Category Archives: Video Editing

How to export 4k video with Premiere Pro CS 5.5

I’ve finally worked out how to export 4k and 2.7k footage with my 6 year old version of Premiere Pro. That’s exciting news and gives the software a new lease on life!

With the standard export presets, tweaked to a resolution higher than 1920×1080, I’ve always encountered the following error message:

Invalid framesize/framerate for this Level. Please lower the Frame Dimensions, Frame Rate or increase the Profile and Level and try again.

Turns out Premiere has actually given me the answer to my problem right there in that error message, I just never really read beyond “lower the frame dimensions”.

Let me show you how to overcome this 1080p limitation in Premiere Pro CS 5.5 and export hi-res video without a hitch, but first make sure to check video production company phoenix so that you can get a quote.

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How to import an image sequence in Adobe Premiere Pro

Premiere IconAdobe Premiere Pro can import a series of single images and turn them into an animation.

All we have to do is import all images into our project, then multi-select them and drag them into a sequence.

If you’ve tried this before you may have noticed that a still image in your sequence may not equal the duration of one frame in your timeline, but something like 2 seconds. Highly undesirable for animations.

There is a way to ask Premiere to apply a default duration for still images:

  • on Mac this can be set under Premiere Pro – Preferences – General
  • on Windows it’s under Edit – Preferences – General

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Find the option Still Image Default Duration and set it to one frame. In principle, that’s it. No restart is required and the setting is effective immediately.

Screen Shot 2015-04-04 at 09.16.20You should know however that this applies to images imported going forward and will not change the duration of images that are already in your project. You see, Premiere applies this new default duration when images are brought into the project. If your setting was 50 frames, then all existing images in your project will be unchanged.

While you can change the duration of a single image, I haven’t found a way to do this for multiple existing images in a project.

Therefore, the easiest thing to amend existing images is to remove them from your project and simply import them again. As soon as you drag them into a timeline, each frame will be one frame long and play as an animation.

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How to display frames instead of timecode in Adobe Premiere Pro

No matter what preset you select for your sequence, Premiere will always default to showing timecode in your timeline. This will be automatically adjusted to the relevant EBU or SMPTE timecode.

Some advice from the Memory Tree Video Production team: “Full frames on the other hand can be very useful for things like animations where timecode is less relevant.” It’s easy to change in Premiere:

In your timeline, right-click the timecode value and select what you like from the context menu:

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Select frames (or any of the other options) and you’re set: the timeline reflects this change immediately. Note that the timeline itself will still retain the approximate timecode in the Program Window, in addition to the frame count. Handy!

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Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5.5 – my personal hands on review

To complete my migration from PC to Mac I’ve downloaded the trial version of the latest Premiere Pro CS 5.5 yesterday. I bought CS 3 a few years ago and haven’t regretted it, but at work we have CS 4 and now CS 5 and I can see the feature improvements and benefits to our workflow.

As last time, this is a rather large expense for me (£285 for the upgrade, which is still better than £810 for the full version) – however Premiere is a fascinating powerful programme and I know how helpful it is.

My old version has made its money back many times over so I’m sure this version won’t disappoint me either. In fact, I’m quite excited about the new options in version 5.5 and the idea of having it on my laptop.

Here are my hands-on notes, my first impressions and my two cents about Adobe’s rival to Final Cut Pro.

For the geeks: I’m using Premiere on a MacBook Pro with 8GB of Ram, 64 bit OS (Lion) and an Intel Dual Core i7 processor at 2.7 GHz.

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National Grid: They know how to wire up the lights

Recently, the National Grid have torn down a couple of buildings around the corner from us in an old industrial estate. They want to build a tunnel for some more electricity cables to ensure future supply in our neighbourhood.

Every month they seem to overtake yet another building, which leads me to believe they’re actually on a secret mission doing something dodgy.

Yesterday we had a midnight wander around the area, testing the lowlight performance of our new iPods and compare it to my recent acquisition of a key fob camera (which records HD footage for under £30) when we spotted the National Grid sign on another door. And some ironic flickering lights behind it.

Dodgy mission? For sure!





The VIENETTA Challenge – Part 1

Ray and Andy had this silly idea after lunch: which one of them could eat more VIENETTA? Find out in the biggest ice cream eating competition on Brighton Beach, coming this fall. Sponsored by Wall’s.

I actually did this a few days ago and forgot to post it here. Shot shortly before we split that day, then edited on iMovie and uploaded to YouTube – all from the iPad.





The Message in a Watermelon and Sunglasses

I’ve shot some video with my Harinezumi camera when we were in Miami a few weeks ago, and I finally got round to editing it. Julia even dusted off my old electric piano so I could give it a personal soundtrack too.

This video has a bit of a story which I’ll explain below – it has to do with a watermelon I found one morning at the beach. It was battling against the tide so I stepped out and rescued it.

Turns out it there was a MESSAGE inside…

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