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Editing a Dialogue Scene in Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Chapter Description

This chapter from Learn Adobe Premiere Pro CC for Video Communication: Adobe Certified Associate Exam Preparation shows you how to create a rough cut, edit on the timeline, understand and edit coverage, edit audio transitions, create a title crawl, use adjustment layers and effects, and review and export files.

In our next training scenario, Anytown High School has hired Brain Buffet to produce a series of short video clips that will help first-year students transition to high school. They will show these videos on their morning announcements and post them on their website. The first video you’ll produce for them is designed to let students know about the activity bus.


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As you’ve learned, production can’t start until the project requirements are clearly understood, so it’s time to review those before you begin:

  • Client: Anytown High School
  • Target Audience: Anytown High School’s target audience is first-year students from 13 to 15 years old.
  • Purpose: The purpose of producing this video is to inform first-year students that they can still catch the activity bus at 4:30 p.m. if they miss the regular school bus or need to study in the library after school.
  • Actors: There is a principal and a student.
  • Goal: The goal is to ensure that first-year students know when the activity bus picks up students after school.
  • Deliverable: The client expects a 30-to-45-second video featuring two actors, a title, and voiceover. The video should be delivered in H.264 YouTube 720p HD format.

Listing the available media files

In this project, some media has already been acquired for the project. What do you have to work with?

  • A photograph of the bus
  • Dialogue scene clips with good coverage (multiple angles to maintain visual interest by providing variety)

With those items you’re ready to start setting up the project.

Listing the preproduction files

There are other planning documents available to you for this project:

  • Project3_activityBus_Storyboard.pdf: You will get a medium shot, over-the-shoulder shots, close-up shots, and a cutaway. Look at the storyboard for details on how the client sees this scene flowing, and use it as a guide for assembling the rough cut.
  • Project3Script.pdf: I have provided you with a copy of the script so you can track the dialogue. The actors were allowed to improvise on set, so the dialogue might not be exactly the same as the script. Still, it should cover all the key information.
  • Storyboard_template6panel.pdf: I provided this blank storyboard template so that you can create your own storyboards.
  • BusDetailsText.txt: You’ll use this text as a title and voiceover at the end of the video.
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