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Learn PREMIERE PRO in 20 Minutes - Basic Editing for Beginners!

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8 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Adobe Premiere Intro

    • 2. Lesson 1: Import, Create Sequence and Adjust Settings

    • 3. Lesson 2: Cutting, Fading In/Out and Audio Levels

    • 4. Lesson 3: How to Creat Text

    • 5. Lesson 4: Cutting and Matching Music

    • 6. Lesson 5: How to Use Transitions

    • 7. Lesson 6: Color Correcting

    • 8. Lesson 7: Exporting

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Hi, all. I'm your teacher, The Unknown Photographer! I've studied film for the previous six year, and now it's time for me to give back everything i've learned from my degree. In today's course we will focus towards beginners wanting to take a chance in video editing. You will learn all the basics you will need to get started. I can't wait to see what you all make!

As stated before, if you are looking for free transitions, check them out on Google. There are hundreds of options. Choose which ever you like most!

I can't wait to see everything you guys and girls design! And also remember, have fun!

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Brennen Higgins

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Hello, my names Brennen Higgins. I'm here to teach you everything you need to know about cameras, photography and film. I've always had a passion for photography and film, so much so that I went to school for it. I received my bachelors in Film and Photography and hope my skills and knowledge can benefit others!

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1. Adobe Premiere Intro: So how many times have you tried to edit a video and you have no idea where to start? Well, and this lesson, let's go over everything you need to know and all the basics to editing a video, exporting and getting that out there, whether it's YouTube or for personal use. Let's go over everything. With that being said, let's go ahead and jump into it. 2. Lesson 1: Import, Create Sequence and Adjust Settings: Alright, so we just got done talking about organization is you can tell videos are in the video section and our audios and our audio section. I added a piece of audio to save you guys some time. Now what's the first thing that we do whenever we hop in Premier Pro and Oliver organization is ready. Well, let's go ahead and sorted sequence. So let's say you're wanting to start your beginning of your skill share with a video. We'll, we'll just go with the first video that we have right here. So what you're gonna do, grab click, drag over, and that will create your new sequence. So now that the video is in our timeline, I'll explain to you what I meant earlier. Whenever I said, it's not as important getting all your settings right in the very beginning, opening stage where you have your title screen. And the reason because whenever you import and then put a video into your actual timeline, it automatically adjust to what shutter was on that and what your frame rate and all that stuff was. So it'll auto adjust for you. So it's not as important in the beginning. Let's talk about this section up top here. So as you can tell, you have learning Assembly editing, color, effects, audio, graphics, all that stuff. So of course, in the editing section. And so we're going to be obviously doing with your most your editing, unless you're cutting your trimming of your videos, you're mashing them together. If you're making montages, whatever it is that you want is we're going to do it. Now as for color, colors where you're going to actually change, literally the colors were going to do all of your coloring to your footage. So for proper workflow, what you wanna do is don't start coloring first. You want to have your edit completed before you start coloring. If you do color, we'll go over color correction later in the video to show you the proper way to color, correct? But right now let's go back to editing. And of course, if you're doing effects, that's where you can do all your facts. And normally if you're audio, but we're gonna stick with the editing part. And then the last thing before we really get into the editing. And it is super, super important, is depending on your workflow and your style. At the tops of these menus, you can adjust them. So let's say you want a bigger screen, you can pull this down and it can extend your screen. Or let's say you want to scoot over slightly to the left, pull this down or however you wanna do it, it is all adjustable to your liking. And for some reason, if you accidentally delete a dock or something happens, and you need to reset this to go back to normal, what you're gonna wanna do is come up to window, go ahead and click workspace and then go on down to reset to save the layout. And that will bring it back to the normal because sometimes you can mess with stuff on accident. It can erase off and it can get really confusing. And it's the easiest way to go about it. 3. Lesson 2: Cutting, Fading In/Out and Audio Levels: So it's pretty simple. You understand all the settings up top. So now that you know that, let's get to the actual editing part. Perfect, so let's go ahead and get to the editing part now. Obviously, whenever you're uploading a video and you're putting them in the sequence like this. You're going to have parts that you don't want, you're going to want to cut them out. And the best way to do that is go ahead and go to your sequence here. Now, the shortcut for the razor tool or the cutting tool is C. Go ahead and click see, and you'll see it come up. So this is the fastest way to cut through your footage. So let's say, for example, we'll go ahead and meet this. Let's say the beginning of this footage is a little it's a little shaky. Okay. So I don't want it up to this point. Let's go ahead and bring that cut tool. Go ahead and click it right on the timeline. It'll cut it for you and then go ahead and click on v, which will take you back to your main Selection Tool. Highlight. Just go ahead and click on it, delete. And then you can grab your whole timeline, pull it back over. And now this is the new beginning of your footage cuts. Of course don't have to just be in the beginning. And so let me give you a different example. Let's go to my old skill share class that we did last time. Let's go ahead, pull it up. And as you can see like I said earlier, It's a different frame rate, different settings, and we'll go ahead and change it to the fitting of this. So let's go ahead and show you an example of that. Let's go ahead and cut here. And this is my previous skill shared class. Let's say I don't need anything up until we'll say a minute and 32 will go even further. We'll say right here at three minutes and 20 seconds. So go ahead and click your C. Let's cut. Of course, remember just click on your razor tool v To go back to normal to your selection tool. All you have to do is click on the part you wanna delete, delete. Let's go ahead and grab what's left pulled over. And now whenever you pulling left, it should automatically pull with you. So we'll go ahead and link these together. And then you can see the difference between the two. So we'll go ahead and link. And now, just like that, to clean cut between the two. Another important thing we need to talk about when you're using the Cut tool is the incorporation of plus and minus on your keyboard. So plus we'll zoom in your timeline, minus we'll zoom out your timeline. So of course, if you take your timeline, yeah, sure. It's whatever my video is, a minute and 30 seconds. But say if I want to see that full minute and 30 seconds, go ahead and click minus. And you can just keep pulling out until you find your timeline. So as you can see, my timelines a lot more tight now. Whereas let's say I want to make a very, very specific Cut. You may want to continue to click plus until you can go literally frame-by-frame. So when you're going frame-by-frame, it's so much easier if you're zoomed in. Whereas if you have a lot of footage, say 20 minutes of footage and you want to see it all in your timeline and kinda sift through it and see what you really want to edit it. Super easy to pull it out like this. Now somebody else we can do. And this is also a very easy. So let's go ahead and commands either single back to how we were. So. Let's say, for instance, instead of wanting to cut off, let's say we want our video to end right here. So I'm sure you could go through the whole process of cutting, deleting and then having that as your end result. But you can also go to the ends and the beginnings of the timelines. And if you highlight it, you can see this a little trim button come up and all you have to do is slide it over and it should automatically adjust to wherever you're at. Same with it. We command Z, we can do it the opposite way as well. So another important thing you might want to learn, as you can see in a lot of videos, they always have fade in and fade out. And it kinda is an easy way on your eyes to just slowly build into the video or build out of the video. So the easiest way to do that, let's go ahead and go to the very beginning of this. We'll start at 0. So you're going to want to come over, make sure you click on the video you want to actually edit. And that's the most important part according the effects control. Now, the opacity we're going to bring down to 0%. Now, let's say we want like five seconds slide and we want to write here, now these right here, as you can see, these little diamonds, these are keyframes. They're just set points wherever your video will change. So now let's take this Pasadena bringing all the way up to 100%. And as you can see, I have two keyframes in here. Now, there's your fade-in. Same thing works if you go the opposite way, so same as N. Let's go ahead and put our keyframe at 100% and finish it off at 0%. So as you can see, just by going frame-by-frame, it's same thing. It's a slow fade out. And it's just really easy on the eyes. So that's your fade in and outs. Sometimes. Here's something else you can do. Let's say you're wanting to fade into a video that's already preexisting, something that I really like to do. So let's say we have our focal points right here. Let's go ahead overlap. So we're gonna go ahead and drop the opacity in the first video and build opacity up in the second video. And as you can see, it has a slow build into it where one fades in, fades out, and it makes it very simple transition. So that's the first part. So you have cutting and you have fade ins and outs. Now let's get to some more complex parts. So now you know some of the most important parts. You know how to cut in, you know, how to fade in and out on a video. The other part I will say is on this right side, this is your audio levels. And as you can see, my audio levels are fine, but sometimes you will see them hit the red. And if it hits are red, that means that the audio is clipping. Now, clipping means at a certain tone and at a certain point of Haydn volume, your audio will sound really, really bad. So what you're gonna wanna do if your audio is clipping, is come on over to your Editing tab, go to your controls, come on down under audio and you're gonna want to lower the level overall. So start off with like a negative six. And if it's still those clipped at negative six, just continue to lower it until it doesn't clip. Now of course, just make sure it doesn't hit the red marks. And as long as it doesn't have the red marks, your golden. So you have the main part down. Now let's get down to the more important parts and the smaller pieces that end up making a video hole. 4. Lesson 3: How to Creat Text: So let's go ahead and move on to titles. Now, of course, if you do another tutorial video or you're doing any video that you just want to say maybe this is my vacation, I took vacation 2020. Whatever you wanna do. And you want to add an a title. I'll show you how to do that really quick. So let's go ahead and go over to graphics, click on graphics. So after graphics is loaded and you'll see this text tool right down here. And I go ahead and click the text tool. Now wherever you're gonna wanna start to type, Click on where you want it to be. So let's just go ahead and say, I'm gonna do on smack dab in the middle right here. We will title it. I'm skill share 20-20 tutorial. So I'll go ahead and double-click on it. Come down to text. And let's see, let's change this to whatever you want it to be. Let's say we'll change it to Monaco. Go ahead and click on the text that you want. Boom, just like that. And again, you can choose your size so you can make your skill share setting bigger. And of course you have all your adjustments. Monaco doesn't have one. But you know a lot of like Times New Roman, you'll have regular bold, italic, whatever you prefer. So now that that's in there, let's go ahead and click enter. So now as you can see where the text is, There's a new layer and this new layers specifically just for the tech. So let's come on back over to editing. So let's go ahead and say We want that in the beginning. Let's go ahead and zoom out. Let's go ahead and grab it, pull it all the way to the front, like we showed you earlier. And just like that, you can throw it at the beginning. And now if you go to the beginning of your video, there you go. Now. Same thing as the fade in and outs. If you want them to go together, of course you can go the beginning, drop your opacity to 0% and however far you want it and halfway will say, or you're at a 100% say right here, plug your opacity and it's going to blend in. Just find whenever it comes on. So now that you are opacities are kinda met. Whenever you're starting off and it's fading in, they kinda fade together. So it's just a really important thing to kinda learn. So now if you're wanting to adjust the text, let's go ahead. You have your video effects right here so you can do whatever you want, you can raise it, you can make it go to the sides. Let's say we wanted in our lower thirds. Let's go ahead and lower it. Let's pull it over on this left side. And if you want in your lower thirds, there you go, you're set. Go ahead and click Enter on it, and you're good to go. Now of course, when you're doing the text, you can mess with whatever you would like. I mean, it's all personal preference. You can rotate and do whatever you'd like. I mean, you can even take it, for instance, you can rotate it literally 30 degrees if you want. Have a come in sideways is it's really whatever your personal preferences. On. Another thing I'll say is if you wanted to rotate in, a really simple trick you could do is let's go ahead and take the rotation at, we'll say 1%. And then by the end of a, let's say we wanted to add whatever percent. So now that we have two positions, one at 0 degrees and the other at a 120 degrees. As the video also fades in, you'll notice the text start to change and rotate. So it's a really simple thing if you just kinda want to add something to your video. And if you want to be creative, you know, be creative, Do what you wanna do and make it how you want to make it. If you want it to rotate it and do it if you just want it sitting still, you can fade it in whatever you prefer. It's really all personal preference, but that's just a really simple way. Me personally, I'm not going to have it rotate in. So let's just go ahead and leave it how it is. So that's it for text. It seems very confusing, but once you get used to it, it becomes super, super easy and promise you just continue to work on it. And I promise you the videos will continue to get better the more you practice. Adam. 5. Lesson 4: Cutting and Matching Music: Now we've got all of the really basics out of the way you understand how to kinda work around a video that you're cutting. Now, let's mix audio with video. So let's go ahead and add this drone footage when I'm gonna go ahead and delete the previous video. So now we've added the drone footage. Let's go get some audio. Again. Like I told you, organization is key because instead of searching around for stuff, all I have to do column to my audio tab and I'm already set. So let's go ahead and click it. Now you have on the left side, I'll go ahead and have this. You can see your video settings and your audio settings. So of course, a drone footage doesn't have audio and audio one. But let's go ahead and say, for the sake of arguing, we want to add that skill share one back. So there is audio on the skill share and we'll go ahead and put it on video too. So if you're wanting video and audio at the same time, you're wanting to add audio while you're talking. What you would do is you would go down to this audio three, and we would go ahead and add the set. So now that we have the audio and you can see there's audio clip we added, which is music. And there's a video clip which has me speaking and off you play it, you'll hear them together. Now again, like I told you as you saw that clipped in the other important part is the audio is way too loud for my voice. My voice gets overpowered by the audio. So what we're gonna do, let's go ahead and highlight the audio. So I'm gonna go with negative 28 because I've already edited this video. I know what I had to drop it to. So with it being dropped, you'll hear the music playing in the background with it at the exact same time. So just like that, now the audio is very pleasant and it adds to the video. Instead of taking it away as the most important part, don't overdo the audio. Make sure it's below the tone of your voice because you don't want your voice to be overpowered by the audio. Now, let's go into a totally different direction. Nothing like the skill share setting. And let's say we want to like really, really make some cool videos. So we're just gonna make the audio sitting at like, I don't know, negative six just so it doesn't Let's see. Okay, so it's not clipping anymore. That's important part. Let's get to the actual editing section. Okay, so to do some simple editing, let's go ahead and cut. And let's say, I don't know, I one it will cut it here for time sake. And then let's say there's a section right here that I really like. Let's say we're making a montage. Okay? So we're gonna wanna do with a montage to make it look really cinematic or to really have a field to it is you're going to want to cut on beats. So every time the actual beat or a base hits is when you're going to want to cut footage. So for instance, if I put this at a random part and you're cutting through it and we'll go ahead. And also, an important thing is if your computer runs slow, this little section right here, click on Full, drop it down as low as you want. The lower you drop it, the easier it is to edit, and the easier it is for your computer to render out what you're editing. So it's just kinda easier on the head. So as you can see that these aren't set up at all in the right sections. But you will see it's not really that appealing. The beat doesn't hit on the right spot. In the video kinda seems bland. Whereas let's say right about here is where it's going to come in. So the easiest way to do it is when a beat hits, you will see the levels spike. So there it was, right there, you heard it. So we'll drag our clip right to the timeline, will drag the next clip together. And now something as simple as that you will see on beat makes it sound so much more cinematic. And it makes the video looks so much better and it improves the videos so much. Let's check it out. So it's a super simple thing like that. That just makes the biggest difference. And I'll tell you add music, lower the volume of music, kinda mix it with your voice. And if you're doing something like this, that's how you do your montages. But I can't leave you just with that. In this next one, I have to show you guys some really cool transitions that'll make your videos a million times better. 6. Lesson 5: How to Use Transitions: All right, now let's have some extra font. You've edited your video. Maybe you had a cool little montage now you want to make it extra awesome. You want to impress your friends. You want to have some cool transitions and you just don't want to normal cut. So we have everything set up. What we're gonna wanna do is come down over here on this right side, right in the main tutorial section writing wherever all of your photos and videos are. This little section right here, click New Item. Let's add a Adjustment Layer. Go ahead and add that adjustment layer into your footage. So now we have our adjustment layer. Let's go right in the middle of where the clips are gonna cut. So let's directly in the middle. Now what you're gonna wanna do, click shift two keys to the left. That's ten frames. Now let's do it to the right. There's ten frames. Perfect. Now that we have our two cuts, let's pull this adjustment layer in. Go ahead and cut off the excess on the right side. Now, let's go over to the effects tab here. Where you're gonna wanna do is add the base preset on both sections and on the Adjustment Layer, whatever you'd prefer. So let's go slide down. And it's that symbol. Now, something that was so easy, such as simple cut. Now it looks like something like this. It's just super, super smooth. It looks great and let me see if I can get it into a full. It's go to half. So as you can see, a simple, simple transition, just make something looks so much more smooth. Now let's do it one more time on this clip. So remember, shift two keys left, cut, go back to that middle two keys, right? Let's go ahead and add a new adjustment layer. Oh, we'll just add the previous one, doesn't matter. Cut off the excess. Now for this one, we went up, so let's go or we went down. So let's do a slide, right, because we are going from one drone shot to the other. But the one that's going into is moving right, sort of make more sense for it to pan right anyways. And then remember, slept that base preset on both of the clips that you had cut. You should have a super-simple transition. And it's just so smooth and it looks like butter and it's just ten times better if you add it into a video and makes you transitioned so much stronger, makes your videos so much stronger. So let's watch it one more time. So now again, I will add those base presets in the description below, brought to you by Sam colder. There amazing. All 20 of them are great. They add so much here. Video. 7. Lesson 6: Color Correcting : So now that you know how to cut a video, now that you know how to edit a video, ad music, pull the music down, pull the music up. Opacity and an out and your videos and titles, whatever you need to, transitions. Now let's get over to something that's kind of more looked over, but it's the coloring aspect and it's making sure your videos are properly color corrected. And I'm not saying your coloring the photos, but to make sure they're actually properly corrected color wise. So let's go ahead and go over to the color tab. All right, so you're in your coloring section. Let's look over at the telemetry scopes right here. Now this is super important. This is where you're going to really be able to see your peaking and your highlights in your shadows. So as you can see, our blues RPI peaked. Our highlights are in general peaks. So let's go ahead and pull down this highlight. Now, a kind of rule of thumb is you don't really want your highlights probably to peek over 85. That's just the kind of normal rule of thumb. So let's go ahead and drop these highlights a lot. Maybe if you throw, drop some of these whites might help. And then let's go ahead. And as you can see, our reds and greens are kind of dip. So let's add some wharf that kinda even the colors out. So now that the colors are semi ii7, the highlights are below and the shadows are kinda even together. It makes for a much more colour corrected image. Now we're not doing colouring, we're just trying to color correct the image to get was actually shot at on the point of color correcting is not to color to make it look how you want. It's just literally to get the video as close to as person has. It wasn't when you shot it. So it's kind of a really simple coloring technique. Then of course you can't get deeper into it like coloring. Whether you know, it's, you want to throw contrasts and editor. You want to pull up your shadows but drop, you're black so you know, whatever you wanna do, throw contrasts or saturation in there. That's all personal preference. But that is a proper way to color, correct? In general. So definitely look at your scopes and that your histograms and stuff. And just kinda make sure your scopes aren't peaking and your shadows aren't too powerful below, you kinda want a good balance in between. So as you can see, I mean, in general, in general we're not paying too much either way. So everything's great and it's pre-war color corrected. So you can move on from video to video, and then you can get into the more specific coloring however you would like to color. Now in the next part, let's talk about the last part. When you're done exporting. 8. Lesson 7: Exporting: So now we have completed our video. You've done your editing, everything's done. You're ready to export. What do you do? What are the settings you use? So first, let's go ahead and make sure we're all highlighted on our timeline. We're good to go. Let's go ahead and go up to File Export, Export Media. Now once you click on the media section, it'll open you up to a new window that you'll see right here. And now this window also seems very daunting. I mean, there's so much stuff to look through up here. But the most important thing is first, let's go to the output name. We'll name it whatever you want. So we'll call it Skill Share, save, and now format, while format do you want to use? There are so many, it seems so confusing. If you're doing Youtube, I would highly, highly recommend go to H.264. It's like the most used format of any one. And of course, you can go to your preset, go to your bit rate. And now whatever you shot at in general is kinda where you're gonna wanna export. So for instance, I shot this at HD 1080. So of course, I'm gonna go to HD 1080 at a format of H.264. Now, just to make sure your sequence lineup come over here to match source, click and make sure everything's good. So once you've matched everything, come on down, you're going to want to make sure you click render at maximum depth. Super important, it'll make your video that much better whenever it's fully exploited, scroll down more and now you're gonna see this little section for bitrate settings. Now, depending on what bit rate you shot at, will determine what you want to export it at, at target bit rate. But typically it's around like a one-point four bit rate per whatever seconds your video shot out. So let's say you were shot at 20 Barea per second. Maybe you want to export it at I, I don't know, 2028 bit rate per second. The most important part also in this section is you want to go to the bit rate encoding and you wanna make sure you do VBR to pass. It goes through your video twice. So anything that may have got messed up in the first export will get fixed Going through the second. And then whenever it's finally done, exporting, your video would be much higher-quality. And then to finish it off, make sure before you click export, use maximum render quality. Make sure you click that. And with all that being said, go ahead and export. And boom, just like that, your video's done exporting, you can go ahead and click play and boom, there's a masterpiece that you just export it. Now that being said, we went through the most basic parts of editing a video. Now that you know how to cut, trim, work with audio, fade in and out, add transitions and color, correct? It's time for you guys to start making some videos. That's it for the beginner course of Premiere Pro. I hope you guys enjoyed it and I want to see what you guys make. Third in the discussion below and let me see what you guys are creating. And until next time guys have a great rest of your day. Later.