The Basics of Premiere Pro: Part 1
If you have edited a few videos in your time you will know you ALWAYS want to do better, like photography or graphic design, video is a meticulous and dragging experience, but one thing is sure when you have learnt how to do something and put it into practice, the reward is indescribable.
So, that is what I am going to do today, not create a video as I would love to, but teach you the very basics of video editing, or at least part of them. In this part, I will talk you through getting familiar with your surroundings, because after all if you are lost before you’ve even started, then there is really no point in carrying on from here.
Start Organised, Stay Organised – Always make sure to make your life easier, lay out your workspace, like you would your desk, or desktop. Ensure that you know where you can find all of the individual components that you wish to make your masterpiece with, create a project folder.
This folder will contain all the files related to your project, place them accordingly into subfolders, this can either be by what scene they will be used in if it is a film, or it can be through folders such as audio, graphics and footage.
Always knowing where your files are located will save you tons of time and improve your workflow efficiency, while switching to a different workstation will be easy with all your files in one place. Plus, archiving your projects in an organised fashion will facilitate coming back to them effortlessly in the future.
Creating a Premiere Pro Project – Once you have launched Premiere Pro, you will want to start off by creating a New Project, after all, you can’t really do anything without having a project window open. This will bring up the New Project window, where you’ll need to specify the Name and Location of your project. Simply name your project and browse to the Project Folder you created in step 1.
Basic Overview of the Premiere Pro Interface – Here is what a Premiere Pro project looks like – it is a pretty straightforward video editing interface. These four main windows make up your workspace.
First, there is the project window or the bottom left window, this window is where you import and organise your media. Next, there is the Source Monitor or the top left window, this is where you can view and trim down your raw footage into what you want to utilise. Third, there is the Project Monitor, or the top right window, this is where you can view how your footage looks in the timeline (probably edited, or with music over the footage). And lastly, there is the Timeline, which can be found in the bottom left, this is simply where you create your edit.
You can move these windows around and customise your workspace in window>workspaces. Within the project and source monitor panels, you’ll also notice other tabs, such as Media Browser and Effect Controls. These are windows we come back to in future tutorials, keep an eye out for them!
Importing Media and Creating a New Sequence – Now that you’ve created your project, you can start by importing your media. There are several ways to do this in Premiere Pro. For now, simply click File>Import. You can import videos, audio files, and images.
Once you have imported your media, create a New Sequence by clicking File>New Sequence. This will open the New Sequence window, where you can specify advanced sequence settings. Since Premiere Pro does a great job at automating this process once you place your footage on the timeline, leave all this as it presents itself. Just rename your sequence at the bottom of the window and hit ok.
From the project window, drag one of the video files you imported earlier onto the timeline. As this is the first clip you drop on the timeline, Premiere Pro will ask if you would like to match the sequence settings to this clip. Click “Change Sequence Settings.”
So, that was part 1 of the basics of video editing, make sure to check back for Part 2, coming Monday 11th December, I hope this was informative and helped you on your way to becoming a professional videographer.