During the first few months of 2013, I had to privilege to write the Adobe Premiere Pro CC Visual QuickStart Guide (VQS) with Shawn Lam, who penned three of the fifteen chapters. I’ve always liked the VQS format, which features quick hit, detailed answers, rather than the start to finish tutorials provided by the Classroom in a Book series. This is the first VQS for Premiere Pro since version 3.0 (not CS3, version 3.0) and it’s long overdue. Here’s the description from Amazon.
“In this clear and straightforward guide, digital video veteran Jan Ozer gives beginning and intermediate video editors just what they need to know on Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Tasked-based, step-by-step instructions and loads of visuals and time-saving tips help professionals and newcomers alike quickly find and learn tasks specific to their needs, benefiting from the award-winning Visual QuickStart style.
Topics covered include essential editing tasks and media-management strategies, transitions, effects and filters, rendering options, and optimal editing and production strategies for streaming delivery of HD source content. It includes coverage of all the new features in Premiere Pro CC, such as working with closed captions, enhanced multicam workflows, and significantly improved audio effects.”
As always, the quality control implemented by Peachpit ensures a consistent, high quality book with accurate and insightful direction. The editor was Stephen Nathans, my editor at Streaming Media Producer, who uses Premiere Pro to produce many of the videos on the site.
There were two technical editors, who check every exercise in the book, keystroke by keystroke, to ensure accuracy. They were Luisa Winters, an Adobe Certified Master Instructor, who handled most of the heavy lifting, with Pamela Berry, a producer with Richard Harrington’s RHED production company, filling in the blanks. All three of these editing professionals added significant value and allow Shawn and I to feel confident in the instruction provided in the book.
As always, the high-level hands-on from the folks at Peachpit (thanks Nancy!) helped ensure that the overall coverage was comprehensive yet properly focused, and delivered on time and on budget. The eagle-eyed copyeditor Scout Festa added the final touch of polish.
So, if you’re looking for a resource to learn or perfect your editing skills with Premiere Pro, check it out. The book is targeted toward novice to intermediate editors, with Premiere Pro CC-specific instruction that should help all users upgrading to Adobe’s latest.