How to: Synch Videos to Music

Step 1: Insert the audio file you desire into the workspace on Premier Pro.  Scroll up on the scrolling column on the right of the audio file’s sound waves to make the sound waves bigger.  The highest waves will most likely be the downbeats of the music, which tend to be the best moments to add a clip.scroll.png

Step 2: Insert your footage, and use the razor tool to cut the clips to fit between each downbeat you want to use.  Match up the start of each clip to one of the tall downbeat waves. Razor.png

Step 3:  Keep going for as long as you want.  Try fading out the image when the music fades out, or changing images faster when the music picks up.

For more information, watch: How to Edit to the Beat



Text Animation in Adobe Premiere Pro

Step 1: pick out the portion of video that you want your text to go over. I picked here because it seems like a useful way for the viewers to get to know the subject through her name and face.


Step 2: Create a Title Still


Step 3: Get your text to look how you want it. Then exit the title window.


Step 4: Make the clip you want the text to go over invisible. This will only be temporary.


Step 5: Insert your text into the video.


Step 6: Select your text, click effects (circle 1) and then Effect Controls (circle 2).


Step 7: Toggle Position so that it’s blue. Notice that under the video clip between this control panel and your text that a diamond appeared where the blue indicator line is.


Step 8: Move the indicator line to where you want your text to change and click the radio button to create a second diamond. You can do this for each place you want your text to change.


Step 9: Toggle between locations using arrows 1 and 2. Change the horizontal axis of the text clicking and sliding your cursor left and right over the number in position A. Do the same with the number in position B for the vertical axis. Do this for each of the points in the miniature timeline. Alternatively, you can double click and drag the text around in the preview window, which is why the background image was made invisible. I’ve found the numbers to be a more precise and controllable way to alter the position of the text.


Step 10: Move the blue cursor to the beginning of the clip and watch your text slide around the screen. You can continue tweaking the text by repeating step 9 as much as you like. Toggle the eye again from step 4 when you are ready to see your text with the rest of the video.

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Animate Text in Adobe Premiere Pro– This was the most straightforward and simple approach I could find, but there were still a few details that I wanted to elaborate on that didn’t feel self-explanatory, the moving the text around in the window from point to point being the most frustrating(I kept accidentally moving the video with Laurie and not the actual text, hence my instruction to render it temporarily invisible). I found the numbers much easier to use.

DIY: Video editing

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dr. c

Every runner has a reason effectively used a variety of camera angles and movements. The short film portrays him as an inspiring figure by shooting him from the ground to make him appear powerful. A bird’s eye view shot is also used to put him into perspective, he is a small object surrounded by large buildings, he is just one man in a city filled with hundreds. The camera pans closely around his face to allow the viewer to connect with him intimately. There is music throughout the entire film, which adjusts tempo and speed with the dramatic structure of the story. The music is a very effective element, it has the power to evoke emotion.

When watching this mini documentary, a viewer will feel inspired and hopeful. He is not an underdog but rather a reformed citizen. Any viewer who knows an individual who has been effected by drug addiction, homelessness, run ins with the law, will feel hopeful because this individual found his place in life as a runner. The voiceover allows the viewer to feel a personal connection with the runner while watching powerful shots of him running through the city. In the beginning, the viewer may believe the documentary is about a man who runs but they have no idea that a plot twist is coming. This makes him a good subject for a documentary.

This documentary helps portray the importance of camera movement to use in our documentary. Viewer’s eyes can get bored easily therefore switching angles and shots throughout the documentary would be important. Music is also an important element I hope to use in my documentary in order to create an affect.