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An Editor's Guide to Adobe Premiere Pro (2nd Edition)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Buy a book or watch online tutorials? Switch NLEs? The past two years have been the wild west for both professionals and those learning the craft of editing. Not only do these three prove that asking the question, "Who edited this?" is better than "What was this editied on?", they prove that knowing the tools, organizing your stuff, and trying new approaches brings about the creativity we all want to show the world.

I've been doing this for 20+ years, but I have no ego about saying I have learned a great deal from these three professionals through this book. As an editor and educator, do not hesitate to consider this for the personal, professional, or educational development. "Harrington, Carman, and Greenberg" might sound like that law firm you don't want to go up against, but these three share more than most will about CS6 Premiere Pro and how to do great work.

So, yeah, you want this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2014
First off, though the title doesn't make it clear, this book is based on CS6, which is what I wanted, not CC. Also, it's for the PRINTED version, not Kindle.

I gladly give the book 5 stars, though maybe only 4 for some issues I've outlined further down. I've used PPro for a while now, mostly self taught, and, as is typical of us self-taught students, I realize just how little I've actually taught myself and how very inefficiently I've been working . Remembering all the great tips will take time, but it'll be time well spent.

I would knock off 1 star because of some errors which are not typos, and for difficult to follow writing style in certain sections. After spending time trying to get something to work, I then realize that instead of a certain keystroke combination, the author actually meant another. Case in point: advises using Alt-left/right arrow to nudge a clip. The correct combination is actually Ctrl-left/right arrow. This is on page 168, and is repeated on the side-note on pages 170, and on pages 173 and 175 and perhaps thereafter (not sure). It's certainly not a huge deal, but I did waste a lot of time before realizing the error. In all fairness, the key combination is correctly identified in the (printable) shortcut pdf file as well as on the video, but I didn't read or watch these until after I had figured it out on my own.

While all the exercises are useful, a few are somewhat difficult to follow, either because of phrasing, or because the accompanying pictures are not clearly showing what is being described. The two images on page 196 identify the same area as being two separate things, which I found confusing. Other images show the correct area of the interface, but do not highlight what the authors are trying to point out. A red circle would be great.

Also, I was left mystified by the explanation on page 200, point 6. I'm sure it means something, but so far I still haven't deciphered it. Same goes for the 3rd paragraph on page 204. And the entire section starting on page 201 "Routing with Adaptive Tracks" simply left me totally confused. Maybe it's the writing, or just as likely it's a difficult topic and I simply need to go through it again more thoroughly. But in any case, at the end of it all, I was totally unsure about the WHY of the exercise, not so much the how.

But again, on the positive side, the most useful part of all to me are the included practice files, without which the book would be pointless. I use Lynda.com extensively but have opted out of their premium service (due to high cost) which includes the practice files. But at $35 or so this book is a bargain, one which I can go back to again and again.

The authors make a big deal out of saying this book is great for people migrating from other NLE's. And I'm sure they are correct. But don't be fooled, this book is also great for anyone with or without prior PPro knowledge (real or imagined, as in my case).

I chose it above the several other options I had for two primary reasons: one, it seemed to not be just another basic how-to book for beginners, and two, it included the practice files. As a bonus there are several hours of video training (73 videos) as well which coincide with some though not all of the lessons. In retrospect maybe I should have looked at a video first before doing the accompanying exercise.

I would definitely recommend this book. There may be others good ones as well, but you will not go wrong with this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2012
It's great that three of my favorite trainers have teamed up to share their wealth of knowledge in this one book. Over the past several years I've attended live trainings with Richard, Robbie and Jeff, and for me the one thing that sets them apart is their ability to simply explain our sometimes complex and confusing workflow. It's great to have their combined wisdom together in one book. It's like having them sitting by my side. I think this is a must have for anyone moving to Adobe Premier Pro. So much helpful info together in one place. Thanks for making my life a little bit easier.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A great resource! In these topsy-turvy days in the postproduction world, editors will find this update indispensible. The fast-paced approach is much appreciated, and all new CS6 features are handily highlighted. This is the only book a transitioning editing will need.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2013
The content is clearly focused on taking you to a professional level of editing. The videos alone are worth the price of admission. I switched to Premiere Pro after the FCP7 debacle, and this book is keeping the momentum moving forward. No where else can you find the three best NLE instructors collaborating on a multi-media project that this guide is. It is truly a guiding light into an incredible editing program that just keeps getting better. I have both editions, and look forward to a third edition when Adobe takes Premiere Pro up to the next level.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 14, 2012
I have Classroom in a Book and have taken several online courses as I've been an Avid editor for over 12 years. Now that Adobe Premiere CS6 has surpassed anything Avid has ever turned out, this book is really required. Lots of info not in any other literature on Premiere CS6.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
If you're switching from another NLE to Premiere Pro CS6, you'll want this book. Excellent tips, and a very good overview of how to get around in the NLE. This book will ramp up your learning curve rather quick.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2012
The content of the book was very helpful. Did not enjoy experience using e-book - layout was hard to follow (side panels and captions thrown all over the place in the middle of content), and had a major headache downloading the lesson files. However, once I got the physical book, the layout made much more sense and was easier to follow (side panels actually in side panels!), and of course I had all the media on disk. The information is helpful, and got me up and running, and I would definitely recommend this to another editor making the switch. Had to jump in the deep end on a Premiere project and would not have survived without this guide. Just stick with the physical copy, cannot recommend e-book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2012
Altough I have been using Premiere Pro for a While, I found great tips that improve my overall workflow.
wish there were a spanish version
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2012
I have really found this book useful in making the switch from my former NLE to Premiere Pro. A new job has forced me to change my workflow and this book has definitely made the processe easier. My co-workers, who have been on Premiere Pro for a while, have also found it informative and have enjoyed reading it around the office.
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