Adobe’s Creative Cloud has an education discount for $20/mo for the first year, valid until March 11th. So, no time like the present to dive into editing! I’m pretty inexperienced with Adobe, but there are some lovely resources out there.
Adobe has great documentation for the entire creative suite, AdobeTV for when you’re too lazy to read (here’s the CS6 & Creative Cloud Feature Tour for Video), and to help you keep enthusiasm while drowning in tutorials a series of Customer Stories: Video, Film, and Audio
There is honestly so much documentation that it’s overwhelming, so let’s break it down.
– Getting Started with Premiere – good road map of links
– Adobe TV (and some playlists)
– Adobe TV
Some 3rd party resources mid way down
While we’re at this, here’s some promising looking plugins for Lightroom
During all of this I learned something important: Lightroom and Premiere cannot read all metadata off Canon DSLR video files. Date taken is fine, but no ISO, aperture, or exposure information is read. Apparently it’s a proprietary cat fight, but there are workarounds.
- Screw Premiere and laugh your way back to FCP and Canon’s EOS Movie Plugin-E1. This article breaks down some sample workflows if you go that route.
- Use Phil Harvey’s ExifTool a Perl based script to manage metadata. It is apparently the bee’s knees of metadata wrangling. There is a ton of documentation on the site for people who aren’t familiar with Perl.
- View the files with Canon’s ZoomBrowser if you’re short on time and just need to check a few clips.