by Larry Jordan
[Reprinted from LarryJordan.com]
So, here are some basic ideas to keep in mind as you start your next project in Adobe Premiere Pro. Feel free to share your own observations in the comments below.
- Time spent planning before you start editing is never wasted. It is especially helpful to design your edit to meet the specs of your deliverable.
- Time spent organizing media in either the Finder or Premiere before you start editing is never wasted.
- You will always need more storage. Planning an edit based upon the capacity of your storage is like planning a vacation based upon the size of your car’s gas tank. Storage is cheap. No project ever got smaller during production.
- Shoot and edit the frame rate you need to deliver.
- Backups of all project and media files are essential. Editing without backups redefines the word:”pain.”
- Copy all media – the entire camera card – to your high-speed storage before importing. Rename folders, never rename files. And once files are imported, don’t move or rename them in the Finder.
- Premiere is designed to edit files in camera native format. However, to do that well requires a high-performance GPU. If you have an older, slower system, transcode media to a more editable format: ProRes, DNxHD, or GoPro Cineform.
- Keyboard shortcuts will not make you a better editor; but they will make you a faster editor.
- Using proxies in the edit does not make you less “manly;” it DOES make you faster. Proxies make multicam and 4K editing much easier.
- Don’t add effects or color correction until your edit is complete, otherwise you are wasting time
- Always export a master file, then compress later. This gives you a high quality file for backup, archiving and compression.
- No film project is ever perfect. Don’t strive for perfection, strive to get it done.
- Here’s a link to other useful Creative Truths for Editing.
- Here’s a link to The Editors Credo that I saw posted on the wall of an edit suite many years ago at KTLA-TV, Los Angeles. (Suitable for posting.)
(Control-click and select “Download file” to download this file – PDF – 14 KB.)
- Here’s a link to a list of my favorite Adobe Premiere keyboard shortcuts.
(Control-click and select “Download file” to download this file – PDF – 75 KB.)