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An overview of the interface
Once you know the overall workflow, the next step in understanding Prelude is to build some familiarity with the main panels of the interface. This lesson will take you on a tour.
The Welcome Screen appears when you open Prelude.
Use the Welcome Screen to create a project, open an existing project, or access Help for Prelude.
Ingest, Logging, List, and Rough Cut workspaces
A. Movie clip thumbnail B. Folder containing clips selected for ingest C. List view D. Icon view E. Zoom slider for movie thumbnails F. Slider to scrub the thumbnail G. Clip selected for ingest H. Search box for filtering clips in current folder
Use the Ingest dialog box to select and ingest movie clips. You can also select folders and rough cuts. When you choose a folder, all the associated movie clips in it are ingested.
You can ingest clips from your computer, other software, or attached devices such as an external hard disk, video camera, or camera card.
You can ingest a portion of a clip (partial ingest) by setting In and Out points on the clip thumbnail. You can also choose a transcode option that best suits your editing requirements.
To view the location of the clips on your computer, right-click the clip in the list or thumbnail view. Select Reveal in Explorer (Windows), or Reveal in Finder (Mac OS).
A. Metadata marker panel B. Marker buttons C. Current Time Indicator (Playhead) D. Metadata marker applied to the movie clip E. Search option for markers F. Panel to edit metadata info
Use the Logging workspace to quickly add metadata and create subclips. Add markers and other metadata to quickly organize and search clips. You can leverage the metadata when you export to Adobe Premiere Pro or other applications.
A. Bin B. Movie clip C. Movie clip open in the Timeline D. Subclip open in the Timeline E. Rough cut open in the Timeline F. Create rough cut G. Create bin
Use bins in the Project panel to organize project contents much as you use folders to organize files. Bins can contain clips, subclips, and rough cuts. Use the Project panel to create a rough cut, and then add subclips to the rough cut.
Reorder content in the Project panel by dragging it to a new location.
Rough cut workspace
A. Project panel containing clips and rough cuts B. Timeline containing the subclips for the rough cut C. Monitor panel D. Search option for markers E. Track containing metadata and subclip info F. Video track G. Audio track
Open the rough cut that you created in the List workspace and add clips and subclips to the timeline. When you export the rough cuts to Adobe Premiere Pro or other applications, all the organizational and metadata information of the clips is retained.
Use the options in the Show menu to selectively display markers in the timeline.
Creating custom workspaces
Use the Window menu to access panels in Prelude. As in other Adobe applications, you can float and dock panels and frames. You can also create custom workspaces.
To access custom Workspaces, select Window > Workspace, and choose from the options.
A frame is a set of grouped panels.
Panels in Prelude
||Contains extensions or plug-ins for extending the functionality of Prelude. If no Extensions or plug-ins are available, this option is disabled.
|Audio Master Meters
||Displays the audio level for the movie being played in the timeline.
|Events||Lists warnings, error messages, and other information for identifying and troubleshooting problems.|
Use the History panel to jump to any state of the project created during the current working session. Every time you apply a change to some part of the project, the new state of that project is added to the panel. You can modify the project from the state you select.
The History panel is cleared when you switch between an open clip and a rough cut. It is also cleared when you save the open clip or rough cut.
|Marker List||Displays all the markers in the movie that is currently open. This panel also allows you to change the timecode of the In and Out points, or edit the marker description.
A. Timecode B. Current-Time-Indicator (Playhead) C. Loop video D. Step back E. Play/Pause F. Magnification options G. Step forward H. Output settings I. Clip duration
Double-click a movie clip in the Project panel to open it for playback in the Monitor panel. The monitor gives you access to the standard play and navigation options. You can use the timecode, playback buttons, or the playhead to navigate the movie.
Use the keyboard shortcuts J, K, and L to preview the movie clip. For greater control, use a combination of J and K keys to move backward slowly, and K and L keys to move forward slowly.
Some formats are difficult to display in full-motion playback because of their high compression or high data rate. A lower resolution permits faster motion playback but at the expense of image quality. This tradeoff is most noticeable when you view AVCHD and other H.264 -codec based media. Below full resolution these formats have error correction turned off, and artifacts are common during playback. These artifacts, however, do not show up in exported media.
Use separate playback and pause resolutions to gain more control over the monitoring experience. With high-resolution footage, set playback resolution to a lower value (for example, 1/4) for smooth playback, and set the Pause resolution to Full. These settings allow you to check the quality of focus or edge details when you pause playback. Scrubbing puts the monitor in playback resolution, not pause resolution.