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Adobe Premiere Pro CC - Essentials Training

How to compare before & after video in Premiere Pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi there, in this video we're going to show you how to do this kind of comparison view. Before, you can see it up there, after. You can split it side-by-side and kind of do that, top and bottom. We're going to look at it now in this video. The cheat is, just click on that button and then click that button, but there's a little bit more I can explain. Let's do it now in the video. 

All right, to find the Comparison View, we go up to 'View', and, ah, it's all grayed out. Why is it all grayed out? It's a test, brain test, how're you doing? Why are things normally grayed out? It's because we don't have the right things selected. At the moment my little blue box is running around Lumetri Color, because that's what I was using last. So you're like, "All right, I can fix that, no problem." Click on this, maybe you can click on my clip. Whoo. And go to 'View' and it goes, ha, still grayed out. Rats. 

So it's not always the Timeline, in this case I want this view here in my Program Window, click it once, and now, 'View', hey, it's will come to life. I can go to 'Display Mode', Composite Video is kind of the general one. That's the one that we always look at, and 'Comparison View' is the one we're going to use temporarily, click it on. Really, that was more just a test of working out, how to make these things un'gray', because there's actually a little icon, and you're like, "Why don't you click on there?" 

The icons there, in earlier versions it's not actually there, you got to click this little + button to add it, but currently it is, hope they don't move it off again, but we get to here, and what we need to do is-- what's this? This is doing some other fancy stuff, we want Frame Comparison. So I'm not sure if that's on by default, or not, can't remember, but you want it on, so you see the same thing either side. Now the before and after look the same, because what it does is, basically put it, turn it on and then do your changes, because it doesn't know what it's comparing to. 

So what you do now is you click on this, and you make some adjustments. So let's say I'm using Bleach HDR, and I want to change it to a different one. So I've got my clip selected, I'm going to go up here, and I'm like, I don't know if it's that or this Cross LDR, like which one, so now you can see the comparison. It's kind of like the last thing you did. So now you can see this one ore that one, and you can decide how you want to view it as well, you can decide, side-by-side or vertical split. Mine's not quite vertical but it should start off like that. 

You can just grab the center of it, just kind of like, okay. Just gives you a really clear, you can drag it back and forth, to kind of see what it does, and decide whether you like the before or the after. You can do up-and-down, vertical even. Horizontal, man I get this backwards, it's horizontal. That is the Comparison View. I often do it this way, just to see the before and after while I'm messing around with this. Just so that I have to turn it on and off, I can just kind of work through it and check it. 

When you finish with it you can just click on this little icon, or go back to 'View', 'Display Mode', and 'Composite View' is the one we kind of normally end up in, and then, did not want orange or gold. Going back to Bleach HDR, High Dynamic Range. SL, it's Speed Look or Studio Linear, I can never remember. Doesn't make any difference doing it. Guess, the acronym game. Looks like this, which is cool. All right, let's carry on with the course.