IT Film Technical File

This is my IT technical file where I keep all the things I have learned in Premiere in my lessons. I have screens hotted everything and written the steps so it is easy for me to come here and remind myself of anything.

Importing Footage to Timeline
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To set up a project you first click on the Premiere icon and this box comes up. You then name you project and select where you want it to be saved. You then select either HDV or DV in Capture Format depending on how your film was shot i.e. whether it is in HD or not.

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To insert footage into Premiere click File>Import..

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Then select the clip you want to work on and click Import.

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The footage will automatically appear in the bottom left corner in the Project tab. Drag and drop the footage into the timeline so you can start working on it. Adjust the leavers at the bottom of the timeline box to adjust how zoomed in or out you at and therefore how much of the clip is visible.

Inserting a Title
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In PhotoShop select File>New. Then label the file Title, set the document type to Film and Video, set the size to HDTV 1080p/29.97 and set the background content to Transparent.

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Keep everything inside the outer blue line and keep all text inside the inner blue lines. Select the Horizontal Type Tool, click inside the box and start typing.

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After typing in what I wanted, I selected the Move Tool and stretched out the lettering by drag gin a corner out. If I wanted to make sure the lettering didn’t get distorted, I would hold the Shift key down whilst adjusting the size.

You can then make any adjustments you want to the wording such as the colouring, angle or adding a drop shadow. Once you have added each transformation click Enter to secure it so you can move onto something else.

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Select File>Save As and make sure everything is the same as shown in the image above. Then click Save.

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Make sure all the details are the same as shown above, then click OK.

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Go back onto Premiere and selected File>Import, find the text you saved and then press Import.

Insert Title
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First select Title>New Title>Default Still..

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Type in what you want your title to say and then click OK.

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Click on the Type Tool and click that inside the box and type what you want your title to be. I chose Stolen Dolls as that is the title of my fashion film.

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From here you can manipulate the text in any way you want. I increased the size, changed the font and changed the rotation of the text. To do these adjustments you need to take the Type Tool and select the letters.

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Once you are happy with how the text looks, you can click the X button and it will appear in your Project folder.

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You can drag and drop this onto your time line and it will have a clear background. You can layer this on top of your film footage but dragging it on a layer above the layer that the footage is on.

Cropping Clips
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To crop a clip that is already on the timeline, you select the Razor Tool and click on where you want the clip to start. This will cut the clip at that point and then you can click on the clip you don’t want and delete it.

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If you want to crop a clip that is in the box in the top left corner, then you press the Space bar to start the clip playing and then you click ‘I’ when you want the clip to start and ‘O’ when you want it to stop.

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You can add markers to a clip if you want to make the music match the effects or just if you want to know exactly where to place something. You do this by playing the clip on the timeline and then pressing ‘m’ whenever you want a marker to show up.

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You can see the markers more easily when you put the clip in the top left corner and you can delete them from here by right clicking on one of them and then clicking Clear All Markers.

Adding Effects to Clips
To remove any effect added to a clip, just select the effect on the control panel and press delete.
If you want to add a certain effect onto another clip you just have to select the effect in the control panel, copy it and then paste it onto the next clip. 

Fading In and Out
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If I wanted to fade the text in and then out of the frame, then I would select the Pen Tool and click on the little white line that appears in the clip’s box on the time line wherever I want the frame to either fade or come back. You then move these dots to suit what you want.

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Drag the clip onto the timeline, keep it selected, then click on ‘Effects’ in the bottom left corner. Type in Gaussian Blur or whatever blur effect you want into the search bar and then clicked and drag it onto the clip you want to add the effect to.

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Select the Effect Controls tab in the control panel to see the effect come up.

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Move the play head in the control panel to where you want the effect to start, then click the icon on the left of the effect you want to add where there is an image of a stop watch.

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Type in or swipe to the number that you want to determine the amount of blur added to the image. I chose 80 as you can see in the screenshot above. You can see a preview of what you want the blur to look like in the image on the right.

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I moved the play head to where I wanted the blurring effect to be at a different intensity and then changed the value of blurriness at that point.

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Import a clip into Premiere and put it on the timeline. In the bottom left corner box select the Effects tab. Click Video Effects>Distort>Mirror and then drag and drop the Mirror effect onto your chosen clip.

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You select the Effect Controls tab in the control panel, put the play head where you want the mirroring effect to start and change the value of the effect. You can keep moving the play head and changing the value of the effect as you want.

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Select your chosen clip and add the effect called ‘Echo’ by drag gin and dropping the effect.

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Select the Effect Controls tab in the control panel and increase the number of echoes. Change the Echo Operator to Maximum.

Leave Colour
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Select the effect Leave Colour in the bottom left corner and drag and drop it onto the selected clip. Select the Effect Controls in the control panel to see the effect options.

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Select the colour you want in the clip with the icon next to the Colour To Leave button.

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Increase the percentage of Amount to Decolour.

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Change the Match Colours to Using Hue depending on what clip you are using. This does not work with all clips!

Clip Speeds
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Right click on the clip that you want to change the speed of, and select Speed Duration.

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Adjust the speed percentage up if you want it to speed up and down if you want it to slow down. Then press OK. You can also choose Reverse Speed which would make it play backwards and at your chosen speed.

Exporting Your Film
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You click File>Export>Media..

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Change the Format to H.264, leave the Preset to Match Source – high birate and select the Maximum Rendering option. The click Export.


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