Week 2: Day 1 – Producing Audio Slideshows

Today we’ll walk through creating an audio slideshow in Adobe Premiere. If you don’t have material to work with in today’s class, download this folder.

Before opening Premiere…

  1. Save your images at 1920x1080px
  2. Put all of your audio and images into a project folder

To create a project…

  1. Open Premiere
  2. Go to the Main Menu > File > New > Project
  3. Name your project
  4. Choose a location for your project (i.e. your external)
  5. Under the General tab, go to Video Rendering and Playback
  6. If an option, choose a playback that has OpenCLU (this improves quality of playback); otherwise select the default option
  7. Leave the other settings under the General tab at their default
  8. Click on the Scratch Disks tab
  9. Set your scratch to your Project Folder
  10. Click OK

To create a sequence…

  1. Control + click inside the Project Pane (panel on lower left) and select New Item > Sequence
  2. Go to the Digital SLR folder and select DSLR 1080p30
  3. Name your sequence
  4. Click OK

To import and organize media…

  1. Control + click inside the Project Pane and select Import
  2. Find your content (audio and photos in this case) and click Import
  3. To organize your content into Bins, click the New Bin button (folder on lower right of Project Pane)
  4. Name your bin and drag all content for that bin inside

To preview media through the Source Monitor…

  1. In the Project Pane, double-click on the audio, video or image you’d like to preview in the Source Monitor
  2. To move around using your keyboard in the Source Monitor use the following shortcuts:
  • Shift + 1: Project Panel
  • Shift + 2: Source Monitor
  • Shift + 3: Timeline
  • Shift + 4: Program Monitor
  • . (period): Overwrite Edit
  • , (comma): Insert Edit
  • (up arrow): Previous in-point
  • (down arrow): Next in-point
  • J: Move backward
  • K: Play/Pause
  • L: Move forward
  • Spacebar: Play/Pause
  • J+K: Move backward in slow motion
  • K+L: Move forward in slow motion
  • L (twice): Doubles the speed forward
  • J (twice): Doubles the speed backward
  • Option+K: Play from in point to outpoint

To add media to the Timeline…

  1. In the Project Pane, highlight the audio clip you’d like to add to your timeline and hit . (period) to insert your audio on A1 (which is where your a-roll always, always goes)
  2. Once your audio is in place, lock your audio channel by clicking the Lock icon
  3. In the Project Pane, highlight your first photo and hit . (period) to insert your first photo on V1 (which is where your a-roll always, always goes)
  4. To adjust the size/position of your photo, go to the Program Monitor, double-click on the frame, and adjust the wireframe
  5. Adjust the duration of the clip by dragging the end of the clip left or right on your Timeline
  6. Repeat this process (using either . (period) or , (comma) to lay your media on the Timeline

To add/adjust/delete transitions…

  1. Go to your Timeline and highlight all of your photos (hold Shift + click/select all photos)
  2. Hit Command + D (automatically adds default transitions to all photos)
  3. To change the duration of the transition, double-click on the transition and adjust the duration
  4. To delete a transition, Control + click on the transition and hit the Delete key

*For other transitions go to the Project Pane > Effects > Video Transitions and drag the video transition you want to add to your clip

To add text…

  1. Go to the Main Menu > Title > New Title > Default Still
  2. Choose the default settings to match your sequence and hit OK
  3. Use the Type tool to create a text box for your title
  4. Add the text for your title
  5. Adjust your font family, font size and text alignment
  6. Go to your Project Pane and drag your title onto the Timeline
  7. Highlight your title and hit Command + D to add the transitions to your title
  8. If you’d like to add lower thirds, repeat this process to add a new title, but add your title to V2 on top of the frame where you’d like your lower thirds to appear

To compress + export…

  1. Go to File > Export
  2. In the Format box, choose H.264
  3. In the Preset box, choose Match Source – High bitrate
  4. Make sure Export Video and Export Audio are selected
  5. Under the Video tab, click Match Source under Basic Video Settings
  6. Under the Audio tab, select AAC for the Audio Format
  7. Select AAC for the Audio Codec
  8. Select 48000Hz for the Sample Rate
  9. Choose Stereo for Channels
  10. Choose High for Audio Quality
  11. Select 320 for the Bitrate
  12. Click Export

If you experience issues with the quality, try exporting it as a QT file, like this: 

  1. Go to File > Export
  2. In the Format box, choose Quicktime
  3. Leave the Preset box alone
  4. Make sure Export Video and Export Audio are selected
  5. Under the Video tab, click Match Source under Basic Video Settings
  6. Under the Audio tab, choose AAC, 48000Hz, Stereo + 320kbps
  7. Click Export

*If you need more details, follow these compression guidelines  for Vimeo’s instructions or follow these compression guidelines  for YouTube. 

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