REFLECTION 9: THE ULTIMATE VIDEO EDITING WORKSHOP (ADOBE PREMIERE) ~~~~ (^_^)

ASSALAMUALAIKUM WARAHMATULLAHI WABARAKATUH…MAY LORD SHADOW EACH OF US WITH HIS BLESSINGS TODAY AND ONWARDS (^_^) ….

         After having the workshop on the editing of media using the Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Soundbooth, and Windows Live Movie Maker, we’ve had another workshop on the next day, is especially specified for the slot on editing videos using the Adobe Premiere.

             I’m not sure about others, but as for me, the Adobe Premiere is totally an alien thing; prompting me to do some “googling” about it (^_^). Based on my reading on the Adobe official website, the Adobe Premiere Pro is a software which combines incredible performance with a sleek, revamped user interface and a host of fantastic new creative features, including Warp Stabilizer for stabilizing footage, dynamic timeline trimming, expanded multicam editing, adjustment layers, and more. Furthermore, according to a source from the Wikipedia, the Adobe Premiere is a timeline-based video editing software application which is part of the Adobe Creative Suite, a suite of graphic design, video editing, and web development applications developed by the Adobe Systems. This software supports many video editing cards and plug-ins for accelerated processing, additional file format support, and video/audio effects. The Adobe Premiere is also prominent compared to other video editing softwares since it supports high resolution video editing at up to 10,240 x 8,192 resolution, at up to 32-bits per channel color, in both RGB and YUV. Due to its outstanding functions and usages, the Adobe Premiere software has been widely used by broadcasters from all over the world such as the BBC and The Tonight Show. Not only that, it’s also been employed in feature films like The Social Network, Captain Abu Raed, and Monsters; and other venues including the Madonna’s Confession Tour. After reading the materials on the Adobe Premiere, I can hardly believe that we are actually learning very professional and famous software which is used by people in myriad industries worldwide! (^_^) .

          The workshop is started with everyone well seated at their tables that are equipped with computers. However, it happens that not all computers in the laboratory are installed with the Adobe Premiere; causing certain participants whose computer are absent with the software to move and share others’ computers which have it. Anyways I don’t think these people mind sharing; plus, they even like it that they get to share computers and discuss any issue they encounter while learning the video editing techniques now they’ve to sit closer to each other. Then Mr.Helmi asks us to get the soft copy of the materials he’s provided to be used in the process of learning the techniques later. The materials comprise the individual videos and audios which Mr.Helmi uses as examples to teach us how to combine various materials into a complete overall video using the Adobe Premiere software. Below are the steps of creating and editing a video using the Adobe Premiere we’ve learnt;

STARTING OFF:

1) Open Adobe Premiere.
2) Browse file.
3) Name.
4) Choose –> DV PAL –> widescreen 48.

IMPORTING VIDEOS:

1) Import file –> file –> import –> choose the individual video intended to be combined.
~~~Note: When using the Adobe Premiere, we can import in any types of video files we want without having to convert them into “avi” first like we do when using the Windows Live Movie Maker since the latter only supports videos of the “avi” type, while the latter does support all types. This is another convenient advantage i’ve found in the Adobe Premiere video editing system which other softwares do not possess (^_^) ~~~


2) Click on the file drag it to the TIMELINE.
3) You may either ZOOM IN or ZOOM OUT.
4) Repeat the previous procedures with all of the individual video files intended to be combined into an overall video.

CUTTING VIDEOS:

1) Press the RAZOR TOOL icon , and then click at the starting point of the part of the video we wish to cut.
~~ cutting the videos into parts allows us to move and overlap multiple videos parts on the timeline; producing a more interesting effect on that particular part of the video ~~

ADDING EFFECTS:
1) Click on the EFFECTS tab.
2) Choose any effect you like.
~~ for this Mr.Helmi uses the COLOUR CORRECTION –> BRIGHTNESS AND CONTRAST~~

VIDEO TRANSITION:

1) Click on the VIDEO TRANSITION icon.
~~ for this Mr.Helmi chooses DISSOLVE –> CROSS DISSOLVE

IMPORTING AUDIOS:

1) Import audios.
2) Click the audios to the AUDIO TIMELINE.

FINALIZING VIDEO AND EXPORTING IT TO COMPUTER:

1) File –> export –> MEDIA
2) Export Setting: (Format) –> MICROSOFT AVI, (Preset) –> PAL DV WIDESCREEN
3) When the new dialogue box appears, click START QUEUE , and wait for it to finish processing.
4) After it has completed processing, kindly check in the original folder whether the exported video is there or not.

          Since we still have some time left after completing the slot on the video editing techniques using the Adobe Premiere, Mr.Helmi decides to fill up the extra time with a continuance slot on the Adobe Photoshop. First, we are taught about the steps of resizing images using the Adobe Photoshop. This is somewhat a “pre-requisite” skill to in to master the video editing techniques using the Adobe Premiere. This is because the Adobe Premiere software is not capable to support images that are too large in size, just like the photos we captured in Putrajaya using the DSLR camera. Therefore, the only solution to this is to resize it into smaller resolutions; and one of the software appropriate for this purpose is the Adobe Photoshop. The following are steps of resizing images using the software;

RESIZING IMAGES;

1) Open the Adobe Photoshop Application.
2) File –> Open –> Choose images to be resized
3) Image –> Image Size –> Width : 1280 –> OK
4) File –> Save as –> Format : JPEG and PHOTOSHOP (make two copies).

           After that, Mr.Helmi also touches on the Colour-Correction / Colour-Adjustment of images and how to crop and “blurr” images using the Photoshop. Below are the steps of employing these two techniques;

COLOUR-CORRECTION / COLOUR-ADJUSTMENT:

1) Open Photoshop
2) Image –> Adjustments –>levels/ vibrance/ hue@saturation/ etc.. (choose any)

CROPPING IMAGE AND ADDIND “BLURR” EFFECT:

1) Open the image in the Photoshop.
2) Duplicate layer.
3) From the “crop” selection tool, choose the MAGNETIC LASSO tool.
4) Click once, and without releasing the click, drag the cursor along the line of the figure we want to crop from the image.
5) Click SELECT –> REFINE EDGE –> increase FEATHER  (Mr.Helmi increases it to 16.4. )
6) Click SELECT –> INVERSE
7) Click EDIT –> CUT
8) Click FILTER –> BLURR –> GAUSSIAN BLURR
9) At this point you may add text or anything you like.

           The slots end a bit earlier than the workshop we had yesterday. Hence, one hour before the whole workshop ends, we are given the time to practise the techniques learnt and proceed working on our video production. My group and I take this opportunity to process the materials meant for creating our video. We gather all pictures and start sorting out the best ones. Of course, Dayang and Vanessa have lots to say and argue during this; while Pei Si and I are more of giving opinions and approving . This is because Pei Si and I agree that both Dayang and Vanessa have big talents in planning and designing graphics. Therefore, pictures, audios, and videos they choose always suit our taste and in line with our point of view (^_^) . Then, with a little more time left, we complete the storyboard and script of our video which will be published on our company blog later. By about 3.00 p.m, class dismisses.

            On the whole, i really love today’s workshop as much as i love the yesterday’s. I’ve certainly learnt a lot this time as Mr.Helmi not only highlights on the Adobe Premiere alone, yet he also continues a bit on the techniques of editing images using the Adobe Photoshop. This has us revising the techniques learnt yesterday as well as gives us the chance to ask questions we have regarding the Adobe Photoshop application after having practising it last night after the media editing workshop. I also like that Mr.Helmi has already provided us with the materials to be used in learning the video editing techniques. This way, no one will encounter issues and the class will not go “chaotic” when everyone tries to look for his/her materials or when each person has different edited results due to the usage of different materials.

that’s us…during the wokshop sessions (^_^)

          I have several opinions on how to enhance the workshop to make it even better than it already is now. Since the Adobe Premiere video editing software is quite complex and requires intense attention, focus, and observation to learn, i think that it is good if our instructors may turn the workshop slots into a written module just like how Mr.Helmi creates the written “video production module” on his moblog; or like how Ms.Syazwani and Dr.Rosseni write their Adobe Photoshop module for their research. With a written module i believe learners will learn better as they may do revisions and refer to the documented module whenever they get confused of forget certain steps in applying the video editing techniques. Furthermore, i also think the workshop will be much more effective if there are enough computers with the Adobe Premiere installed provided; so that participants will not have to share. This is because by having a computer on her/his own, each participant will be able to employ/practise the technique herself/himself immediately after being instructed; instead of just watching his/her friends operating the computer.

          Although it is quite tiring to have “classes” for three days in a row, it is indeed very much worth it since we’ve gained so much knowledge and mastered various skills. For instance, i now know how to crop a photo perfectly according to the line of the figure instead of cropping it manually using the “paint” tool in my computer. I’m so glad that i’ve been improved at something!!! Furthermore, i believe that though it’s tiring for us, it is even more tiring for our instructors who’ve given ultimate commitment in organizing these workshops for us; especially Mr.Helmi who’s conducted most of the slots and Dr.Rosseni who’s been there supervising us and assisting our understanding as well as tried hard to get our refreshments ready each time. Thank you SIFUs,,, we’ll try our best to use everything learnt and produce the best video for your viewing!!!

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3 thoughts on “REFLECTION 9: THE ULTIMATE VIDEO EDITING WORKSHOP (ADOBE PREMIERE) ~~~~ (^_^)

    • Thanks lots pei si… actually i’ve finished writing it a few days ago yet had problems uploading it on the blog… Currently in Pasir Gudang…internet network is VERY disappointing!!!! cant manage to find a cyber cafe either =(

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