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Hoboken2012
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Premier or After Effects?

Apr 1, 2012 11:15 AM

Hi,

I have no experience in video editing or using any of the two software. I have worked in Flash though. I have a video editing project to do in 4 weeks. Final product should be maybe 5-10 minutes long montage of video, audio, music and few images.

 

What is the best software to use? Easier to pick up in few weeks time? I need to buy it, install it, learn it and use it. All in 4 weeks.

 

I have Mac OS 10.6.8

 

Processor 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5

 

4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3

 

My source footage is video .mp4 and audio m4a (I might not use this audio, it's boring...). Might use music instead.

 

Thank you

 
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    Apr 1, 2012 11:29 AM   in reply to Hoboken2012

    Ae is a compositor.  Pr is an NLE.  Pr is also easier to learn, IMO.  So, Pr is what you want for this job.

     

    Good luck.

     
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    Apr 1, 2012 11:44 AM   in reply to Hoboken2012

    Non Linear Editing.  Look on Wikipedia.  Good explanation there.

     

    A compositor composites multiple different elements to make a single image.  Keying, Picture in Picture, adding titles, name supers, etc.  Some of this can be done in an NLE, but a compositor is optimized for combining multiple sources into a single image.

     
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    Apr 1, 2012 12:23 PM   in reply to Jim Curtis

    Since you seem eager to learn... buy this book

     

    http://www.amazon.com/Editors-Guide-Adobe-Premiere-Pro/dp/0321773012

     

    You will be very glad you did!

     
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    Apr 1, 2012 3:18 PM   in reply to Hoboken2012

    I have a video editing project to do in 4 weeks.

     

    I have no experience in video editing

     

    Those two facts create a rather untenable situation.  How do you deliver a product you have no idea how to create?

     

    Step 1b. FAQ: How do I learn Premiere Pro?

     

    Of course, just learning the software isn't quite enough.  There is the whole subject of editing in and of itself, without regard to the software used, so...

     

    Step 1a. http://www.filmschool.org/

     

    Of course, 4 weeks is not much time to bring yourself up to speed on that subject.  So the other option here is to farm the work out to someone whose already gotten the needed education. So...

     

    Optional Step 1. http://www.mandy.com/

     
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  • joe bloe premiere
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    Apr 1, 2012 3:16 PM   in reply to Hoboken2012

    You might be able to learn enough about Premiere in two weeks

    to get you through a fairly simple project, but learning After Effects

    from a standing start in two weeks I would consider impossible.

     

    You should focus on Premiere, and here are a few more good places to start.

    Premiere Pro FAQ list

    Zip Past Common Hurdles

     

    Of course if you get stumped, as you can see there are plenty of helpful folks here to turn to.

     
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    Apr 8, 2012 3:16 PM   in reply to Hoboken2012

    If you have Toast or a similar program you can export an MPEG2DVD file from PrP, then use Toast to create the DVD.

     
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    Apr 9, 2012 7:27 AM   in reply to Hoboken2012

    If you have used an older version of Premiere, you should be able to work with the newer version. Some names and places have been changed, and as more power has been added, there are a few different steps now, but still, it is basically the same.

     

    That is the route that I would go.

     

    You might help bring yourself up to speed by reading the articles, and watching the tutorials, linked in the PrPro FAQ Sub-forum.

     

    Good luck,

     

    Hunt

     
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