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Adobe Premiere Pro CC - Essentials Training

Revisiting our talking head monolog to add more sizzle

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hi there, this next section is going to be kind of a new project. The new project is, taking that first project we did right at the beginning of this course, and adding more kind of sparkles to it. I think I've called it Sizzle. So the first one was good, it was simple, it was the sausage. We're going to add the sizzle now, and make it look more professional. We're going to both, enhance audio and fix problematic audio problems. We're going to do things like animation and gradients, just to kind of raise that first video that we made, is level up, to a lot more professional standard. 

So that's the group for this next section. So we're going to open up the old project and do a 'Save As', and kind of build up from that one. You also might notice, laptop's gone, the screen blew up. You don't need to know that, but that's why it's missing there, if you are train spotting. Luckily the monitor still plugs in, and I can still continue filming, before I go in to get it fixed, but the screen goes black. It doesn't work anymore. Anyway, those are my troubles, you don't need to know them. What you need to know is how to add more sizzle, or sparkles. Let's get started. 

All right, first thing we need to do is close down any project that you have open. So 'File', 'Close Project', and then we're going to open up our earlier project, our XD Intro. We're going to do a 'Save as', so we've got a new copy and we're going to add our sizzle. If you are like, "Gulp, I don't have that original project," for whatever reason, it's either in bits or you just didn't do it; naughty. I've got a version for you to work from, that's exactly like mine. So go to 'File', 'Open', and in your 'Exercise Files', under 'Project 3', go to 'Project Files', and go to this one here. 

So it's our XD Intro, that's what we called the earlier one, Web 21, and we are on version 2. Now if it opens up and it says "Hey, you're missing footage," I want you to see if you can connect it back up to the missing footage. If you're not sure how, go back and check the earlier video. It's called 'Working with lost missing offline files', or videos, or something like that, video 16, I think. It might move, so be around there, and connect it all up, but optimally what I'd like you to do is go back to your original project, and work from that. 

So it was under Exercise Files, Project 1 is where we did it. And it was, that's what we called it, we called it 'XD Intro Feb 21', when it was just sitting in our hard drive, without any kind of nice file structure or bins. So let's open that and do a 'Save As'. It's better to work with your own projects just because I want you to have problems. It's weird to say, but I want you to have to fix these things, because getting to the end of the projects, and it looking exactly like mine, and not having too many problems, it's obviously not the optimal way to learn. So let's do a 'File', 'Save As'. We'll keep this one for prosperity, posterity even. 

We're going to save this new version in our exercise files, and the Project 3 into our project files. And this one here is going to be called ' -v2 '. You're like, "Ah, don't save over the top of that one." Maybe you want to keep that one, call it v3. All right, let's click 'Save', and now you're kind of up to me. Yours might look a little different, that's fine. It won't really matter for this project. 

Now I promised you a shortcut. The shortcut is, on your keyboard, if you look down at it, you are looking for J, K, and L, three letters that are all next to each other. They do this, so I'm going to put my Playhead here, if I hit 'L', goes forward, and I hit 'K', stops. So 'L', forward, 'K' is pause. Kind of like space bar but the nice thing about it is 'J' goes backwards. Give it a try, especially over me talking, very funny. The other nice thing about those J, K, and L-- I have my fingers on them all the time when I'm working, because I'm going forward, I'm hitting 'K' and going backwards, just to find the right cuts, and breaks, and pauses. 

The other nice thing is that you can kind of double speed it. So you can tap 'L' key twice, one, two. You can you get to chipmunk me, I kind of, I speak really fast, I totally understand. If you hit 'L' twice I speak super duper fast, you can go three. You can keep mashing 'L' until it starts ripping through the Timeline. It's just really handy when you are trying to like move to a bit, and you don't want to, I don't know, is it weird that you don't want to drag the Playhead?, because it's weird, it's up here, it's kind of awkward to grab. 

This could just be me, but practice with using the L, K, and J tools, just for this next kind of project, and if at the end you are like, "Those were dumb," then you can stop using them but if you find them useful carry on. All right, that's your shortcut. If you tie it in with your up and down, up, down, play, play a couple of times. Because sometimes I'm just trying to find where I say something in the dialogue, and I don't really know, by dragging it around you can just listen to me in chipmunk mode, which makes you-- you can still hear it, but it's moving fast, you get the idea. Get on with it, Dan. All right, we've got our new project, we've got J, K, L sorted. Let's jump into the next video.