So you want to start video editing with Adobe Premiere, the best choice for video editors at every level of experience. You buy and download the program, open it, but then you suddenly realize that you don’t really know what to do or where to start.
However, you will soon discover that there is no reason to be overwhelmed. Whatever the reason for wanting to get started, whether you’re starting a YouTube channel or editing your first short film, you’ll find that once you get to know the program, your editing time will seem to fly by.
By following the directions in this Adobe Premiere tutorial, you’ll be all set to get started editing your media with confidence. It’s also easier to build on your knowledge once you’ve mastered the basics. Keep in mind that with programs like Premiere, there’s more than one way to do everything, so don’t feel like you have to stick to these specific methods all the time.
Start a new project
Once you open Adobe Premiere, you have a few options on the home screen. You can start a new project, open a project you are working on, or view a list of your most recent projects to open.
Assuming you’re starting from scratch, click New project takes you to a window where you can choose the settings of this project. It may look confusing, but here’s a broken down version of each part.
First, there is the name of your project and the location where you choose your project to save. Then there is Video Playback and Playbackhow your computer processes the video you produce and plays the final result for you in real time.
What you choose for this option will determine how fast your video will display and play for you. Your available options depend on your computer’s graphics card, but Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration (Open CL) is supported and recommended by most computers.
You can then choose based on which metric you want your video to be displayed, either Time code or frames (no need to worry about feet + frames unless you shot with a 16mm or 35mm camera). Time code is how the video you shot recorded and saved every frame of the video. This option is recommended because it shows you how long your video is and makes it easier to find specific frames.
The audio playback option really comes down to how exactly you want to edit your audio files, but the Audio samples option is fine unless you need to edit audio down to the millisecond.
The Recording format section isn’t important unless you’re capturing video directly to Adobe Premiere, in which case you’d choose whether you’re recording in digital video or High Definition Video.
Insert your video and audio
Once you’ve set your project options, you’ll be taken to your main workspace. You can change how you want your workspace to look by moving each panel or choosing Window > Workspaces in the top bar and select one of the pre-made ones. In this article the To process workspace will be used.
The first thing you want to do is load all the media you will be using in your project. First find the Media Browser in the box at the bottom left. From here you can search for media directly from your computer.
Once you find the video or audio you want, click on it and it will be displayed in the Source window top right. In this window you can cut and insert the desired parts into your timeline (the panel at the bottom right) using the mark in and To mark tools (the hook-shaped icons below your source video.)
To insert the video, you can drag the video from the Video only icon below the video in the source window, or you can drag the video directly from the media browser if you want the whole video and any audio.
Alternatively, you can use the Insert tool (third from the right below your source video) to insert the video where the marker is in the timeline.
Audio works the same to locate and insert a sequence if you have individual audio files, such as music or sound effects† If you just want to record the audio itself of a video, you can simply use the Sound only icon in your project.
Basic Adobe Premiere Tools Explained
When it comes to video editing, the tools Adobe Premiere has to offer will be your best friend. There are many different tools in the program, but here is an explanation of the basic tools that you will probably use the most.
This is the icon that looks like a pointer. It’s the top tool in the box next to your sequences. This tool allows you to select video or audio in your timeline, or select the buttons and options in the interface. You can also left click and drag outside of media in your timeline to create a selection box to select multiple clips.
Track Select Forward + Backward Tool
It’s the next icon under the selection tool, indicated by a box and an arrow. You may see a small triangle in the lower right corner of the icon.
This means that by clicking and holding the icon, you can access the other associated tools. By doing this, you can Select track Forward tool, which can move an entire track forward in your timeline, or the Select track backward tool, which does the opposite.
Wrinkle Editing Tool
You can use this to trim the in and out points of your clips, and you can Rolling Edit tool to simultaneously edit the Out point of one clip and the In point of another to close gaps.
Among this tool there is also: Rate Stretch if you need to speed up or slow down an entire clip. You can click and drag from the In or Out points to use this tool. It doesn’t cut anything from the clip, it just speeds up or slows down the frame rate.
This is the razor-shaped icon. With this tool you can easily cut clips at any point.
With this tool, which looks like a capital T, you can directly click on the playback of your video and create simple text. You can also click and hold to access the Vertical type: tool, which creates a vertical text box.
With all of these tools, you may see a letter in parentheses next to the tool name by hovering your mouse over it. This is the key on your keyboard that the tool is associated with, so you can use these shortcuts to access them quickly.
Basic Audio Editing Tools
Not only does Premiere have tools to edit your video, but there are also many audio editing options available in case you need to manipulate it somehow.
Once you’ve inserted audio into your timeline, you can edit it just like video, using the same tools. In addition, there are also special audio effects to enhance the sounds of your project.
To open them, click on the Effects tab at the top of your workspace. This should open the Effects panel on your right, and from here you can go to Audio Effects† To use any of these, simply drag and drop your chosen effect onto your audio clip.
An extremely useful effect are the DeHummer and DeNoise effects. If you notice a lot of background noise in your audio clip, these effects can help you get rid of it. You can find them under Noise Reduction/Recovery† Once you’ve applied them, you can play with them in the Effect Control panel, but they should remove most of the noise automatically.
Another good thing to keep in mind is that you can control the volume of audio directly from your timeline. If you look at your audio clip, you will see that there is a white horizontal line. You can drag this line up or down to change the volume. If you want the volume to be loud in some places and soft in others, you can use a function called key frames to do this.
Drag one of the circles on the slider in the audio portion of the timeline to make it wider. You should see a diamond-shaped icon to the left of your audio timeline. Clicking this icon will add a keyframe and adding at least two will allow you to drag them independently. This allows you to easily fade in/out your audio.
Title creation premiere
If you need to create more detailed titles than the simple text tool allows, the Old title feature in Premiere has many more tools for creating titles. Just click File > New > Old Title to open the creation window.
Use the Type tool in this window to type your text. Below the transform section on the right, you can change the placement, size, opacity, and more. below Properties, there are plenty of options for creating unique titles, such as adding slant, kerning, or tracking. You can also change the font itself and the size.
Not only can you create text, but you can also use the shape tools to add basic shapes to your title.
Change the look of your video with color correction
If you want the look of your video to feel more consistent, you can easily adjust the color, lighting, and other visual aspects with Lumetri Color premiere. You will find this under the Colour panel.
With Lumetri Color you have many different tools at your disposal. below Basic correctionyou can make some quick changes to improve the look of your clip, such as: White Balance, Contrast, Highlights/Shadows and Whites/Blacks† If you want to make more advanced and detailed changes, the rest of the options give you more freedom.
However, if you’re overwhelmed by the amount of tools here, there’s also the option to download LUTs and color presets to automatically color your clips. There are plenty of free ones you can find online.
Once you’ve downloaded one, you can browse it under the LUT option in Basic Correction, or under Look in the Creative drop-down list under Lumetri Color.
Export and view your video
The operation is complete and you are happy with the result† So how do you get your edited video into a shareable format? Fortunately, Adobe Premiere makes it easy to render and export your video right in the program.
To start this process, first activate the timeline panel by clicking in it, find the top toolbar and click on File > Export > Media† A screen will appear where you can choose your export options. First, make sure you export the sequence you want to export. You can see what you’re exporting by dragging the blue highlight across the preview.
Next, you want to choose a format to save your video in. Unless you are required to save your video in a certain format, use H.264 is generally recommended for the best quality output.
Then there is an option to choose a preset. This depends on how you share your video. There are presets that make your video better supported by Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other platforms already available to choose from. Or you can choose: Customization to choose your own settings. In general, however, Matching Source – High Bit Rate preset is good for most applications.
Make sure to name your project and choose where to save the exported video, and that the Export video and Export audio are controlled based on what you want to export.
When you’re done, you can click . click Export at the bottom and your finished video will be sent to your chosen location.