Adobe Premiere Pro is one of the top video editing programs on the market. The current version of Premiere has features and abilities that rival those of programs like Avid and Final Cut Pro. The program itself has a well-laid out interface that is user friendly, once you have mastered it. To get started using Adobe Premiere Pro, you will want to understand several features.
Setting Up a Project
When you first open Premiere Pro, you are going to be given the option of either opening an existing project or starting a new one. To start a new project, select the settings you want to use from the long list offered (such as “NTSC” or “PAL”). You may also choose to create your own custom settings. Name your project and click “OK.”
The Premiere Layout
The user interface in Premiere is straightforward. At the top, you have a standard menu, through which any function in the program can be accessed. At the bottom of the screen, you will see the timeline where all the video, audio and title tracks you have used are placed. In the left upper corner, you will see the storage Bin where all the files you have imported into the project are stored. The Bin holds not only the items in the timeline, but also the items that you have yet to place there.
When you want to take an item from the Bin and put it in the timeline, you only have to drag it with the mouse. In the upper right corner you will see the preview screen, where your timeline footage will play. There is also an Effects panel that contains various video, audio and transitions effects that you can apply to sections of your timeline.
Editing Your Video Import. Browse to the item you want to use, select it and click “OK.” If it is in a format that Premiere recognizes, it will be placed in the Bin for later use. Do this for each item you want to use. Once you have all the video and audio items you need in the Bin, start dragging them to the timeline in the order you want them to be. Place the the video files in video tracks and audio files in audio tracks.
Use the various editing tools in the timeline to edit particular items you have placed in the timeline, such as using the Cut tool to divide items and separate them. This is also the point at which you can start dragging effects you want to use from the Effects panel. For instance, if you want to have one video clip fade into another, you can select “Crossfade” and place it on the two clips. Adjust the duration of the fade by clicking on the effect in the timeline and dragging the end points.