This definitely had to be the most enjoyable project I’ve completed throughout the whole semester, let alone the whole year! The lack of instruction and abundance of creativity and self-exploration was engaging which constantly made me want to complete this project. I have always been interested in video editing software and the countless numbers of customization features given. Thus, I decided to learn how to operate Premiere Pro, an editing software by Adobe.
My experience learning how to use Premiere Pro was more frustrating than anything. When it comes to creative projects like these, I try to create them to the best of my ability, because I can really show what my strengths are, unlike in usual mainstream subjects. I never though video editing would have been as stressful as it was.
I received most of my editing ideas from cinematic YouTubers who edit videos for a living… little did I know my video was not going to come out as I planned. When I first was importing my clips from the computer, I was searching up YouTube videos on how to make basic cuts on clips and adjust speeds. I wanted to cut the clips to the beat of the track that I chose to use which made my eyes almost bounce out of my head. I had to replay the beat over and over to make sure that I made the cut right where the beat dropped. I did that for about 8 beat drops which in the end I am glad I did. When the sound track is cut to the clips, the viewer will be more engaged and likely to finish watching the whole scene.
Another feature I used was the speed adjustment feature. This feature was not to complicated but again, I was editing to the music which is what made it difficult. I listened carefully to the emotion of the audio track to see whether I should speed up/ slow down or simple leave it the way it was.
Transitions were quite difficult that is why there is only 1 in the video. Unlike the simplistic format of iMovie, editing software Premiere Pro’s transitions are very difficult to find and hard to place into the stream of clips. The transition feature also allowed you to adjust the speed of the transition, which I then I had to re-watch the clip many times to see what speed fit seamlessly in.
For my first time using Premiere Pro, the video turned out excellent and without error. It’s funny how the video I created is barley a minute, yet it took me almost 3 hours to learn the features of the software and 2 hours to edit and upload the video to YouTube. I realized that the more customization features involved in a software, the more hurdles they will provide while editing. As well, when I felt frustrated because the clip was not moving where I wanted it to move, I to take a step back and realize it’s only a minute video and in the end, everything will work out.
The link below contains my video, Enjoy!