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Creating a Musical Photomontage with Premiere CS3: Part 2

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In the first article of this three-part series, Paul Ekert showed you how to automatically create a photomontage set to music using Premiere CS3. Part 2 demonstrates how to alter the scale of the images, move inaccurate markers to a better position, and trim the images to these new points.
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Part 1 of this three-article series showed how to create your own musical photomontage, but on playback, you might have seen some images displayed as a zoomed-in version of the original. This is because the scale (the physical dimensions) of your image doesn’t match the timeline.

To see this clearly, move the timeline cursor over any image on the timeline to display it in the Program window.

Double-click on that same image in the timeline to display it in the Source window on the left (see Figure 1).

In this example, you can clearly see how much of the image is missing when played back on the timeline.

Step 1: Correct Scale Problems

The two most common ways to correct scale problems are to use the Premiere CS3 built-in Scale to Frame Size function or to manually adjust the image using the Effects controls.

To automatically adjust the scale of an image, do the following:

  1. With Premiere CS3 open and the correct sequence displayed, move the timeline cursor so that the image you want to adjust is displayed in the Program window (see Figure 2).
  2. Right-click/Ctrl-click on the actual clip to display the contextual menu (see Figure 3).
  3. Select Scale to Frame Size.
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