Post Prod

Now it's time to edit, think about music, record voiceovers, color and export.


Work Flow

                Project creation->Import -> Edit -> Music -> Sound Design -> Color Correction -> Output 


Below we'll higlight some of the basic work flow techniques in Premiere Pro. If you'd like to watch an overall overview of the process and program watch this video of a guy with a funny accent.

Project Creation

The post production workflow begins with creating a new project in Premiere. To do that simply click on the "New Project" option when opening Premiere or from the file dropdown menu. One of the most important aspects of creating a new project is to make sure the project is saved to an external hard drive source and that you keep all files on the external hard drive instead of moving them to the internal hard drive of your computer. A detailed explanation of the project creation process can be seen here


The first thing that you'll want to do in your project is to create a new sequence. The sequence is basically a page in your blank editing notebook for you to paint your first cut. You can create multiple sequences in a project in order to look at different cuts of your project footage. To create a new sequence simply click file, new sequence. You can watch a tutorial on working with multiple sequences here.


Editing VR in Premimere Pro is a fairly easy process similar to normal editing. This is a fairly new technology so it will be rapidly changing. In general here's a link to some tips for basic editing of VR and 360 video in Premiere. You can view a simple tutorial on how this works here.


Adding music in Premiere is very simple. Just download the track that you’d like to use and import it as you would normal footage (Control I.) Then find the music track in the media browser and pull it into the audio timeline underneath your video timeline. You can also add multiple tracks and turn each on and off while playing your picture, to see which you like most.  Adding music to your footage while editing will help you get a feel for the cut and make editing easier. Try a few different genres of music to get various feels from the cut. You can watch a simple tutorial on editing music here. 

Finishing and OutPut

This is the last step in the production process. This is where you will output your film and determine the desired settings for it's final place in the world. This includes your codec (file type etc.) and film quality to be output, whether that be 1080p or 4K or H.264. Sites like Vimeo and YouTube will have best practices for output, along with sites like Facebook. We reccomend Vimeo as it allows for high quality videos to be hosted with no advertising overlays. You can learn more about Vimeo's guidelines here.

Kinetic Typography

Playing with type animation can be a great way to create motion and interest within your films. Check out this tutorial that explains the balance between type motion and the concept of the words on screen. Have a look.

importing media

The next step is to import your media or video files. To do this simply click "command I" or file/import media from the drop down menu at the top of Premiere. Highlight all your relevant video files on the external hard drive and click import or double click the blank space in the media browser on the bottom left side of your Premiere window. You may be prompted to import based on the project settings or the media settings. It's usually best practice to import based on media settings. But if you've set your project to a certain aspect ratio or size specifically, then import based on your project settings. A video that details this process can be found here.


Editing in Premiere is pretty simple. You can scrub through your individual video files in the media window and select portions of each that you'd like to edit and then pull them into your sequence. Or you can highlight all your imported media and drag all the clips into your sequence. When editing you're likely to most often use the "C" razor blade tool and the "V" selection tool. Imagine you're cutting film and then moving them together to create a finished strip. Once you have your best video clips clipped down and in the timeline, a good way to move them all together is to use a ripple delete mask. You can see how to quickly accomplish that here.

Mixing Audio

When you’ve got a cut that you like, it’s good to editing audio levels and create intro and outro levels. If you have a voice over, you’ll want to balance the levels of the voiceover and the music so that they are not competing with one another. You can watch a tutorial on this here.

Color Correction

Color correction is key to making your video look cinematic. This is the step at which you will form the look of the film. It's similar to how you would color a photograph and create the desired exposures and feeling of the films coloring. It's important to remember that the first step of color correction is to always make sure that each clip is properly exposed. One of the best ways to do this is to use the histogram tool when beginning to color your film. You can learn the basics of color correction here.

3D Camera Tracking

3D Camera Tracking Type in After Effects is a very powerful tool for placing text and objects within our moving footage. Here are two tutorials that will help you understand how to manipulate and track 3D type and objects in After Effects. Check those tutorials out here. and here and here.

Let's Anigif Out


here are three videos that will help you learn how to create anigifs in photoshop from both still images and video

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Cinemagraph Examples