Introduction to Adobe Premiere Pro

Learn how to edit video like a pro with Adobe Premiere Pro. This class will give you all the skills you need to start trimming, adding titles, and music to your video. You will leave with the tutorials and sample files to get started in your classroom right away.

All the materials are available at: 


Getting Started

Now it time to get started. Please watch the following tutorial and let me know when you don’t understand something. Remember to watch a little and then do a little.

Getting Started: (3:59) File management is critical in video editing. This tutorial will show you how to setup a project folder to store all your video clips and Premiere data. Then you will need to copy the files from your memory card into this folder.

Premiere Pro Setup: (4:45) This tutorial will show you how to save Premiere Pro into our project folder, how to import your video clips into the project and then create a sequence (timeline) that perfectly matches your footage resolution/frame rate/audio quality.


CS6 Auto Save & Premiere Interface: (5:30) This tutorial will show you how to set the Auto Save to 5 minutes and how to easily adjust the Premiere interface. CS5 and below: Auto Save & Premiere Interface: (3:04) This tutorial will show you how to set the Auto Save to 5 minutes and how to easily adjust the Premiere interface. •   Workspace: I love the clean new look that CS6 offers. It allows you to focus on your media. I encourage you to take a little time to customize your workspace and save it. Check you my tutorial on how I like to configure mine and why.

Tip: To navigate bins Ctrl + double click on bins to open in the same window.

The new cinema mode (full screen) is Ctrl + ~ (tilda)

Preferences: Trim - set ripple trim as default

Rough Cut

This tutorial will show you how to quickly create a rough cut of your project using both the "old school" technique in the source monitor and the new hover scrubbing in the project window. Hover scrubbing ROCKS! CS5 and below: Rough Cut: This tutorial will show you how to quickly create a rough cut of your project.

Tip: JKL and i/o - It is time to learn these powerful keyboard shortcuts.

Alt + drag to copy clips on timeline

Story Based Editing Techniques (4:32) This tutorial will show you how to start with an interview or narration track and build a project around it based on the story. Some techniques from CS6.

Editing with CS6: (3:00) This tutorial will show you the new editing techniques in CS6. New Right click editing options is very nice! Dynamic Trimming and Editing with the Keyboard (8:40) is a new feature in CS6 and here is a tutorial by Video2Brain that covers these new features.

Tip: Adobe changed the keyboard shortcut from moving between edit points to up/down arrow.

Double click edit point brings up the trim window.

Warp Stabilizer: (2:19) This tutorial will show you the new warp stabilizer effect that is now in CS6. It is an amazing tool for dealing with any shaking footage you might have from handholding that DSLR. CS6 Only.


Adjustment Layers: (2:46) They work a little differently in Premiere so check out the tutorial. Basically, they allow you to apply effects to multiple clips and they act as a layer so you can play with the opacity and other attributes of a layer. Very cool!

Export (1:38) This tutorial will show you how to export your project with the new “Match Sequence” setting and a few other options. This feature was introduced in CS4 but CS6 now has more preset export options for the popular H264 codec.

Advanced Editing Lessons

Titles (6:50)  In this tutorial you will learn  how to create and edit titles in Premiere’s titling program. Then I will talk about how to overlay them on top of your video and add transitions. Finally I will show you how to create rolling credits.

Working with Audio (3:01) In this short tutorial you will learn how to adjust your audio levels using keyframes or audio transitions. Sound Bible is my favorite free sound clips resource.

Basic Effects (3:59) In this tutorial I will show you how to adjust the opacity of a clip and add a little movement to your titles.

Transitions (4:28) In this tutorial you will learn how  to add transitions in-between your  clips. Then I will show you how to edit  a transition and apply the default  transition with a keyboard shortcut. Once  you master this skill, try not to overdo the transition!

Merging Separately Recorded Sound with Video Clips (5:30) In this tutorial you will see how to sync up a video clip with a separately recorded sound clip using the clap of the hands.

Ken Burns Effect - In this series of tutorials you will see you to create the pan and zoom effect that documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has made so famous.

Importing stills and setting preferences (2:44)

Animating stills to the sequence (3:58) Tip: Double click in program monitor to bring up selection handles.

Applying the zoom/pan effects and copy/pasting the effect on additional stills (7:48)

Multi-camera Edit - (11:02) This lesson is part of my "Beyond the Basics with Adobe Premiere Pro" workshop. You can use any clip from a multi-camera shoot but if you want my sample files send me your address and I will mail you the files on a DVD.

Green Screen (Ultra Key Effect) >> Tutorial (4:11) Green Screen Tutorial using the Ultra Key Effect

This tutorial uses example files. Try to use your own footage on this one.


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