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Adobe Premiere Pro CC - Essentials Training

How to get your image slideshow to loop in premiere pro

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hey everyone, in this tutorial I'm going to show you how to get our image slideshow to loop, so that visually at the top here it will get to the end, and watch, you won't notice. Ready to not notice. Hey look, it just started again without you noticing. We'll also show you how to get it to actually play in reverse, inside of Premiere Pro, rather than just stopping at the end. Let's do both of those now. 

To get it to loop we're going to do it with option A. Let's make an 'Option A V2'. So I'm going to right click it, duplicate it, this one here is going to be called 'Option A V2'. So if the clients come back and say, "We love it, but we want it actually just looping on the TV, without any music, because it's driving us mad," and because it's going to loop. So we're going to delete-- oh, make sure the right version is open, double click it. Close down these other ones just so we don't get confused. It's across on the wrong side. I'm going to unmute this, delete it, and we are going to get it to loop. 

At the moment it's dipping to black, so it's very clear when it goes back to the beginning here. Now you can't force a video to loop, but most players on, like most TVs will have the option to loop just-- lots of them have it. If you're plugging into a computer, most players have an option to loop. So you just need to produce a loopable video, and let the player, like Quicktime here on Mac, loops easy. It's one of the settings in it, this says, "Would you like to loop it?" You're like, "Yep." But what we need to do is make the visual loop, not so obvious. 

So we want this to loop back and it's a trick. To do this trick there's two parts, first of all let's get it to play in a loop. So we can kind of get a sense of it. So we've got it shortened up to this. Now there's an option that we need to add to loop the playback, because at the moment if I hit 'spacebar' it goes to the end, watch what happens, it will stop. I want to take a loop around just to see what it looks like. So you hit this little ' + ' button. There's a bunch of buttons in here, the main ones, but the ones I want to add, is you click the 'Button Editor', and say, actually I want this one; where is it? There it is there, loop. 

You just click, hold, and drag it, and say, "I want this to be part of my little gang here." I'm going to click 'OK'. So that's my little looping play button. Now if I get to the end, hit 'spacebar', look what happens. Starts again, so now it's really clear, these are cross-fading, and this last one doesn't work. So we are going to get it to loop by doing this, we grab the last one, copy it, put my Playhead over here to paste it, and basically we're going to fake it. 

So we're going to basically end with the last one, and then start again over here. Hopefully it will make sense. It's a little bit inceptionary, what's going on here. So first of all I need to get rid of the Cross Dissolve, because it doesn't automatically just join up and cross over again. You got to delete it and then reapply it, by holding 'Shift', having nothing selected, 'Command D', oh, our default is changed. I'm going to go change my default, I'll do it real fast. 

So I figured out what the original transition timing was, and then I right clicked that. Now I can go back to here, to the Timeline, make sure it goes blue around the outside, 'Command D', cool. So it finishes and then starts fading back into the first one, and then we'll loop back around, if I get rid of this. Basically we're kind of faking it, this one just stops, and because it instantly starts again over here there's no, like, no appearance of a loop, let's have a look. 

The timing is going to be a bit long, let's have a look. Fading, fading, fading. So if you ignore the Timeline it just continues looping. The only problem is, it's double the length now, because it has to do this one and this one, and we can just halve both of them. I feel like we're getting into the weirds and complications here, but, you might end up doing this image slideshow like I do. So let's select it, right click it. When you are right clicking it, just right click it down in the thumbnail, in this lower part, up here when I right clicked 'Effects', it was doing weird stuff, so just be careful where you're right clicking, and let's go and do 'Speed/Duration', and instead of trying to work out the names, what I wish I could do is just type in 50%. That works for video, but not these stills. 

So I need to halve this, come on, brain. You might have watched that, and it'd be painful. I can't do it, I can't, I can't, so I'm going to do 30. Assuming 30 frames, and it should convert it to the half a second in a bit. So I'm going to do the same for this, right click this one, 'Duration', type in my '30' frames, and because that Ripple Edit is on, it went and moved it down a bit. You might have to drag those across, and now, they are combined at the right time. So let's have a little look at our play. Fading, fading. Amazing image going on in the foyer of our, I don't know, travel agency, I guess. 

That's how to do looping, and we figured out some of the weird things that happen if you break them off, and then try and connect them back up. They don't instantly kind of redo it. You hold 'Shift', get the snap between them, have nothing selected, Command D' to reapply it, and you're away again. All right, let's get on to the next video.