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The Video Collection Revealed: Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Soundbooth and Encore CS5 [Paperback]

Debra Keller
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3 Aug 2010 1439057583 978-1439057582 Pap/Dvdr
Dive right into video editing with "The Video Collection Revealed"! This all-new book introduces the video applications of Adobe CS5, including Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Soundbooth, and, Encore. Each of the four main applications is thoroughly covered in its own chapter. Three integrated chapters follow, with an emphasis on using features across applications to create polished, professional work.

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning; Pap/Dvdr edition (3 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439057583
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439057582
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 22.8 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,205,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1. Creating a Video Montage in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5. 2. Working with Production Graphics in Adobe After Effects CS5. 3. Editing a Musical Score in Adobe Soundbooth CS5. 4. Creating a Documentary Using Premiere Pro and Soundbooth CS5. 5. Editing a PSA and Commercial Using Premiere Pro and After Effects CS5. 6. Working with Special Effects to Enhance Viral Videos Using Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects CS5. 7. Creating an Electronic Portfolio Using Adobe Encore CS5.

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Debbie Keller is an accomplished teacher, presenter, and speaker, as well as the author of multiple textbooks for Cengage Learning, including the Adobe Creative Suite 5 ACA Certification Preparation: Featuring Dreamweaver, Flash and Photoshop; the Adobe(R) Creative Suite 5 Projects Binder BASIC; and the Video Collection Revealed Featuring Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Soundbooth and Encore (CS5 and CS6 editions). Keller has been recognized as a Discovery Star Educator and has served as an Adobe Education Leader since 2002. She is a presenter for the Total Training Essential Series for Photoshop, Flash Professional, Dreamweaver, and Premiere Pro, and has been a contributor on two Adobe curriculum guides. She is also a Subject Matter Expert for Premiere Pro and was one of the authors of the Adobe Certified Associate exam. Keller conducts workshops and presents at numerous conferences around the nation, including Course Technology, ISTE, TCEA, Association for Career & Technology state conferences in Texas and Arkansas, and the Adobe Education Leader Summer Institute.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Having recently taken the plunge to upgrade to Adobe Production Premium CS5, I spent several weeks looking for a decent book that would allow me to get up and running as quickly as possible. I used Premiere Pro a long time ago and have long been a user of Photoshop. However, After Effects was a complete mystery and what is Soundbooth, or Encore?

There are thousands (probably) of books about photoshop and hundreds of books about Premiere, but this was the first one I found that could take a look at all the main products from Adobe to create feature rich video content for DVD, Blu-Ray, web, etc. (N.B. This book does not deal with Flash, unfortunately and Photoshop is barely mentioned, but see above)

As an introduction to the products it deals with, this book is fairly basic and would not suit anyone who has used the individual products extensively. For begineers, (like me) who may have a fair ammount of knowledge with one Adobe product (in my case, Photoshop) this book is almost perfect.

The tutorials are not too lenght that you get bored before the end and the examples and sample files are fun and relevant. I imagine this book would do very well in a classroom (one of it's target audiences is classroom based learning)

If, like me, you prefer to read a book and work the examples rather than running video tutorials off the web, then this book will certainly meet your needs.

The reason it only gets 4 stars instead of 5 is primarly because it does not deal with Flash Professional. But, since the book is over 600 pages already, perhaps it could be part of Volume 2.

Don't expect to be an expert when you have finished this, but from here, you can use it as a springboard for your own projects and more in depth learning.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Video Collection Revealed 16 Jun 2011
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The Video Collection Revealed: Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Soundbooth and Encore CS5

After reading various reviews I thought that this would be an ideal book for developing skills in the various production tools for CS5 (Adobe Pemiere, Encore, After Effects, Soundbooth). I received my copy promptly from an Amazon Marketplace source (Bookaxis) and it was well packed and delivered in what appeared to be pristine condition. I browsed the book and I liked the project approach and despite a few errors as pointed out by other reviewers, I thoght the book looked a good intoduction to the CS5 Suite. The problem was that the dvd's (three in total) were faulty, and would only copy part of their contents to an external drive, and some files could not be read. On careful examination of the surfaces of the discs it was apparent that they contained defects (not scratches), which coincided with the shape of the cardboard sleeves. I thought this was probably due to the adhesive used in manufacturing the sleeves or by something very heavy being placed on top of the book (presumably other books) and leaving an imprint. At least one of the discs also showed burring around the edge and I have a feeling that they are not of a good quality. I contacted the seller who very promptly sent me a replacement copy, but this turned out to contain the same faults (no fault of the seller who has responded slendidly). I am not a forensic scientist, so I cannot be certain that my analysis of the faulty discs discs is necessarily correct.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very useful hands-on overview of all the Adobe programs likely to be needed by filmmakers 10 Oct 2010
By Nathan Andersen - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an ambitious book, that would be a great place to start for anyone who wants to get familiar with the Adobe Creative Suite programs focused on working with pre-captured video. As such it would be perfect for the filmmaker or video producer getting started with Adobe. There are lots of guides on individual programs, but this is the only one of its kind, that focuses on all of the programs that are most likely to be useful for the film and video producer. It should also be noted that while there are a number of beginner's and advanced guides focused on After Effects, there are only a few books focused on Premiere Pro, and none that I'm aware of focused on Soundbooth or Encore CS5 (there are some packages of Lynda Video Tutorials focused on those). In fact, my main reason for taking a look at it was to see what textbook I should recommend to students who want to get started with Adobe for filmmaking. This is an excellent text for beginners, especially for those who have some experience with basic editing but really want to push their post-production skills to the next level and learn how to fine tune and enhance their work using the other Adobe products. Especially useful for students are the "Project Builder" sections at the end of each chapter - that are effectively like homework assignments, asking the reader to try out the skills they've just learned by practicing on some additional projects that are included on the dvd.

Each of the focused sections reads like a quick version of the kind of thing you'd get with the more detailed "Classroom in a Book" guides to each program. They explain the basic concepts, and then give you directions for using the project files included on the dvd that comes with this book, to create various different types of projects. Projects are explained clearly enough to follow along for beginners, but it would probably help to have some experience with at least one of the Adobe Creative Suite programs before getting started. The book does move more quickly than, say, the "Classroom in a Book" lessons, and one of the things about all of Adobe's programs is that they're very precise, so that if you miss a step or if you have the wrong thing selected, thing's won't work in the way they say. Moving more quickly in this book means it's less likely they've anticipated every misstep a beginner might make, which explains why a couple of the other reviewers might have gotten stuck. As another reviewer mentioned, though, that means that you have to work some of this out on your own, and I often find that's when I learn the most. Many beginner's guides to software read like recipe books that explain exactly what to do at each step - and that helps to get through a lot of material quickly, but I appreciate the more open-ended project assignments at the end of each chapter as ways to really build upon the basics and solidify skills.

Other reviewers have noted that this is not a reference guide, but I don't think that's a reason to knock it. There's no way to have a thorough reference guide in a single book that covers all of what this book manages to cover. It's set up to give you a quick hands-on look at what's possible in each of the Adobe video production programs and also to show how they can be used together: to edit video (Premiere Pro), fine tune scenes and add effects (After Effects), sweeten the audio (Soundbooth) and publish to dvd or Blu-Ray (Encore). It's put together well, and clearly illustrated. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, Just getting started 6 Sep 2010
By Mike Giba - Published on Amazon.com
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I will continue to review this as I continue to use the book and discs... Let me start by saying that the author admits in the introduction that she bit off a huge chunk of work and proceeded to accomplish her goal within 6 months. Cool. I like it when someone sets out to excel.

But there are numerous typos, or references to the wrong (AfterEffects in the Encore tutorials, I'm looking at you) program, and some files are not located where you might think they would be on the 3 included discs. It might have been worth an extra month or two to have somebody unfamiliar with the material give it a once-over. But I guess that's me!

I am a long-time Adobe user so it's great for me to have a text like this that gives me some real projects to work on while picking up new skills; not just shiny stuff, but working knowledge.
For folks who haven't had a lot of experience with Adobe though, make sure you read the standard program documentation for simple things that will refine your workflow; what I mean is, she will teach you 3 different ways to do the same thing, but she will always give you dropdown menu or which onscreen radio boxes to choose, when it might be more helpful if you just used the typical Adobe shortcuts that are built in. M for move, V for the select tool, T for text etc.

\\Anyway, it is probably telling that I'm using the sunday night before Labor Day +off+ to poke around in CS5 and write Amazon reviews instead of partying it up.

SO if you are considering purchasing this book, and have a clear idea of what you want to accomplish, by all means I recommend this text. It is laid out in a straightforward manner, with real projects that allow you to tweak the method of production to suit your own style. But it's not exactly for the uninitiated. Familiarity with Adobe products outside the video end will help you feel more comfortable when the map gets a bit muddled.

Try not to get frustrated; that missing file is an opportunity to practice what she just taught you how to do 2 pages ago.

I'll post some video reviews when I get all the way through; you will be able to see some of what a total newbie to video can do with just this book and the programs it teaches. WIsh me luck!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Jumpy and buggy 18 Nov 2010
By David A. Barak - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I've been using older versions of Adobe Premiere for quite awhile, but only got into the basics. I recently got a new computer and loaded it up with all of the Adobe CS5 suite, including Premiere and After Effects. I'm halfway through the book, and while I've learned a fair amount, the quality of the instruction isn't all that good.

There are a few cases where "left" and "right" have been mixed up. Overall, not a big deal if you're smart enough to figure it out. Some of the tutorials just don't work though. Now, I'm working on a Mac, and the tutorials here are geared towards Windows, with added notes for Mac users, so maybe that's the problem. Another issue is that while the book tells you how to use the tools in specific sample projects, it doesn't really tell you enough about the tools themselves. It seems like it was put together in a hurry. Yes, once you're done with the book you'll be able to use the video-centric software that Adobe offers, but you won't have a good understanding of WHY certain things are the way they are.

If you need to get an overview of the software in a hurry, and you don't want to spend the money for individual books that go into depth, then this might be a good option for you. Once you get deeper into using the software, though, you'll want a better set of books unless you have the ability to start with the basics and pick everything else up on your own. So in that regard, the book gave me what I needed - an inexpensive introduction to the basics of these various programs.

EDIT: On second thought, avoid this book. Too many procedural errors in it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars needs downloads 9 Mar 2011
By tkno boy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
could be a very good kindle book, if it had links to download the dvd/cd content which the book refers to.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners. 11 Feb 2011
By collegestudent - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I had bought this book for school and would give it five stars if only the author included more photos. Sometimes the instructions are alittle bit iffy but overall it's pretty easy to comprehend. Images however do come in handy to see if you are on the right track or where to find a button they specifically ask you to use...(and it takes you twenty minutes to find as a beginner) Nonetheless, I recommend.
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