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Import the image into Premiere:

  1. In Premiere, start a new project.

    Premiere offers a project preset called “multimedia.” The preset settings will work well, but I prefer slightly different ones (see page 45 of Premiere 6: VQS). My example for this tutorial uses settings suitable for outputting a medium-size movie for multimedia or the Web (Figure 2).

    Figure 2

  2. For your projects, pick settings that are suitable for your output goal. Whatever settings you choose, make sure to select the Optimize Stills option in the Keyframe and Rendering panel of the Project Settings dialog box. You'll find the setting under Project > Project Settings > Keyframe & Rendering (Figure 3) (see page 41-42 of Premiere 6: VQS).

    Figure 3

  3. Set the Still Image preferences.

    Choose Edit > Preferences > General & Still Image (Figure 4). In the Still Image section of the dialog box, enter a default duration for still images, and leave Lock Aspect unchecked (Figure 5). We'll correct the aspect ratio of the images when we do our camera move.

    Click OK to close the dialog box.

    Figure 4

    Figure 5

  4. Import your still image or images.

    Choose File > Import > File (Figure 6). In the Import dialog box, find your still image and click Import. You can also use any of the importing methods described on pages 57-59 of Premiere 6 VQS.

    Figure 6

    The file will appear as a clip in the selected bin of the Project window (Figure 7).

    Figure 7

  5. Add the clip to the sequence.

    You can simply drag the clip from the Project window to a video track of the Timeline window (Figure 8). The clip will have the default duration you specified in step 2, though you can change it at any time.

    Figure 8

    If the image doesn't use a 4:3 aspect ratio, it will appear distorted in the Program view of the monitor window (Figure 9). Don't worry: We'll fix that in the next section.

    Figure 9

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