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Video Tutorial: Three Workflow-Enhancing Tips in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6

Video encoding and editing expert Jan Ozer provides three useful tips that will enhance your workflow and get you out of some editing jams in your Adobe Premiere Pro projects: editing audio without unlinking; Fill Left and Fill Right to create stereo audio; and creating nested sequences for smoother edits and creating reusable set pieces in your projects.

Recently I was working on a screencam project and ran into three minor problems that all have very elegant solutions in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. These aren't life-changing tips, but if you experience the same problems-and sometime you will-you'll be glad to know the techniques I'm about to show you.

Editing Audio Without Unlinking Components of a Clip

When I dropped the screencam into the timeline, and everything sounded good until I got to the very end. Go to the 0:40 mark of the video above to hear what I heard.

And, of course, it's not a preset on how to use Sorenson Squeeze, it's a tutorial. So that needed to change. Now, whenever you drop audio/video content into the timeline in Premiere Pro, they're linked. So I need to get rid of the audio, but I need to keep the video. If I try to drag the audio track because they're linked, the video track gets dragged as well.

Now, I could unlink the two forms of content up here. To do this, you choose Clip > Unlink (see Figure 1, below)-simple enough, but then you have to link the audio and video up again if you were going to do any further editing, and any trimming you'd do on the video or audio with the tracks unlinked would result in sync problems.

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Figure 1. Choosing Clip > Unlink to unlink the video and audio for a clip.

The quicker solution is to press the Option key (Mac OS) or the Alt key (Windows), and if you look at the message at the bottom of the screen shown in Figure 2 (below), you see that the Option/Alt key overrides a link or group. So what I'm going to do is override the link by pressing the Option key (again Alt key for Windows users).

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Figure 2. Overriding a link or group using the Option key

And then I can drag just the audio portion of the clip, as shown in Figure 3 (below). I don't need to unlink it first. And the link returns once you stop pressing the Option/Alt key. So that's a nice, quick way to edit either the video and not the audio-or, as we just did, the audio and not the video.

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Figure 3. Dragging just the audio portion of the clip without unlinking it first.

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