- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 2 edition (27 Aug. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321840062
- ISBN-13: 978-0321840066
- Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.6 x 23.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 519,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Richard Harrington is a director and editor. He has been a certified instructor for Adobe, Apple, and Avid. He is a Creative COW forum leader, a member of the NAPP Instructor Dream Team, and a popular author, trainer, and speaker. His company is RHED Pixel (www.RHEDPixel.com) and his personal blog is www.RichardHarringtonBlog.com. Robbie Carman is a professional colorist who works on numerous broadcast television series and independent films. He is a certified trainer for Adobe and Apple, a principal at Amigo Media (www.amigomediallc.com), a well-known author and speaker at industry conferences, and he is the Creative COW forum host for DSLR video and Apple Color. Jeff I. Greenberg is a professional editor, postproduction supervisor, and an expert in postproduction. He’s an internationally known trainer for Adobe, Apple, and Avid products. A popular speaker, Jeff also chairs technical tracks at NAB, is the program manager of the Editor’s Retreat, and is a forum leader at Creative COW. His consulting group is JGreenbergConsulting.com.
Top Customer Reviews
It's a huge learning curve (more like a cliff) to get to grips with editing software, but they take you through it systematically, and the examples and demos make it easy to review one's learning. Although ostensibly written for people who are already editors, I did not find it went over my head, but it also managed not to over-simplify.
I recommend it highly.
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I gladly give the book 5 stars, though maybe only 4 for some issues I've outlined further down. I've used PPro for a while now, mostly self taught, and, as is typical of us self-taught students, I realize just how little I've actually taught myself and how very inefficiently I've been working . Remembering all the great tips will take time, but it'll be time well spent.
I would knock off 1 star because of some errors which are not typos, and for difficult to follow writing style in certain sections. After spending time trying to get something to work, I then realize that instead of a certain keystroke combination, the author actually meant another. Case in point: advises using Alt-left/right arrow to nudge a clip. The correct combination is actually Ctrl-left/right arrow. This is on page 168, and is repeated on the side-note on pages 170, and on pages 173 and 175 and perhaps thereafter (not sure). It's certainly not a huge deal, but I did waste a lot of time before realizing the error. In all fairness, the key combination is correctly identified in the (printable) shortcut pdf file as well as on the video, but I didn't read or watch these until after I had figured it out on my own.
While all the exercises are useful, a few are somewhat difficult to follow, either because of phrasing, or because the accompanying pictures are not clearly showing what is being described. The two images on page 196 identify the same area as being two separate things, which I found confusing. Other images show the correct area of the interface, but do not highlight what the authors are trying to point out. A red circle would be great.
Also, I was left mystified by the explanation on page 200, point 6. I'm sure it means something, but so far I still haven't deciphered it. Same goes for the 3rd paragraph on page 204. And the entire section starting on page 201 "Routing with Adaptive Tracks" simply left me totally confused. Maybe it's the writing, or just as likely it's a difficult topic and I simply need to go through it again more thoroughly. But in any case, at the end of it all, I was totally unsure about the WHY of the exercise, not so much the how.
But again, on the positive side, the most useful part of all to me are the included practice files, without which the book would be pointless. I use Lynda.com extensively but have opted out of their premium service (due to high cost) which includes the practice files. But at $35 or so this book is a bargain, one which I can go back to again and again.
The authors make a big deal out of saying this book is great for people migrating from other NLE's. And I'm sure they are correct. But don't be fooled, this book is also great for anyone with or without prior PPro knowledge (real or imagined, as in my case).
I chose it above the several other options I had for two primary reasons: one, it seemed to not be just another basic how-to book for beginners, and two, it included the practice files. As a bonus there are several hours of video training (73 videos) as well which coincide with some though not all of the lessons. In retrospect maybe I should have looked at a video first before doing the accompanying exercise.
I would definitely recommend this book. There may be others good ones as well, but you will not go wrong with this book.
I've been doing this for 20+ years, but I have no ego about saying I have learned a great deal from these three professionals through this book. As an editor and educator, do not hesitate to consider this for the personal, professional, or educational development. "Harrington, Carman, and Greenberg" might sound like that law firm you don't want to go up against, but these three share more than most will about CS6 Premiere Pro and how to do great work.
So, yeah, you want this book.
AN EDITOR's GUIDE TO ADOBE PREMIERE PRO is the best book to have for ditching FCP (or Avid) and going to Premiere Pro. Actually, I think it's the ONLY book out there that addresses the day-to-day concerns an editor would have when they start with a brand new interface. There are dedicated chapters for all the major features of Premiere Pro and constant references to FCP and Avid that makes everything easier to understand. The page layout is very pleasing to the eye, written in simple English and full of diagrams and screen captures. It's better formatted than most college text books.
This is not a full comprehensive guide to all the features of the Production Premium suite, but it covers all the basic and necessary things to know from the accompanying applications such as Photoshop, Encore, After Effects, and Audition, which make using Premiere Pro more powerful than Final Cut Pro Studio and FCPX.
What makes this book an even better value is the DVD that comes with it. Amazing wealth of information contained on the DVD. It enhances the reading experience. If you ever watched the Creative COW Podcasts, then you'll love the tutorials and PDFs on the DVD. I'm a big fan of the authors, Richard Harrington and Robbie Carman. I have their other books, VIDEO MADE ON A MAC and FROM STILLS TO MOTION. These guys know how to speak to editors and filmmakers better than any other instructors out there. So if you have their other books or subscribe to their Podcasts and you're now getting into Premiere Pro, GET THIS BOOK!!
This book is not something you will read once and toss. It's something that you will keep on your shelf and reference often.
I just finished shooting my first short film (with the help of Richard Harrington's other book "From Still to Motion: A photographer's guide to creating video with your DSLR"). Thanks to this book I am well on my way to finishing the first edit. The first time I read through the book quickly from beginning to end to get a sense of what parts I would need to read more thoroughly when I actually got to it during the editing process. In this respect the book lays out all the necessary editing tasks in a well organized manner and very quickly gets down to the brass tacks of the mechanics of how to perform your edits. This makes it great to use as a reference guide. Need to do a slip or slide edit? There are the steps. Trying to make an L-cut? It's right there.
There is a lot of emphasis on learning the keyboard shortcuts--which is definitely worth memorizing--and the book even contains an appendix with many of the most commonly used shortcuts to help you.
After a few days I am already able to do all my edits and changes to edits relatively quickly even with my director and writers sitting in the editing room with me.
Also, I have the Kindle edition (which is also great because I can go to the table of contents or index and just click to go right to the section I need) and didn't have any trouble downloading the DVD files from the Peachpit website--the instructions are located at the VERY back of the book.