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Mastering Adobe Premiere Pro Cs6 [Paperback]

Paul Ekert
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Book Description

22 Feb 2013

Take your video editing skills to new and exciting levels with eight fantastic projects


  • Discover new workflows and the exciting new features of Premiere Pro CS6.
  • Take your video editing skills to exciting new levels with clear, concise instructions (and supplied footage).
  • Explore powerful time-saving features that other users don't even know about!.
  • Work on actual real-world video editing projects such as short films, interviews, multi-cam, special effects, and the creation of video montages.
  • Gain video editing skills that will stay with you for years.

In Detail

Adobe Premiere Pro has become synonymous with video editing, in the same way Photoshop has become a byword for image manipulation. To unlock the true potential of this powerful software you don't need you to take expensive training courses or spend hours trying to get your footage "just right". Work through this practical guide and truly master Premiere Pro CS6 using real footage with engaging examples.

Using the included source material (available via digital download), this book will help you discover a plethora of features and functionality hidden within Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 that can truly augment your skills and take your footage to the next level. By covering a diverse array of topics in a practical manner, you will gain a full understanding of how to approach pretty much any video editing project you want to tackle with Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.

Starting off with an entry-level project to get both new and existing users up to speed, "Mastering Adobe Premiere Pro CS6" dives right into a series of engaging real-world projects that help you understand how you can harness Premiere Pro’s full potential. With an explicit focus on practical real-world projects from concept to publication, this is the definitive guide for people who want to make the most out of this powerful software.

As you progress through the book you'll encounter problems of poorly shot footage; news reporters who stumble over their dialog and camera crews who fail to deliver key scenes, leaving you to scavenge and then hide your trail. Not only will you develop a full understanding of how core features work, you'll also have a clear grasp on how to make your footage stand out from the crowd.

What you will learn from this book

  • Use actual real-world examples to learn advanced editing workflows.
  • Find out how you can manipulate sounds and images.
  • Work with real-life effects; explosions, smoke, and exported 3D models.
  • Master automatic features that save you time and help create a better edit.
  • Delve into the world of frame accurate editing using keyboard shortcuts.
  • Learn how the different trim modes, Ripple and Rolling, actually work.
  • Speed up your Timeline workflow with the Insert and Extract functions.
  • Tame long clips using the sub-clip function.
  • Create frame accurate edits using the 3 and 4-Point edit technique.
  • Use CS6 filters to create special effects (muzzle flashes and SF effects) and even motion backgrounds.
  • Construct multi-layered effect compositions using the Nested Sequence function


Designed to be practical and engaging, Mastering Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 is a project-based book to help you truly augment your skills and become a film editing hotshot.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (22 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849694788
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849694780
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 19 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,276,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Ekert

Paul Ekert started getting interested in video editing during the mid 90s when various exciting but crude video editing devices came to market. He soon moved away from this somewhat unreliable technology and transferred to MiroMotion capture cards (Miro were later bought by Pinnacle), which took the radical approach of downloading video from a camera to a PC's hard drive. The default software for these cards was Adobe Premiere. In the late 90s, he started working for a computer supplier, who specialized in building bespoke systems for non-linear editing, predominantly using Adobe Premiere with various hardware combinations supplied by Pinnacle and Matrox. He left this firm to work in the QA department of Pinnacle, one of the leading suppliers of non-linear editing hardware, who were eventually bought by Avid.

In 2005, he left to pursue a career as a freelance writer. Since that time, he has written five books on video editing, one based on Premiere Pro CS3 and another on Premiere Elements 7 (special effects based book). He also wrote one book on Pinnacle Liquid (NLE software) and its follow up, Avid Liquid. During this time, he wrote, filmed, directed, and edited several short films, some of which can be seen on his website. In all, he has over two decades experience in using non-linear editing programs, in particular, Adobe Premiere. A recent (2012) edit that was created using Premiere Pro CS6 (an airshow in Brazil using two GoPro Hero2 cameras) can be seen on

He is interested in most things that come under the heading of geeky. He is never really content to look at something and be impressed with what it does; he always needs to lift the hood, look underneath, and work out exactly how everything works. Of late, he has become fascinated with low-cost animation products such as iClone, and low-cost special effects tools such as HitFilm. He also maintains a long running interest in PC hardware and is always fascinated with various cameras; usually the ones just out of his price range. Find him at trade fairs drooling over them!

He is also a writer of plays, films scripts, novels, short stories, non-fiction books, and the odd poem. Examples of all these can be found on his website, During the last few years, he has felt privileged to live a life where he can create and write, and he values the sometimes painful months he spent creating Ordinary Monsters, his first published novel (now available for the Kindle). He believes that all writing involves equal amounts of pleasure and pain, just like life. The trick is to enjoy and embrace them both.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Great contents but poor quality product 21 Oct 2013
By Bogge
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The contents are really good with clear concise instructions and easy to understand process.
My big grip is the book looks as though it was copied on a photocopier ! The black and white images are extremely poor. The white areas are grey. Should have been priced at about no more than $10 or £7.50...NOT £29.

Could I have been sold a counterfeit copy ?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 29 May 2013
By Electric Palette - Published on
This book is an excellent source for mastering Adobe premier pro CS6. The book is written in a way that beginners will understand and will be able to follow. It has lots of examples and pictures to guide you through. The links to the files are accessible and helpful...allowing the novice to learn without having to spend a huge amount of time videoing scenes.

The book is also comprehensive enough to have snippets of information that an experienced user may not know.
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't get files 31 Mar 2014
By Toni B. Gino - Published on
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I can't really tell you how this book is. The site used to download files doesn't seem to be working for a loooong time. I've contacted their customer support who have sent me empty links. Now I'm being referred to someone else in customer support why I don't know, just want to download the files of the Kindle book I purchased. I'm seriously thinking about contacting Amazon and returning this book it is not good without the files. Packt Publishing fix your site or pull your books.

Update...I was sent an email that told me a team had checked the previous link they sent me and the link was fine....however it was a different link than was sent previously. So I finally after a month or so got the files. Too much work to go through just to get files that should have been easy to get.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful! 5 Aug 2013
By Blackjack - Published on
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I had a bit of difficulty downloading the supporting project files, but once accomplished this was an excellent book for learning Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. The book really pushes you to use the keyboard shortcuts and it does pay off eventually. It teaches a lot of tips and techniques that I didn't pick up on with other books. If you're serious about learning CS6, I highly recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Resource From an Experienced Author and User 30 May 2013
By M D McCallum - Published on
If you have ever struggled with Premier or want to get on the fast track to learning the application then Paul Ekert's newest book, Mastering Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Hotshot, is the book for you. This is a project based learning experience with plenty of help from the author. I have always been a fan of project based instruction as there is little substitute for hands on experience. Paul is also an experienced author with several titles under his belt as well an advanced user of video editing applications.

Paul's combined experience as an author and an editor is readily apparent as he guides you through the various projects to completion. Paul will lead you through the fog thereby greatly decreasing the learning curve and get you quickly into productive and satisfying territory.

This book can be valuable to experienced users as well as novices. The technical expertise and tips shared in post production alone are worth the purchase plus you will be exposed to some industry jargon and methods that will improve your workflow and final render.

An excellent resource by all accounts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anyone serious about Premiere should have this book 6 May 2013
By C. Bryant - Published on
Great book, well written and full of fun (and of course useful!) projects. By the time you finish with the book, you will not only have a much better understanding of the software, but even editing in general. Lots of little tips & tricks throughout to help tweak your skills as an editor that go beyond Premiere.

The projects themselves are fun and most build upon themselves (for example, in one lesson you learn to add muzzle flashes, clones and because hey, you never know) laser beams). In the next lesson you kick it up a notch with an explosion, heat glow and explosion tremor.

Of course it also goes past flashy special effects and into project-saving post-production corrections. You will learn to correct white balance, color issues and even the infamous "rolling shutter" problem with many DSLRs. That particular lesson is key for when the words "we'll fix it in post" are uttered.

Highly recommended to anyone who is interested in getting more out of Adobe Premiere CS6.
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