SIFF 2021 offers cutting-edge lessons in crafting videos with industry-standard film editor

Participants instructed on navigating the Adobe Premiere Pro interface, performing basic editing tasks, and uploading content to popular platforms

Young media enthusiasts in the UAE were introduced to the art of creating fun and engaging videos using industry-leading editing software to enhance their storytelling skills at an educational workshop hosted by Sharjah Media City (Shams) yesterday on the concluding day of the 8th edition of the Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Youth (SIFF).

Joe Karkour, Business Manager for Adobe Systems in the MENA region and Eastern Europe, led a step-by-step virtual tutorial that took the young audiences through the breadth of tools and features of Adobe Premiere Pro to help streamline their workflow and create stunning content.

Participants were guided on the basics of using the software right from starting a new project to exporting the finished piece, cutting and editing footage, colour grading, optimising audio, and more. The initial part of the workshop focused on familiarising participants with the software tools and navigating the workspace panels.

After importing video content from the computer and creating an initial sequence, participants were introduced to the basics and shortcuts of cutting, moving, and rearranging clips in the Timeline, along with techniques to apply special effects, and adjust colour.

The workshop also offered guidance on enhancing soundtrack by adding transitions or using customisable audio effects. Participants also learnt easy-to-use techniques of stylising onscreen titles and animating graphics.

The workshop concluded with lessons on choosing from an array of standard video formats to easily publish on Vimeo, YouTube, or other digital platforms.

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