Stepping out on a limb can be the most frightening thing you will ever do. Not literally stepping out on a limb, but taking the chance in doing something that you’ve never done before. In the several years that I helped with IT related tasks at my former church, there was the occasional video that had to be put together. A friend and fellow member had used Corel’s video editing software and liked it, so that’s what we used for at least four to five years. It took care of our needs and we could use it easily for the simple projects that we completed.
Fast forward to 2017. Both he and I no longer attend the church we were a part of for a very long time. My leap has been one of getting into Adobe Premiere Pro. Working in IT, I like to peruse Youtube for help in figuring out solutions for things. I’ve also searched for advice and tips for my blog and social media work. And after watching several dozen videos on different topics, I noticed that everybody was using Premiere Pro to edit their videos. It wasn’t just one or two. It was everyone I saw. Add to that the CCDG crew, Jomez, and pretty much all the other well-known disc golf media folks.
A Step Up
When I first started video editing, it was with Corel VideoStudio. It is a great editing software. For the beginner, I would say it’s the best program to learn how to edit video with. The menus are intuitive, and while options and settings may be limited compared to Premiere Pro, there are enough to create a great video. My experience with it was nothing but good. Adding titles, transitions, text, and music was made very easy.
What I’m finding with Adobe is that the learning curve has steepened dramatically. For simple videos, the editing process is actually a bit easier than with the Corel software. I was surprised at how easy it actually was to add the videos and cut them into a viewable disc golf video. I am still in the middle of editing the tournament I filmed on the 25th, but it’s going really quick so far.
There are, by far, tons more options for working on the videos when using Premiere Pro. I haven’t even begun to delve into those yet. Youtube is loaded with tutorials about how to do things with the program. Jamie Thomas told me to check out the tutorials that Adobe has on their website, as they show you how to do a lot. That website has been very handy in helping me learn the beginnings of Premiere Pro.
Learning the curve
I’ve been watching a lot of tech channel on Youtube lately. They all get awesome computer components from the many manufacturers and then build amazingly beautiful computers. They all then do benchmarks of the systems that usually include several games, synthetic benchmarks, and sometimes a look at how they perform in rendering video. With the new AMD CPU’s that came out this year, it’s been really interesting to see the competition between Intel and AMD in different use cases.
Going from Corel to Premiere Pro is like going from a VW Jetta to a Lamborghini Huracan in my mind. The Jetta will get you where you’re going sure enough and it won’t take long to figure out the controls on the consoles. The Huracan has so much more power and settings in the controls that it will take you a while before you really learn how to dial it in for what you want to do with it.
Jumping into Premiere Pro after filming my first tournament of the year meant it would take me a bit longer to create the videos. Which, at ten days later, I would say it’s not too bad for learning how to use new editing software. I really like the way Premiere Pro is organized. From the picture below, you see how there are two blocks to view the videos from. On the left is for source media and the right is for the program, where you can view all the elements you have in the timeline.
I have a dual monitor setup now, and I used to have a triple monitor setup when I worked from home doing remote tech support. My main monitor is a 24″ Dell, with the second being a 20″ Dell. I had messaged back and forth with Disc Golf Everyday on Instagram about using Premiere Pro, and he sent me a pic of his setup and how he separates out the windows for a workflow he likes. I just kept mine simple on the one monitor for now. I might come up with something better later on though.
I wasn’t prepared for what would happen when I did a test render of the video. I chose to render to the H.264 codec using the Youtube 1080p preset. The video files from the Canon Vixia HF G20 I used to film with were of the AVCHD variety, and when I ran the render, I got an unpleasant surprise.
My computer revved up like a mini jet airplane about to take off. The CPU hit 80C on the temperature monitor I keep running. Even when I’m doing some gaming, I had never seen it go above 65C. I had just added another case fan the week before the tournament to help with cooling over the summer months. It kind of freaked me out. I was concerned enough that I sat by it the whole time expecting a crash, which it never did, until it finished and quieted down.
I even went so far as to ask DGED on Instagram and on the Linux Tech Tips forum about whether or not this was normal when rendering with Premiere Pro. Reassured that this is normal when rendering, Elliot of DGED said I should make sure that my video should match the source. When I used the Youtube 1080p preset, it made it work a lot harder to convert the video to the specified output.
When I went to do the second render once I had completed the video, the temps still spiked pretty high, hitting 82C several times on more than one core. My video card was what was really making the most noise as it spun up the fans to a high RPM and down again. Overall, the second (final) render was a much more pleasant experience for me. The video turned out better than I hoped for because of the nasty weather. To the naked eye, I lost sight of discs very quickly no matter then color when the clouds became the background.
I’ve uploaded the video to Youtube and shared it to various local disc golf groups on Facebook and have gotten a good response. Take a look and let me know what you think. I’ll be starting on the second round soon and should get it out much quicker now that I have some knowledge about how to work in Premiere Pro.