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Learn Premiere Pro Essentials : For Beginners.

teacher avatar William Buckley

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Lessons in This Class

13 Lessons (41m)
    • 1. Course intro

    • 2. Chapter 01 Opening premiere

    • 3. Workspaces

    • 4. Importing media

    • 5. Creating a Sequence

    • 6. Moving media into the timeline

    • 7. Editing

    • 8. The Source panel

    • 9. Color Grading

    • 10. Adding sound

    • 11. Adding Text

    • 12. Exporting your movie

    • 13. Summary

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About This Class

If you are looking for a video editing software that will allow you to create professional cinematic videos. Adobe Premiere Pro is the answer. Premiere Pro is used by thousands of professionals across the world for every type of production from wedding videos, music videos, YouTube vlogs, documentaries to feature films. If you are stuck for time and want to learn this as quickly as possible This Premiere Pro Essentials Crash course is the best way get you up and running in no time! Even if you have never opened Premiere before, It's not a problem.

This mini-course will cover quite a lot in a short period of time and is intended for people who want to learn only the basics in a short period of time.

You will learn step by step the most important features and how to use them in real world applications.



What makes me qualified to teach you?

I have been involved with training and making videos for 3 decades. I have created training and on demand video training since the only option was video CD’s!

I have worked for Global companies across the world  to set up training programs that were all visually based training.


The techniques we will show you allow you to practice with different clips so that you become a pro at them.


This training will really get you up and running as quick as possible.


To get the most out of any training is repetition. At the end of each chapter, practice the techniques shown until you feel comfortable.

Hands on really is the best way to cement the new things you will be learning.

All clips used in the training are provided for you to use. ( see class project area )


  • Chapter 01 Opening premiere for the first time.
  • Chapter 02 Workspaces and how to use them.
  • Chapter 03 Importing media.
  • Chapter 04 Creating a sequence.
  • Chapter 05 Moving media into the timeline.
  • Chapter 06 Editing your movie.
  • Chapter 07 Using the source panel.
  • Chapter 08 Color correction & grading explained.
  • Chapter 09 Add music and sound effects.
  • Chapter 10 Adding Titles & Text effects
  • Chapter 11  Exporting your finished movie.
  • Summary & next Steps.



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1. Course intro: So you want to learn this. What you've come to the right place. We've taken all the fluff out of a normal course and just gone down to the essentials that you need to make a great video. We're going to take you through getting all your clips into the timeline. We're going to talk about transitions. We're going to use the effects, sound effects music. We're going to show you how to color grade your video. And we're going to show you how to use text and animated text. We're also going to show you how to do your export settings to get the best quality out depending on way want to put it. So we've taken a lot of time to just condense the course. So it's not a 45 our course. And we want to just give you the essentials that you need to get you up and running as fast as possible. I think you gotta enjoy this course. So let's jump in now and get on with editing this movie. 2. Chapter 01 Opening premiere: So thanks for taking this course. You can follow along with all the media that we're going to use in the training, in the project area, our resources area, you'll find a link or an attached zip file, which has all the resources and you'll be able to use them in your own primary project. When you open Premiere for the first time, you'll see this screen. If you have the previous files that have been opened before, they'll be here and they just quick access to what you've opened before. We are going to do a new project by clicking this button. Browse to the location that you want to say this project in. Just make sure you have enough space and then give it a name. Under Video Rendering and playback. If you have advanced gpu graphic board. So it might say playback engine, CPU or cuda. Select that one. Otherwise, you can choose software only for this will make rendering your videos a lot slower. If you have this option, choose it. Everything else we can leave alone and just press Okay. And this will bring us into the panel section. 3. Workspaces : This is a default workspace had opens up. You can see here it's in blue and it's the learning panel. You can close this area dam by going into these three lines and click and close panel. But still I'm learning. And this is the default panel, a workspace. You can move these panels around. You can see this one is active in blue. You can change other ones around whatever suits your needs. And then you can move certain panels around by clicking on them and dragging them over to other panels. If you press something wrong, the amount of which one of the panels you're in, code, a window, workspaces and reset to save layout. And everything will go back to default. But for right now we're going to be as close as Panel down again, but we're going to be working in the editing panel for most of the time. If you don't see a panel that you want along the top, just go to Window workspaces. And then you can choose the panel that you want to be in up here. So we're going to go back to editing. And then while we're in editing, we see that we're in Edison here. We can also open up other panels, such as Dmitry color, missile, open up another color panel in the editing space. We're going to use this later. So let's just closes down by clicking on the three lines and close panel won't be explaining more about each panel as we work with them. So let's move on. 4. Importing media: Next we have to import media here in the project panel, right here. There are multiple ways to do that. If you just right-click on here and say Import, doesn't take you to your File Explorer or Finder on a Mac. You can open up a folder where the main urine pictures, for example, and click on one or all of them and then it will import them into here. However, let's say another way. I'm going to just click on this and then press Delete on my keyboard. And now what I'm gonna do here is a good habit to get into. To keep everything tidy is deploy your video in a folder called video footage. All of your pictures and graphics and a folder. And then also any audio you have in a folder called audio or send them, or you can simply do is by using the Shift key and just drag in the main. It will not only put the files in, but it will also create these bins which keep everything nice and tidy. You can create more bins by going down here to say new bin. And it's just typing anything else up here. And we have another pain or folder called Sam. I'm just going to get rid of that because we don't need it. This is the practice files that goes along with this course. There are some ways to look at your footage here. Currently we're in the list view down here. So if we open up the video folder and then we look at this, you are selling a ListView. But the next icon is an icon view. And if we go to video and click on that, you can say they look like little icons or thumbnails. And if you just hold your mouse over them and move from side to side, it will actually scrub through each clamp. And then also you have a free form view. And you have this little slider here where you can make them a lot bigger. And the same thing. You can move along and see the moving footage to give you a better idea of what you like, I actually like working with the ListView. It's much cleaner for me. And we'll be looking at this when we import them into the timeline max, to go back up. You'll see here there's the bin with an up arrow on that. Just click on that. And we're back to square one. The click these little side arrows and will collapse your bin so you can see what's inside. 5. Creating a Sequence: The next thing we need to do is to make a sequence in the timeline. Now without going into too much detail, you'll see here under the video file that they all have different frame rates. So normally 23.976 is a cinematic look. The other thing you can do is drag along and shall you see? The video info are two main sizes, are 3840 by 2160. This is for k, and the other one is 1920 by 1080. And this is ADHD. These are the two most common sizes. So there's multiple ways to make a sequence for what we're going to do is drag this clip onto the timeline. And it puts the video up here in the program monitor. It also made a sequence that has SLI icon here. And it named it the same as the clip that we put on here, Ocean drone. And we can change that by just clicking slowly in here and calling it something else. Tutorial for example. So that's what our sequence here is called. This area, the timeline and sequence. And now it's not called exactly the same as our video clip. Another quick way of making a sequence. Let's get rid of that clip over here. And let's get rid of the sequence over here. And now we can basically come to New Item, Select sequence. This will bring up this box here. And you can choose some of the pre-made ones. But I always like to go to settings and custom and then choose my setting. So I want 23.976. I can type 3840 in here by 2160. And I commend shoes. Okay? So now this made a thing called sequence one. And sequence one. Again, if we changes to tutorial now has a sequence set for what we wanted for, for, for k. So it's just another way of doing it. 6. Moving media into the timeline: So now we're ready to move meteor over to the timeline. Let's take the ocean drone shot and drag it over here and drop it on where it says V1. This area here with V12. And three is where you put media, pictures, graphics and text. The lowest section, the a's, is where you put music and sound effects. Now you can very easily just hold this and move this up if you want to see it taller. Or you can even just double-click and it'll take it back to the size it was. So double-click on the audio, for example, double-click again, or you can move it up and down manually. Like so. Let's next drag the road drone shot over here and drop it on video one line, the V1 line. And you can also drag other ones such as do the street, photographer and restaurant of the other three, just by holding the Shift key and drag them over. Now you'll notice there's a couple of things that are different here. The lines turn red versus yellow in this one. In the first clip, this one is the Road drone shot. The reason why it's red is because the frames per second different because we dragged the ocean drone on here that matches our sequence setting. So a sequence setting is sequence. Sequence settings. Make sure we're in here. Sequence, sequence setting. It's 23.976 that matches this frame rate. And it's 3840 by 2160. So that matches this, just telling us that it's red. So that it says, okay, it doesn't match the sequence at the moment because it's got a different set of frames. And that's fine. It will still play like normal. Premiere will adjust it to match the sequence settings that we set up our next clip, which is Street Bus. There's two things going on here. This particular one is set for 1920 by 1080. That's an HD size as why it looks smaller than the full case eyes. So first step first, we can just click on this right-click and say Set to Frame Size. And the other thing that's going on again is the frame size is 59.94 frames per second. So just warning us, we look at the next one. Again, we have the same thing here. For photographer. It's telling us that it's 50 frames per second. And if we scrub along, again, it's 1920 by 1080. One other thing to look at here is we could do the right-click and set to frame size. But the other thing that goes on is if we look at clicking on the clip itself will go to Effects Controls. If you don't see it, you can go and look for effects controls here and turn it on. And this is the effects and controls for this clip. And you'll see at a 100 percent, it's at 1920 by 1080. So we can manually just drag this up. And I know that. Or we can click on it and do 200. And that is the same as for K from the resolution. So it's in the same way of doing this here. And our last clip here is the restaurant. We can right-click that you can do it right here. We have to zoom in a little bit. Just zoom in like this where the rubber bands at the bottom. Then right-click and say Set to Frame Size. And then we have the same thing. So one more thing to take in here is if we look at these clips, you'll see that this one, the street BUS is the only one with the with the audio also. And we can see that over here. If we look over here, the, these other ones, just purple and that's just showing their video only. And this other one has purple, but a little wave forming green as well here. So this is showing us that this clip has sound Oreo as well. 7. Editing: All right, We're into the fun stuff now. So we're going to start editing this project. We've learned all the things that we're drag a meteor in and that we're going to start gluing all of these clips together. So it makes sense and start creating your finished movie where we're doing transitions, sound effects, and everything is removed through these video clips. All right, so let's jump into it. So let's now take a look at some of the ways we can edit the video and put it together. So if you scrub along, you press the Space bar on your keyboard, it will play, well, we can just move this time had minute, this a semi wanted to shorten this to about here. One way that you can do that is just code to the end of the clip. And this will turn into a red arrow and just drag that back to shorten the clip. Doesn't actually cut it. You can always drag it back, is not deleted. So just drag that to where you want that to be. Now we have a gap. So what we could do then is just highlight this and then manually drag that up here. It'll glue up next to this one. So now if we go between them, press the space bar. It will then go to the other one so that we're in this toolbar here. And this is a selection tool. And you get that by doing the shortcut V on your keyboard. Let's say we wanted to cut some of this side. And we'll start here, we want it when the bus is coming. You can click on this razor tool and then just cut that, and then select the V again. Click on this and delete it with the keyboard. And then let's say we wanted to go cut something else hired. We can drag this along again. We want to cut it out a little bit here. Maybe he's got on the bus. So we want to cut that right here. And we can compress V on your keyboard and select that and press Delete. And then we have what we could do then is just hold down your left key by a mouse. Drag that over the keys. And then you can drag all of that. To take that up here. There's another way that an easier way of doing that too. So let's do a Control Z. And you have all these gaps instead of moving them separately that, that CO2, that gap here, right-click and say ripple delete. And again, ripple delete. And that will move everything together. And now we have all the clips. Hello together here. So right now these are just what they call jump cuts. It jumps one clip to the other. And actually they're quite useful and use a lot professionally. I'm going to mute that saying is I don't want to hear it all the time just by pressing E M new track. And now we won't hear the sound of our editing. Let's zoom in a little bit here by moving this rubber band. And instead of having a jump cut between these two, if you go right where they meet and then wait to the arrow turns red, right-click. And say Apply default transition. Right here. Click on this once. And you can see this has started cut. So this effect now is a dissolve That's going to start at this next sequence. If you click on that again and go to the Effects panel, is drop-down says you can do center. So now it's an a center at the end of the drone shot into the next one. And you see that here. So now if we go through heat or freedom one and fade into the next one, it's very popular transition. The next thing we can do is there's known as what's B roll. Let's go back over to our project panel, look at pictures and drag this picture over here and sticking it on video to layer up here. Again, it's not the right size for our video, so we know what to do there. We right-click and do Set to Frame scale. And still a little bit on the small side here. So what we're going to do is drag that up all the way up to here till we wanted. And now what we're going to do is this will go from the drone road shot here and show this cathedral shot. Again. You could just click on this and do apply default. And that will fail from this drone shot into that next cathedral shot. And you could do the same on the opposite side. And it will fade out and go back to the drawing shop. If you have any issues running the video is and they stagger or a jumpy and notices, talks a bit blurry. I pause it, it goes clearer. This is because we're here. Depending on how powerful your computer is. He tried to 1 stuff would fall. It needs a lot of resources to do this. And I might stagger like they're so are you better off for you rather than doing is saying quarter and then allow it to run smoother while we're editing. But when you export it out, it'll be full for K resolution. Now if we do another one here, which is popular, if you go over to here and look for facts. And if you don't see this, like this would be, let's say this is like this. You'll see that these are two little arrows point here. And then you can always choose effects from here. Then we can look for something like this. Video effects and video transitions then in here. So we can look for one called dip. And dip to black is a very popular one. And what you can do is leave your mouse over the middle of the two clips. You want to do the transition and then drag that and just drop it onto here. Again, if it goes onto one, only, make sure you come up here and do center advocate. And then if we run that effect, it now does dip to black and goes into the next video clip. And there's a lot more effects. So you can see on the video transitions, if you click this up and go somewhere else, make sure to clear this word dip or any other keyword, because it's always looking for that if it's up there. So there's lots of video affects some video transitions or we can do over here, for example, slide. You can drag that one on to the next clip here. Again, click on this, make sure that go into center. And then this one has some other effect here. So you can play around and see, don't get too crazy with transitions. Keep them simple. The straight cuts of the fade and the dip to black. Most use the most professional to get your audio back on, just click on the M, and now the audio will play. 8. The Source panel: The next way that we can prep material before bringing it into the timeline is you just double-click on and so on. Your very own folder is one called clamped color. Double-click. It'll open up the source panel here. And then we can drag the footage shrew and take a look at it up here. So what this does is allow us to edit up in the source panel. So let's say I just won this video clip from here. I can do the letter I for in or I just click on this little squiggly line. And I move it to here. And I want it to be out by the letter O on my keyboard or this. Now if I want, this has sound and video. I just drag this over here, like so. And I've already edited the clip that I want for the sections that I want up on this timeline. Example, if I was double-clicking on the street bus, and I want just this section. And I want this to be the end point. This to be the out point. If I drag just the sound icon, it's just going to drag the audio only. If I drag the video icon isn't a drag the video only if I just drag the picture itself and drag it in, It's going to drag both. So this just allows you to edit up here as you go instead of doing it on this line down here. And I like this, this method a lot. 9. Color Grading: So let's take a clip here that's called cliff color. And we'll drag that onto our timeline over here. And we're going to look at this color looks a bit faded out and sort of a big green here. So we need to get a window and do Lumetri color, sharpen that up there. So bring up this Lumetri Color panel. If it comes up in anything else, make sure in basic color. What I'm seeing here is give ourselves a bit more room. I'm thinking the whites need to come up a little bit on this. I'm not doing this where the sculpts, where I have a five-hour class on Lumetri Color. And just if you need to look up that and you want more interested in doing that type of stuff. Lookup, understanding color in Premier Pro, I guess that it's five hours. And then let's take the shadows down a little bit here. Let's take the highlights up a lot of them and give us a bit more contrast. And I think we're a bit to Cincinnati orangey, so Article more towards the blue. Then we can look up here where it says fx. You click on that once. That's the fact before. So if we look at that, and then if we click on it again, this is the effect now. And that is color correction. That's the first step of color grading. And then you can look at creative. And there are things called Lutz. You might've seen them, you can get them, you can download them off the Internet. And it's a lookup table. But Premiere comes with a whole bunch of ones here built in. And you can go through this, it'll look in through here to see if any of these that you're interested in trying to apply to your image, you can make it black and white, but just double-click in here. If you could do Control Z to get out of it, or you go back to none up here. And then you can just look through this and see if anything takes your fancy. And you can. So for example, if you're making a sci-fi movie, and this is the way the sky should look. Um, you can add this two to your color. But for right now, especially beginning, I wouldn't really play around with a Lutz personally. Just get used to doing basic corrections here. I decided this was before. It's sort of more washed out. And afterwards is a bit more realistic. Without going overboard, you don't want it to be neon bright. And they said, Look, you're really going for one thing. If you double-click and these things, they will go back to 0 just so you know. And you can reset everything with this button as well. And also do an order or it will try to automatically do it. And then you can play around with stuff yourself and see if that works for you. And go from there. Anyway, just so that we touch base on some coloring, coloring and calibrating. 10. Adding sound: Okay, so let's close that what we were doing here. Let's go to the Lumetri Color panel. Click on the three lines, close that panel. That's going to add it in. Let's reset it all by going to Window workspaces and reset to save layout, a purchase back to normal. I still want to bring this over here a little bit. And now we're tying to, let's say that you've got all your clips, how you want them, Everything's good. You've got your transitions. And I want to put some soundtrack on it. So let's go to audio. Drag the music down to this second layer. Again, double-click on it to expand or collapse said. And now we can put some background music to this. Let's start playing this music here by pressing Play. Now let's say someone was narrating here. Instead of just this bus noise that's a CSM was talking over this way you can do on here. Who wanted to try do, drop the music a little bit here. So what you can do, it just press the letter P, where this selected. Press the letter P. And it makes like a pen tool. Click once here and once before. Just like that. And go to the play head where the end is, press another keyframe. And then another one here. Like here for example. Then press the letter V on your keyboard. And we can drag this down in between. You can see it makes this shape here to peg, it'll drop the sound of the background is actually by their back. And we get to the end, imagine if someone was talking over this huge generation. So another thing here. So if we do a couple of controls Z's or get rid of that stuff. They settled track here right in the middle. You can just drag that up and down to make this Lyra it see it's going up and down in decibels. So under normal circumstances is playing here. For example. Just drag it down, go like this and just drag it down to where you want it. And I'll just be in the background. 11. Adding Text: Next, let's add some texts. Go down to the toolbar here, and click on the T. Click once in the picture they want to protect them and write your text. This will create a text graphic right here. So if we click on this, make sure you're in the Selection. So when you click on this, it's blue around here. And we need to open up the graphics editor. So I just got a Windows and look for Essential Graphics. And this will open up the essential graphics tab. We have to be an edit to edit it. We can choose a different font if we want to. We can make it bigger with this little slider here. And we can center it with these two boxes. We can use a stroke to give it an outline. Let's make it black. And then we can make the stroke a little bit bigger. You can even give it a background color. Now we can create this again, I'll duplicate it very easily. We go up here to new layer. Click on that once and click text. It will create the same, identical layer with all its properties. And we can bring that down here. Let's change this text by double-clicking. And then we can resize it again by selecting the selection tool. You can do it manually like this and just move it around. The other thing we can do then is add. If we go back up to new layer textbox. So we can drag this over the whole thing. Like so to no fill. And the stroke change the color at say, to black. Give it a little bit of width here, and you have a new title effect. The other thing we can do here is just do a right-click and you apply default again. And now when we play this back, you checks the fact or come over the top. The other thing you can do is use a Moog IRT. It's a template and you can get them all over the place. And primase comes with some already installed. And then basically you can just drag that down. You got to Brian is drag this down here. And this has an effect. If we play this back. They're already ready built in. And you can just choose the one you want. If we don't like that one, click on that deleted, go to Browse again. Choose one of the other ones. That's here, such as S1 for example. And you can get them all over the Internet as well. Annually. What to do there is you can edit it the same way. So it says coming up next year. Click on that, double-click in here. I'm going to radio, for example. And now you have a title at flies in with a background. And you can edit it as well. All right, let's move on from texts. 12. Exporting your movie: Okay, so now you've done all your editing, the advantages, sound effects or music or transitions. Now you want to export your movie out. So let's go to File and then Export and Aemilia. And make sure they are clicked in this area here first as well. And then this is a little place where you can move this along here suggests export section of the movie. Or if you wanted to entire thing, you drag it all the way along. This is where you can name your movie. Make sure export, video and audio are both checked on. If you click on mess, they'll take you to your explorer and then you can rename the movie and then put it where you want to. The format you're going to use is H.264 is a lot of other ones, but this is the most common and one of the best quality ones. There are presets are already here in this drop-down under Preset. And you can do Match Source, high bit rate, Malian bit rate. Click on these, you can see what it does to the file size is 25 megabytes. We can do high bit rate. And if we're using this offline, you could use one of these settings here under these Match Source, high bit rate, median bit rate, and low bit rate. And it will change the file sizes. Other ones you can do if you're sending it out to Facebook and it was for K, For example, you click on this one and it sets parameters that will match for Facebook, and it'll be a 196 megabytes. Same thing if you're going out to the Internet, to social media, this Vimeo, and then there's YouTube. So a YouTube for k alter HD would be 327. And it'll set the parameters to try to match it for YouTube's algorithms. So lots of opportunity there. And then he just press Export and your movie will be finished. So let's take a look at the finished thing. So my wife now. 13. Summary: Well done. You've come to the end. The secret to all this now is practice. Make sure that you continue to use your skills that you've learned. We have other courses that you can also take here. Look him up and all about Premier and things that will help you with color grading and more in depth at a tin and techniques. So I look forward to seeing your results. So post them here somewhere so we can take a look at them. Enjoy, and we'll see you in the next course.