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Getting Started in Premiere Pro - The Top Ten Things You Need To Know

teacher avatar Kai Song, ìmagìne · ìmplement · ìnspìre

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Intro - What will we be learning


    • 2.

      How to Split A Clip


    • 3.

      How to Reverse A Clip


    • 4.

      How to Crop A Video


    • 5.

      How to adjust the Aspect Ratio


    • 6.

      How to Reduce Video Speed


    • 7.

      How to Add Text


    • 8.

      How to Rotate A Video


    • 9.

      How to Fade Audio


    • 10.

      How to Render and Export MP4 Video


    • 11.

      Well Done! You Made it!


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About This Class

Today we break down the top ten things that people want to know how to do in Premiere Pro.

This is the perfect little class to help you get started on your Premiere Pro editing journey!

The points that we will cover include: 

  1. Premiere Pro How to split a clip
  2. Premiere Pro how to reverse a clip
  3. Premiere Pro how to crop video 
  4. Premiere Pro how to change the aspect ratio
  5. Premiere Pro how to slow down a clip 
  6. Premiere Pro how to add text 
  7. Premiere Pro how to rotate video 
  8. Premiere Pro How to fade audio 
  9. Premiere Pro how to render 
  10. Premiere Pro how to export mp4

We have also added useful text explanations and tips like hot keys. 

After finishing this class you will have the knowledge and know-how for the most requested How-to’s in Premiere Pro, hopefully helping you to get upto speed with your video editing.

And if there is anything you are not sure about, then maybe just watch that section of the class again, or reach out and ask me any of your questions. 

I look forward to checking out all your new premiere pro video editing skills!

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Kai Song

ìmagìne · ìmplement · ìnspìre


Hello, I'm Kai.

I'm a London based Photographer, Videographer, Filmmaker, Animator and all round Creative. I film review videos, corporate videos and how to's as I work away on a vast array of filmmaking productions.

My ethos is: imagine . implement . inspire, which ultimately is to think up ideas, execute those ideas and hopefully inspire those around me and those who watch on.


Watch a little bit about my story here:



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1. Intro - What will we be learning: Hi there, My name is Kai and I'm a visual content creator. I run my own video production business called Chi creative. And I have a YouTube channel of the same name where I talked about cameras, video production, photography, and visual effects. So if any of that interests, you go and check it out. And in today's class we are going to be looking at the top ten most search for Premiere Pro how-to list for 2022. So if you Google Premier Pro how-to, Google populates a list of what most people are searching for when trying to figure out how to do things in Premiere Pro. We're going to cover these basics in today's video to help you on your Premiere Pro journey, particularly if you are a beginner and there is of course, a Class Project Analyst for you to use what you learn in Premiere Pro and get that next video project created in Premiere Pro and out into the wide world. So I'm really excited to jump into this class with you. So let's get to it. 2. How to Split A Clip: So here we are in Premier Pro 2022. The first how-to that people want to know is how to split a clip in Premier Pro. So let me add some footage from one of my short films to my project, just dragging it in here, I won't go in to do is create a new sequence from these video files by selecting them, right-clicking on them and going to new sequence from clip. Here we have a bunch of Eclipse and they're all put together in order. What I wanted to do is start to cut down some of the footage. So if I just expand this slightly, the first thing I'm going to do is just mute the audio because I don't want to hear anything. And if I hit the Spacebar, I can play this. The camera movement for this initial tract is quite shaky up until about this point here, I actually want to cut this clip and I'll zoom in by just dragging this bar here at the bottom. I can cut this clip in a couple of ways. The first way is to come over to the Razor Tool, selecting it or pressing C on the keyboard. I can then go to the point in time where I want to cut and I can cut on the video and underneath we have the audio. And I can cut the audio there by selecting and hitting the delete button. I can actually delete the shaky footage and just have the footage that I want. Another way that I can cut down a clip is to select either the video and the audio or both of them. And put my cursor to the end and you'll see this little red arrow appears. And I can actually drag my video footage out. Or I can drag my video footage in. Another way to quickly cut your footage is to select where you want the cut to be. So I think around here, select the footage and the audio and hit Control or Command K. Control K or Command K, depending on whether you're on a PC or a Mac. That is how we can cut our footage and also delete what we want to remove. And also if I go to the empty space here between the beginning of the timeline until our footage cuts in, I can select that empty space with my cursor and then hit Delete on the keyboard to then remove that dead space. 3. How to Reverse A Clip: The next thing on our Premier Pro How-To is how to reverse a clip. Here I have my character running across the screen past the camera. Maybe I've got a flashback scene. I want to rewind this. Y can do is I can right-click on the actual footage and I can go to speed and duration. If I select speed and duration or come up, it comes up with a number of different options. What I want to do is select Reverse Speed and hit, Okay, now, it will look like my character is running backwards. 4. How to Crop A Video: The next thing that people want to know is how we can crop our video footage. And there are a couple of ways that we can do this. I interpret cropping as adding in black bars to the top and bottom of our footage. And we can do that by coming over to the Effects panel here, writing in crop. As you can see, I've got video effects transform crop, and I can drop that onto my actual footage. What happens if we come over to the effects controls panel is we will see that there are a couple of areas where we can crop our footage. And straight away what I can do is I can crop in on the top by 10%. On the bottom by 10%. This actually crops in my footage. Now if I render this, these bars will render routes as black bars. Now you might be saying, well, that's no good because maybe I want to move this scene down. So if I tried to shift the scene by coming over to position, it would just move the whole thing down and it will mess up the black bars. We don't necessarily want to put the crop effect onto our footage, so I'll just delete that. What we can do is we can add an adjustment layer. So if we come over to your project bar and you select, make sure you select this project tab. Then go over to File and go to new adjustment layer. Here we've got the video settings 1920 by 1080, that's right. 24 frames per seconds square pixels, yes, and we hit, Okay. And over here in our Projects panel we have an adjustment layer. We can throw that adjustment layer. Now on the top of our footage. We can go to our Effects tab and add in the crop. Now we can add in a top of 10%, a bottom of 10%. What we can do now because this is an adjustment layer, we can actually move the footage underneath. Here I'm moving the y-axis of the position data. It moves within the crop so we don't lose any of the footage and it doesn't move everything down. So this is a great way to add in those cinematic bars with our crop. Another way that we can crop our image, maybe we want to crop in on the sides here. We could use again the crop effects, but we can also use the opacity tools if I drag out some rulers here and you can just pull them out from the sides. Like so. Maybe I want to crop just this area. I'll just go to 50%. So I can see this a little bit better. If I come over to these tools here where it says Opacity, I can actually create an opacity box and drag out the four corners like so. And again, this will help me create my cropped image. And this method helps you create non-uniform cropped masks for your footage. 5. How to adjust the Aspect Ratio: The next question that people ask is how they can adjust their aspect ratio. This aspect ratio is actually 1920 by 1080 because we created this sequence from our footage, which is 1920 by 1080. But I can actually change the aspect ratio of my sequence by coming over to a sequence. I'm going to sequence settings. Here you can see our default settings. It's 1920 by 1080. If I wanted to upscale this footage to four k, I could change this to 3840 by 2160. This would be my 16 by nine aspect ratio for Forky, I can then hit, Okay, and now I've changed my aspect ratio two for K video. Of course my video footage is still 1080. Now I can actually put some Forky video in here if I want to, or I can right-click on this and scale this to the frame size. And now I have upscaled my 1080 footage to fork. My sequence is changed. Everything else that's 1080 is going to be smaller in the scene. Now I can change my sequence settings back to normal by going to sequence, sequence settings. Then again, just changing this to 1920 by 1080, hitting okay. And my footage because it's set to frame size, reduces back down to the 1080. Everything else is now filling the screen. 6. How to Reduce Video Speed: The next thing that people want to know is how to reduce the speed of the footage. We do this using the same menu that we use to reverse this pizza will right-click on this footage. We'll go to our speed and duration. I'm going to uncheck reverse beads. So now our character will be walking forward, but I'm going to reduce the speed by half. So I'm gonna write 50% in here and I'll hit Okay. And now what we see is Premiere Pro has added frames in to slow our footage down. We can do that by any percentage we want. So again, I could right-click go to speed and duration, and I could make this twenty-five percent, so that's 30 seconds long. It's OK. And now it's super slow. Using this method, the motion blur is not very good because what Premiere Pro is doing is adding in frames. It's guessing what those frames will be as it stretches the movement out. So you end up with some pretty terrible slow motion. If you want to create natural slow motion footage, what you need to do beforehand is shoot at a higher frame rates. If we stop this a second and have a look over at our project tab, you will see that the frame rate here is 24 frames per second. Now if I drop in a piece of footage that I shot at a higher frame rates, here I have some fitness with his shot at 60 frames per second. And it looks real-time here. But what we can do is we can right-click on that footage, go to modify and interpret footage. I can now change this frame rate to 24 frames per second and hit Okay, I actually have to drag out the footage to double it up. What we have now is much more natural looking slow motion. So if you have a higher frame rates, interpret those down to the frame rates of your sequence. 7. How to Add Text: The next thing that people want to know is how to add text into their video footage. And we can do that by coming over to this menu here and selecting t or using the TI hotkey and just tapping anywhere on the screen, we'll start a cursor text bar going. And you can see that it actually creates a little bar on top of our footage. And what I'll do is I'll write lacuna fit to promote Lucy's brand looking at it, this is Lucy from lacuna fit. So let's put her text up there. I can actually move this and drag this out so that it can fit over different parts of the footage. But also I can come over to where it says essential graphics. If I click on the text, it will give me the option to edit the fonts. For example, I could change it to next or bold or no TO sand, whatever your branding course for, you can edit the position, you can end up the phone. You can edit the color if you so wish. That's how you add text to your Premiere Pro sequences. 8. How to Rotate A Video: The next thing that people want to know is how to rotate their video. So if you have a video file like we have here, if I wanted to rotate it, I simply have to come over to effects controls where it says rotation. And I can drag that out and actually rotate my video 180 degrees. And I can even add in keyframes to this. So if you look at this stopwatch here, I can start a keyframe by selecting the stopwatch, drag it to the beginning of that piece of footage, then come over here near the ends and then write in a 180 degrees my footage. We'll do a 180 flip between those two keyframes. Also appreciate when it comes to rotation that some people might want to flip the footage. What you can do is go over to effects rights in flip FLL EIP. And you can have a horizontal flip by just dragging that onto your footage. You can also have a vertical flip by dragging that onto your fatigue. If you wanted to do a complete horizontal or vertical flip, just go to the Effects and type that in and you'll be able to flip your footage. 9. How to Fade Audio: The next thing that people want to know is how to fade that audio. We can do that very simply by adding in some music. I'm going to add in pop because that was the music used in the original. Drag it out onto our timeline just below the original audio, I'll find a place in the middle. What I'll do is I'll drag so I can see the audio files a little bit better. Here we go. You can hear the audio now if I press play, I wanted to introduce this gradually. So if I come over to my Effects and write gain, you will see that I have audio transitions, crossfade and constant gain, and I can drag that onto my audio clip. If I zoom in a little more, we can actually select that effect transition and drag that out over time. And if you listen to this now if I press Spacebar, I can do the same for the outro. If I wanted to fade the music out, drag that on, zoom in slightly, select the effect and then see where it changes to that. Red brackets, drag that out, and then it will fade out when I play it. Alternatively, if I wanted more control over my fade in and fade out, why could do is just remove the gain effects. Come to the beginning of my clip. When I select the audio, this diamond keyframe option appears. I can select that and then I can come over slightly further to the beginning of the audio, select a keyframe again, and I could drag that down. Now what I'm doing is I'm manually dragging the keyframes and this will slowly fade in. And again, I can do the same for the outro. Select a keyframe, go towards the end, select another keyframe, drag that down. And I can fade that out. Like so. 10. How to Render and Export MP4 Video: The final two how-to's of what people are searching for in Premiere Pro, or how to render out their final video footage and also how to render in mp4. And we're gonna show you those two final points now, first of all, if you have a messy file like I normally do with B-roll sitting around everywhere, you probably only want to render out a portion of your project. You can go to where you want your final render to be. Right-click on the timeline and then go to mock out. What you can do is you can drag out the mark out clip and also the mark in. So maybe I want it to render from the very beginning, but only half of this piece of footage that I wanted to finish somewhere like there. And I'll just drag that in. Like so by selecting the market and mark out this is the selection of my sequence that I will render. To render this out, what I need to do is go to File, export and media. And here are the export settings that turn up. Now, you will be given a list of different settings. Now, I normally export everything as H.264. And depending on what you are outputting, you want to choose one of these for YouTube. I would normally use YouTube 1080 full HD or YouTube 2164 k ultra HD because my sequence is 1080, I'm going to go for the YouTube 1080. You can see my basic video settings have been set here. If I go over to my multiplexer, I can then choose my outputs and I want it to be MP4. And that's what people are searching for predominately, you can find out where your file is going to be output or you can set a new place by going to the output name, selecting it, and then going to where you want to actually outputs your video, which is getting to be here for me. And I will say Save, and now all I have to do is hit Exports. Now my video is going to be exploited in that location. As we can see here. And if I play that, there's my footage. And again, it's within the boundaries of what I wanted according to my mark in and mark out points. So that's how you render or export your video in mp4 format. 11. Well Done! You Made it! : Well done. If you've made it this far, you now have the knowledge and know-how for the most requested how twos in Premiere Pro and if there's anything that you're not sure about, then maybe re-watch the section of that class again or reach out to me with any questions that you might have. Also makes sure you share all your edited videos to the project page of this class. I really look forward to checking out all your new Premiere Pro editing skills. So that's it for me today, guys. Thank you so much for watching or that I've got left to say is stay creative, stay safe, imagine, implement and inspire. And I'll catch you in the next class.