Category Archives: Premiere Pro

Video Editing in the Cloud with Adobe Anywhere

For years we’ve had collaborative video editing solutions that allow multiple video editors to work on the same project with the footage stored on a centralized server. Problem is, those systems would cache (transfer) the video files to the editor’s hard drive and while that file was “checked out” by that editor, no one else could work with that piece of footage.   Continue reading

Premiere Pro CS5: Rotating Video

Shooting video with point and shoot cameras and mobile devices brings new challenges to video editing. One thing I haven’t done a very good job at is reminding myself not to shoot video in portrait mode! It’s way too easy to go into photographer mode and tilt the camera 90 degrees to get that good shot. Problems arise when you try to share a video shot in portrait mode. Don’t do it! Often, viewers have to tilt their heads to see the video correctly. Luckily, it’s simple to rotate video in Premiere Pro. Here’s how:

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I finally have some time to use Adobe Premiere CS5 in a personal project shot on my Canon PowerShot D10 (a waterproof camera that deserves it's own post). I'm finding that I'm shooting most of my video these days on a photo camera or on my cell phone. The quality of video coming from newer devices I think is better and much more convenient than most DV tape camcorders. When launching Premier Pro and creating the project file for this project, I was confronted with decision up front that was a little puzzling. What sequence preset should I use for point and shoot cameras and/or mobile devices? Out of the myriad choices in Premiere Pro, I couldn't find one for simple cameras or for mobile devices. The closest presets I found were for Digital SLR. There just happens to be a simple solution for this:

  1. Use any preset first time around to create your project file.
  2. Import a video clip from your camera into your project assets bin.
  3. Drag and drop that clip on to the New Item icon at the bottom of the assets bin.

This will effectively create a new sequence that matches the settings of your video file!

The Adobe Mercury Playback Engine

I was just tipped off to an Adobe demo you just have to see. Dave Helmly gives a great sneak peak on the new the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine.
The Mercury engine offloads much of the heavy lifting used in Premiere Pro to high-end NVidia cards. Getting the CPU and GPU to work much better together in playing high-resolution video footage. The presentation shows real-time playback of 9 layers of DVCPro HD footage with 3D effects playing back in real time. That’s just the start of what this engine can do. You’ll have to watch the presentation to have your mind blown even further! Don't forget to wear your helmet.
I'm telling you, the CS5 Launch Event is going to be big! You don't want to miss it.