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Move over Final Cut Pro. There's a new king of the digital video editing hill, and it doesn't even work on a Mac (though it may be enough to lure some Mac loyalists over). Eschewing cross-platform support for a focus on speed, features, and a quickness to market that was impossible to achieve with both Mac and Windows versions, the brand-new Windows XP¿only Adobe Premiere Pro sets a new standard for desktop digital video editing. Here to get you up to speed on it quickly and efficiently is the first and last word on the subject from the folks behind Premiere Pro--the Adobe Creative Team. This project-based volume covers not just the basics of working with audio, creating transitions, and producing titles but also all that's new (and revolutionary) in Premiere Pro: three-point color correction, multiple timelines, a new audio mixer, enhanced media management, and more. Best of all, the accompanying DVD includes real footage that you can practice on!
34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Very good, especially for a newbie,
This review is from: Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book (Paperback)The book does a good job of "hand holding" while you acquaint yourself with Adobe Premiere Pro.
The only complaint I have is that there are a few steps that are missing in some of the lessons. It isn't too hard to figure out what is supposed to happen, but still it would be nice for it to be a little more accurate in the details.
I would recommend to any newbies out there like myself that you begin by skipping "ahead" and doing Lessons 1 and 2 and then going back to the beginning of the book to do the "Tour". I did the Tour first and it involved some concepts that were a little beyond me and I think I would have benefitted from going over the basics that are covered in Lessons 1 and 2 instead of the sink or swim tour, if you know what I mean.
Anyway, all in all, it has been a very satisfying book.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Not as good as others in the series,
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This review is from: Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book (Paperback)I was disappointed by this entry to the 'Classroom In A Book' series. I've used other members of the series, and I have generally found them to be a relatively quick and inexpensive way to climb up the learning curve for Adobe products.
Most of what the book teaches comes under the heading of 'Video Editing 101'-- what's a ripple edit, how do I lift frames, and so on. I can find most of this stuff pretty quickly in the User's Manual.
There is a lot of repetitive material in this book. I counted a half-dozen places where the book shows how to remove a gap in the timeline, even though it's a simple procedure.
Intermediate topics of the sort that I had hoped to find get less attention. Color correction only gets part of one chapter, and there's virtually nothing on Premiere's waveform monitor and vectorscope beyond how to open them. I'd really like to know how to read and use them!
Premiere's audio capabilities get their own chapter, but the Lesson on the CD-ROM doesn't match the... Read more
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Not quite the book I'd hoped,
This review is from: Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book (Paperback)Although I like this series and I enjoyed the example movie that's the basis for all the exercises in this book, I'm afraid this edition is unnecessarily confusing, particularly for beginners. It has an unforgivable number of errors in the text and lessons. And it's a bit wordy in its directions without, in some cases, explaining well enough for me why you are following a particular sequence of steps. And some of the lessons seem to have one too many things jammed into them. It's just not particularly user-friendly.
Apparently, what the editors of this series did was to take an earlier version of the book--I'm familiar with the Premiere 6.0 version and I can see the similarities to that-and update it to the Premiere Pro version of the program and a new movie that the user gradually assembles. Working on one related movie, rather than a series of short, unrelated little projects, might be a good idea although personally I didn't mind the fact that there wasn't one big... Read more
The World of Digital Video.
A Tour of Adobe Premiere Pro.
Lesson 1: The Workspace.
Lesson 2: Sequencing and Basic Real-Time Editing.
Lesson 3: Transitions.
Lesson 4: Color and Opacity.
Lesson 5: Motion Paths.
Lesson 6: Special Effects: Using Effect Controls.
Lesson 7: Integrating Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, and Illustrator with Premiere Pro.
Lesson 8: Fundamentals of Multipoint Editing.
Lesson 9: Advanced Editing One: Single-Frame Techniques.
Lesson 10: Advanced Editing Two: Nested and Multiple Sequences.
Lesson 11: Titles and Credits.
Lesson 12: Audio.
Lesson 13: Output.
Lesson 14: Working with Adobe Encore DVD.
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