Before you start editing with Premiere Pro, you might want to take a look at the preferences and adjust a few things to suit your way of working. Some of the options are a question of personal taste and some fundamentally change the way Premiere Pro works. This lesson introduces some preferences worth getting to know.
If you are used to editing with another system like Avid, EDIUS or Final Cut Pro, this lesson will give you a quick overview of how to work with familiar tools to produce sequences. You'll be up and running with Premiere Pro in no time.
Before you can edit your video and sound files, you need to import them into Premiere Pro. This chapter looks at the different ways you can get media into your project and how to manage it once it's there.
Broadly speaking, there are two ways to get media files into Premiere Pro: You can use either the Project panel or the Media Browser. This lesson shows you both.
If your original video and sound are on tape, this is the lesson for you. You'll learn how to use Premiere Pro to turn your computer into a video deck, enabling you to capture video and audio and turn them into files you can use in your project.
This chapter will give you the core editing skills you need to work with Premiere Pro CS6. It introduces you to the Timeline panel and regular edits - the kind you'll be using every day while creating a project.
The Source and Program monitors show you your original video and audio clips or the contents of your sequence. They both have almost exactly the same controls and this lesson shows you how they work.
You can use the mouse to put video and audio clips anywhere in your sequence, but it's generally faster to use the keyboard. To do so effectively you'll need to understand targeting tracks, sometimes known as track patching, which is the subject of this lesson.
Three- and four-point edits are such standard ways of working, many experienced editors don't even realize that's what they're doing! This lesson explains the difference between the two and demonstrates some clever ways of using them.
The beauty of working with a nonlinear editing system is that you can change your mind about almost anything at any time. This chapter shows you some ways to do just that - making changes to your sequence and adjusting the contents to get things closer to perfection.
The Timeline panel includes advanced controls for each track, and this lesson shows you how to use them.
Of course, there are times when you want to remove clips (or parts of clips) you have added to a sequence. In this lesson, you'll learn how to do this by using the Lift and Extract buttons in the Program monitor.
This chapter shows you how to make adjustments to the transition between two clips in your sequence. You'll learn how to adjust the timing of your edit and work with special effects that animate the switch from one image to another.
Working with Transitions
Technically, even a straight cut is a transition, but for video editing, we usually think of a transition as a special effect than blends one image into another. This lesson shows you how to add, adjust, and remove special transition effects.
Most of the time, when you make adjustments to your media, you'll do it using Premiere Pro's trimming controls. This lesson shows you several of the ways you can adjust the start and end points of your clips.
Audio is a major part of video production. It's common to focus on the visuals, but audiences are much more forgiving of a shaky camera than they are of flaky sound. This chapter gives you some useful skills to sweeten your sound mix.
Editing and Mixing Audio
Premiere Pro has special audio track types for each kind of audio clip you might use. This lesson explains each kind and shows you how to add the extra tracks you need automatically.
Special effects for video used to be the domain of specialized software and skills, but now they are commonplace in video editing systems. Premiere Pro, especially, has a powerful special effects playback engine that helps you focus on your creativity rather than the technology. This chapter teaches you core special effect controls for video so you can experiment and explore creatively.
Adding Video Special Effects
All clips edited into a sequence have some effects applied automatically - the fixed effects. These use the same kinds of controls as other effects, so they are a good starting point for learning about special effects in general. We'll explore fixed effects in this lesson.
It's common to have to deal with shaky footage, and with Premiere Pro CS6 you have a new best friend to help you deal with it: the Warp Stabilizer effect. This lesson shows you how easy it is (now) to turn camera wobble into a steadicam shot!
Titles and graphics can add a fine finish to your project. Even if they are just "lower thirds" telling you who is speaking, the look of the title says a great deal about your production. This chapter introduces the Premiere Pro Title tool.
Creating Dynamic Titles
This lesson explains the main features of the Title tool so you can start practicing and explore more advanced techniques.
It is increasingly common to supply your finished film work as a file, and Premiere Pro CS6 has excellent support for multiple file types, partly thanks to its special integration with the Adobe Media Encoder. This lesson shows you how to output to one file or even to several formats all at once.