The Adobe Premiere Pro Bible is for multimedia producers, Web designers, graphic designers, artists, filmmakers, and camcorder users—anyone interested in using his or her computer to create desktop video productions or to output desktop video to videotape, DVDs, or the Web. As you read through the Adobe Premiere Pro Bible, you’ll soon see that it is more than just a reference to virtually all the features in Adobe Premiere Pro. The book is filled with short tutorial exercises that help you understand concepts and put into practice the key Premiere Pro features covered in a chapter. You’ll find this book indispensable as you learn to use Adobe Premiere Pro (and a useful reference book after you’ve mastered Premiere Pro’s key features). So don’t wait another moment—start reading and learning what you can do with your creative visions.
As you read these words, a revolution in desktop video is taking place. One of the main causes of the revolution is the advent of the digital video camera, which digitizes high-quality video directly in the camera. After the signal has been digitized, it can be transferred directly over a cable to a personal computer. After your computer gets hold of the video, you need Adobe Premiere Pro to help you creatively shape it into a compelling desktop video production.
Adobe Premiere Pro combines power and ease of use to provide a complete authoring environment for producing desktop digital video productions. By using Premiere Pro, you can capture video directly from your camcorder into Premiere Pro’s capture window. After you’ve captured or imported video and sound, you can assemble your clips into a production by simply clicking and dragging a video clip from one window to another. Placing clips and reassembling them is almost as easy as snapping together the cars in a child’s toy railroad train set. Creating transitions that dissolve one scene into another or wipe one scene away to reveal another is simply a matter of dragging an icon representing the transition between the two clips. To fine-tune your work, Premiere Pro provides numerous digital-editing tools—some similar to those available in professional editing studios, others only possible through digital magic. After you’ve finished editing, you can output your digital movie with settings for the Web, videotape, or DVD. If you’ve ever tried creating a video production by using traditional videotape hardware, Adobe Premiere Pro will revolutionize the way that you work.