Thanks for taking the time to read this topic! I need advice/direction from any of you that are better & more experienced than myself in video editing/conversion. Here is a basic summary of what I am trying to do:
I have several tutorials for various software packages that I am trying to learn and become more knowledgeable in. Most are from L*nda.com and other sites. All of them are from say 2:00-8:00 minute video segments in .MOV format. I dont know about any of you but i tire quickly of sitting on my *ss in front of my computer and having to click each video from each section to start it. Also, my computer chair isnt all that comfy, really and some of the tutorials are 3+ hours long! So needless to say whenever i start getting uncomfortable my attention span starts to get shorter & shorter.
I am pretty fluent in Adobe Premier Pro, so I had the idea/conception that I would take some time and create a video file of all these short clips via Premier Pro, so then I could export it to Encore and make myself a nice DVD that I could pop in my DVD Player and kick back on my couch and watch these tutorials.
First, I am by no means an expert in video editing/conversion, etc. It is something that I have been playing with for a while and something I enjoy. I have made DVD's for a few bands and from video footage of my family and etc. Anyway...I created a new Premier project and imported the video clips, organized all my bins for the different chapters, created the titles, etc. BUT...whenever I add any of the clips to the timeline I got problems! First, the audio (it is mono, btw) in the .MOV files goes directly to Audio layer 4, although I drop the actual video footage on my Video layer 1. No matter what I do I cannot move the Audio to say back to Level 1 or anything! Also, although I can preview the video, I have NO audio @ all! I can export the audio to say...Adobe Soundbooth and I dont see any waveforms or anything that I would normally see in a standard audio clip!
I am really baffled as to what I am doin/not doin correctly. The video footage isnt that great of quality either but I believe I can manipulate it thru the Video Effects in Premier Pro and make it a bit better.
IMO, there has to be a way that I can accomplish what I am trying to do here but right now it is driving me nuts! Do any of you that are more knowledgeable than myself have any advice, correct me in what i am not doing or point me in the right direction? Is this even a possible feat? I would think so because all the files are, are video clips and i know i can splice all that in Premier as I have done such before. But the audio problems are not making any sense to me @ all.
Is there a better way? Am i thinking/goin about it wrong? Also, why is the output footage so HUGE? The original files are not that big.
I know that the tutorials include exercise files but i dont care about them. I just wanna be able to watch the actual training.
Thanks in Advance!!