10 Handy Editing Workflow Tricks in Adobe Premiere Pro

Everyone wants to edit faster, smarter, and easier. These tips will help you do all three.

Adobe Premiere Pro is a ginormously massive piece of editing software that has a plethora of powerful tools, both big and small. Even if you're a seasoned user, you may not know all of the tiny little ways in which you can speed up your workflow, perform tasks with a single press of a keyboard key, and avoid all of those unforeseen mishaps that can drive you utterly insane.

For those of you editing in Adobe Premiere Pro, Jordy Vandeput of Cinecom shares ten advanced tips that will help you save a ton of time, make your work look more professional, and in the end, save your precious noggin from any undue stress. Check it out below:

There is so much to learn about Premiere Pro, so much so that a video like this is only going to be able to scratch the surface of its capabilities. However, Vandeput does offer some really helpful tips that will hopefully give you a better idea of how to work faster and smarter. Here are the different tricks he mentions:

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SFFILM Announces Westridge Grant Winners

Earlier today, SFFilm announced the five recipients of their Westridge Grant, a biannual funding initiative that awards $100,000 to US-based filmmakers who are in the development stage of social justice related projects. This round’s panel of judges was comprised of Lauren Kushner, SFFILM Senior Manager of Artist Development; Alana Mayo, Head of Production at Outlier Society; Shelby Rachleff, Westridge Foundation Program Manager; Shira Rockowitz, Associate Director, Feature Film Program, Sundance; Jenny Slattery, SFFILM Associate Director of Artist Development and Foundations; and Caroline von Kühn, SFFILM Director of Artist Development. The next application cycle will open later this month. Read on to […]

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The Definitive Harry Potter Movie Rankings: Don’t @ Me Edition

Great stories shape us, great franchises shape us over and over again.

I love Harry Potter like he was a member of my muggle family. It actually pains me, cruciatus curse-style, to do a Harry Potter movie ranking list.

This seems like an idea from he who must not be named… But, when the topic came up in our weekly meeting, I salivated at the chance to return to Hogwarts and get all of you mad at me all over again.

Seriously, stop sending me howlers over the Rocky rankings--we are making these in good fun. Some of the things you said were hurtful. One of you called me a mudblood!

When I look into the Mirror Of Erised, I see you all being nice to me in the comments.

I will talk about the books, I will talk about where I was reading them, as well as seeing the movies.

I’ll bring in elements like direction, cinematography, and writing, so we can open up the discussion as to how this series has shaped us as filmmakers and storytellers.

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Back to One, Episode 31: At Eternity’s Gate Actor Willem Dafoe

With over 100 films in his legendary career filled with versatile, bold, and iconic performances, Willem Dafoe is one of the most respected actors of our time. His artistic curiosity in exploring the human condition leads him to projects all over the world, giant Hollywood movies as well as small independent films. In this episode he talks about inhabiting Vincent van Gogh through the act of painting for his latest film, At Eternity’s Gate, and how being part of a strong director’s vision is actually freeing. Plus I try to get him to talk a bit about the nuts and […]

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Black Friday Deals: Adobe Offering 40% Off Creative Cloud Apps

Some great Black Friday deals on Adobe’s Creative Cloud for apps like Premiere Pro and After Effects.

It’s that time of the year. After millions of Americans guzzle turkey gravy by the glassful, millions more will digitally bum-rush online stores for the major Black Friday savings. For filmmakers and video professionals, here’s one Black Friday sale to take note of - especially if you’re interested in making the transition to Premiere Pro and join the host of Adobe’s Creative Cloud apps.

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Last Chance to Visit Film History: The Shalimar Diner, Used by Martin Scorsese, to Close

Another famous Queens location says goodbye.

It's no secret that Martin Scorsese, a fellow Queens-bred New Yorker, is fond of the borough he grew up in. With that admiration has come several cinematic moments of seeing Queens "landmarks" projected onto the big screen, most famously via the since recently closed (due to fire) Goodfellas Diner in Maspeth, a diner that changed to its current name due to fans of Scorsese's Goodfellas consistently coming in to visit the booth where Ray Liotta and Robert De Niro had their infamous lunch meeting in the 1990 film.

Now comes the unfortunate news of another prominent Queens diner's closure, one that was featured in Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street just five years ago and is set to close its doors for good this Friday, November 25th. As first reported by QNS, the Shalimar Diner, in continuous operation since 1974 (the year of release for Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore), is saying goodbye to the neighborhood due to rising rent prices.

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How to Write the Best Plot Twists (with Classic Plot Twist Examples)

It was all...a dream?

While chances are that you turn on the television or go to the movies to be entertained, there’s nothing more entertaining than the plot twist. Plot twists keep the audience on their toes. They make us pay attention to every detail, elicit deep emotions, and are what's talked about most when the credits roll.

Today we’re going to go over plot twist ideas, how to write a plot twist, and check out a bunch of plot twist examples so you can learn how to write a plot twist.

Okay...let’s go!

Just kidding. PLOT TWIST.

First, I have to let you know that there will be a ton of SPOILERS below. If you are worried about some of the greatest movies and TV plot twists of all-time being spoiled...go watch everything and then come back to read.

Okay, now we’re getting to it.

First up, let’s get the actual plot twist definition.

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Watch: The 10th Annual Governors Awards

And the Oscar went to....

Made up of 17 branches, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is best well known (and universally recognized) for being the organization that hosts the annual Academy Awards each winter. That's right, the AMPAS puts on the highly anticipated "Oscars" ceremony, and to win a shiny gold man remains the highest achievement throughout the motion picture industry.

However, the AMPAS does more than just hand out these extremely competitive awards one night out of the calendar year. The organization also funds "filmmaker-friendly" programs complementary to artists and schedules monthly screenings with special guest filmmakers in person (word is that an Academy museum is also in the works).

The AMPAS also hosts the annual Governors Awards each November, presenting legendary figures in the industry with honorary Academy Awards over a celebratory dinner. These special Oscars used to be handed out during the Academy Awards ceremony itself, but, in an effort to maximize the honoring of these men and women's achievements, a special evening was planned focused solely on them.

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CAME-TV Unleashes Updated Q-Series Portable Fresnel Lights

Take a look at CAME-TV’s new Boltzen Q-Series lights and how they compare with the old F-55 version.

CAME-TV is proud to announce that the new version of their Boltzen Q-Series lights are now on the market. Let’s take a look at the updated 55w High Output Video Light now on the market, which offers 10% more brightness, two NP batteries and built in Wi-Fi and complete wireless remote controls.

Bonus: for more news about Came TV’s lighting products, check out these three new lighting products which are also currently available.

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Watch: How David Fincher Got His Start as a Filmmaker

Check out this deep dive through the storied director's career.

Film Radar's "Filmmakers in Focus" is a new video essay series dedicated to examining the story of how filmmakers found their way into the business. We cover a lot of that in our interview episodes of The No Film School Podcast, and not only are they generally fascinating, but it is truly inspiring to hear how one of your idols ended up doing what you're trying to do.

With that in mind, David Fincher is obviously a great choice of subject. The man has one of the most impressive resumes of any living filmmaker, including titles such as Se7en, Fight Club, The Social Network, Zodiac, and Gone Girl to his name. His love of film started as a projectionist, which led him to a bit of a break at Industrial Light and Magic, and he then used music videos as his film school before his big screen debut on Alien 3.

Of course, we all know how that went, but watch the video above to find out how it ended up setting a major precedent for his career.

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