Introduction to Video Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro

In this 3 hour, hands on workshop, participants will learn how to start a project, manage media and employ basic tools and strategies to edit like a pro. Well, almost. Here’s the rundown.

ICE BREAKER: Editing Sequence Exercise.

Sequencing ImageCC

Break into groups. Each group arranges the cards in any order to tell a visual story.

THE RESULT: Demonstrates that editing is the arrangement of images. The order you put the images in shapes the story you are telling. There are any number of ways to arrange the same images. FUN!

INTRODUCTION TO EDITING

Before you start consider…

  • What is the story you are trying to tell?
  • Who is your audience?
  • Think of flow, rhythm, tempo. Editing is like writing music.
  • Be prepared to “kill your darlings” – you will almost certainly need to cut away things you love for the sake of the bigger project.
  • Shorter/tighter is most often better
  1.   GET STARTED: Best practices for Creating a NEW PROJECT        

TIP: Be Organized

  • Create a New Folder on Desktop
  • Consolidate all media (footage, images, music, documents – use sub folders for each)
  • Open Premiere Pro – Create NEW PROJECT – confim “Scratch Disk” location
  • Use your Bins: Basics for Importing and organizing media (footage)
  • Creating a NEW SEQUENCE
  1.  GET CUTTING 

*TIP: Save Often

  • Basic project layout
  • Basic tools and functions – Where they are
    • Blade and Hand
    • Transitions
    • Effects
    • Titles

Get started

  • Bringing media into your TIMELINE
  • Understanding Video and Audio Tracks
  • Difference between selecting media from SOURCE or on the TIMELINE
  • Duplicate, duplicate duplicate
  1.   GET IT OUT THE DOOR
  •      Basics of Exporting (codecs, file types, compression, render queue, etc)
    • Quicktime, H.264-mp4

RESOURCES:

VIDEO: Common Examples of Cuts and Transitions

Premiere Pro editing Cheat Sheets: Premiere Pro Beginners Guide

 

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