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!


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

*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
  •      Basics of Exporting (codecs, file types, compression, render queue, etc)
    • Quicktime, H.264-mp4


VIDEO: Common Examples of Cuts and Transitions

Premiere Pro editing Cheat Sheets: Premiere Pro Beginners Guide


Lights! Camera and Relight!

I recently attended a 1 day intensive photography workshop at Vancouver Photography Workshop Studios run by world renowned small flash photographer Joe McNalley (TIME, Life, Sports illustrated). The focus of the workshop was how to light using only small, portable flashes and minimal equipment. After a few hours of examples and discussion we took to the studio to shoot some shots of models.Below are three photos that I think outline the capability of a single, handheld camera flash and small soft box to create cool looks.

For this mission we were given a model, (this is Ross) and challenged to consider people and place. I decided on trying to turn Ross into an aging Rock Star ala Keith Richards.

_1040973  HERE you can see the level of light in the room without a flash. Just three or four little track lights. Look at the shadows in his eyes. That comes from only using lights from the ceiling.

_1040974Next I took a shot with the flash being held approximately 4-5 feet away. There is a trick that makes sense when you think about it, but at first seems counter-intuative. The further away you bring your light from your subject, the more “spill” there will be, as the light can bounce over more of the background. I also hadn’t quite set my focus length, so his hands are in focus while his face is not. (Definite no no).

_1040979For the final photo, I changed Ross’s position to achieve some symmetry, and moved the handheld flash in as close as possible to the subject without being in the frame. Using a small light box over the flash to soften and diffuse the light, I angled it from above and created a nice little light pocket that spills just a bit to the end of his hands.