Using Premier Pro

Before setting out on making a video I had to decide what programs to use to edit, not having any experience in film making or editing moving image I was unsure of what program to use having no preference i decided to use Adobe Premier Pro my reasons for doing so were that because of it being an adobe program i could use it on multiple platforms be in windows of mac. Secondly i decided to use premier Pro on the knowledge that i have experience using Photoshop, Audition and Illustrator and know that it is simple to change the screen layout to a more recognisable program for myself.

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Above – Using My Own Footage

The screenshot above shows the screen i was presented with when loading up my own videos because of the way in which i had filmed, using only short clips i had already made it easy for myself to locate and use my own footage. By shooting no longer than 1 min clips i limited myself but gave my self an easy selection of 20 -30 short clips from which i would be able build a narrative from by separating all my clips into various categories such as Dowlais Gym, Run and Kerry’s House it was easy for me to import my own media.

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Above Using Archive Footage

From the outset of my idea i knew that i wanted to use archive footage this to me seemed very important as i felt the aspect of the towns history had to be shown through the story but i was aware that i may not be able to get the shots i wanted to represent the history of Merthyr therefor I had always planned to use archive footage. My two main uses of archive footage were for firstly, To find mining images and stills to me this was a massive aspect of the film as i believe it would be impossible to cover a story of a town such a Merthyr without covering the rich mining history.

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Above Archive Sports Footage

The second use of archive footage was that of sports footage, with Merthyr being home to World, European and British boxing champions i wanted to source footage fo these boxers to give a viewer an insight into who they were, aside from archiving such footage I also filmed statues and graves of the men but found once i began editing archive footage was more suitable.

Overall the process of teaching myself premier pro was relatively easy i feel i got to grips with the program, with a simple layout and ease with importing media and exporting i would confidently now say that i can use the program.

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