Yes you can set a default transition that uses the ctrl-d key combo. I believe it's set by default to crossfade, which I use. You click your clip, control-d and it'll put the fade in and out on the item.
You can change the default transition in the preferences.
It really is simple.
For bonus points, Control-shift-d works for audio.
You'll need to use AfterEffects to effectively track camera or object motion.
There are tutorials on YouTube, my advice is do the tracking last, so you only track the footage frames used in your project.
Put all the shots you plan to track on a dedicated track in premiere while editing.
Export that video track with all other tracks off and import that ...
Up until the high-frame rate (HFR) section of the video I would have said that all you need is a Canon MP-E 65mm Macro Lens, a nice LED light (so as not to fry the poor bugs with all the IR radiation that comes from tungsten halogen sources), and a camera with a reasonable video codec that accepts Canon lenses. However, the HFR section is clearly in the ...
Both Pinnacle Studio 17 and Premiere Pro CC will suit the needs you listed, but only Premiere Pro accepts .psd files, Pinnacle Studio does not. Furthermore, Premiere Pro has an option to directly export frames to Photoshop, edit them there, and import them back to Premiere Pro. That sounds like a feature you will find useful.
Firstly it looks like your sequence is 720x480, i.e. standard definition DV NTSC. This is the default sequence for Premiere, and has been since dinosaurs roamed the earth. Since it's about 1/16th the resolution of your image, not to mention that the pixels are non-square it's no wonder that there will be some quality loss.
If you're finishing at 720p (i.e. ...
Yes, in Premiere, you can create a master sequence consisting of nested sequences and apply motion and effects to those nested sequences within the master sequence.
And swap footage within those nested sequences as desired.
Both options will achieve most of what you need (possibly not PSDs, but you can use transparent TGAs exported from Photoshop), however Premiere Pro is a far more powerful and professional option. If you don't like the idea of subscribing, I believe Premiere Pro CS6 is still available for one time purchase.
Alternately, Sony's Vegas Pro is also a highly ...
First off, welcome! I would like to state that in the future you should make you questions a bit more detailed.
From what I understand you either want to (1) stretch the image to remove the black bars, or to (2) scale the image.
Either can be done by dragging the clip on to the timeline and hitting the pan/crop button on the clip (it looks like a box, not ...
To crop just one side of a clip, select the clip in the timeline and open the Effects panel. Search for 'crop' (in the current version of Premiere Pro, the effect can be found under Video Effects → Transform). Double-click the effect with that name to apply it to your clip. Then open the Effect Controls panel, there you will find the effect settings for the ...