Workshop

Review the questions and answers in this section to try to sharpen your Premiere export skills. Also, take a few moments to tackle my short quiz and the exercises.

Q&A

Q1:

When I use Print to Video to view a full-screen version of my project and to watch it in my DV device monitor, playback on my computer is choppy. What's up?

A1:

Your computer may not have the power to process both video data streams. Go to Project, Project Settings, General, Playback Settings. Because you probably want to view this on your computer monitor, turn off Playback on DV/Camcorder. If you want to view it on your DV/camcorder monitor, turn off Playback on Desktop.

Q2:

I have a VHS VCR and want to export to it, but I don't have a video capture card. Is there a workaround?

A2:

Yes. Record your project to your DV camcorder. Then connect your DV camcorder to your analog VCR/camcorder and dub your DV videotape to it. You may be able to save a step and pass the DV signal from your computer through your DV camcorder to your analog recorder and record on both machines at once.

Quiz

1:

How do you export a clip without using the Export Clip process?

A1:

Select the clip in the timeline by placing the work area bar over it. Select File, Export Timeline, Movie. Click Settings and make the necessary file type and option selections to suit your needs. Alternatively, you can select the clip in the timeline and then select File, Export Timeline, Export to Tape and record the clip directly to your DV device.

2:

What's the difference between Project Settings, Audio; Export Audio Settings, Audio; and Export Movie Settings, Audio?

A2:

Nothing. An Audio Output Settings dialog box by any other name would work as sweetly.

3:

How do you create a sequence of still images, selecting one frame per second from your project?

A3:

Use the Export Timeline process. Place the work area bar over the portion of your project from which you want to create still images, select File, Export Timeline, Movie. Click Settings. Choose a sequence file type?TIFF, Targa, GIF, or Windows Bitmap?move to Video and select a frame size and change the Frame Rate setting to 1.

Exercises

1:

Do a personal test on video and audio codecs. Set the work area bar over a small section of your timeline and then export it using different codecs. Use the same Frame Size, Frame Rate, and Quality settings. When completed, note the file sizes and playback quality of the saved files.

2:

Contact a local postproduction studio and ask about EDLs (Edit Decision Lists). Get their take on the value of an EDL and see what compatibility issues there may be between their equipment and Premiere.

3:

You can use Premiere's export process as a file-conversion program. Try a few examples by placing Windows AVI files, QuickTime MOV files, or Windows WAV audio files on the timeline and using Export Timeline to convert them to their competing platform counterparts.



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