How to Use Adobe Premiere Pro

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Dreaming of becoming the next YouTube sensation? Wanting to add the extra edge to your social media posts? Have a music track that needs some visuals to bring it to life?

Whatever your reason, you are here to improve your video editing skills, and you have come to the right place!

We have collected the best Adobe Premiere Pro tutorials, resources and tips to get your skills from beginner to video wiz in no time!

Introduction to Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro is a video editing software developed by Adobe. First launch in 2003, Premiere Pro has taken the world of video creatives by storm. Used from multi-million dollar projects to hobbyists Adobe Premiere Pro is a tool that can be used by literally anyone that wants to edit a video.

Utilizing a timeline feature you can add multiple videos, audio, and effects with ease. With an intuitive design Premiere Pro has made video editing accessible to all. One extra feature that sets Premiere Pro apart from the competition is the ability to dynamically connect to other Adobe products such as Adobe After Effects or Adobe Audition which means that you can edit your files seamlessly within Premiere Pro at any stage.

So where to start? If you’re a beginner then a complete guide to learn how to edit videos in Premiere Pro is your first point of call. For more advanced tutorials, feel free to jump ahead!

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Tuts+ Introduction to Video Editing in Adobe Premiere Pro Tutorial

This complete guide to Adobe Premiere Pro is the perfect place to nail down the basics of video editing. From setting up files, to making cuts and all the way to exporting your project, this free course is just over 3 hours of educational content. 

Another great way to get started with Adobe Premiere Pro is by following the instructional YouTube video by Organge83.

Set yourself up for success 

Video Editing Computer Setup

Once you have your head wrapped around the basics of Premiere Pro as a tool, it’s a good idea to start thinking about the computer requirements for video editing. The following Tuts+ tutorial will help you understand the requirements of a video editing setup from CPU, RAM, and GPU requirements to subscription costs for Premiere Pro.

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How to set up your computer to Edit Video with Adobe Premiere Pro

Keyboard Shortcuts

There are so many actions within Premiere Pro, and one way to feel like a pro early on is getting familiar with your most likely to use keyboard shortcuts. Shortcuts can help you meet your deadlines, help boost productivity and keep you in that creative flow when you need it most.

In the following article, you can find the 24 essential Premiere Pro keyboard shortcuts and a tip on how you can memorize all of them.

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Keyboard shortcuts for Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro Editing Basics

Editing Basics

When learning all about Premiere Pro, why not go to the source. Adobe has official tutorials, video lessons and tips all about the software to help you get the most out of Premiere Pro. Here’s one of our favourite beginner videos around basic edits in Premiere Pro.

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Editing basics for Premiere Pro

Editing techniques and cuts

Premiere gal takes you through 7 creative tips to apply to your storytelling. From match cuts, to L & J cuts each of these creative video editing techniques are skills every video editor needs to know:

This is the same for slow mo & freeze frame effects that add more depth to your video projects.

How to add Music to Adobe Premiere Pro

Audio

Video clips are just half of the video editing process. If you followed through the above basic premiere pro tutorials you probably learned that Premiere Pro is a software that you can connect multiple media files together.

To complete the scene you might want to start adding audio and music tracks. However, there can be more to it than just dropping in a track, you need to ensure the sound is aligned with the video clip. Adobe is offering a comprehensive guide on how to sync audio with video.

When recording audio separately, to ensure that crisp sound within your videos, here is how you can sync the audio from the separate track to your video in Premiere Pro.

For a more advanced tutorial in editing music background tracks using Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Audition, check out this video tutorial by Orange83

Premiere Pro Video Templates

Motion Graphic Templates

Jump straight to advanced video editing skills (or at least look like it) by learning how to add templates to your Premiere Pro video project. Add titles, lower thirds, and more with motion graphic files or Mogrts. Learn how to add our free Mogrt templates to Premiere Pro: 

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How to install and edit Mogrt Templates in Premiere Pro

Transitions

Learn how to add transitions in Premiere Pro videos to give your project that smooth, fluidity that viewers love so much, with this how-to guide. Using our free Premiere Pro transition templates that come as project files. Once you’ve mastered adding templates, you will cut hours off editing time and add tonnes of wow-factor to your videos.

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How to install and edit Premiere Pro Project Files

Learn how to adjust color in Premiere Pro

Adjusting contrasts & shadows

Bring that cinematic style to your videos by understanding how to adjust the contrast and highlights throughout the various scenes in your project. This adobe tutorial takes you through the Lumetri Color panel to guide you through improving depth and adding natural-looking contrast to otherwise flat-looking footage.

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How to adjust contrast, shadows & highlights

Color Correction and Color Grading

Color grading is a vital part of post-production and includes all aspects of color, like color temperature, exposure, and white balance. Color correction looks at creating neutral color effects that balance your video, while creative color grading can add attitude and drama to your screen.

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How to color grade videos quickly with presets

For a more in-depth color tutorial you can dig into How to color correct with Adobe Premiere Pro

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How to color correct a video with Premiere Pro Tutorial

Importing and exporting videos from Premiere Pro

Getting videos efficiently in and out of Premiere Pro is an important skill to master early on. For exporting videos out of Premiere Pro there are many different formats to choose from. Understanding your options is the first step in mastering this skill. Read our full article on exporting in Premiere Pro or check out these videos:

Importing your video

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How to import video files into Premiere Pro

Exporting your video

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How to export videos from Premiere Pro

Advanced Premiere Pro Editing Tutorials

Ready to tackle some steeper video editing mountains? Why not try these tutorials around creating Look Up Tables (LUTs) and exploring the essential graphics panel. For an introduction to Color Lookup Tables for videos (LUTs) check out this Tuts+ tutorial

Introduction to Video Editing in Adobe Premiere Pro – Import

Learn how you can create your own LUTs in Premiere Pro and After Effects the following tutorial 

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How to create LUTs in Adobe After Effects & Premiere Pro

Free video editing tools to get you started

Now that you are well versed in helpful Premiere Pro resources, you are going to need some footage, music & templates to test out and further develop your video editing skills. Explore our free collection of video assets that will have you ready to jump on the tools! 

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