Adobe Premiere Pro CC - Essentials Training

Zooming in to a screencast recording in Premiere

Daniel Walter Scott

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Hey everyone, in this video we're going to do lots of zooming around to our tutorial. Moving a bit, zooming out, resetting, lots of keyframes, and if you might be a little freaked out by the layout, don't worry, we just reset this to be helpful. If you're like, "Oh man, that looks way too hard," don't skip the video, it's just a reordering of the workspace. It's meant to be helpful, you don't have to do it, but we're going to learn all the tricks and tips for zooming in and out, moving around footage in Premiere Pro. Let's get going. 

First up let's make sure it's proper, let's get our sequence outside of our footage, and at the beginning here we don't need to do anything. It's when it starts in here, whenever I start doing a screen recording, doesn't matter really what I'm going to do next, is I make sure there's an establishing shot, which just kind of shows you the whole screen. So when we do zoom in you know exactly where you're at. So let's get a listen to it. "All right, this is the pug in question. "Let's remove the background and mask them out." First thing…” 

I'm waving my mouse around, waving a mouse around is a no-no as well, I do it less, but I still wave it around, you can see, it's zig-zagging all the way around, be a bit more precise. So we're going to move down at, mine's a little different from yours, about 14 seconds 17 frames. Basically when the mouse moves over down here, we're going to, just before that, so we're going to go back a little bit. I'm going to start zooming in; why just before? Is because we need to set our keyframes, so we need to go 'Effects Controls', make sure our 'Pug Screen Recording mp4' is selected. Now even if you're not changing the Scale or Position, it's just a habit just to get into doing both of them. So that kind of sets it there, so I want it to stay exactly where it is, and then in a little bit I want to zoom in down here. 

So I'm going to zoom in, I'm reluctant to use the Scale and Position in here. I do a bit of both, I lie. When you're new it's better to probably, just do it over here by dragging these things. What we also want to do is maybe go from Fit, down to 25%, because there's going to be a lot of zooming in and seeing the edges. So what I want to do is scale it up, so I want to zoom in. I'm just dragging it to the right, and I want to drag it across. Now this is where position, you might actually double click it to move it across. What you'll notice is that it automatically puts the next keyframes in. I'd like that actually to be turned off, I don't know how, I can't figure it out. There's no way of turning automatic keyframing off, as far as I know at the moment, if you do know, jump into the comments and let me know.

So basically it starts here, and then zooms into this, let's give it a little preview. "…the background and mask them out. First thing we need…" It's a bit fast, so you'll get the habit of how far apart this should look. "Move the background and mask them out, first thing we need…" - Cool. That works okay, it's maybe a bit long. Still a little bit short, so I'm just dragging a box around these two, just to separate the two keyframes out a little bit, and just get… 

"Move the background and mask them out, first thing…" The biggest problem you're going to have with any animation, doesn't matter if it's, how-to videos, is automatic keyframing, I talked about it a second ago. Basically it just means, like you, say we just go on, "Ah, I want to move it around," but we haven't noticed where our Playhead is, we just left it there, we're like, actually, just going to move it here, maybe a little above, there you go, perfect. What you've done is you've created this third keyframe, which is fine, but it's going to do this, it's going to go to this one, then that one we originally created, and then this third one. 

So it's going to do this wiggle, watch. "…the background and mask them out." First thing we need to do is…" So, just got to be careful when you are doing this, to make sure, because you've got automatic keyframing on by default-- I'm going to undo it, and just make sure I'm right above that keyframe to make edits, and the best way to do it is to hold the 'Shift' key, while you're dragging your Playhead, it will snap right above the keyframe, then make your edit and say, "Actually, I want to be there, and I want to be a bit further in." So it's not going to generate another keyframe, because I'm at the right time. Let's have a little listen. "Let's remove the background and mask them out. First thing we need to do is rename the background to something appropriate. I am lazy…" Okay, so, it's not the best tutorial ever, but I double click it, and I don't actually tell you. 

"First thing we need to do is rename…" And about here is where I need to move up to the screen, so I'm going to-- Now what your tendency is, is actually just to kind of drag it over here now. It's my new keyframe, you're like, "Awesome." This is great; when did that appear? Let's go-- there it is, it appears there. You end up doing things like this, I've got all these keyframes that I don't need. So what we need to do is delete them, and about here, when it appears, appears about there, I need to move it up, and instead of just dragging it up this way, because what it's going to do is-- watch the Playhead-- watch this-- it goes across here. 

"…background and mask them out. First thing we need…" As soon as it gets there it's going to start moving. So what we need to do, instead of kind of coming along, and just dragging it, this new keyframe, we need to do our kind of tabletop, where we pause it for a little bit and then start moving, pause a little bit. I call it a tabletop because you can look, at this view down the bottom here differently. So make sure your video is nice and high, this can-- this is-- I'll give you a few tricks for doing screen casting. So make this bigger so you can see the thumbnails. Also right click in here and say, 'Show Clip Keyframes', 'Motion', and we'll use 'Position' or 'Scale'. What it will do is show you the little tabletops, that's why I call them tabletops. 

So it's paused, it's doing something between these two, and then we need it to pause for a while again, and for how long? We'll set our keyframes, because I want this to be exactly the same as these. So it kind of just duplicates them by clicking these little keyframe buttons, and then we want to move it, so now a bit by here. Double click it, move it along, that is a better move. Now scale hasn't added itself there automatically, I'm going to add it there just for a bit of OCD balance. Doesn't really need to be there because we're not scaling it, but it's a good habit to do both of them. 

"So we'll move the background and mask them out.  First thing we need… Waits for a bit. "…rename the background…" It moves over here, appropriate. I am lazy, and we-- there you go. So you can see that new little tabletop there. So just right click, 'Show Clip Frames', 'Motion', and I'm putting 'Position' in here. I'm not really adjusting these, I'm just showing you they're there to give you, you know, you should have lots of these everywhere. If you don't have any of them, let's say I get rid of these, I just select these by accident, you end up with stuff like that, you do not want these. That's not a tabletop, not a good one anyway. So you want all these like ups and downs. That is a scary site, I love pugs, from a distance, not really close. 

Next part; the next thing I want to do is I wanted to, before I kind of click 'OK', I wanted to-- I like to go back to that establishing shot just so you can see, because we have to zoom in again, and I like to come back to, often a full screen of the whole bit of software. So you can kind of then zoom in, so people know where they're going. If you do too much of this moving around zoomed in people get a bit lost. So about here, so what I want to do is I want it to not move, between this last part, and where I'm up to now. So I set two keyframes, the beginning of our little tabletop, then after a little bit of time I'm going to move it around. We'll get it back to the full screen. 

Now you can, Scale is easy enough one, you know you can hit 100%, and then trying to guess this, like I know it's 920 x 1080, but you'd be like, "What is it?" You can just hit 'Reset', see this little button here, Reset Parameter, go back to kind of how it came out of the box. That kind of resets the stage back to where you were, you can do it for both of those. So let's have a little look. " I am lazy…" It's a teeny tiny tabletop. Not much is happening. " I am lazy…" Position's not moving at all, just a teeny tiny bit. That's why we've set it to, well that's-- it's doing a lot of Scale, but we didn't set it to Scale. Scale will be, well, not very exciting going on, just small scale changes, but down here we're using Motion. 

It's not perfect down here, I just find it a little bit helpful for people that are new, to see the, any teeny tiny movement because it only moves it up a little bit. You get the idea. If you are lost and let's say just the last bit is bad, you can just select the bits that are bad and hit 'Del'. Often it's easy just to start again, to start again you click on these guys. It says, "Would you like to continue?" "Yes." Just turn off the little stopwatches, and that starts again. I'm going to undo, because I quite liked how far I got. 

We're going to do the last bit, but we're going to add another little tip, when you are doing this kind of animation. This Effects Controls thing, you can zoom in and out, or just use your, if it's blue around the outside, your ' + ' and your ' - '. What I want to do is rearrange my workspace to best utilize what we're doing. So to do it let's start dragging things around. So I like my Timeline, I like to be able to see it, but I need to see this little bit, I'm going to shrink this as far as I can go, where I can still see my tabletops, that works all right. 

Audio is not as important anymore, it's all about getting enough space in here. I'm going to grab the 'Effects Controls', because that's the other one I'd like to see a nice long kind of version of. So I'm going to click, hold, hold, hold, and kind of move it around, and I'm going to get it to go there, and that will join it, with this one, I want it to be just above it. It's a bit weird. Drag it around, if you get in the wrong place, just drag it back out again, drag it back in, I want it to be this little icon, and I want to make this bigger so I can kind of have that nice-- it's just so I've got this nice big area to work in, same with this, I can grab that, and go down as small as it can go, within reason. 

My Timeline probably needs to be a little bit bigger, this big, and just find your-- your monitor is going to be different from mine, so you're going to have to figure out what kind of works. 'Program Window', 'Source Monitor', let's go to 'Fit'. The other thing I haven't-- that I don't need, when I'm doing screencasts is Lumetri Color, all these Essential Graphics, often. So I'm going to click on this, actually I'm not, I'm going to click on this little stripy Burger menu, and let's go to 'Close Panel'. This one here, 'Close Panel'. I'm sure there's a closed panel group in there. I've got rid of them all, and now readjust. I like my audio there. Everything else looks okay. Can that get a bit bigger? That feels nice. That's going to be my layout, so I'm going to go to my 'Window', I'm going to go to 'Workspaces', and I'm going to 'Save as New Workspace', and this is going to be my screencast. 

Screencast is a word that gets used quite a bit, with this type, this style of video, where it's casting your screen. Now is that more useful for you, or is this too new? It's up to you, I quite like this way, you might hate it, you like everything back where it was, but you can now toggle between Unicorn, actually when I go to Unicorn I need to go 'Window', 'Workspaces', 'Reset to Saved Layout', that's how we kind of started. Now I can go to screencast, unicorn, screencast; cool, eh? So let's be on screencast and do the last little parts. We're playing along, it kind of resets, let's have a listen. "I'm going to call it Layer 0, then in your…" 

So I want to zoom in to, where I start talking about the Properties Panel, about there. So let's go to my 'Effects Panel'. We're going to set both of these, so that I've got my beginning of the table-- taking long, a little bit. I can adjust them or I can set them here. Doesn't really matter, and adjust that afterwards, and I'm going to zoom, and position, and this one here, zooming, position. You can hold 'Shift' while you're dragging any of these. Did we talk about this earlier? I feel like we did. To kind of get it to go lots, we did with, I think the swipe up. So it works for all of these as well. 

I'm going to scale in. Don't need to hold Shift to scale in. Cool, about-- actually where do I want to go, zooming in the wrong bit. Properties panel, zoom out a little bit. Let's go to 300. I very rarely drag it in, I'll normally just type in either 150, and I'll reset that, or I'll go to 200, or 250, or 300, just so there's some consistency throughout the zooming, but you'll find, often, yeah, those measurements work just fine. So I'm going to go to maybe 250, and I'm going to double click it, move it around. I won't be able to see this.  So I've got my little tabletop, let's have a look. "Zero." Then in your property, it's a bit fast, so grab this guy. 

"I'm going to call it Layer 0." Then in your Properties panel, down the bottom here there's a button that says-- and before I click the button, my secrets-- sneaky voice, I'm going to, again, set my keyframes, just to hold them so it pauses between here, then about here. I'm going to zoom out and I'm going to go back to the full screen, and for the magic; ready? 

"There's a button that says, Remove Background." No way, Yes, yes way. "Look at that." And you can get a sense for it. I can tell that's pretty quick because I've decided that one's a nice move. "…remove the background and mask him out. First thing we need to do is rename the background to something." So after a while you get a sense for like, okay, this will probably just be a bit bigger to match other things.  Depends on how much you're moving. 

"…it says remove background." No way, yes way, too good. So that is-- it's me, double 'all right'ing. What other things can you do? The other thing is easing, we've talked about it before. We're going to be cheap, and just select them all, and right click one of them. 'Temporal Interpolation', and we're going to ease in, then we're going to ease out. Let's give it a little play just to see. "… background and mask them out." First thing we need to do…" rename the background to something appropriate." I am lazy,” I'm going to call it Layer 0. 

Then in your Properties panel, down the bottom here, there's a button that says Remove Background; no way. Yes way; cool, eh. You'll notice our tabletops have become table humps, let's call them hills now. They've been smoothed over to give-- to represent the kind of easing that we've added, the kind of, a little bit of inertia, a little softer movement, that has softened the edges of it. So like a visual representation of easing. And that is how you zoom in and out of screencasts. If you are unfortunate like Jason-- I love you, Jason, who's my editor, he has to do it like a hundred and-- we're up to 120 now, so probably 140 times, oh, it's going to be big. Lots of zooming, lots of moving. 

The one big thing for me, and when I'm teaching people is, the Auto Keyframing, it's a pain in the bum. So whatever you just… "…happen to be playing here, and you're like-- I wonder if I could just…" Actually, let's do it here. Let's just move this across, watch my keyframes, double click it, I move it, just does weird stuff, watch. "I am lazy, I'm…" …because I've accidentally added a keyframe. So you just need to be very careful where you are adding keyframes. Hold 'Shift' and drag the Playhead to get to the top. So that's kind of like the best tip I can give you, plus you should have lots of these double collections, these tabletops, and now hills. All right, let's get on to the next video.