A Beginner's Training Guide to Filmmaking with Premiere Pro

Written by Jonathan O'Brien

Adobe Premiere Pro is comprehensive video editing software that is bundled with the Adobe Master Collection of programs. Anyone who wants to edit videos and create movies can turn to Premiere Pro for a wide range of powerful features. Although the program may be somewhat overwhelming at first, a wealth of tutorials are available to teach both basic and advanced processes. It's also possible to customize the workspace to make frequently used panels more accessible. Once you learn how to use Premiere Pro, you can use it with other Adobe programs, such as After Effects and Photoshop.

Creating a New Project

To begin using Premiere Pro, you will create a new project. The first task will involve choosing composition settings, including the name of your project, where you will save it on your computer, the formats of each project part, and the destination for scratch disks, which are captures of video and audio files. Your work space is the general work area inside the software, and it includes panels that enable you to perform different tasks. One panel enables you to view your project as you create it, and another panel lets you monitor your project timeline. You can select and play clips in a different panel. Your project panel is the place where all imported files sit. Your work space also has a toolbar that contains a variety of tools for video creation.

Importing Files

After you import a file into Premiere Pro, you can select it and place it into your current project. You can import video files, audio files, and images. You can create sequences, which include video files, audio files, and photos in a specified order. You can also make a title screen by selecting "Title," "New Title," and then "Default Still." Next, enter your title and the desired size of the title. You can also adjust the font style and stroke and add drop shadows if you wish.

The Editing Process

Editing with Premiere Pro is a powerful process. You can adjust the position of your video, the size, the rotation, and more. You can also set video opacity with tools in the Effect Controls panel. Inserting transitions between clips is simple using either the Video Transitions or the Audio Transitions tool. If colors need to be corrected, you can use the Color Correction tool. It's even possible to adjust the speed of your video, or you can reverse it if you wish. Adding captions can be a useful feature for your videos. Some imported videos may already have closed captions embedded. In this case, you would simply choose "Captions Display" to show these captions. You can also create captions or edit existing ones. Choose "File" and "New Captions" to enter text for captions of your choosing. To edit existing captions, choose the "Captions" panel and simply select the caption you wish to edit.

Saving Your Projects

Saving your work is crucial, and you should save frequently while you edit. To save your project, click "File" and then "Save As." Name your project and save it in Adobe Premiere Pro project format while you work. Saving in this format enables you to continue to edit the project. After you finish the final revisions, it's time to export your video. Click "File," then "Export," then "Media." This will bring up an Export Settings box that enables you to choose your settings. After making your selections, click "Output Name" and choose a final name for your file. Click "Export" to finish. After the software finishes exporting, open the exported video to ensure that it works.

Other Uses for Premiere Pro

Digital storytelling is a popular media format, and Premiere Pro can help you with a storytelling project. With basic knowledge and skills, you can record narration to create a unique audio overlay for your video. You can also add movement to still images to tell your story. After you finish your digital story, you can even export it to make a customized DVD.