Adobe Premiere Pro for Absolute Beginners

Hey guys welcome to another very exciting tutorial if you want to get into filmmaking the very first thing you need Well, it’s going to be a camera, but then the next thing you need is going to be [a] solid editing program There are quite a number of great options out there, but my personal weapon of Choice is Adobe Premiere Pro Premiere Pro has Everything I need for my own film projects and even what I try to get into the other day as they’re coming along walter Excellent. He’ll be a pro in [no] time now premiere pro is a very powerful editing program, but with great power comes great responsibility [there] are quite a number of steps involved in getting your film footage Exported into a final video in this basic beginner tutorial I want to take you through the process of editing video in Adobe Premiere pro from start to finish The workflow for Adobe Premiere Pro is actually pretty straightforward First you need to import some media these are typically video files But you can import any other type of media as well for example images or audio files Once you’ve got all your files in Premiere Pro you need to create a sequence think of the sequence as a [base] [holder] for your final video a container for your media with a specific resolution and [framerate] in a sequence you have [a] number of audio and video tracks and into these tracks you can add all [of] the files that you’ve Imported in any order that you want You can then move them around you can stack them on top [of] each other and you can apply transitions between consecutive clips Premiere Pro comes with a large number of endowed effects anything from color correction to artistic filters that you [can] apply? Freely to any element in your sequence Once you’re happy with your sequence You can export it into a final video file that you can then take away to your friends or your [family] to show off It sounds pretty simple right let’s fire up adobe premiere pro. So I can take you through an actual practical example Welcome to my desktop. Let’s fire off Premiere Pro When you start from your pro, you will see a little welcome screen here You can select one of your previous projects, or what we’re going to do create a new one. So select a new project up To create a new project you will have to tell premier a few things about the project you want to create First off is the name let’s call this one tutorial next you can define the location for your project pick the folder Where you want premier to save your project file as well as any temporary files that it creates I’m just going to stick it into my project folder which is Premiere Pro for absolute beginners There are a number of other options that you can select for example whether to use gPU acceleration for the playback of your video which? I would always recommend if you have this option available other than that you can set things like the video and audio format But I’m not going to go into that for now simply click. Ok if you’re running an earlier version of Premiere Pro You may see another pop-up appear This pop-up may ask you to create a sequence as I mentioned before a sequence [is] just a container for all your media [I] will show you in a second how to create and work with sequences So if you do see a second pop-up asking you to create a sequence just click cancel The Premiere Pro interface contains quite a large number of different panels now depending on which [version] of Premiere Pro You are using they may be arranged slightly differently or look slightly differently But all of the panels are going to use for this tutorial you will have available in your version of Premiere Pro Now that we’ve created a brand new project the very first thing. [we] need [to] do is import some media There are two simple ways to import media files into your project locate the project panel in your interface And then simply double-click on some empty space within it This will bring up the import dialog in this dialog you can browse your folders to locate the media files that you want to import [I’ve] got a couple of them collected here in my tutorial folder for now I’m just going to select these three video clips here which come [from] our zombie hand a short film and hit open to import them Bam my files have now been imported into my project if you can’t see the icons for your media files at the bottom of your Project panel there are two little switches to decide whether you want to show the contents of this folder in a list or an icon View in icon View You can hover your mouse over these clips to scrub through the content of the video files Let’s quickly return to the list view as you import more media into [your] project it can get quite [messy] So in Premiere Pro You can easily create folders to manage your media to create a new folder at the bottom of the project panel simply click the new bin item Let’s be really creative and call this folder footage Select the three video files. We’ve just imported and drag them into the footage folder bam That’s a little bit better organized the second way to import media [into] your project is simply to select the folder that contains your media and Drag the files that you want to import into your project panel Bam you have just imported an audio file And an image file once you have all the media that you need imported into your project It’s time to create a sequence when you create a new sequence Premiere Pro will ask you to Define things like the resolution the [framerate] the pixel aspect ratio and all sorts of other details Which can get a little bit confusing if you’re just starting out? The easiest way to create a new sequence is actually to take one of your video files that you want to work with Hold down your mouse button and drag it onto the new item icon at the bottom of the project panel Bam Premiere Pro will create you brand new sequence the settings of this sequence will exactly match the video file that you used to create It you will also notice that the video file that you dragged onto the icon has already been added into this sequence In our project panel you will see the new sequence here that has been created next to our media file that we used to create It let’s drag this one out [of] the footage folder because it’s not really a piece of footage It’s a sequence and let’s rename [it] to tutorial to rename any item in your project panel simply select it press Enter and give it a new name Now let’s use our sequence to create a small video project the clip in the sequence is a video from our zombie hunter short film as You can see it contains many many tags most of them really horrible and blueberry but at towards the end There’s one tag that I like one tag that I actually want to keep I Want to cut this little piece this very little section at the end out of the video and throw the rest away You may notice that this video actually has two layers The reason there are two layers is because the top one is the image the actual video and the bottom one [is] actually the audio Layer for this video if you work with any video that has an audio track Premiere Pro Will import them and deal with them as if there were one item and they will always be linked together Let’s go back a little bit and let’s cut the video at this point Just before entering the shot for that in the tool box you will find the razor tool Simply select the razor tool and then click on the video layer that you want to split at the location you want to cut it Bam the video layer has been [into] you can hold down alt and scroll on the mouse wheel to zoom in onto your sequence Change back to the selection tool by selecting [it] from the toolbox. Let’s move forward a little bit until just where I’m leaving the scene About here, and let’s select the razor tool again You can also use the shortcut key C and then cut our video clip at the current cursor location Go back to the selection tool by pressing V on your keyboard, and you will see I now have three pieces I have the before piece I have the actual clip I want to keep and I have a little bit of a tail that I want to throw away as well Let’s delete the tail and the beginning. So we’re only left with a little section that we want to keep out of this video Zoom back out by holding [down] the alt key and scrolling with the mouse wheel Obviously this clip alone doesn’t make a video. You need other clips as well And let’s drag some of the other videos [that] I’ve imported into the project into [this] sequence Simply Select the piece of media in your project panel and drag it anywhere into this sequence This clip contains a first person shot of me approaching the concrete pillar again I probably don’t want to use the whole clip so let’s cut out a little bit just as I’m approaching the pallamary from here Go back to the razor tool by Pressing C cut your clip move forward so maybe about here and because we still have the razor tool selected cut the video layer again as before change back [to] the selection tool by pressing V and then delete the beginning and the end of the video layer if You zoom out and scrub through your sequence you’ll notice that there are large stretches of black which is obviously not what we want so [let’s] take these snippets that we’ve cut out and drag them to the beginning of the sequence and align them properly You will notice that premiere pro usually snaps clips together? So they’re aligned perfectly Move the timeline indicator back to the beginning of the sequence and play your sequence back by pressing [space] You can pause the playback at any point of time by pressing space again Let me quickly add one more clip into this sequence here. I have a very small detail shot just of my shoes And I just want to use this very short section where I’m about to make the move again zoom in and cut out the piece if you want to keep Now this little clip I actually want to insert into the middle of this particular one I probably want to have the shoe macro shot appear just about here just as I’m about to make the move for that create a new [cut] in your video layer move this piece forward and let’s drag this little section [right] in the middle there and Realign them let’s run the video and play this back Now these edits really don’t align at all to fix this up Let’s simply trim out a little bit of the section of the very last clip where I’m still standing at the pillar You can also extend any clip in your sequence by dragging the Corners left or right? Let’s extend the very last step a little bit towards the right so there’s a little bit of a tail where I’m moving away from The Pillar Let’s rewind and play this back Now that’s much better. [it’s] not perfect, but I don’t want to go into too much detail I really just want to show you the basics of Premiere Pro Next let’s talk about transitions You see transitions in videos all the time this smooth cross dissolves dips to blacks Additive transitions all sorts of cool ways to blend from one clip into another Premiere Pro contains a large number of transitions that you can very easily Apply to the clips in your sequence you will find these transitions in the effects panel In the effects panel you will find a number folders for different audio and video effects you will also find a folder called video transitions Expand this folder, and you will see a number of different categories for different types of transitions One of the most common one under the dissolve folder is probably the cross dissolve the way to apply Transitions to your [clips] is simply to select them and like anything else in premiere just drag them on to your [clips] you can apply them to the beginning of a clip or if there’s a transition between two different [clips] just drag it on to the actual transition between The clips and [let] go bam let’s zoom in a little bit you will see that premiere Pro Edit a cross dissolve to fade from one clip to the next if you scrub through this transition You will see that one layer fades very nicely into the next button you can also control the duration of these transitions Simply double click on the actual transition and a little dialog box will pop up The duration is currently set to one second let’s change this to half a second since the video We are working with has actually been filmed at 24 frames per second We need to enter a 12 to Define half a second then hit ok Immediately [you] will notice that the size of the cross dissolve has 1/2 And if you scrub through this effect now the transition is only half as long Let’s zoom back out and let’s add a little fade from black at the beginning of our video so that it fades in nicely from Black the transition for that is called dip to black so simply select the dip to black Transition and drag it onto [the] beginning of the first clip in your sequence Bam let’s play this back Cool our video is now fading in from Black Not only does premiere pro contain a large number of transition it also contains a large number of Great video effects In the effects panel and the video effects you will find a large range of different [types] of effects I’ve got a whole bunch of different plugins installed that you may not see but [theirs] different stylizations Transformations distortion effects and all sort of other cool [stuff] that you can play with one of the Arguably most useful ones are the effects for color Correction [I] have separate tutorials available on my [channel] that [talk] about color Correction and color Grading and I will put some [links] into the description of this video Expand the color Correction effects and search for the fast color corrector like anything else in order to apply an effect to a clip all you have to do is select it and drag it onto the Clip that you want to apply it to let’s drag it on the current clip that is on our timeline indicator within your interface Somewhere you will find an effects control panel the effects control panel will show you the settings and the effects apply to the currently selected Clip if you select a different clip for example you will [notice] well We didn’t apply fast color Corrector to this one but if we [reselect] the one that we applied the fast color Corrector [to] You will find the settings for the fast color corrector in the effects control panel every Effect has a whole bunch of different settings [that] you can tweak and play around with for example [let’s] you know change this video color you’ll see it’ll turn blue If we drag this over here [onto] the blue side let’s scroll down a little bit and maybe let’s check out the contrast a little Bit to make this look a little bit more dramatic There’s all sorts of cool stuff You could do in this a large range of different video Effecting and apply to you clips play around with them and try them out and see what they do and just have some fun with It now that we’ve created a sequence we’ve edit our video into it We’ve created transitions, and we’ve added effects the last thing you may want [to] do is add [some] titles titles are usually text elements but they can be graphics as well [that] [sit] on [top] [of] your footage layer to create a title return to your project panel and under the new item tab if you actually click this you’ll get a whole bunch of different options to create a sequence which we’ve just Did but one of those options is a title so let’s select to create a new title You will have to define a resolution as well as a few other settings for your titles, but for now Let’s just leave this at default the name is fine Let’s keep calling this title [1] and hit ok Premiere Pro will now bring up the title [editor] This editor allows you to place text elements draw graphics do all sorts of crazy [things] to define the contents of your title For now let’s simply select the [text] tool and click into the preview window to add some text Let’s change the font or something a little bit more dramatic. Maybe we’ll go with Adobe Gothic and let’s type texts Switch back to the selection tool And you can drag the font around on the [right-hand] side you can define all sorts of properties or you can apply Title [effects] [or] at will go crazy here Just play around and have some fun Once you’re done editing your title simply close the title editor by click on the little x at the top right hand corner Now you may be wondering We just created this title why do I not see it in my extra preview window? The reason is that the title we created actually just ended up in our project panel In order to use the title you still have to drag it into your sequence and position it. Where you want to Notice how I’m placed in this title above my base video That is to ensure that the title actually appears on top of the video. It doesn’t just [replace] it Since titles are static elements you can extend them [at] at will by just dragging the sides to any length that you want the title will only be visible for the duration of this layer as With any other clip in your sequence you can add transitions And effects to it to you know stylus titles in any way that you want You may have noticed that not all of the elements are imported into my project are actually video files I have also imported one image It’s an audio file into my project Premiere Pro is pretty flexible in use almost any type of media within your project and to use it new sequence You simply have to drag [it] in here for example. I’ve added the grunge image Which is just a really dirty vignette kind of effect on top of all my [videos]? Let’s extend the end of this layer to the very end of my video so that I’ve got the grunge effect gone throughout my entire video And you will notice it even sits on top of the title because well in my sequence it sits on top [of] the title layer Finally let’s add some audio into the project You can actually Expand the lanes in your sequence by dragging the top or the [bottom] border up or down for example if you expand the length for An audio file you will see the actual audio waveform if you expand a video [lane] You will see little thumbnails that indicate the piece of footage that is sitting in [that] lane You may have noticed that before I was turning on and off the visibility of different video layers by clicking [on] this little eye icon Here you [can] use it to show and hide any video layer while you’re working with it Or you know for your final export for the audio lanes, you will see a little m this m actually stands for mute And you can enable this switch to turn off the audio for that track for example I don’t actually want to hear the audio with the video that I require on my camera [I] really just want to play the audio track that I’ve just added so let’s mute the audio for the video layers that I’ve added Finally because the audio extends way past my video. Let’s trim the end down so everything ends at the same time Let’s go back to the beginning [of] the sequence and play this back Very dramatic once you’re happy with your sequence. You can export it when you want to export a sequence You first need to tell premier where your sequence starts and where it ends? For that you need to define the start and end markers Move the timeline indicator to the very beginning of your sequence [right] click on the head of the timeline indicator and select mark in Then move the timeline indicator to the position where you want the video to end? right click onto the Little track hat and select mark out The area between these two markers has been defined as our work area and when we now export the sequence it will be premier We’ll know that this is the area of the sequence that we want to export In order to export your sequence go back to your project panel Make sure that the sequence you want to export is selected and then go up into the main menu and select file Export Media this will bring up the export dialog on the left hand side you have a little preview window and at the bottom you Have a little timeline You can scrap through this time not to verify that what you [are] about to export is what you actually want to export Over on the right hand side you will [find] a large number of export settings And yes things can get a little bit confusing In my opinion however there are only a few settings that you really need to care about the [first] one is the format This option defines the format of your output file for example it may be an avi it may be in a movie in MP4 give sequence or any other form of output for my exports I usually prefer to select the H.264 option next because I don’t really want to set all of these options manually I usually like to select a preset under the preset option yeah, I’m not sure you can see this There’s a huge amount of different presets for different resolution different frame rates for [different] devices and One of the options that I have actually been added in the later versions of Premiere are options for YouTube So I usually like to select the option YouTube 1080p HD Next you will define where to output the file to simply click on the output name a small dialog [box] will pop [up] and here You can define where [you] want to output the file to and you can give it a name for [me]. The name is fine next very important the two options to enable exporting the video track and Exporting the audio track if you go further down into the settings you will [see] basic video settings which determine the width and the height Of the exported video mine is going to be exported at 1080p at full Hd and a little further down There’s one more setting that I usually care about and that is my bitrate The bitrate Determines the level of compression [a] very high bitrate will mean the video will get exported and very very good quality But it also means that the size of the exported video will be very large By reducing the bitrate you are reducing the quality of the exported video But you’re also reducing the file size personally I usually leave the bitrate somewhere between 10 and 20 I Find that it gives me a pretty good video quality at a reasonable file size You may have to play around with the settings [a] little bit until you find options that you know just work well for you finally Premiere Pro Will actually give you an estimate on what the things the file size will be like mine is currently estimated to be 25 megabytes Now this is actually pretty small But remember our video is really just about 20 seconds long once you’re happy with all your settings click the export button Adobe Premiere will now export your video and this may take a while depending on the length of your video the Complexity and the power of your computer once the export process has completed Navigate to the folder where you exported your video to play this clip back and enjoy your first completed Premiere Pro video project It’s really not that complicated and it certainly certainly should not set your computer on Fire. [I] Really? Hope you enjoyed this tutorial as always if you have any comments questions, or suggestions, just leave them down [in] the section below Please remember to subscribe by clicking on the floating subscribe button up there Hit that like button and share the video around it really helps out a lot and if you want to see more you can also Find it Follow me on Facebook Twitter or [Google+] Until next time I will see you later


  1. Thanks for nice kickstart video for the beginners!!! It's really helpful.
    This video is three year old so I am very much interested in the latest version 😀👍🏻

  2. Can I make visual subliminals with Adobe Premiere Pro? I mean videos with pictures and text on screen that are only 1 millisecond in length.

  3. Surfaced Studio – Before I can actually do anything, I need to get Premiere Pro 2018 on my laptop. My question is, how do I even get this? Will they expect me to make monthly payments or something? I'd prefer a one-off payment where I don't have to do any monthly payments… help please, I want to learn how to make quality videos but I'm new to all this. Thanks

  4. Thanks Tobias for the Premiere and After Effects tutorials , knew nothing about how to use it but after watching your tutorials , it is making sense now, way lot better
    Appreciate your help man , thanks for it .

    And the way you explain it , under 30 mins , including most of the features , I'll now able to edit from videos to audio.

  5. THANK YOU!!! I can't count the number of "tutorial" videos I've endured that just leave me stressed out. 5 minutes of the uploader explaining nothing of value before providing the answer during the last 30 seconds! So frustrating! After viewing your video on Adobe Audition and Noise reduction, I came here for instruction on how to get started with PP. Yours is the kind of quick, concise, to the point instruction which treats the viewer like an adult. I came away from this video with real, usable knowledge I could put to use right away. I got something of value out of it. That's what a good tutorial video should do. Tutorials like these leave the viewer feeling as though they've had a full meal, not just nachos! 5*/5* Subscribed!

  6. Thank you very much for posting this tutorial. Please tell me how to reduce the volume of a clip that is binded with the original video clip. you have said how to mute. But I want to know how to reduce the volume for an audio integrated with a video clip. Thank You.

  7. Heureka. Finaly I found a one real tutorial. Great video. Part when a computer is in a flames, is soo funny. I also burn my computer folloving others "tutorials". 🙂

  8. Thank you so much for this..i love how yo u took your time and explain ..keep it up .#beginnerinvideo

  9. sorry late comment but I have a question
    When I export the sequence the video is too small and I'd tried to increase the height and weight .
    So what should I do? Please .

  10. I've been a Final Cut Pro Videographer for going on 13 years. When they came out with FCP 10 I became very disillusioned with Apple. I subscribed to Adobe Creative Suite when I went back to school for my graduate degree (couldn't pass up the 29.95 per month deal). Because of your video, I have tried Premiere Pro and find it very easy to use and very comparable to FCP. Thank you very much. I'm back on track and enjoying editing once again.

  11. Thanks for the video! I’m going to use this editing software soon and study how to use this in school! Thanks for the video btw ! <3

  12. i could not do the grunge effect………a solid image of grunge effect appeared infront of my video…..why??????plz help

  13. Yes its not really complicated as i am a dumb person can understand. I have no words just woow woowww and wooooowwww please accept my feelings. Love from pakistan stay bless sir (i can't explain my feelings)

  14. Finally!After surfing a day,I Got someone who can clearly explains easily! 5 star for you ! Guess that? It is the first tutorial video I have commented on youtube!:D

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