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About the Author
Jeff Sengstack is an ACE, and Adobe Certified Expert on Premiere. He has worn many hats: TV new reporter/anchor, video producer, writer focusing on PC technology, high school math/science teacher, and music publisher marketing director. As a TV new reporter he won a regional Emmy and two Society of Professional Journalists first-place awards. He has written more than 300 magazine and newspaper articles as well as three books, co-authored two others and contributed to three more.
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Teach yourself Premiere in 24 hours - as Einstein once said, Time is relative. If you just bought a digital camcorder and you want to splice some clips together, then move on with life, consider a different book such as Adobe Premiere for Dummies. This book makes a great reference manual, but lacks the basics for beginners. This is targeted more towards the advanced video editor with some past experience.
Video effects add 'spice.' Consider the 'meat.' A few fades, cut-away's, and a touch of transition is all it takes to edit quality raw footage. This book covers video and audio effects in great detail and provides a lot of insight into movie making. He does get a little pompous, so don't let him push you around e.g. A/B editing. This book, as well as Adobe Premiere for Dummies, insist you use single track editing. Don't be intimidated. If you understand Adobe's concept of 'layers' in Photoshop, you will find A/B editing more intuitive and easier to use.
You can use this book for Premiere 6.0, as well as 6.5 - unless you're really big on 'titles'. For authoring DVD's, most authoring programs provide mpeg2 encoding, something to consider before spending the money on the upgrade to 6.5.
Of course there are other good books on the market in additional to this one but as the title says...."Teach Yourself Adobe Premiere 6.5 in 24 Hours" and this book fills a previously vacant slot in the market.
As mentioned earlier it's replete with practical step by step examples which are not only easy to follow but Jeff also provides the relevance, the context, of using specific techniques and methods. It's not enough to simply show what Premiere can do, rather it's crucial to convey a sense of what you can do and when to do it, that is the important difference.
And it's not only about cutting video together, Jeff explores good design practice using the new Adobe Title Designer for broadcast quality titles, he delves into the exploding area of multiple formats including DVD production using the new Adobe MPEG2 exporter, basically he provides a detailed overview of Digital Video Technology using Premiere 6.5 as the engine.
In conclusion I would thoroughly recommend the book to anyone wishing to get up to speed as rapidly as possible in using the power and flexibility of Premiere 6.5. Buy this, you won't be disappointed.
I have been using Premiere for about a year now. I started on Premiere 6 and just upgraded to 6.5 hoping that the claimed "real-time" affects would really work, however I was disappointed. If you're new to the Adobe Premiere 6.5 editing system, I would suggest you pick up this book before any other. It does an excellent job of outlining every aspect of not only the software, but video editing in general.
In the first few "hours" you'll learn about video production. Shooting in "thirds," minding your audience and reserving transitions for times only when they are necessary. In the later chapters or "hours" you'll find great information and an excellent introduction to the editing environment. Everything is spelled out, and each feature is identified in the book.
However, as an experienced videographer and Digital Video editor, I think others will concur. Some of the features in Adobe Premiere are a bit "hokey" and amateur. Get your hands on a copy of Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects Production Bundle if you plan to be putting out any commercial pieces, the effects and "titler" in Adobe aren't really up to your audiences expectations. However, for the home user that just had to get this software title, or the new digital editor trying to familiarize themselves with Adobe's revamped editing environment I would really recommend this book as your first read to Adobe Premiere 6.5
But the book is more than just a recital of Premiere methods. Equally valuable are the author's suggestions of good usage. Perhaps the main thing to beware is not to use a fancy special effect for its own gee whiz sake. The narrative should always make sense, and within this, you can sparingly use special effects.