Adobe Premiere Pro takes all of the highlights from past Premiere video editing programs and improves upon them. Now users can utilize the tools and create videos in formats that they have always wanted. The program works in a real-time editing format, so any changes, cuts or effects can be seen almost instantly. This also cuts down rendering time and second-guessing about what the final product will actually look like. Learning the program is fairly easy, and after a few projects an editor will understand most of the program’s basic functions.

Project Window

The source of your project’s media and organization lies in the project window. The project window is located in the upper left hand corner of the program and features a blank space for files, a thumbnail preview window, and options to create new clips. Right-click in the window and click on “Import” to gather files. You can also drag and drop files directly into this window. When the videos are added, the program “conforms” them to process the audio and video faster. You can see the progress of this in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.

Timeline Toolbar

Edit your files by dragging them down into the “Timeline” window. The time line features a counter on the top and slots for video and audio. By default, there are three video slots and three audio slots. These are used to layer different clips through the project. The main source is located in the “Video 1” and “Audio 1” slots. When a video is dragged into the time line window, it is automatically added with any audio. If you want to move the audio or delete the audio, right-click on the video clip and choose the option that says “Unlink audio/video.” Both objects are treated separately now.

Monitor Window

Preview your project and edit effects through the “Monitor Window.” The monitor window is located in the top right corner of the project and features a real-time preview of the project. Use the navigator in the time line window to choose the location that is seen in the monitor. The left of the monitor window features the “Effect Monitor.” When a clip is highlighted, you can edit the different effects that may be applied to the effect.

Audio Mixer

The audio mixer keeps audio levels consistent throughout your project. Load the audio mixer by going to “Window” and “Audio Mixer.” A re-creation of a real audio mixer will pop up on the screen. Each audio bar will be shown in the mixer, but the only audio that will be adjusted are audio files that are highlighted. Play the video to see how the audio levels match during the video.


A process that beginners can learn is the “Split screen” effect. This tool is a great way to create multiscreen projects and cool effects for home videos or advanced projects. Layer four videos over each other in the time line window. Click on the “Effects” tab in the “Project Window.” Go to “Video Effects,” “Distort” and “Transform.” Drag the “Transform” effect onto each of the videos. In the “Effect Monitor” window, find the “Transform” effect. Start with the top clip and adjust its scale height and width to 25 percent. Click and drag the clip so that it sits in the top left-hand corner of the screen. Repeat this process for all of the videos, moving each one to a different corner. The end effect will show a four-corner split screen.