Premiere Pro CS5 Tips, Tricks, and Notes

As a follow-up to Pete Bauer’s recent DVi feature article Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Six Months Later, we’re presenting a collection of user tips, editing tricks, and a couple of notes regarding RAM and operating systems designed to assist your transition into Premiere Pro. Culled from various Premiere Pro discussions from within our own Adobe CS5 forum, this article takes the golden nuggets that might have been harder to find on their own from within the myriad topics on our site and presents them all together here in an easy-to-read abridged format (including links pointing to each original thread, in case you want to dive in to any particular point and explore it more thoroughly). Whether you’ve already made the switch or just recently upgraded from a previous version of Premiere Pro, or even if you’re still just thinking about it, we hope you’ll find it useful.

Tip: Separating Audio Channels
How do you remove one audio channel from a stereo recording, without actually breaking out in the Project panel? One answer from helpful DVi member Adam Gold is to go to Effects > Audio Effects > Stereo > Fill Left. But that’s not the only way, according to other DVi members. You can also do Audio Effects > Balance. When recording two completely different sources simultaneously, do the following immediately after importing into Premiere: select all clips on which you want to break up the audio channels, then right-click and select Modify > Audio Channels. Select mono instead of stereo and you’ll automatically get two mono tracks on the timeline instead of one stereo track. This will eliminate the hassle of choosing Fill Left / Right for every single clip (although you can just cut and paste the effect and do it very quickly).

Tip: Combining Audio Channels
You have a two-channel stereo or video audio track that was recorded with only one of those audio channels present. For an easy way in Premiere Pro to combine both channels, select Audio > Fill Left or Audio > Fill Right if you want to copy one audio channel over to the other. If you originally recorded one channel, what you will get with the fill is, of course, a duplicate of the channel you’re copying. It will not make a stereo separation out of the one channel, if that was what you wanted. But it will give you sound from both channels instead of just one. “Fill Left” means taking the left channel and copying it to the right channel, which might seem backward to its description. You can also change your default channel mapping from stereo to mono. Then when you edit to the timeline, just have the correct track enabled to insert only the good audio channel. read more...

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