Basic Editing: Video Tutorial of Adobe Premiere

Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog post. I decided to do something different in this post. I made a tutorial educational video. It’s a short video about the basics of editing in Adobe Premiere CC.

02ad615cde2b9a3cb8428c4c4d243e51_400x400This is my preferred program for editing videos and I think its straight forward and easy to use and understand. It has a ton of easy to use, effective, tools, effects and features that make it a powerful, customizable, program and ideal for beginners and professional alike. I hope that this will make sense and be a source of help to you. Let’s get started with the video.


Premeire Tutorial from Sean Photo & Design on Vimeo.

In finish now it is time to Export the video. Each export is going to be different. Why? Because each project result is going to be different. Some of you may be exporting to burn to a DVD, still others may be broadcasting the video, still some like me are going to be uploading to YouTube or Vimeo.

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If you are exporting to Vimeo, you need to follow these steps. Choose “Mark In” and “Mark Out” on your Sequence to select what will be exported.


Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 3.12.13 PMThen choose File, Export and a menu will pop up.

  • Format: H.264
  • Prest: Vimeo 725p
  • Output Name: Choose Name and select where you want to save it.
  • Check the box: Use Maximum Render Quality
  • Then choose Export

Now you have a finished video that you can load to I hope you liked the video that I made and please let me know of other videos that you would like to see made.






The Little Things Make the Big Things

When it comes to media, art, photography, film and editing it should be noted that the little things can make the biggest difference. You’ve heard the expression that it’s all in the details. Well, that’s true on almost all accounts; especially in the world of the arts. In the film world in particular the details make the film “pop” and stand out amongst the completion. The competition in the church world being the secular media. If you are shooting, make sure the focus dial is precisely tuned in to the eye of the subject. People look at the eye of the speaker. Move that light a little more to get the shadow blended perfectly or removed from the face. When editing look for ways to go the extra mile to ad the extra spark. How can you make the image or sound that much better? I recently had a similar experience happen to me as I was editing for our churches #ATM2016 or At The Movies series.


We rented a lighting kit that could only output white light. Due to the lighting kit we rented the image turned out a little white and cold. The image looked sterile and we really wanted a warmer look. Lighting is key and this lighitng made Pastor Caleb look pale. Not only that but our background images were lost in the dark. I needed something bring those images out. Otherwise we would have just a talking head in the dark. My solution was to ad in more light. How do you do that once the video has been recorded? There is a great video effect in Adobe Premiere CC that allows you to ad more light to your selected image. Simply click on the Effects menu and then the Video Effects tab. Below you will see a folder called Adjust. In that folder is an effect option called Lighting Effects.

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  • Video Effects
  • Adjust
  • Lighting Effects

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Once in the Effect Menu you can see there are several lights to choose from and all of them  are customizable. You can move them all over your image, change the radius, intensity, color and much more. For my “light1” I wanted to use it to lighten up the camera props in the background. In the original image the camera is lost in the darkness. But by adding some light I was able to bring some clarity to the image and you can now see the prop. I used my x and y axis and moved the “Omni” light over the image I wanted to illuminate. I chose a white light to match the lighting we had chosen. Originally the light was to intense and it distorted the image of my Pastor. Therefor; I lessened the radius and the intensity until I was happy with the over all result. Finally I had a background that was viewable and did not distort any of the foreground images.

But what about the foreground? Pastor still looked pale and the lighting cold? I went back to my Lighting Effect and choose a second light. The second light, I positioned to the right of Pastor Caleb. But instead of even more white light I chose a warmer color. I then played with the radius and intensity until I was happy with the result. It’s simply a give and take and trial and error to get the light the right color and put it in the right position. Now we have a natural looking image that looks great! Next we went through and added these same effects to all the preaching clips so that we would have a even looking video. Now all the preaching effects look the same and natural to the eye.  The coldness has been taken out in post production. Now that’s awesome!

One other area that we fixed in post production was in the sound. When we recorded, there was a slight fuzziness to the audio. The over all quality of the sound was tainted by this “FFZZZ” static. My strong suit is not audio engineering, but with a little guess-taamating, Pastor and I found the solution that we needed.

Audio DeNoiser

Just playing around with the options we decided that we really liked the effect “DeNoiser”. Once in it we played around with the options and arrived at the custom arrangement of “Init 5” with the Reduction and Offset to be at -6.8 .

Often times if you don’t know what effect to use or how to go about using it, you just need to jump in and play with your options. Sometimes the best solutions can come through trial and error. Learn to Google or Youtube for your answers and if you can’t find them, then trouble shoot with your options. I find this is true every day. If something does not work look at it from another angle. Often with a clear mind the solution presents itself.



A Brief Review of Nikon v Canon

camera-691907_1280I just recently started to learn about the world of Nikon DSLR camera. Some of you at this point may be saying “welcome to the party!” Others at this point might be saying “traitor!” I know of people who started with Nikon and switched to Canon and still others who switched from Canon to Nikon. Some of you right now are saying, “The heck with that I love Sony or Panasonic”. I’ve been informed that Nikon is a photographers camera and Canon is better for those who want to use a DSLR for videography. I don’t have any proof to back that statement up, that’s just what I’ve heard. All in all I think it comes down to personal preference. You have to know yourself and the type of work you will be doing. For church photography I don’t think it really matters which you use. Therefor I will be sharing my experience.

I was at a wedding just strolling around and shooting the decor for practice. As I started to shoot with the Nikon DSLR, I noticed that I had a hard time changing my settings. This may be due to the fact that this was my first shoot with a Nikon and I am not accustomed to it yet. Never the less the speed I normally have was gone and I had to constantly stop and look at the camera to change my f-stop, shutter speed and mostly the ISO. I had to make sure that I wasn’t changing the f-stop when I wanted to change the shutter speed and so forth.

Wow! To change the ISO is the trickiest cat of all. You have to press and hold down the ISO button on the left of the camera, while turning a wheel on the right. I just remember thinking to myself “how very cumbersome and inconvenient”. When your shooting church photography it is necessary to change the ISO a lot because the light is always changing from front of stage to back of auditorium. The lobby light is differ than the auditorium light, classrooms are different from those and of coarse outside is going  to be way different. I said all that to make the point that this process of changing the ISO on a Nikon while “on the go” is way more frustrating than it is to change on the Canon. Perhaps it might be ok, if you’re in a controlled environment such as a studio and you have time to stop and think about that change.

Honestly that’s it for this post. I don’t have much more to grouse at than that major point. Over all I thought most of the changes were very similar. The weight, design, and processes of the camera are not that different than Canon. If you can get over the ISO malfunction mess then I would say that you can be just as happy with Nikon as you are with Canon. Perhaps as I familiarize myself more with Nikon I’ll have more to say, but for now I’ll be sticking with my Canon camera.  This video is very good. It might help you in your decision making. Happy shooting everyone.