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Ever used Adobe Premiere Pro to make an iPhone trailer?

02-29-2012, 06:36 AM
#1
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Location: Paris, France
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Ever used Adobe Premiere Pro to make an iPhone trailer?

Hi everyone,
Can anyone help with some questions on how to use Premiere Pro to make a trailer for an iPhone game?

note : I submitted the same thread on the indie gamer forum board

Context : I'm a total noob in video editing, and now I have to use Premiere Pro on PC to make a trailer for our upcoming iPhone game Ski Champion. The trailer is meant to be posted on video sharing sites such as youtube, vimeo, dailymotion, etc. And embedded into forums such as this one.

I am absolutely struggling right now. Here are some questions I have :
  1. What project settings do you recommend? My programmer said DV NTSC, 720x480.
  2. Anything else I should be setting properly upfront to avoid issues at the end?
  3. When I import still screengrabs from the game (taken with an iPhone 4S), they appear either cropped or stretched even though the resolution is the same (I resized them to 720x480). Any idea how to avoid that? Margins would be acceptable.
  4. I am planning to use Camstudio on my PC to record 960x640 footage within Unity, and then downsize to 720x480. Sounds like a good plan? Anything I should know?
  5. What is a good program (ideally free) to resize and rotate a video?

Thanks in advance!
Nicolas

I make games.
Twitter: NicolasG_B
02-29-2012, 09:28 AM
#2
nicolasgb,

I have created all our game's trailers with Premiere Pro so I do have some experience using the program. However, I am not an expert in video formatting and compression so some of my advice might not be the best. Either way, I have responded to all your questions below so hopefully they help!


Quote:
Originally Posted by nicolasgb View Post
Hi everyone,
Can anyone help with some questions on how to use Premiere Pro to make a trailer for an iPhone game?

note : I submitted the same thread on the indie gamer forum board

Context : I'm a total noob in video editing, and now I have to use Premiere Pro on PC to make a trailer for our upcoming iPhone game Ski Champion. The trailer is meant to be posted on video sharing sites such as youtube, vimeo, dailymotion, etc. And embedded into forums such as this one.

I am absolutely struggling right now. Here are some questions I have :
  1. What project settings do you recommend? My programmer said DV NTSC, 720x480.

    DV NTSC 720x480 should be more than fine for a trailer.

  2. Anything else I should be setting properly upfront to avoid issues at the end?


    There is nothing that I can think of that is vital when making your movie but here are some tips:
    • Use folders and good naming conventions when organizing your files in the program
    • When exporting I always use the H.264 format
    • This should give you an MP4 file that is small in size but still has good quality video


  3. When I import still screengrabs from the game (taken with an iPhone 4S), they appear either cropped or stretched even though the resolution is the same (I resized them to 720x480). Any idea how to avoid that? Margins would be acceptable.

    I've never had this problem but another issue that I have run into with screenshots are that they appear blurry until you render the movie. I know why they do this in the program but it is annoying to have to render the entire movie to make sure the quality is good. To render the movie press the "Enter" bar at anytime.

  4. I am planning to use Camstudio on my PC to record 960x640 footage within Unity, and then downsize to 720x480. Sounds like a good plan? Anything I should know?

    This should be fine but you may find that your footage is a little blurry after being downsized. However, the only way to truly know is to test it out and see what it looks like.

  5. What is a good program (ideally free) to resize and rotate a video?

    You can resize and rotate videos within Premiere Pro. If you have a hard time finding out how to do this let me know!

Thanks in advance!
Nicolas
02-29-2012, 12:28 PM
#3
Joined: Sep 2009
Posts: 63
Quote:
Originally Posted by nicolasgb View Post
  1. What project settings do you recommend? My programmer said DV NTSC, 720x480.
  2. Anything else I should be setting properly upfront to avoid issues at the end?
  3. When I import still screengrabs from the game (taken with an iPhone 4S), they appear either cropped or stretched even though the resolution is the same (I resized them to 720x480). Any idea how to avoid that? Margins would be acceptable.
  4. I am planning to use Camstudio on my PC to record 960x640 footage within Unity, and then downsize to 720x480. Sounds like a good plan? Anything I should know?
  5. What is a good program (ideally free) to resize and rotate a video?
I'm not terribly familiar with Premiere; I'm a FCP editor, but here are my opinions:

1. I wouldn't use 720x480. While it appears that this is a 3:2 aspect ratio just like the iPhone, it's actually displayed as 4:3 and will distort your footage without some adjustments. I would recommend a standard HD 720p project setting if you're using retina footage.

2. and 3. I think #1 pretty much answered these.

4. I wouldn't downsize. Grab the footage and throw it into your 720p project. There will be black bars on the sides unless you crop your footage, throw a background loop behind it, or do some other creative wrangling. Since TVs are a different shape (both 4:3 and 16:9) than iPhones (3:2), that's how it is.

5. Premiere will be able to resize and rotate.

Let me know if you have any other questions!

Last edited by CJH; 02-29-2012 at 12:28 PM. Reason: Fixed quote
02-29-2012, 12:55 PM
#4
Joined: Feb 2012
Location: Paris, France
Posts: 146
Many thanks to both ! I'll try your advice and see how it turns out.

I make games.
Twitter: NicolasG_B