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Video Editing: How to Edit and Upload Your First YouTube Video

teacher avatar Erin Lyons, Video Editor

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10 Lessons (50m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Class Project Overview

    • 3. Uploading and Organizing

    • 4. First Round Edits

    • 5. Structuring your Video

    • 6. Adding Music

    • 7. Color and Audio Correction

    • 8. Third Round Edits

    • 9. Exporting and Uploading to YouTube

    • 10. Outro

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About This Class

Throughout this course, I will give students the tools and techniques that I have found most effective in making engaging and successful videos. Students will then use these skills to edit their own video in Premiere Pro and upload their first video to YouTube.

Hi my name is Erin Lyons, welcome to “Video Editing: How to Edit and Upload Your First YouTube Video.” 

I started video editing over 3 years ago by creating dance films but now I specialize in vlog style videos; I’ve posted nearly 100 travel vlogs over the past year and a half to my YouTube channel called Traveling Atlas.



This class is aimed at students with a beginner skill level. I will be breaking down sections to be succinct, clear, and to allow students to bring their own creative ideas to the project. 

Here is the course outline: 

  1. Uploading and organizing video files to Premiere Pro
  2. Cutting videos down to first round of edits
  3. Structuring your video into a beginning, middle, and end (figuring out your story)
  4. Adding music and/or sound effects
  5. Color and audio correction
  6. Last round of cuts while finalizing with text/titles
  7. Exporting and uploading to YouTube

This course is great for people who have been wanting to start using YouTube to promote their business, make vlogs, or express themselves artistically. YouTube is a home to millions of types of videos and allows everyone to use their voice in one way or another. It’s also a great platform to build an audience. 

If you do not have Adobe Creative Cloud or Premiere Pro, you can download a Seven day free trial with this link

I’m sure this course will you the confidence you need to edit and upload their first video to YouTube. Let’s get started!

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Erin Lyons

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Hi I'm Erin Lyons, a video editor and dancer/choreographer from New York. I started video editing by creating dance films but when my fiancé asked me to travel the world with him in 2019 we packed our lives and of course our cameras into backpacks and left for what was supposed to be a year and a half trip around the globe. After traveling internationally for 8 months, we came back to the United States in March 2020 and pivoted our travels to domestic. Currently we are living out of a converted van, road tripping around the United States attempting to visit every National Park, all the while sharing videos of our travels on our YouTube channel called Traveling Atlas.

I am excited to share my knowledge that I have gained over the past three years of video editing ... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi, my name is Erin Lyons. Welcome to how to edit and upload your first YouTube video. I have been creating videos for nearly three years now. I started with Dan's films and now I specialize in vlog style. Currently I'm living out of my van, traveling around the United States, posting travel vlogs to my YouTube channel called Traveling atlas. Throughout this course, I will give students the tools and techniques I've found most effective in creating a successful video. Students will then use these skills to edit their own video on Premiere Pro and post it to YouTube. This class is aimed at students with their beginner skill level who had been wanting to use YouTube to promote their business, make vlogs, or express themselves artistically. I will breakdown sections to be succinct, clear and allow students to bring their own creative ideas to the project. Here's the course outline, uploading an organizing video files to Premier Pro. Cutting videos down to first round edits, structuring your video into a beginning, middle, and end. Figuring out your story, adding music and sound effects, color and audio correction. Last rounds of cuts while finalizing with text and titles, and finally, exporting and uploading to YouTube. By the end of this course, you will have a three to five minute video that you will feel confident to upload to YouTube. Youtube is home to millions of videos that allow everyone to use their voice. And it's a great way to build an audience. So what are you waiting for? Let's get started. 2. Class Project Overview: The project we're gonna be working on in this class is creating a three to five minute video that you'll be editing on Premiere Pro. Now, you could use your own video files if you already have an idea what your first YouTube video is going to be, or if you wanna follow along with me for learning purposes, the video files I'll be using to demonstrate are below the video I'll be creating today. I shot back in January in Jaipur, India at their annual celebration called the kite festival. This section is normally a part of a longer vlog when I chose it because it stands on its own. And narrative and artistry will be working on some key video editing skills like B-roll, drone usage and timelapse. Now it's totally okay if you're using your own video files and you don't have one or multiple of these types of footage. I think it's beneficial either way to learn how to edit this type of footage and why it's useful and telling a story. Here's a tip to be successful in this project, feel free to make your own artistic choices. I will be giving you video editing tools and techniques, but you do not have to follow exactly what I'm doing. Be inspired to create something unique. Premier Pro is one of the best and most professional editing softwares in the business right now. So it is a great tool to have in your arsenal. But if you don't have a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud, check out the link below for a seven day free trial bonus. If you're a student, you get a monthly membership discount. So before we had to the next lesson, make sure to download Premiere Pro if you don't already have it, downloaded my video files, if you're following along with me and double-click on it Premiere Pro icon on your screen. I'll see you in the next lesson. 3. Uploading and Organizing: Okay, in this lesson, we're going to uploading and organizing our files to Premier Pro. I think it's important to stay organized because once you really get into editing, you can have a lot of different files from a lot of different cameras. So I think it's best to have a process so you know where everything is, having it labeled, having it pretty organized and easy to access. So let's get started. So once you open up Premiere Pro, you'll be brought to this screen. First, we're going to start off by opening up a new project. And then you'll title your project. And you're gonna wanna pick where you're gonna save that project. So we'll go to Browse. And for right now I'm going to save mine in my Desktop in skill share Heyne class project. Now of course, depending on what computer you're using, if you have a PC or a Mac, there's maybe a little bit different, but it's really just basically deciding where you're going to save your files and where you're pulling your files from. So for all of these settings, I'm just gonna go ahead and keep them the same. You could change these, but I think cuda helps with making a faster in a CRISPR way of exporting your video once we get there at the end. So I'm just gonna keep this the same. I'll press OK. Now your workspace might look a little bit different than mine, but for the most part we're going to be using graphics color. So for right now, I'm going to keep it in graphics. And your top left corner you're gonna find, where are we going to import our media files from? This is always where you're going to want to start your project. And the bottom right, you're going to hover over this icon that says new bin and label my been Sony. A lot of times when I'm editing, I could be using 34 cameras and it could get a little hectic, so best to organize them by bins. And for this project we'll just be using too. So we'll be doing Sony. And then I'll click on New been again. And I'll put drone. Now once you have your bins, I'm going to double-click into my Sony. I'll go File Import. And then I'm gonna go ahead and go back to where my files are. Now, if you're using your own files, you might have more cameras that you're going to be using, or you might just be using from one camera. So it's totally up to you. I'm going to go ahead and select all of these files and send them back to the Premier Pro. Now right away, this is a very helpful tool that I have found when you're editing from a camera that can film at multiple frames per second. This is a really great way to organize your files. Now for example, those Sony we normally film at 30 frames per second or 120 frames per second. And that will be the indicator whether or not something he can go into slow Mao use a lot of slow. So now what you're gonna wanna do is go into your Sony bin. Right now we're viewing icons. If we go to ListView, you'll see all of the frame rates here. Just by scrolling down. But I'm gonna go ahead and organized by frame rate and color code. I'm gonna go ahead and shift down until my last 30 frames per second. For some reason it comes in is 29.97, but it's basically 30 frames per second. I will shift and hold. Right-click. We're gonna go down to label. You could color these whatever colors you want, whatever your favorite color is. For me, I'm new, very simple. Yellow is right there, so I will click yellow. Then I'm gonna do the same for my 119 or my 120 frames per second shift. Right-click label and I'm gonna do Brown because it's right there. Now you have your ListView, but I prefer looking at my icon view. So I'm gonna go ahead and go back to that. And then I'm going to organize them by name, y by name because it's chronological order, and that's how I like to start my editing process. I'm going to go to this little sandwich right here. Click on it and pick name. Now we have them organized in chronological order and the coloring will come in a little bit later. We still have to go back to our drone footage and upload that. So I'm gonna go to my project kite festival. Double-click on drone, same thing, File, Import. And I'm gonna go ahead and get my drone footage. Once again, if you're only working with one camera, that's totally fine. But maybe in the future you're going to be using more than one camera. So it's best to just organize Now that you have your files uploaded and organized on Premiere Pro, We're gonna get editing in the next lesson. So I'll see you there. 4. First Round Edits: In this lesson, we're going to be cutting our videos down to a first round edit. Here we'll watch all of our footage in chronological order and cut out sections that we think will want to use. Something I've learned throughout my years of editing is not to be too particular in this round of edits. So here you're really just looking for a moment that speak to you. So we'll get started by going to our project file in the top left-hand corner. So we'll start by going to our first video and drag it into the sequence. I'm gonna show you a shortcut for adding files into the sequence that is not just dragging them. You could always do that, but this is a little bit better and quicker. You'll see as I double-click on my second video, it'll show up in the source window here. So I'm gonna scrub all the way through this elevator section because I know we don't take the elevator. And I'm going to press the i button. That's for in. I press in and I press the spacebar. Spacebar, And I'm gonna press o for out. We probably aren't going to use audio because I'm being a little silly once I press. I know that tells Premiere Pro What I'm going to put in the sequence. So right now my blue cursor is all the way over to the left. I'm going to drag it over, so it's right after my first file. Now, this is the sequence that I'd like to add. I'm going to do the comma. And that automatically brings it down into the sequence. So we're gonna go through chronologically all of the video files to see which bits of clips we think we'd like to add in to the final video. Once again, don't be too precious about this. We're just going through quick cuts. So maybe I want to add a little bit of sin that Uber, I'll press, I catch me. I'll press Spacebar and I'll click o comma. That'll bring it right into the sequence. And notice it goes exactly right after between the first, second video file, my blue cursor was a little over, so that's why it plopped it down right there. But I'm going to show you a tool that can help us in this. So if you go over to your sequence on the left-hand side, there's this little magnet that says snap in tile. I have mine clicked on right now. If you don't, I recommend clicking that on. So I'm going to highlight my second, third video file. And I'm going to bring it over and you can see how it kind of snaps and automatically, if I didn't have that ON and I highlight my video files, it's not gonna snap in exactly right. So I'm going to add that snap magnet tool on, and I'm going to bring that all the way over. A. Another way we can do this is if you have some space in between your files, you could click the negative space. You could see it highlights white, pressed the delete button and it brings it together. Another tool I want to show you right as we start editing is the linked selection tools right next to the magnet tool. When it off, I could bring my video file over and my audio file over. If you had it on, whenever you would click one video or audio file, they'd go both together. So maybe for this round of attitude like to have an on. But once we get into editing audio, you'll probably want to turn it off and you'll see why if you're following along with me, our files are very shaky From this day, but do not worry. We are going to put a lot of these in slow mo. So if there's anything that you think, ooh, wow, it's a little too shaky for me. We can always put in Soma later or for me, I'm gonna skip number four. I don't think it's that good of a video. We're gonna go to number five. Okay, this is perfect. I think this describes India very well. Have to put a footnote and we absolutely loved India, love the food, loved the people, loved the culture. And everyone rides motorbike, say right, three people, four people to a motorbike. So click in here. I'm going to watch it. I think that's a really good shot. Boom, right there. As they exit the frame, I'm gonna press o comma out. Once again, you can use either magnet tool or ripple delete. Bring that closer. And now that I added a file that is slow, Mao, remember from our last lesson we labeled 30 frames and 120 frames per second. So you'll notice that the first three video files were 30 frames, so they were yellow. They would not be able to put them into slow motion. But that great file of the three people on the motorbike, Islam. Now you'll be able to notice and key in to what is 30 and what's 120 just for a future. Once again, we won't be editing any Slama just yet in this round of habits. So before I let you guys go ahead and edit on your own, I want to show you two things towards the bottom, we have one shot that you'll notice is very, very long. So when you come across this video file, of course you don't have to use it as time-lapse if you're following along with me or if you are interested in using time-lapse. I like to put the time lapse in the entire thing into the frame. And I know that later on we're going to have to edit that down to a timelapse. And when we go on to our drone footage, so we have to drone shots, truly important when you're editing drone footage to remember a couple of key things. You never want to have a drone shot where the camera's moving abruptly. So I'm going to just scrub through and look at a couple different spots where I see a long flowing shot. So maybe it 21 seconds. I'll watch that. It's pulling in really tight and it's going really well. Boom, it moves and I press out. I'll put it on into the file. We continue on scrubbed through again. If there's any part that interests you, you can go ahead and put it on and I'm going to just watch spacebar. I spacebar. I think it looks cool going over the rooftops, slows down. I press Space-bar o out. Now once again, when we're editing these files, we may or may not use water to abuse drone shots. It just might be too much. So but I like to put it in the sections that I think could be usable. Now that I've kind of talked you through how to quickly edit our files. Why don't you go ahead, go through all the files chronologically, both from the Sony and the drone or if you're using your own video files, take some time before the next lesson to get all of your files ready in chronological order. And then we will go back in our next round of edits to really mess it up. So I'll see you in the next lesson. 5. Structuring your Video: Now that we've edited out the fluff, we're going to talk about what our video is saying. Is there a thematic arc? Is there a narrative, a story? Are you selling something? Who's your audience? So if you're using your own video files, I'd say take a moment, pause the video, think about what your video is saying. So when we're structuring our video, feel free to move around those video files that we've just put in chronological order. So for example, for me, I would say are beginning, is explaining a little bit about the kite festival. We're not going to be doing that much talking in the video. Then it's our transportation. The middle is the sunset, the end is the lantern festival and the firework. And once again, even if you're following along with me, feel free to use your creative license and do something unique. Once something's already in our sequence, I'll show you how to cut and uses red bar on the left to cut exactly where I want to go. Or I can do this. See selection tool for cut on your toolbar here, the razor tool will come up, then you can have this little slice action happen. And then you'll notice if you click back on your selection tool, your arrow, I can select both and click delete one. I'm going to press play. So to be a little bit different today because apparently, so I flubbed when I'm editing one file. I like to plus, plus, plus all the way in. So I can look at the audio and see exactly where I want to cut back bone on the press pause. I'm going to press C, cut that out. And then I'm going to go to where I started again. Click my selection tool, highlight both, Delete, select the negative space, delete, and we'll watch it. And we are having two so-called half sphere and little bit different size. I think that seems pretty good and we'll continue doing mechanics as well. But I want I can start Lantern. I'm envisioning music kicking in, right then we're not going to add music in this lesson, but just to have an idea that this next section will be music, it might change the way that you're gonna edit. I don't like me saying stairs is I think that just doesn't sound good. So I wanted to just take out that audio entirely. So there's two different ways of getting rid of audio. You can just delete it. Or if you think you might want to use it, but you're not quite sure, will just lower the audio down all the way. So I'm gonna go to my left side here, highlight the bar that's below the audio and drag it to be bigger. Now, you can see that there's an audio level here. So I'm just going to drop it down all the way to the bottom. So when we play it, you don't hear anything. Remember, there'll be music here, so it's not going to just be dead silent. So now we're getting to our first possible slum Oh, shot. So we'll watch it. To be honest, I don't think that actually need Slama. So I want to keep an eye on is this section, I think definitely will need some slow moments, a little shaky. So you can see there's multiple different lines for video and for audio. You'll see v1, v2, v3, and A1, A2, A3. You could even have a v4, just drag and drop that up. It goes enlists really. But for right now, I'm just gonna bring it up to v2. I'm going to right click on that video file. Speed, duration. Normally in my slow-motion, I'll use 3045 to 60. I'm going to type in 45 in the speed. And you'll see this is why I added it to the second line because it goes way past these other video files. Now something to note that's very important, whatever is on top. So if something's on top of this V2 lines, let's just put this up here for a moment. And I apply it. Since that v3 line is being used, it's going to take precedence. And let's watch our Slama. I think I'm going to like it zooming out better than it zooming in. So I'm going to cut all of this down and bring it on over. I also think the audio is a little loud here. So I have two options. I can either just lower this down a little bit, it's slightly lower or something else I like to do when I'm transitioning into a B-roll is I like to gradually fade out my audio completely pressed pee on your keyboard and you're going to come up with the pen tool. You could also see in your toolbar Pen tool, I'm going to click on the absolute end of my audio and click the other end. That'll gradually fade out that music or the audio whenever you're using. So let's listen to it again. I think that's gotten him. Now this next section, since we're already gonna have music on this next Bureau, I think it's all music. So I think I'll just take it out completely. It's a little too loud, so I'm gonna take out all this audio completely. We ended our next lesson. We'll be putting in music, which is really exciting. So I'm gonna just delete all of that out. Now that I showed you how to slow things down, I want to show you how you can speed things up for time lapses. So let's go scroll to our 21st video file. And I'm gonna put it into a timelapse, right-clicking on, you'll go to speed duration. And once again, instead of slowing it down, you'll want to speed it up. We'll start with 2500. You'll see that it comes to 18 seconds. That might be a little bit too long for a time, lumps in my liking, but we'll see how it looks. So now I'll play it. Once again. We can take that audio out. Once we play it, we'll see how it looks. Ok. Boom, dope. I'm gonna cut that all out completely. Watch it again. See. There are a couple little moments towards the end where the camera shakes. So I'm just going to completely take that out right there. And I'm going to bring this minus, minus, minus, I'm going to bring my time-lapse all the way to the end, so I know that's going to be my ending. Now. I'm going to let you continue on adding different moments of slow motion. Figuring out moments that you want to take out the audio, and of course, moving your video files around to make a cohesive story. Our next lesson we'll be adding music, which for me is my favorite part of editing. And we'll see you in the next lesson. 6. Adding Music: Now that we have our structure of our video down, we are going to do my favorite part of editing, which is adding music. I think when you add them music, It really makes something entertaining and engaging. And it's a good way as an editor to find the perfect cuts. So I'm a dancer and a choreographer. So I actually used the music to help me edit. Thinking about a beat or a drop or a dynamic shift as where you're going to make that cut. Let's go to Premier Pro now that we have our video structured into a beginning, middle, and end, and you've cut out some of that audio that you know, you're not going to use. Where I look at the sequence and see where your music is going to come in. But at night when it gets dark, lantern, boom, I think that would be a really good spot for the music to come in. I'm doing this weird thing with my hands. Now here is a pro tip. If you ever want to get monetize on YouTube. Meaning if you ever want to make money from YouTube, you can not have copyrighted music in your videos. I use epidemic sound, which I haven't monthly membership to. So just be mindful on which music you do use. So I've already picked two songs and I'm going to use for this video through epidemic sound. Good, drop them on in. I'm gonna make A2 a bit longer. Dragging it down here you'll see the white bar. So let's watch this again and see how it sounds. Lantern. I think that sounds really good. So if you remember from video file to we took out that audio because I was being a bit silly. What I'm gonna do is deleted completely. And I'm going to actually drag over the audio from the Uber navigation. You can take liberties like this. It just kind of brings you into the mood right away. I like to start off my music with a little audio in the background and then faded out. So let's see how the sounds. Once again, I cut. Let's bring the rest over. I like having the horns and the background. I think it drives home the fact that you are moving from point a to point b. I'm going to lower this a little bit because it's a little bit too loud. Maybe this one gene, there's a big change in the music. We're, goes down at data. So right now I have my kites in 45. I'm going to move into 100. Let's just see what happens. And then at that change, I'm going to move it into slow demo. Let's do make a cut. Drag up to V2, right-click speed duration. This is what we learned in the last lesson, and I'm going to see how that looks. Great. I think that'll be good. I'm going to cut all this down and bring my file back to V1, bringing the silver. Also, I'm in color right now. I'm not quite sure if you're confused as to why my lab's a little bit different, I'll go back to graphics. That's normally how I like to edit. And don't even cut brand and going up the stairs a little bit shorter. Just be a quick shot. Agree. Cut that. Move it over. Anytime I hear something where it's a music shift, I like to either one play with the speed you cut it and switch to another clip. So for this one, since I really like this sunset shot, i'm not going to cut it completely dominant, just mess with the speed. So I'm going to cut right on that music. And once again, you can look at your audio file by plus and you see where the shifted, so it could even be right there. So I'm going to right-click and I'm gonna make this go, maybe 150. I'm going to speed it up a bunch. If I play from here, let's see how it looks. I'm going to cut it again and move it to, let's say 45. I think that looks cool because you have this beautiful sentence and you don't want to cut it away from it too quickly. So just changing with the dynamics makes it even more beautiful. Obviously, we still have to edit all of this, but I want to talk about the next section when we're going to change songs, I envision that happening, right where I start talking again. And I'm also going to want to cut this audio file down. Normally I would edit from beginning to end, but I just want to show you guys how I'm going to add in another sound for Demonstration sake, let's say that this is the end of that clip. I'm going to press p, and that is my Pen tool. Click towards the end of this audio file for one dot and then the second dot i'm gonna bring down all the way over here, aid out. So you might be thinking that the image is very dark. We're gonna be going through our audio and color correction in the next lesson. So for now we're just gonna leave it and we're going to work on our music. So I think I want to cut right, as I leave the frame. I'm going to keep the fireworks sound though. Something I play with a lot is I don't have my video file and my audio file match up perfectly all the time. You saw that as Brian was going down the stairs in the beginning, I put in the navigation as the audio. So that's just an example for here, I'm going to do something similar. I'm going to delete, and then I'm going to bring this over the seconds on we'll be using for it today and just drag and drop. And it's going to be definitely different from the first one, but I think that's good. Switch up the dynamics in music as well. I'm going to fade in this second track, Once again by clicking key or the Pen tool up here and fitting into maybe down here. Once again, we're gonna make everything smooth with the audio on the transitions in the next lesson. For right now, we're just working on the music. So I think I'll pause it right there and go into some slow mouse. So as you can see, I lined my blue cursor up with where the switches and the music I'm going to cut. I'm going to drag File 14. Right-click. Maybe let's try 16, see how that looks. So I'm going to cut right there again. And I think I'm going to fade out my firework sounds right about here. So once again, I'm gonna click p and I'm going to drag this down. I'll drag 14 back to V1. And then let's see what this looks like. Right-click. I'm going to change my speed. You're going to want to come in right? Pops. Perfect. So just as I finished that pan, I'm going to cut the music changes. And then probably for me from here on out, I'm going to take out the firework noise because you had the feel of the fireworks. You're hearing all the beeping and the car horns. And then maybe you will just fade that out and listens the beautiful song. Now, go ahead and make all of your cuts to the music. Like I've been saying, cut on a beat, cut on a dynamic change. Feel free to play around with speed. Use the music as a guide. Follow the music to help you with your editing. Do not feel like you're cutting too much. You really only want to keep the best and the most quality sections because you're getting bored watching your own video. Chances are someone on YouTube is gonna get bored watching it too. So really keep it engaging, keep it entertaining, keep it telling that story. Once you've finished editing with music, if you want to share what you have so far, I encourage it. Since we have this forum, it is a good spot to get feedback. It does not have to be perfect. We're also learning, we're also working on it. Alright, get to editing and we'll see you in the next lesson. 7. Color and Audio Correction: Now that we have our music added and we're pretty happy with our edit so far we're gonna go through and make little tiny changes. Then I'll make a big difference. If you've been noticing little things here and there that had been bothering you with the audio or the color. I'm going to try to fix that up right now and show you how we can make those changes. I like to do this towards the end. I like to get a lot of the editing done first. So I've watched the video a bunch of times. So by the time this part of editing comes around, I kind of have an idea what I'd like to do with the color and the audio. And you're gonna wanna see your audio, which is on the bottom right. If you don't see this audio meter up, you can go to Window and click Audio meter and it'll, it'll come up for you. So why we need to see that is that is where our audio is showing. I like to say between 612 and you'll see what I'm talking about. So I'm going to play the video and take a look at the audio meter. And thank them all. And we are heading two. So listen very, very carefully. There's a bit of a jump, there's a bit of an abrupt sound. He goes, I like has a pot. How are we going to fix that is, I'm going to right-click in between the two audio clips, apply default transition, and it'll take the last bit of audio from clip one and the first book of audio from clip two, and mesh them together. So we'll listen to it. Perfect. Another one. I'm going to just do it right as the beeping goes over because it might be nice to have a fade between the navigation system and the beeping. Let's hear anything that sounds great. Now you can notice the audio meter is between 126, so that's good. I normally keep my music a little bit below the middle line and it should be fine. The music does get a little bit louder there, but it's not going into the red zone. So I think that it's fine. You see if it was going into the red zone. If I make this a little bit louder, you see on the audio meter that it goes red. So I purposely added a little spot right here to show you a, it's not really an effect, but it's just a fade. So similar to the audio fade we were just doing, we could do the same thing, adding a default transition, but to the video file, I'm going to right-click on the edge applied default transition. And we're gonna do that to add a little dynamic to the video. So let's watch. I think that looks cool with the drone shot just popping out. You can even drag the Fade to make it a little bit longer. So this is the first section where I'm pretty unhappy with the color. Sometimes a drone exposure isn't great. This section looks a little dark, so we're gonna go into our color section. So right now in the top column you can see we're on graphics. We're gonna go to color. And I'm gonna show you a very, very basic way to change your color. Click onto the video files that you want to adjust. And then you could use all of these exposure contrast highlights, all of this to change the way your image looks. So I think I'll up the exposure but maybe add some contrasts. Play around with it. Highlight. Sure. There's no science behind this for me. I just kind of go with my gut. So I try not to go with anything that looks too unnatural. That's just my opinion. Now, you'll notice as I play this, now the next video file is going to look way different. Now the difference between the two drawn shots is pretty drastic. So you could completely now do it. New edit to this drone shot. Or we can right-click into the one that we already edited for color copy. And then I'm gonna go into this one, right-click paste attributes. And then it's going to tell you what it wants you to. Pais. I press OK, and then let's see how that looks. So I'm going to just do that to all the drone shots so that they're pretty similar. Once again, you could go in and edit each drone shot differently, maybe the one with the sunset, you wanna make the saturation a little more, little less. That's totally fine for me. I'm gonna keep the color exactly the same for all the drone footage. So I think this is a pretty abrupt change. If you listen, we're going from being in the car to me talking again, a couple of options I can right-click on the edge of that left audio file and click apply default transition, and it sounds a little bit better. Or I could even drag that out a little bit further and do that P tool that we've been using and drag it down so that fades. And while that last scooter shot comes through, that sounds fun. That sounds much better. And also we gotta change this color because it's super dark. We're not going to make that much of a difference since it's nighttime, but we could try our best. I don't wanna make it look too grainy, so I probably won't do too much to it. And you understand them, it's nighttime. So we're gonna do another transition of audio, and you'll see that we're going from the first fireworks, The second. So I'm going to apply one of those default transitions and I'm gonna extend it longer until I've stopped talking. That blend really, really nicely and I think it sounds much, much better now. I'll continue watching, seeing if there's any parts that need audio or color correction. Once again, whatever you feel is best for your video, you go ahead. I personally like to color correct. Each video file individually, but there is a way that I can show you, you can correct the entire thing. So why normally don't like to do this is because we normally using many different cameras. So the cameras will have different exposures. But if you know you're only using one camera and you think you want to just add Smith's saturation or you want to add some exposure to it. I'm going to show you a way if we go to our project kite festival on the top left corner. And then we'll see right next to New been there's something that says New Item. Click that and we'll go to Adjustment Layer. This, you keep the same, it's just your video settings. And then adjustment layer comes in that project file. I'm going to drag it into the top video sequence that's available and drag it out to the entirety. Now with the adjustment layer, you can add your color correction to that. And an old just everything below is, for example, if I wanted to adjust everything below the pink adjustment layer, I would click on the Adjustment Layer and maybe I want to add some saturation. You'll notice that where my blue cursor is, that image is getting more saturated, but everything below it is going to get more saturated as well. To get around this, you could do a couple different things. You can make your adjustment layer smaller by just using that cut tool. I wanted to just adjust these first couple of video files. I can just poverty adjustment layer right above those. Or if I wanted to adjust everything and then put one or two or however many video files you don't want adjusted. You just put that above the Adjustment Layer and it won't adjust that. There's a couple more things I want to show you towards the end that ties back into the fade. Also, I don't use this type of food a lot, but if there's a moment where you want to fade between two video files, you do the exact same thing. Right-click in between the video files and apply the default transition. And I actually think that looks really good. Now why don't you go through your video, fade out, fade in, make transitions with audio, color, correct? And fixed anything that you think you want to tweak before we go on to our final round of edits and our next final round of editorially cleaning things up, adding text, adding titles. And I'm going to show you one thing that I have yet to show you on effect controls. So I'll see you in the next lesson. 8. Third Round Edits: You have made it to your final round of editing. Congratulations, pat yourself on the back. And in this round we are really just finalizing everything, making sure we're happy with it. Watching it. Many times, I remember when I was uploading my first YouTube video. I must have watched the video like a 100 times before I exported it. So this is a round that you're going through and you're fixing and you're tweaking. But how are we going to start off today is with our bookends, our beginning and our end, and making sure that if you need a title or an intro. So as you know, I have a YouTube channel called Traveling Atlas. And in our intro we normally change it up every time, kind of explaining where we're at in the world. And if you've missed the last episode, what happened then I'm not gonna do that long over the intro. I'm probably just gonna put our logo. So if you're working for a business, you're working for a company. If you want to add a logo, if you want to add something to stay who you are in the beginning, I think that's a good idea. Or maybe if you're working on a vlog and you want to add some of the best or funniest parts in the beginning. Or if you don't want to add an intro and you just want to go right into the video. That is completely fine. I'm going to paste it on in and I'll pull it up to our V2, V3 window. I'm going to drag everything else over. And I'm going to fade in the beginning. Now if you wanted to add just a title and you wanted to use the text tool when you're in graphics, they'll have on the right-hand side all bunch of options that you could use or you can just use the text tool. So the Text tool is right on this column in the center. And you'll just type. So maybe I'll say traveling atlas. If I didn't have that intro already set up, you can make it bigger by using this tool over here. Or you could just type on in. You could change different fonts. And you could also add a stroke or shadow. So maybe I'll add a shadow in. And maybe I would want to add that in the bottom right. And once again, you could always fade in or fade those out. If you wanted to do a proper title with the name of the video and who was it by? You could always just use one of these all ready made templates, maybe something like this. You can drag it dropping in. And then you just have to go in and update whatever it is. It's totally up to you, up to your discretion. Maybe you want to put in some credits at the end if you could add something like this. And I actually created something that I've saved to my drafts that if you're making a vlog or if you just have more videos on your YouTube channel, you could add that in. Click here to subscribe, continue to watch. Just fade in and fade that out. Maybe I'll bring in a little bit sooner. So that looks nice. So now that we have our beginning and end, and of course you could do what ever you need or whatever you want to do for your beginning and end. And something else I always saved for the end is going into the effect controls. One thing I particularly use a lot on is time lapses. So I'm going to scroll all the way to the end. That's where mice time-lapse is. So for example, this watch here. So from here I'm going to use my effect controls to do a little zoom in. So not only will it be time elapsing, but it'll be slowly, slowly panning in. So in my source I have all these other options that we haven't really used much, but I'm gonna go to Effect Controls. And I'm going to click on the video file that I want to fade in on. So I'm going to highlight position and scale. And then I'm going to zoom all the way to here. So that wasn't a 100 and I'm going to bring it in to maybe let's say 115. So now you can watch. It's gonna slowly throughout the time lapse, zoom in. It's very minimal of obviously you can make a more drastic by going from 100 to 130 or 150 time labs in particular, I like it to be more unnoticeable and you don't even really know that it's happening somewhere else where I always have to use effect control is on the drone. So I'm going to click into the firework drone shot. And right now it's at a 100%. But if you notice if I type in 50 goes to a wider shot, and that is because sequence of the Timeline is adjusting to the Sony since the drone can shoot in 4K, it's just a little bit different of settings, or you could bring it to 75. We'll see how that one looks. And maybe let's move this one to 50. So further drone footage. I did not use the position and scale. I just used the scale. The difference between the time-lapse is that the time-lapse is zooming and over time, I had to check off the position and scale. Another time maybe we would want to use this is for a dramatic effect. Maybe in the beginning I'm going to zoom in on my face when I say lanterns. Let's see how that would look when it gets dark. So I'm gonna go click position scale could also make this a little bit bigger so you can see where you're working. And then I'm gonna move this over to where I wanna go. Maybe I'll zoom in on my face. Go to 115. So you could see even here, this is where you're positioned in Scalar coming in. I can drag this over, maybe it all the way to the end. So let's see how that looks. And I think that's good. Kinda gives that more of a dramatic effect. So why don't you go ahead now play around with your effect controls, your fades and your intro, your titles, your credits, everything that you really want to finalize before we export and upload to YouTube. So I'll see you in the next and final lesson. 9. Exporting and Uploading to YouTube: Congratulations, we are ready to export and upload to YouTube. You've made it to the final lesson. So if you're anything like me, I'm sure you've watched your video back a couple of times, maybe a couple 100 times, and we're ready to export. So I want to show you the settings I use to export from Premier Pro and then how I upload to YouTube. So let's get started. We're gonna go to the very end of our video. And once you make sure it's at the end and there's nothing behind it. We're gonna press o for out and just make sure that it's highlighting everything that you've added. And we're gonna go to file at the top left, export media. Now here are the settings that I use. So format I keep it just an H.264 preset. I'm gonna go all the way down to YouTube, 1080 P. If you're shooting with 4K footage and you know, you can export in 1260, that's totally fine, but ten ADP is normally what I export in output name. You're gonna say where you're going to share this to. I'm going to share mine to my desktop. Protest. Normally I'm always working off a hard drive right now. I'm not. But if you are, I would still save the video file to your desktop because it takes less time to upload from a desktop onto YouTube rather than from a hard drive onto YouTube. If it's only a four or five minute video, it really shouldn't make that big of a difference. But if it's a 20-30 minute video, it will take significantly longer now. And there's basic video section in this center we're going to scroll down to render at maximum depth, check that. And then I'm going to check use maximum render quality. This is going to make sure that your video is as high-quality as it can be. It might take a little bit longer than if you weren't to check those two things, but I think it's totally worth it. You make sure it's at sequence in an out. You could also do entire sequence. But since we did the o button and had our i and o set up, we'll just use sequence and an out and export depending on how long your video is. And if it has very high quality footage, and it might take a little while. I've had videos take an hour plus, but this should be a pretty short one. So sigma couple minutes. Once your video has exported, I like to watch my back one more time before I upload to YouTube, but let's say we did that. We're gonna go onto her YouTube. Of course, you have to have a YouTube account to be able to do this. If you don't, you can make one. You have a Gmail account, you already have a YouTube account. That's something you should know. So you just have to sign him. And the top right-hand corner, you'll press the create button. Upload video. This window will come up, will press Select Files, and then just go wherever you saved it. I'm gonna go ahead and open up my video. Now you can name this whatever you would like and you have to put a little description. It actually won't let you proceed if you don't have a description, so you'd have to add something in while you're going through all of these different stages of uploading to YouTube, your video will be processing. Next is thumbnail. So you could upload a thumbnail if you want to make 100 Photoshop, if you want to take a screenshot from the video, or you can pick one of the auto-generated thumbnails. Now playlist, you could create a new playlist. And nowadays YouTube wants to know if your content is specifically directed towards children because they'll change different settings to it minus not maybe yours is. So you'll have to press yes, if it is, we go to the next monetization. This may not be on for you if you don't have over a thousand subscribers. So you might not have to worry about this. This may or may not have anything to do with you. You'll press next. Add suitability. It asked for all of these information. If you have inappropriate language, adult content, violent, you'll have to click if you do. I have none of the above, so it's safe for ads, I press next video elements. You might want to add it end screen, or you might want to add cards throughout. Just for the simplicity of it, we're going to skip right through that and we'll go next and visibility. So normally we will schedule our videos and we'll have them be scheduled first Sundays and Wednesdays. If you'd like to schedule yours, you can do that or you could just publish it, make it public right away if you are using my video files, I do ask that you do not use public. And this of course, is just for demonstration purposes. This video is already on YouTube, so we don't need more and more of them. So just make it unlisted. Like I'm gonna make my unlisted right now. So we'll be able to share with one another on the discussion board for feedback. Then we go and save. Now it'll take a couple more minutes to upload. Do not exit out of this screen when this is happening because then it'll stop processing. So wait and be patient. And then in a couple minutes you should have your final video uploaded to YouTube. 10. Outro: Congratulations on finishing your course. If there's one thing I hope you take away from this course is that you continue being creative with video editing. Now that you have the basic tools and techniques to navigate Premiere Pro, I hope you continue your video editing and YouTube journey. Please share your YouTube videos to the project gallery, whether your video is unlisted or public, you can put the link down below. It's a great way to share our progress and promote your channels. So if you enjoyed the class, please make sure to lever of you and follow my profile for more content that I'll be putting out soon. Thank you again so much for taking this journey with me and I hope to see you again soon. Happy editing.