- Working with the Workspace
- Monitors: Single View or Dual Mode
- The Concept of Editing: Insert and Overlay
- The Concept of Lift Versus Extract
- One-, Two-, and Three-Point Editing Techniques
- Saving Time When Selecting Source Clips
- Storyboard Editing: Automate to Timeline
- Stacking Up Clips
- Viewing More Than One Track
- Using the Navigator Window
- Using the History Window
- Maneuvering Around with Markers
- Preview Before You Edit with Gang
- Getting Rid of Unwanted Source Footage
Monitors: Single View or Dual Mode
This editing style is based strictly on comfort level and screen real estate. Whether you choose to display one monitor or two on your screen is up to you. You can select to either show just the Program monitor or show both the Source monitor and the Program monitor at the same time. Whichever way you feel you can be most productive, be my guest. I have been editing for more than a decade on nonlinear systems, and I still prefer to have both my Source and Program monitors visible onscreen at all times. It's one of those habits that you get comfortable with, and, because it doesn't interfere with anything, you tend to leave it alone until it becomes a problem. I use dual video monitors (I'm fortunate enough to have dual 20-inch high-resolution monitors), so having the extra window visible on my screen does not interfere with other windows and palettes that I have or need available. If you work with only one monitor, you should seriously consider optimizing screen real estate and learn how to adjust your Premiere monitors based on the task you are currently working on. If you are editing (marking in points and out points in your source clips), I recommend having both the Source and Program monitors visible. It makes editing much faster. After you finish editing your program and shift to other tasks, such as visual effects or audio mixing, switching over to working with just the Program monitor is sufficient.
Changing between Single View and Dual View is a piece of cake (or should I say "a click of the mouse"?):
Click the Single View and Dual View icons, located in the top center of the video monitors, as shown in Figure 3.1.
Click the triangle in the upper-right corner of the Program monitor. Select either Single View or Dual View from the Monitor Options pop-up menu, as shown in Figure 3.2.
Figure 3.1 Monitor view selector icons.
Figure 3.2 Select Single View or Dual View from the Monitor Options pop-up menu.