So I’m unhappy with the results of a video I recently made to put on YouTube, mainly because though the resolution was kinda low in the original clips (digital camera, not a camcorder), the program I used (VideoMach) really pixelated it MUCH further when saving the video after I’d pieced it together. So I’m trying out Adobe Premiere 6.5, but apparently I’m far too stupid to figure out how to use it.
I’m looking through the help, and it has passages like this:
Drag the jog tread left or right, past the edge of the controller if necessary, until you reach the frame you want. If you drag the cursor to the edge of the screen without reaching the end of the clip or program, you can continue from the same time position by starting another drag from the jog tread.
The problem? They talk about the “jog tread” several times, but never tell you WHAT THE HELL IT IS or WHAT THE HELL IT LOOKS LIKE so I have absolutely no idea how to follow their instructions. It also never gives a specific definition of what “the controller” is, though it tells you all kinds of details as to what its function is. The HELP seems to be written for people who already know everything about the program. I want to bludgeon to death whoever wrote it.
My next problem… in VideoMach, you could select a spot in a video clip either by time or by frame number. So I might have a clip where the starting point is frame #2383 and the ending point is frame #2552. I have yet to be able to see where to go to a specific frame in Premiere, other than by time. In my original program I adjusted the display to show time instead of frame number, and I find that the above frame numbers correspond to the times 00:01:35.280 and 00:01:42.040. So I go into the same video clip in Premiere and tell it to go to 00:01:35.280. The problem? Well, first, when I enter 00:01:35.280 it changes it to 00:01:36.030, and while it is close to the same, it is not the exact same frame.
But what is even worse is that I can’t FIND the frame I need. I use the “previous frame” button because I know the frame I want is just a tad before the one that it is showing me…but the “previous frame” when navigating it in Premiere is not the same. In fact, in VideoMach I have to back up 23 frames to see the frame that Premiere says is the one right before it! So there is, in fact, NO FREAKIN’ WAY to get to the frame I need when using Premiere. In fact, the frame doesn’t even appear to EXIST. It’s the same exact file, so I don’t see how this is possible.
I tried to hit “play” hoping that it would show me the frames between when playing, but while the little slider underneath moves along showing that it is playing, the picture in the clip only changed like 2 or 3 times in the 5 seconds or so that I let it play. So while in VideoMach the frame rate is 25 frames per second (I verified this by counting the frames and watching the time counter; I triple checked to be sure I was right), in Premiere it seems the frame rate is less than one per second. How the hell can that be? Why is this fancy-ass piece of software a million times shittier than the $35 crappy software I’ve been using?
I Googled for a tutorial, but while I found lots of tutorials on how to do specific fancy tricks, the only one that looked like it was just a basic “starter manual” on how to use Premiere was an article on about.com which, when I clicked the link to it, redirected me to the main index page for that area of about.com, and I couldn’t for the life of me find the article anywhere.
I’m seriously so frustrated I’m on the verge of crying. I am sure this program can do what I want it to do, but I’ve been working on it for an hour and a half and I’ve made ZERO progress and I feel like I must be the stupidest person on the planet.
Can somoene PLEASE help me? :mad: :mad: