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Just in case you cared to see how we made the video of my son using Adobe Premiere Clip, its here.

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When it only snows once #Dowork

So if you haven’t seen the video we made during the once a year Texas snow, take a minute and check it out here.

For a while I have been wanting to make a video using Adobe’s Premiere Clip, so when it snowed in early March and we had a kid that enjoys a bit of danger in a good mood, who wasn’t wet and cold, I figured it was time to jump in.

Adobe Clip is a free app you can download that utilizes Adobe’s Cloud services to edit video on your mobile device. There are other apps that do the same but none that work so integrally with a real editing software. In short, you can start an edit on your mobile device with the footage you shot with your phone and then finish it on a proper editing machine or export to your camera roll. Let me get one thing out of the way… the app is great! Its not the editing capability of the app (which is actually a little weird to do with a finger), its the fantastic way to make a rough edit as you go and then have the clips automatically show up on your computer the way you left them.

So this may turn into a bit of a tutorial but its worth it because its so accessible to anyone with a smart phone, the internet and a sense of adventure… even better if you have access to Premiere Pro via the cloud. Here it goes.

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The pictures above show the interface of clip. Using it is as easy as using your phone’s camera as usual, creating a new project and importing the footage into the program. One word of caution here, high frame rate footage the new iPhones are capable of don’t render properly in Adobe clip. From what it seems, each piece of file only plays back to the length of the clip as if it were 30 fps even though its recorded at 240 fps. The high speed clips just stop. Not to worry though the footage imports into Premiere just fine.

Uploading files to Premiere is easy depending on your connection speed. Click on the Cloud icon and select “sync”. All of the media files will be saved in your Cloud storage folder on your desktop. After all of the files are synced (touch the “i” for information), touch the upload button (square with the arrow pointing up) and touch “Edit in Premiere Pro”. It will send the entire project out for edit via an XML file saved next to the media files.

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Editing the footage in Premiere is now as easy as importing an XML that is saved in the project in the cloud storage folder then export though Adobe Media Encoder CC as usual. I made this project as a test of the systems and its really cool and worth a try if you just want to get something together easily. You don’t have access to the typical tools you would in a editing app like cross dissolves etc but you can add soundtracks and even “color grade” (via presets). I found the most powerful part of the process is the ease at which you can get a whole project roughly edited out of the phone and into edit. Heck, You don’t even need access to Creative Cloud just enough tenacity to build a ramp and take a few dozen takes. The publish directly to your device or youTube.

Well done Adobe. I hope you don’t mind my version of your logo animated and hope the next version of clip gets some of the kinks worked out.

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