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Premiere Pro Masterclass Module 1 - Start Video Editing

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Intro to Module 1


    • 2.

      Welcome to the Course


    • 3.

      Start a New Project and Understand the Premiere Pro Workspace


    • 4.

      Import and Organize Your Footage


    • 5.

      Quick Win - Stabilize Your Videos


    • 6.

      OPTIONAL - Import with Media Browser


    • 7.

      Thank You


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About This Class

There is a new version of this Premiere Pro course here on Skillshare. Take the newer version of this course here.

Welcome to Module 1 - Start Video Editing

This module will cover everything you need to know to start video editing, including:

  • Starting a new project
  • Importing and organizing your videos
  • Stabilizing shaky video!

Enroll in all 11 modules of this course:

  1. Intro to Premiere Pro
  2. Editing Your Videos
  3. Adding Video and Audio Transitions
  4. Adding Titles
  5. Editing Audio
  6. Color Correction and Grading
  7. Motion in Premiere Pro
  8. Exporting Your Videos
  9. Visual Effects and Advanced Premiere Pro Tips
  10. Video Speed in Premiere Pro
  11. Green Screen Editing

Start editing your video professionally with Adobe Premiere Pro CC!


If you are looking for a video editing application that will allow you to edit videos however you want them, Adobe Premiere Pro is the best answer. Premiere Pro is used by professionals across the world for every type of production from business & marketing videos, music videos to documentaries, feature films. This full course is the best way to jump right in and start editing.

Make videos the way you imagine them!

Practice editing while you learn. This course includes practice video files so you can follow along and actually learn by doing.

By the end of the course, you'll have edited a 1-minute documentary with the supplied footage.

I'll be teaching the course using the creative cloud version, but if you have a previous version (CS6, CS5, CS4, CS3 - Mac or PC), you can still learn to edit like a pro.

What makes me qualified to teach you?

My name is Phil and I've been editing videos with Adobe Premiere Pro for over a decade. Plus I'm the creator of some of the world's most popular video editing courses - with over 150,000 students and thousands of 5-star reviews like these from the Adobe Premiere Pro course:

My Promise to You

I'm a full time video editor and online teacher. I'll be here for you every step of the way. If you have any questions about the course content or anything related to this topic, you can always post a question in the course or send me a direct message. 

What is this Adobe Premiere Pro course all about?

In this complete guide to Adobe Premiere Pro video editing course, you'll not only learn all of the editing tools available in Premiere Pro, but also how to edit with the mindset of a professional editor.

Learn from someone who is currently working in the industry, who knows the most current editing techniques, and who has a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Production from one of the country's top film schools.

BONUS: As a bonus, you'll receive supplemental video and audio clips to practice with while I teach you with.

By the end of this course, your confidence as a video editor will soar You'll have a thorough understanding of how to use Adobe Premiere Pro for fun or as a career opportunity.

Go ahead and click the enroll button, and I'll see you in the first lesson!



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1. Intro to Module 1: Hey, scale share, Phil ev inner here and I'm so excited to bring you a brand new adobe premiere Pro Creative Cloud course. This is a complete master class to learn how to add it in Adobe Premiere Pro on Skill Share . I've broken the entire course, which is five or six hours long into shorter modules. So this is the first module where you'll learn how to dive right in. Start using Adobe Premiere Pro Import your footage, learn how to start doing basic edits and things like that. And then, if you want to continue with this course, you can enroll in the following modules by either searching on skills share for Adobe Premiere Pro Masterclass module, one module to or by clicking through the links on the course description where I link out to all of the other modules in this course, and just one quick note. Throughout the lessons, I might talk about how there are practice practice files that you can use that you can download from that specific lesson on skill share. All of the practice files are in the course project tap, so just go over to the course project on skill share and you'll have all of the resource is available for that specific module. I look so forward to helping you learn how to add it in Adobe Premiere Pro. So let's get started with Module one. 2. Welcome to the Course: you have taken a great first step to becoming an adobe premiere pro video editor. Welcome to the course. I'm so excited to have you here in this video. I want to give you a little bit more information about me and my background. So you're comfortable taking this course for me and then talk about how the courses structured and the course project, which I think will be a fun way for you to learn. Premiere Pro. As I mentioned in the promo video, I've edited thousands of videos over the past few years. In Premiere Pro, I started editing back way back in high school. I studied film production in college, and I focused on the editing and postproduction aspect of it. And it was a great decision because I've built a career on editing videos. Some of you might be here because you want to become a professional video editor, but others of you might be here just because you want to learn how to edit your own home videos. Or maybe you have a YouTube channel that you're trying to grow. Or maybe you're creating your own online courses. Whatever your path is, I welcome you and I'm happy to have you here. You will learn real world skills with this course. Here's a sample of what you'll be able to do even if you've never opened up from your pro after just a couple hours. You'll have edited this film or even made a short documentary with your own footage. But if you don't have any footage, no worries, because I provide all of the sample video, audio graphics, photos, music and mawr for you to use with this class. If you look at the outline for the course, you'll see that it's structured in the way that I would actually edit. A project will start by learning how to import and organize. Our footage will learn the basic editing tools and how to put together a sequence will then add music, learn how toe edit audio and make audio sound better learn how to add transitions and titles and graphics. And finally, once we have a polished piece, we'll learn how to export it. Specifically exporting HD files for Web. After these lessons, I've included a number of lessons that will give you pro techniques and other tools that you can use within Adobe Premiere. For your own projects, get ready to dive right into Adobe Premiere Pro In the next lesson 3. Start a New Project and Understand the Premiere Pro Workspace: Let's go ahead and open Premiere Pro. When you open Premiere Pro, you'll see a screen like this. Now I have a bunch of projects that I've worked on already, so you can see here the names of the projects that I have been working on. You won't have that. If you're opening up Premiere Pro for the very first time to start a new project, we're going to click this new project button. But know that if you've recently worked on a project or you want to open a project that you have in your files or on an external hard drive, you can click this open project but in and then find it from your list of files. You could even just double click that project file from your documents or finder. I'm gonna click New project that's going to open up the new project panel and the top we're going to name this project will call this Premier Pro course, and then you choose where you want to save it. There's a drop down menu for some popular locations, or you can click, browse and save it wherever you want. I'm going to save it into the class folder for Adobe Premiere Pro. All choose Select. Choose for that folder. Then we have some other options, too. Take care of. Depending on how fast your computer is. Choose that GPU acceleration option if you have it. If not, it's okay. You might just have a little bit of issues if you're trying to add it. Big large four K footage for video display format. I choose time code. You might want to use fee or frames if you're editing a an actual film that was shot on film. But for most digital projects, Timecode is good. Display format Audio samples is good Capture format. We're not going to be capturing anything via Adobe Premiere Pro. This is if you had a camera or ah, deck plugged into your computer and you wanted to capture footage from a tape for scratches . This is important, though, so for me, I typically save all of this same as project. What this means is the video The Renders the previews. These air files at Adobe Premiere Pro creates when you start a project, when you add effects when you make changes, when you auto save your project, I like all of those files saving toe where my actual project is. I don't want it on some back library of the computer I wanted easily accessible. So I always choose same as project for these. When you're happy with your settings with the name and with the location, just click, OK, and then Adobe Premiere Pro will open up. Now, this is probably confusing if you've never opened up Adobe Premiere Pro. So in the rest of this lesson, we're going to learn what these main windows or panels are. We're going to learn how to customize the view so that yours looks like this. If your window doesn't look like this, which it might not one quick way to get your window or your your program toe look like mine is to go upto window workspaces editing. That's the workspace we're going to start out with. Then we're going to learn how to customize it. To understand what all these panels are. I'm going to open up. The project will be working on for this course, which is this Anthony Carbajal short documentary. I'm actually going to start in the bottom left with our project panel. So all of these windows have panels. Some of them have tabs with other panels behind them. So see, here we have project in the front. Behind that is the effects. And if we click on the effects, the effects panel pops up. The project panel is basically your documents. It's your organization panel. It's where you import files where you create new files like titles or graphics. And it's where you keep everything organized behind it. We saw this is the effects tab. And this is where we have a lot of our video effects, audio effects and transitions right to the right of the project in the effects panel is this toolbar. This includes all the tools that you have available for editing your footage on the timeline, which is over here to the right. This is the timeline. This might seem very confusing to you, and I wouldn't be surprised. So don't get too worried. You will learn how to do all of this. Just know that on the top of the timeline, starting from V one v two v three v four, you might not have this these many layers when you open up Premiere Pro these they're all video tracks below On the bottom half a one a two thes air audio tracks. You can adjust the size of the track and really any panel by hovering over the line on the edge of the panel or the track and clicking and dragging. You can see me doing that right here with this panel. So all of these things I could make smaller so you can see all the three audio tracks and there's actually nine video tracks that were using its a lot. And it goes from zero seconds to one minute and you can see the seconds and the milliseconds right here, over on the right are our audio monitor. So if I play through this, I'm just going to turn the audio off. But if I play through it, you can see the audio levels bouncing up. So this is a good audio monitor you to use. This also brings us to the program monitor up here. As I play through this, this is the final product, or at least the product we're working on down here. So everything we add Teoh Agency Anthony Ah, being funny right here for the L s ice Bucket challenge. One of bikinis really out there. Extroverted guy thought it would be funny. And we're gonna learn more about his story and what he what this project is all about throughout these lessons. So I don't wanna give everything away yet, But just know he's a very extroverted, funny guy. So this you can see we've added all kinds of things. We've added graphics. We've added transitions. We've added motion to photos. We've added, you can't tell, but we've added color correction adjustment layers, titles, so many things to this track. And that's what all these different blocks are. Video tracks, graphics, titles, color correction layers. Don't worry. We'll learn all of it and up here in the program monitor. That's where you see what's happening on your timeline. There is these buttons down here that allow you to control playing the video track. Pressing space bar allows you to play or stop, or you can press these buttons to and realize that I'm just skimming over a lot of these buttons. There's so many buttons that I'm not explaining right now, and I had taught a premiere pro course before where I tried to explain every Budden as I went through everything that doesn't work that well. There is just too much going on. And so with this class, we're going toe learn as we actually create. And as we go on, if you have any questions about any of the content in this course, head over to the Q and A tab for a search and see if anyone else has asked that same question. Or if they haven't ask a new question by clicking the ask new questions button typing in your question title and then describing what issue or what you're trying to figure out If it's something very specific about what you're trying to do with your project, it always helps if you post a screenshot of your premiere pro screen so I can see what's going on anyway. So this is the project program Monitor up here and up here on the left. We have our source effects, controls an audio track mixer, and you might not have audio truck mixer, But I'll show you how to open those panels and closed panels and just a sec. The source monitor is where you preview your clips. So down here we have our folders of videos If I open up our interview folder, I double click our first clip, and then it opens up into our source monitor. If I open up our music folder, open up in music clip. Our music wave form clip pops up. Hope open up here so we can check it out. Effects controls. This is where we actually change how effects look or the settings oven effect. So, for example, I'm going to click this adjustment layer, which or really any of these layers. So we have a video layer and you can see when I click on that, you see a motion opacity time remapping all these tabs open up. Some of these come included with every layer that you put on your timeline something like the loom entry color of fact. That's something that I added afterwards, that's an effect down here in the effects panel that we added. We'll learn how to do that in this course, and then the last one is the audio track mixer. You might not have this open, and if you don't have it open, let me show you how to do that. But first, let me close it, and you can close any of these panels by right clicking and choosing clothes panel. So if you don't have the audio track mixer open, go up to a window and click the audio track mixer right here. And that pops open audio track mixer. Now it might not have Open it up right here in this source monitor panel up here in the top left. So to customize your space, let's go back to our other project. So here we're in our other project. It still has the audio track mixer open. Say, we want to move this audio track mixer down below our project panel or in this panel behind effects, we can click any of these panels, drag it around and move it, and you can see as I move it, different panels get highlighted. If I wanna just add it right into this panel, just drag it into the middle and let go. You can see that it drags it into this panel. If I want, I can actually add it to the top and add a completely new panel or the right or the bottom or the left. So see what happens when I click and I unclip over here when it's highlighted in the right , a new panel pops open or if I want it on the left up here, it opens up a new panel on the left. If you're following along, it's probably a lot easier to just play around with this and understand how to do it. You can resize. As I mentioned before, you can drag the tabs to the left or right to adjust the order of the tabs. Say I want audio track mixer before the effects controls, I can just drag it into the middle of those two panels. The goal with this lesson in moving into the next lesson is to set up your project toe look like my set up right now. So you want your project panel with effects. You want your timeline down in the bottom, right? The program up in the top, right, and then the source audio track mixer, Not the audio clip mixer Audio track mixer in the effects controls up in the top left to save this workspace so that if it ever gets messed up, or if you ever add new panels or open new panels but want to revert to this set up goto window workspaces save as new workspace. Click that and then name your workspace and click OK already have one that's set up like this. It's called Fills Single Monitor. It's basically the same set up effects controls is in the middle rather than over to the right. But now, whenever I want to go back to that Phil single monitor set up, I can just click that Phyllis single monitor and you can see that I have Sam. Well, these air friends who have used my computer or I've opened projects on their computers, and it saves those workspaces as well. Thank you so much for watching in the next lesson. We're going to learn how to import and organize our footage. 4. Import and Organize Your Footage: now that we have a little bit of a better idea of what these different panels are. Let's go ahead and import or footage going to drag this up just a bit to make our project panel a bit bigger so we can see it more clearly to import media. There's lots of different ways we can do it. We can double click just right within the project panel itself, being go up to file import. Or we can press Command I on our computers command I for Mac users control I for PC users. I'm using a Mac, so whenever I say can man, you'll use a control. But in on a PC. Another way is just to simply drag and drop your files right here. So let's do it a couple ways. Let's double click here. You'll find a resource is folder it zipped up folder that I've put together for you in the supplemental resource is of this course, so you can unzip that and you'll see there's video clips, photos, music and a Lut. We'll talk about all of these things throughout the course, but let's start out with the video clips to select one video clip to import. You can just find that one and click import, or you can select multiple. I'm just selecting the top one and then pressing shift and clicking the last one to select multiple. Or if you have specific ones you want to import, you can command click control. Click. If you're on a PC, the ones that you want to import. I'm just going to select all of these and say import So that imports all of our video clips to our project. Let's stay organized as we go. Let's create a new been or a new folder by clicking this new been button right here. You can also right click and say New Been or you can press command, be control, be for your Windows people and then type in the name of this Been. I'm just going to call it video for now, and I'm going to select all of these clips, selecting the top one shift, clicking the bottom one and drag it into this bin or this folder we can open and close these folders with the drop down toggle on the left hand side. An easier way to import a folder is to just drag and drop it in. So I'm going over to my finder on my Mac. I'm pressing command tab. There's an option to do that. I think it's control Tab to tab between your different applications you have open on your computer, and I can simply click my photos folder and drag it into my project. You can see now it has that photos folder. It also has a music folder that I'm going to Dragon, and this is all copyright free music that you can use. I've found it on the YouTube Audio Library, which is a free T used music library for your video projects, commercial or personal projects. So these are all the files will import. We'll learn about the let later on. We can organize the video even further, or any of these files any further. I'm going to add a new Ben and call it B Roll B roll. Is any of the video photos or graphics that you cut away to or you Inter cut with the main shot? For example, in a documentary, your main shot might be your interview, and then you might cut away to some action footage or some kind of video that describes Mawr about what the person is talking about, and let me just open up these clips to show you what I'm talking about. So we have interview a an interview, be camera and these air the interview video clips. And then I have this B roll, just extra footage that we shot that shows more about the person's life. It's the descriptor. It's just that additional footage. So I'm going to move all of this footage. That's not the interview footage into a B roll folder. Depending on how big my project is, I might have many B roll folders. This is actually from a documentary. I'm making a short documentary about Anthony and in the actual documentary project, I have B roll folders for our street session for his photo editing session for um, when he was with his wife, all kinds of folders. And then I'm also going to add an interview folder to put this interview footage. The key with organization is that there's don't set rules. I just want you to be organized so that you can find your footage when you're looking for it. And that's the key thing to be able to find footage when you're looking for it. I tried to keep my folder structure similar to how did how it is in my documents. So if you look at my finder, you see, I've music, photos and video clips, and usually this is just called video, actually, but I titled it video clips for this folder, and that's how I keep the structure of my project file in my project of Premier Pro and then sometimes I have a graphics folder. Sometimes I have a and audio folder if I have sound of facts or or voice over or something like that. But for here we just have music, photos and video clips, and that's how we're going to keep it here in our project panel. We can rename these bins or these files, if you would like so say, we want to add more description. So here's photo one and photo to weaken. Rename it by just selecting it, pressing Return on your keyboard or it's the enter space on your keyboard of you're on a PC and just typing in the new name photo of Anthony and Larne E, which is his white, who is his wife at Beach Beach. Let me spell that right photo to open it up, and I'll rename this photo of Anthony and learn E in front of building. So it depends on how much you want to get involved with renaming. Sometimes I won't rename files. Sometimes I will just depends on how big the project is. Just a quick mention. A couple of things you'll see in this project panel are these tabs. So we have the name. We have the frame rate. So this is the frame rate of the video that we shot. If I scroll to the left using this slider at the bottom, you can see lots more information so you can kind of to see all of the different information we have for each of these clips, video clips or audio clips alike. That's how you import and organized footage. Please go ahead if you haven't done so already, import the footage that I've included in the supplemental re re sources and organize it in a similar way. Thanks, and we'll see in the next lesson 5. Quick Win - Stabilize Your Videos: I want to show you the power of Adobe Premiere Pro by showing you how, with just a few clicks, you can change shaky handheld DSLR style footage into smooth, buttery or completely still no motion video again with just a few clicks. So let's dive into Premiere Pro Download the Bride and Groom Shaky video file that I've included in this lesson imported into Adobe Premiere Pro. Just like we learned last lesson. And then simply click that video clip and drag it onto this new item button. It's the one that looks like a post it note that creates a new timeline, a new sequence which is basically a new video project. Our video timeline within this project with your clip on it, we'll dive into this in the next section about all the sequence settings and stuff like that. So don't worry about that. For now, I just want to show you how to stabilize this shaky footage. Go to your effects tab. If you don't see that, go upto window effects and type in warp into the search bar. You'll see two effects. Click the warp stabilizer effect and drag it onto the video clip in your timeline, it's going to start analyzing and you'll see up in your effects controls window that pops up This all these controls for different effects or different aspects of this clip, the one that we added. It is called warp stabilizer, and you'll see that it's starting to go through an analyze this clip. What it's doing is looking at it and seeing how can it make it smooth or stable? Once it's done, it will stabilize and you can play through it and can see that it already has created a very smooth version of this video clip, and I actually like that. So you might want to leave it at that. Or you can click from this result, drop down and go from smooth motion to know motion it's going to re stabilize it. It might have to zoom in so that it can actually make it stable and then play through it again, and you can see that it now is completely still. If I delete this or if I turn this effect off by clicking the effects off button right there to the left of the effects name and the effects controls window, you can see shaky. Turn it on completely still, and that is the power of Adobe Premiere Pro. And we're going to be going through so many more cool effects and tricks like that that will take your video adding skills from beginner to advanced. I hope you enjoy this video and we'll see you in the next one. 6. OPTIONAL - Import with Media Browser: in this little bonus tutorial. I want to show you how to use the media browser to import video. Depending on what kind of camera you record with. You might end up with files that looked like this. This is our footage shot on the Sony Fs seven and the F 15 and the S seven. So when you import it to your computer, you get this folder structure that looks kind of weird and you can't tell even when you dive into this menu under the clips. You can't even see what it looks like because they are these M XF files that your computer might not or naturally be able to open our preview. So in Premiere Pro, we're going to use the media browser that's a new window to look and import those files. And this is for the color correcting tutorial that we did earlier because I wanted to bring in one of the raw, full resolution files. So if I go to that folder that is within my external hard drive, let's see what happens when I find that folder of video clips. So it's under my doc thunder raw footage. It's under a one and it's if I just click X'd route. Not even this clip folder, but just the X T root folder. It opens all of the view video clips, and now I can preview which ones I want to import. Then I can right click and import, or I can drag into my actual profit. So I'm going to just open up one of these interview clips and so I can go ahead and show you how to color correct, which you probably have already watched. So I'm going to go back in time and do that. Thanks for watching. That's how you use the media browser to import footage. 7. Thank You: thank you so much for enrolling in this module, and I hope you learned what you wanted to learn coming into it. If you're interested in moving forward with Adobe Premiere Pro, please check out the next module in this Siri's by clicking through the link in the course description or just by searching for the next module. Adobe Premiere Pro Masterclass Module number. Whatever module you're looking for on skill share, thanks so much and have a great day.