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Adobe Premiere Pro CC - Essentials Training

Getting started making a how to video in Premiere Pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hey everyone, this next section, we're onto a new one, is, we're going to start looking at how-to videos, specifically screen recordings. So things like-- I do a lot of them, obviously, I show people how to use software. So I record the screen, kind of do how-to videos. Yours might be something like how to use my website, or how to use this government agency's website to upload files to the system, or something like that, some sort of how-to video, specifically around screen recording. 

Now, if you are thinking, "I'm not doing that," don't skip it. I've said it a few times, because we cover lots of things in here that will apply to the general kind of video editing world, whole frames and green screens, and all sorts of zooming and moving. So we're going to get really good at keyframing and moving things around. 

Another thing that I want to mention is that Premiere Pro is like a Swiss Army knife. It does an amazing amount of things for video, in terms of the whole screen recording, it doesn't do the screen recording part. I'll give you a quick demo, this is not like how to do a screen recording. You'll have to Google that, "how to record my screen". I'm going to give you a teeny tiny hint into it. We're going to do more-- focus more on the editing of it. 

This also brings up another point that Premiere Pro is, kind of a, the Swiss Army tool, does lots of things, and in terms of screen recording editing it's not specifically designed for it. So it's a little bit clunky, clunky is not the word. There are other specific bits of software that focus purely on recording and editing screen, recordings, and that's what I've ended up using because they do so many of them. So I use something called Camtasia. Check out the link in your Links folder. 

It's bringyourownlaptop.com/camtasia It's a paid product. You have to be doing this pretty all the time to want to go out to Camtasia. Even me, I'm using this other bit of software, I have to combine it in Premiere Pro, with this kind of, like live head talking stuff. I fix all the audio in Premiere Pro. We're going to assume the rest of this section. You're not using any other software, we're just going to use Premiere Pro to do everything, and it does it-- does it perfect.

That is it, I'm going to play the final product that we're going to be actually creating. It's just a mock product I've made for you guys, just so that we can test our skills, I'm going to play that now. Actually instead of actually just playing the whole thing I wanted to talk over it, because we'll do a bit of talking head stuff which we've done before, but then we'll cut to our screencast, and the thing is, with this screencast it will have a dialog. We zoom in, but we kind of move around, can you kind of see the keyframes down here, so that we can really show how good this tutorial is. 

We're going to mix 4K with HD, so the headshot is shot in HD, this is shot in UHD, so that we can zoom in and get it really crisp and clear. I'm going to show you how to do voice overs. I know there's this random guy that I have mentioned. We're going to pretend-- we're going to do green screen with him, and pretend that's me talking, and he's going to kind of narrate, anyway, he's going to talk down the bottom here, it's just a for instance, he doesn't actually match my voice. We'll show you how to freeze frame and kind of do interesting things, plus you'll learn how to mask a pug, very important skill to have. 

So that's going to be our how to screencast video, that we're going to make. Let's jump in and start making it.