Adobe Digital Video Curriculum Guide – Module 10
Adobe Digital Video
Advanced Editing Techniques and Workspace Tools
I believe that your students should start specializing only after they learn the fundamentals. If all a basketball
player practices is a spinning, reverse, wrong-handed flip shot, he'll make no more than a bucket a game. Not
many opportunities for that shot arise.
By now, given enough practice, your students might have mastered straightforward Adobe® Premiere® Pro cuts-
only editing techniques. They’ve worked with transitions and all their options, and have created text and
That being the case, this module ramps up those fundamental techniques a bit. I explain some standard
professional editing concepts, show you some other ways to manipulate clips, go over some time-saving editing
tools, and explain two higher-end transitions. Finally, I believe in learning from experts. The best video editor I’ve
worked with offers up his advice at the conclusion of this module.
At the end of this lesson, students will have learned about:
• Adding a professional touch to a project
• Playing clips backward, changing speed, and freezing frames
• Adding cutaways
• Rolling, slip, and slide edits
Special transitions: masks and gradient wipes
Editing tips from an expert—John Crossman
Adding a Professional Touch to Your Project
One reason to use the video shooting tips in Module 3, "Digital Video: Camcorder Features and Shooting Tips," is
to open up more creative opportunities during editing. Right now, you're doing fundamental, simplified editing,
but trying out some standard professional editing techniques will help as we move to more complex editing
Using Establishing Shots
Do you have establishing shots? As I mentioned in Module 3, you need them to let viewers know where they are.
Try to place establishing shots near the beginning of any new setting or location.
Using Matching Shots
If you shot any repetitive action, look for matching shots. You might h