How to Re-Interpret Clips in Adobe Premiere

Generally speaking, clips in Adobe Premiere will play without much need to do anything special to them. Premiere supports a wide variety of popular video formats, which means that it will be able to import and play most formats without the need to reinterpret or encode them before they are able to be viewed in the program source monitor window.

However, from time to time, you may want to change the way Adobe Premiere interprets files or clips that are imported into the program. Therefore, this handy step-by-step guide will show you how to reinterpret clips in Adobe Premiere.

What You Will Need

  • A computer with Adobe Premiere installed
  • Video footage to import into the program

Step 1: Select a Clip from the Project Window

Before you can reinterpret the footage, you'll first need to select the clip you want to bring into the source monitor and work with. Therefore, choose the clip you want to reinterpret and double-click it to send it to the source monitor where you can view it. Then, make sure to click on the video in the source monitor window to ensure it is selected.

Step 2: Open Interpret Footage Settings

Go to the 'File' menu bar and then click on the 'Interpret Footage' option. This will bring up the interpret footage dialog box.

Step 3: Set Interpret Footage Settings for the Clip

After the interpret footage dialog box is open, enter the settings for the clip's frame rate, pixel aspect ratio and alpha channel. By default, Adobe Premiere will use the settings that are inherited from the video imported from your project window. However, you can make changes and have Adobe Premiere play the clip using the new settings. Once you selected all of the appropriate settings, click on the 'OK' button to close the interpret footage settings dialog box.

(Note - When changing interpret footage settings in Adobe Premiere, be careful about using different frame rate settings for different clips. This can often lead to shaky or juttering video if frame rates are not kept consistent. Also, do not try to change the aspect ratio of the imported clip too much. While you may be able to slightly stretch the aspect ratio of the clip without losing too much visual quality, changes that are too drastic will cause your video to appear blurred or out of proportion.)

Step 4: Use Playback Controls to Check the Settings for the Clip

After you have reinterpreted the footage settings for the clip that you brought in from your project window, you can use the playback controls in source monitor window to see if it's video playback is acceptable to you. If you notice problems with the way the video is played back in the source monitor, you can go back to the interpret footage settings and make changes. If you are satisfied with the interpretation settings used by Adobe Premiere for the clip, you can continue interpreting other clips or making additional edits to the clip in the Adobe Premiere timeline.

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