to get the timing right, needs to come back a bit further. 

It won't go back to the left, unless there's a bit of pre-roll in there. So watch this, if I do the same key, drag it back this way, rolling at it, drag it back this way, it won't go, can you see, it actually tells you down the bottom there, remember, look over here, it says, "Trim Media limit reached on Audio 01." There's just nothing in there. 

So you can go to the right, because there's extra footage left in here to trim up. So if you're at the extent already, that, rolling it won't work, same with this one, if there is kind of a trim in there, and you've-- often that's what it is, I've cut these down quite a lot for our course. So often that is available, that kind of pre-roll, so it'll let it go both ways. 

All right, so that is the Rolling Edit tool. The next one is the Right Stretch tool, really handy, don't tell anybody you've used it kind of-- it's like, say I need to get out to the end of this, and there's just nothing more in there, it gets to there, and you're like, oh, just a little bit further, or maybe even a lot further, you just need a bit more extra, and you need to drag out the Right Stretch tool. I use this all the time for graphics as well as video. 

The Right Stretch tool there, 'R' for your shortcut, and watch this, I can just drag it out, and it makes it longer. It is stretching it, we'll cover this more in slow-mo, but if you do use the Right Stretch tool, to either speed it up or slow it down, just make sure, right click it, go to 'Speed/Duration', and just make sure it's set to 'Optical Flow', that'll give you the best result in terms of-- because it's slowing down this footage-- let me mute it all. 

We'll look at it in more detail doing slow-mo, but trust me, Optical Flow looks a whole lot better than the default one there. So Right Stretch can be used for lots of different things. You might have brought in, this is just a static graphic, so we don't need Right Stretch on it, but maybe you brought something in from After Effects, that has a certain kind of animation, and it stops, you can drag it out, just make sure it's set to that Optical Flow. 

All right, quickly before this ends, can you see down the bottom right here, this little blue thing, I've opened up a really big project to show you a tool, but I don't know, a little sideline, that if you've opened it up and cleared all your cache, it's saying that it's going to have to rebuild, a bunch of temporary files, and can take a while, that's what that yellow kind of pending media thing was, and you can notice it down here, will at least give you an idea of how long it's going to take, for it to create all the kind of temporary files. Remember, way back at the beginning of this course, with things like the mp3s, needed recreated, and same with the video clips, lots of stuff needs to be generated and read by Premiere Pro, just keep an eye down the bottom there. 

Now the other tool is this one here, Select Track Forward, you can select it backwards too, but forward just means, like ever from here onwards, I want to move it along a little bit because I need a gap. It's really handy if you've got a really long bit of footage here, you're just like, you don't want to try and get it on, you're like, "Have I got it all, got all the layers?," you can just use that tool, which is the A key, and just click once, and it'll select everything from there onwards. It always grabs the music track, and you're like, "Not the music track." 

So you can just lock that layer, where is it, there, lock it, so I can click all of that onwards without this, and now I can kind of move a bit of space, so then I can add the clip that I need to add, where are we? Cool. You probably shouldn't use that tool, I use it all the time. What you should be doing is-- I'm going to undo that, so the gap joins back up, undo. You should just get your Playhead where you need it to be, and then, let's say I want to insert this from my Source monitor, in and out point, which is I and O, and then I should just hit this, or hit the comma, can you see, insert, it should just inject it in, where I need it to go, again.I don't want you to connect, I can either lock it like I did before, or just turn the Sync Lock off, do the same thing, I'll use comma, and I'll insert it. You can be confident that everything kind of moved along. 

All right, so that's what that tool is used for, mainly just big jobs. The next two tools, Slip and Slide, I don't use them very much, but it's in the Advanced course, because you're going to ask me, like, "Well, why don't you cover these, what are they for, what do they do?" I use the Slips tool occasionally enough, that it's worth mentioning here, and the Slide tool I don't use, but hey, you might use it in your workflow. 

So I've got this bit of footage here, and it's got some pre-roll, I've already cut it up, so this is kind of the great circumstances, to use this, right? It's part of a really big project, and it's, there's a lot of things kind of relying on each other, so I can't, say I want to push, there is this front part, it's just kind of like B-roll of me, doing some speed designing stuff, and it gets to the end, but there's, let's say that the beginning here starts too late, and I want to shift it along, and the long way would be, going like this, grab it, and I'd say, "Actually, I want to move it along a little bit." 

So that, I clip some of the front of it, because there's more interesting stuff here at the end, and then put it back in, that works, it sucks when there's something above it in the layers. I'm going to undo all of that, that's where the Slip tool comes in. So the Slip tool is the Y, and you can click it and drag it, and it leaves the kind of container alone, but I can drag the footage within it, it's a little tough to use. So you can kind of drag it along, and just kind of see, at the beginning here, I can see when this bit-- let's say I want to move it, so after I get past-- the eyeball, get rid of the pink stuff, there we go, back a bit further, that's what you can do. 

You can kind of slip it with inside that already kind of clip container. What you'll notice as well is, if I click and hold it, and drag it, can you see, up the top there, kind of has that-- like mine's freaking out at the moment, but you can see it there, it's showing me my in and out points. Normally I can drag that and just watch them, mine's kind of jumping up and down for the moment, got a few bugs with my Premiere Pro at the moment, but that's what it is, see the top left and the top right, that is showing me, see the small ones in the top left, top right, that's showing me this clip and that clip. 

So I can kind of line them all up, again, I just kind of use it often when I'm like getting to a bit, I need to just shuffle it along a bit, often B-roll, stuff that doesn't require huge amounts of timing, and it's more like, let's just scrub this along, add the Slip. We've done the Slip, let's do the Slide. The Slide, I'll show you, is, let's find something we can slide along, this footage, I'm going to slide that along, and watch what happens to the two edits. 

You see, they come along, that extends out, and that pushes in, and like, I just never, at a point where I'm like, I know exactly when I want to trim that up. What I need to do, if I need to do that, I need to probably move him out, I need to see how much of this do I need in there, what am I cutting off here? There's so much, like me needing to know stuff, that the Slide tool doesn't work great, maybe great for just like static images, because it doesn't matter what you clip off, but yeah, you might love those tools, so they're in here. 

Slip and Slide, if you didn't get my bad joke, Google "slip and slide kids," I don't know what you call it where you are from, but it's almost summer here, and we're about to dig that death trap out again for the kids, so much fun. 

All right, the last little one is the Razor tool, you've used it loads, shortcut's C. We covered this earlier on, but if you hold down 'Shift' and click, it goes all the way through all of the layers, which can be handy, and remember, instead of using the Razor tool, have that selected, hold 'Shift K', not Shift K, 'Command K', and it will do the cut for you. 

So I very rarely go to the Razor tool, I just get to where I need my Playhead, and use Command K on a Mac, 'Ctrl K' on a PC, just to do my cuts, and if you do all of those shortcuts, and hold Shift, so Command-Shift-K on a PC, no, on a Mac, let me start again, 'Command-Shift-K' on a Mac, or 'Ctrl-Shift-K' on a PC, it'll go all the way through. I don't really use that one, I use mostly just Command K or Ctrl K on a PC. 

All right, that's it, those are the tools, some you might not have used yet, some that you may have used and had some problems, with like the Ripple Edit tool, hopefully we solve some problems there, and the Slip and Slide tool, that you may never ever use in the rest of your career. "Great course, Dan." All right, let's get into the next video.