Premiere Pro CC 101 Part 7: Timecode Screeners For Logging

A new Premiere Pro CC 101 tutorial

By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)

Now that we’ve created a new timeline by dragging a clip from our bin onto the “Create New Item” button, we have a timeline ready to edit in. So, what’s next? In this Premiere Pro lesson, I want to talk about a common situation that editors run into, and that is creating a screening timeline to send to a product.

The easiest way to do this is to simply select all the clips you want to have the producer view, and then drag and drop them into your timeline. Now, most people at this point would think they are done, and are ready to export. Problem is, the producer has no way to reference any of these shots, so there are two things we need to do before sending him/her our timeline. We want to add a timecode effect, so they have a visual reference to log the footage.

To access the Timecode effect is very easy: Simply head over to the effects tab and enter “Timecode” in the search box.

Now simply select all the clips you want to apply the Timecode effect to, and then drag and drop onto them. You will immediately see the timecode effect on the clip(s):

Now, if you want to add an additional timecode effect to the footage, to represent the sequence time, you can simply select all the clips, nest them together (Select all clips, right click on them, and select Nest), drop the same effect on, and simply adjust its position:

The timecode footage is looking at the timecode of the individual clips.
The timecode footage is looking at the timecode of the individual clips.

Special thanks to Artbeats for letting me use some awesome 4K footage!

Click here for Kevin’s Premiere Pro CC 101 tutorials.

Kevin P. McAuliffe is one of the Senior Editors at Extreme Reach in Toronto, Canada. His current clients include Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, and E1 Entertainment, to name a few.

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