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Getting Started

Once you've digitized  (link to Juhan's section on digitizing) your movies and audio material, you need to import the resulting digital clips into your project. But first, you need to set up a new project by selecting New/Project under the File menu.

You'll be prompted to select project presets that are optimized for different types of projects. For example, for desktop editing and output of final movies to the web, you'll likely select Presentation 160x120 or 240x180.

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Next you'll be asked to select the time base, which controls how the software treats the clips you bring into the project and defines the frame rate. For most desktop video projects in which the final output medium is CD-ROM or the web, best choose 30 frames per second.Note, though, that the actual frame rate at which movies will play on a computer is determined by many other factors, especially the speed of the processor and available memory.

Once you've established all these presets, Premiere opens up 6 windows by default (although each of these can be "turned off" or closed later on, if the screen is getting too cluttered).

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Tape #

In

Out

Comments

4

04:19:39

04:19:48

Pull back from weather vane to NSSL truck

4

4

4

04:15:28

04:26:49

04:27:26

04:15:37

04:26:56

04:27:41

Pan across the sky w/ clouds

Balloon is launched

Balloon floating up skywards

We talked about the project window earlier in the section on logging. You can examine each clip archived in this window by double clicking on it. In Premiere, the first frame of the movie will appear in a clip window.

Click on picture for movie.

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The same happens if you double click on any clip that's been inserted into the construction window. In this case, we've done this for the first clip of the movie we're going to build: here the camera tilts down from puffy, summer clouds to the scientists' van.

In Premiere and in all its rival software products, the construction window constitutes the space in which you assemble your clips along a timeline. By changing the units of time along the timeline, you can expand or collapse it according to the level of detail you want to see as you put together your movie.

Here we've inserted four clips into the construction window. Let's take a look at the movie we've built so far. In Premiere, you can preview movies in the construction window in several ways. You first need to define the part of the movie in the construction window that you want to check, using the yellow bar at the top. Then, hit return or click on the right arrow button in the top right of the construction window. The computer compiles the movie, which normally takes a few seconds, after which a preview window is launched. You're all set to preview the movie.

Click on picture to previw the movie.

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