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Adobe Premiere Pro 2021 Release CIB by Maxim Jago

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Mon 17-May-21 03:23 PM
Adobe Premiere Pro 2021 Release Classroom in a Book by Maxim Jago

How interesting would it be to read a manual on how to use a screwdriver? Reading a manual on using Adobe Premiere Pro to make a video might be just as interesting, except that Premiere is far more complex than any screwdriver and there are almost always more things you can learn about the software, even if you've used it for years. Read this book and you should be able to create a video that you will be proud of (or at least, not ashamed of).

While the interface with Premiere Pro has logic of its own that you can learn with time, there is nothing intuitive about this film editing software when you first turn it on. That's where this manual comes in. It's aimed at teaching a beginner (or someone who needs an intense refresher course) the fundamentals of using the software, from bringing in media to archiving completed material.

The chapters are organized with an introduction to a particular activity, like adding, editing and mixing audio for your film or video. Then there are a series of exercises you run through, using files provided to you on the enclosed disk (no complaints about the difficulty of downloading the file from the internet). The author does a good job of explaining this, although, until you are familiar with the interface, it may take a little longer than the suggested time to complete a lesson. You will have to obtain your own copy of Premiere Pro to do this.

One of the nice features is that purchase of the book also entitles you to the on-line version. I've found it particularly helpful to use the online version and switch back and forth on the computer between the on-line text and the program, rather than trying to juggle the book while using the computer. I keep the dead-trees version as a reference on a shelf next on my computer to use when I'm editing my own work and can't remember exactly how to create some effect, like say, adjusting the luminosity of a certain color in a film clip.

One complaint I have is that the on-line content for many of the other Classroom in a Book manuals includes short videos. It seems strange that a book teaching one to make videos hasn't found a way to use videos.

It's not a complaint but this book doesn't talk about the art of making videos but rather only explains how to use the non-linear editor.

One should also understand that this book will not make you a master of Premiere Pro. That will take a great deal more experience and research. The chapter on color correction and grading barely scratches the surface. (Hey, Adobe Press, how about a separate book for color correction and grading with Premiere!)

Most of the content of this book has appeared in earlier editions, so if you read one of those recently, you may not find this edition especially useful. It would have been nice to have a reference to the sections that deal with new features to guide the reader.

If you are just getting started with Premiere Pro, this is ideal way to learn how to use it.

Note: The publisher provided me with a review copy of this book at no charge.

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