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Adobe Premiere Pro CC Video Editing: The Complete Guide

Lesson 14 of 65

Refining Your Edit: Preparation


Adobe Premiere Pro CC Video Editing: The Complete Guide

Lesson 14 of 65

Refining Your Edit: Preparation


Lesson Info

Refining Your Edit: Preparation

What we're gonna look at today is we're gonna talk about refining your edit. And by refining we're gonna maybe we may wanna customize the interface a little bit. I wanna talk about that to make it work better for you. Maybe some markers so you can know where to put things. We're gonna do different types of edits. Lift edit and extract edits. We're gonna learn some modifications that we can do. There's something called a roll edit that you would do between edit points to adjust the timing of when a cut happens. And we'll also look at ripple edits and slipping and sliding. All terms which are jargon that you don't understand now but hopefully you will understand by the end. And something called J and L cuts which is really one of the most powerful types of edits that you can use. And you see it on television all the time. And then what if you wanted to replace the shot without over-riding it, what a replace edit would be. So that's the idea of what we're gonna do to bring your show to th...

e next level. And let's just hop right in. And what I've done is I've slugged in this interview. I've just focused the interview on his travel. I didn't wanna spend the time about when he was a kid. Just kind of a promo thing that he can use to say, oh how exciting is it to go on these tours. So I put it in. I cut to the different cameras to give us a little bit of variety but I wasn't really selective about being really precise on that outpoint or that inpoint. So you'll hear overlapping audio or maybe even entire chunks of video that I wanna move. And that's what we're gonna do. We're gonna start with just generally trimming and all the different ways you can trim the end or the beginning of a clip. It's just like if you were in a Word document and you wanted to lop off the last sentence or you wanted to add a new sentence at the beginning when you're telling a story. That's all we're doing with our trimming. So I'm gonna play and as I play this we'll go along and we'll make some decisions and we'll talk about why we're making those decisions. And then we'll move this edit forward. So we still wanna keep the opening so I'll just position my play head. Hit the space bar. I've seen a lot of your work. Real pretty stuff. I've seen a lot of your work. Real pretty stuff. So obviously I have some redundancy there and I can either just kind of get the feel for the rhythm when I do that. So if I wanted to trim off the head, there's a lot of different ways to do that. So I couldn't, let me go ahead and zoom in here. So normally you have your selection tool which is the V key. Think of it as the arrow, okay? That's your selection tool. It's pretty standard in all Adobe applications that the V key is your default, your ready position. Okay so if for some reason you start moving things and the cursor's not working, it's probably 'cause you maybe hit another keyboard shortcut by accident and you're no longer seeing that selection tool. But as the default when I put that arrow over an edit point, do you see how it changes to a little red bracket? That's a trim edit tool and I can grab the edge of a clip and pull it and make it shorter and remove that chunk. All I did was basically I sliced it off. And again there's five or six ways you can achieve the same results. And you're gonna decide what works best for you. I'm gonna show you some basics and then also some more advanced techniques that you might like because it saves you a few steps. Instead of five steps it's two steps. But basic trimming is whenever you're in the regular selection tool and you move to the edge of a clip, and I'm gonna zoom in just even a little tighter, depending on which way that's pointing, that's the part of the clip that you're trimming. So if I wanted to I could make this longer too. I could make this shorter. So it's a trim tool that allows me to remove part of the clip and I can be very precise with it. Another way that I could trim this, I'm gonna go ahead and hit undo, is I could razor blade this. Basically cut the clip in half and just delete the front half. The net effect is going to be the same, again it's your style. Now you can do this by switching to their blade tool and we have a whole slew of tools here that you can work with. And there's a keyboard shortcut for all of them. If you forget the keyboard shortcuts, the beautiful thing about the engineers at Adobe, if you hover your mouse over it, it will tell you what that tool is and what the keyboard shortcut is. So in this case I want to cut our razor blade. This is the razor tool but you're cutting so C. They're very intuitive on how they choose these keyboard shortcuts. So if I hit the C key, do see how that turns now to a razor blade? And wherever I put that razor blade it's gonna cut. It doesn't necessarily wanna cut where the play head is but I can snap it to the play head. So if I cut it, and let me go ahead and switch back. V key to my selection tool. You now see there's an edit point here. And I can select this clip and do whatever I want with it. I can delete it. I can relocate it if I wanted to. Now if I delete the clip and I'm just gonna use the delete key. Now, I wanna just throw in again, because people have different styles, maybe you don't remember what the key is to do something, delete is pretty easy. But sometimes it's like, I think I know what I wanna do, and I wanna do it to this specific location. Try right clicking or control click. You'll get a drop down menu that might even tell you what you wanna do and you can see there's definitely some options. There's something called a ripple delete which we're gonna talk about in just a moment but I could go ahead and I could cut that out. If I hit cut it's gone. SO if you don't remember the keyboard shortcut or you don't necessarily look at the dropdown menus, just try right clicking. It a lot of times helps you a lot. But if I select that and hit delete it removes the clip but it doesn't change the position of anything else in my timeline. Okay, a lot of times you don't want things to shift. Because it would throw off timing. If I did wanna close that space after the fact, I can select it again and then once again hit delete. So it closes the space 'cause I selected the empty area. We saw we could also do that with the trim and then I could, again, select that empty space. So that's a delete or a cut. You saw there was something in the drop down menu called a ripple delete. Okay, it does exactly what you think it should. It deletes in and then ripples everything to close the space all in one step. So I could select ripple delete, boom, one step. Undo this again. You can also use a keyboard shortcut. And they vary from Windows to Macs and they vary from full keyboards to partial keyboards. It's a little crazy. But if I have that selected, oh I had the wrong thing selected, there we go, boom. And this is where I, having all these shortcuts in my head, it's option delete on a Mac but I'm gonna show you another trick to say, ah, I don't remember all these shortcuts. I wanna know a shortcut. And this is something I like to do. If I'm doing something 15 - 20 times in a row, I should figure out what the shortcut is for that. And as a matter of fact, I keep a pad of paper and I write it down and I'll say, I'm doing this over and over again, this insert edit thing. What is the keyboard shortcut? And then I'll know to look it up and try to remember it. Don't try to sit there and remember all the keyboard shortcuts 'cause only remember the ones you need. So the beautiful thing is that there're two places to find all the keyboard shortcuts. One is in the help menu. If you go to the help menu and you click on keyboard and you're hooked to the internet it will take you to the web page. And I believe I am live. And this will show you all the keyboard shortcuts. You can print this out for both the Windows and the Mac side. So here we go. Default keyboard shortcuts, Windows, Mac. I wanna find out what ripple delete is. I can go here and I can say, ripple. Let's see, find that. I didn't search the page right. See I can edit beautifully but trying to use a web browser. Here we go, ripple delete. So it's shift delete on a Mac. Shift forward delete, which Mac users don't know about what a forward delete is. I use both by the way. To me it's a machine, that confuses me either way. So shift forward delete will remove that element and close the space. But the lesson here is not what the shortcut is, it's how to find the other shortcuts. So if you just go to that drop down shortcuts it will give you this printed out. It's great, or just search it at the time. If you're not connected to the web you can, let me just make sure that we're inside of Premiere. You can go under keyboard shortcuts and on a Windows machine it should be under file at the bottom. Okay, on a Mac it's underneath Premiere Pro. Keyboard shortcuts, it brings up this dialogue box. Which allows you to not only find them but also to modify or create your own shortcuts for shortcuts that don't exist. So there's a lot great little things that they've hidden in there that they haven't had a shortcut for but if I wanna just find something like, oh I don't remember how to remove an inpoint. I type in, in, and I can look down and I can scroll through and these are all the things that would have in. And under my sequence we have, let's see, it should be mark in. Here we go. Mark in is I, and so I wanna remove that. Try out. When in doubt, jump to another solution. Here we go. Option O, clear out. So if I typed in clear in. So I could learn what these things are. So it's very useful to go to the keyboard shortcuts and just type in what you want and see if there's a shortcut and we'll look later on in the customizing towards the end of the course about modifying some things. And as we go through I may add a keyboard shortcut here or there.

Class Description

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Join one of the best editing instructors, Abba Shapiro, to learn how to work effectively in Premiere Pro®. In this series, you'll learn the tools that allow you to build a story with video.

Abba will cover essential topics such as creating time-lapse videos, building a rough cut, working with audio, and incorporating motion and titles in your videos. Abba will show basic color correction techniques, as well as incorporating filters to enhance the look of your final video.

Lesson Plan

  • Understanding Editing 
  • Tour the Interface 
  • Building a Rough Cut 
  • Refining Your Edit 
  • Working with Audio 
  • Transitions 
  • Filters & Effects 
  • Motion and Animation 
  • Titling and Graphics 
  • Speed Changes 
  • Color Correction 
  • Finishing: Prepping for Output 
  • Sharing and Exporting 
  • Ingesting Media  
  • Media Management & Archiving 
  • Multi-Camera Editing 
  • Creating Timelapses 
  • Advanced Editing Techniques 
  • Thinking Like an Editor 
  • Green Screen, Warp Stabilizer and other Special Tools 

By the end of this class, you will feel proficient in creating video with this complex program. If you've been paying for Adobe's Creative Cloud, this is your guide to understanding and using one of the best tools within your subscription. You’ll be able to bring your images to life, organize your media and begin to build stories to share with your family, friends, and clients. If you’ve been thinking about expanding your business to include video, this class will give you the tools to successfully start creating quality products that will impress!  

For more interaction with Abba during the bootcamp, you can join his Facebook group: 

Abba Shapiro CreativeLive Facebook Group 

"Great class -- wasn't ready to take the leap into Premiere Pro until I had a framework. Not only did Abba give me that framework, but he gave me the tools to manage and balance the story, the editing process, and the start to-finish workflow to create a finished product. And it was fun!" - Creative Live Student 

Software Used: Adobe Premiere CC 2017


  1. Understanding Editing: Bootcamp Overview
  2. Understanding Editing: Overview
  3. Understanding Editing: Video Examples
  4. Tour The Interface: Digital Video Workflow
  5. Tour The Interface: Project Panel
  6. Tour The Interface: Choosing Your Shot
  7. Tour The Interface: Music And Voice Over
  8. Tour The Interface: Video Tracks
  9. Tour The Interface: Edit Markers
  10. Building a Rough Cut: Cut Planning
  11. Building a Rough Cut: Selecting Media
  12. Building a Rough Cut: The Edit
  13. Building a Rough Cut: Edit Points
  14. Refining Your Edit: Preparation
  15. Refining Your Edit: Making Cuts
  16. Refining Your Edit: Using Markers
  17. Refining Your Edit: J and L Cuts
  18. Refining Your Edit: Replace Edit
  19. Working with Audio: Overview
  20. Working with Audio: Levels
  21. Working with Audio: Music
  22. Working with Audio: Mixing And Syncing
  23. Transitions: Overview
  24. Transitions: Effect Controls
  25. Filters & Effects: Overview
  26. Filters & Effects: Using Multiple Filters
  27. Motion & Animation: Motion And Animation Overview
  28. Motion & Animation: Movement With Still Images
  29. Motion & Animation: Picture In Picture
  30. Motion & Animation: Motion Effects
  31. Titling & Graphics: Overview
  32. Titling & Graphics: Advanced Tools
  33. Titling & Graphics: Roll And Crawl Effects
  34. Titling & Graphics: Working With Photoshop
  35. Speed Changes: Overview
  36. Speed Changes: Stills And Variable Speeds
  37. Color Correction: Overview
  38. Color Correction: Lumetri Scopes
  39. Color Correction: Contrast
  40. Color Correction: Advanced Tools
  41. Color Correction: Adjusting To A Master Clip
  42. Finishing: Prepping for Output
  43. Finishing: QC Edit Points
  44. Sharing & Exporting: Overview
  45. Sharing & Exporting: Size And Quality
  46. Ingesting Media:
  47. Ingesting Media: Transferring And Importing
  48. Media Management & Archiving
  49. Multi-Camera Editing: Overview
  50. Multi-Camera Editing: Creating A Sequence
  51. Multi-Camera Editing: Switching Multiple Cameras
  52. Multi-Camera Editing: Finalizing
  53. Creating Timelapses: Shooting Strategies
  54. Creating Timelapses: Editing Images
  55. Creating Timelapses: Importing Strategies
  56. Creating Timelapses: Animation
  57. Advanced Editing Techniques: Take Command Of Your Timeline
  58. Advanced Editing Techniques: Transitions
  59. Advanced Editing Techniques: Keyboard Shortcuts
  60. Advanced Editing Techniques: Preference Hacks
  61. Thinking Like an Editor: Editing Choices
  62. Thinking Like an Editor: Telling the Story
  63. Special Tools: Warp Stabilizer
  64. Special Tools: Morph Cut
  65. Special Tools: Green Screen


a Creativelive Student

I've never even tried video editing before this class. I opened the program once and panicked. After only 9 lessons I was able to throw a short video together (basic of course, but still pretty cool). I wish all of my teachers growing up were just like Abba. He goes over everything without dragging anything on for too long. He repeats things just enough for me to actually remember them, and he is funny. He keeps it fun and shows that even he makes mistakes. I can't even believe how much I have learned in less than a quarter of his class. I have a long way to go and am very excited to learn more. This class is worth every penny and more! I was hesitant on buying the class because I have CS6 and he works with CC, but I have already used what I've learned in his course to create a video. The first 9 lessons were already worth what I paid for the entire course. Thank you, Abba! You are an awesome teacher! You have me absolutely obsessed with creating right now! I highly recommend! You won't find this thorough of a course for this decent price!

Patricia Downey

Just bought this yesterday and cannot stop watching!!!! What a FANTASTIC teacher-- just love the way he explains everything. For someone like me (who has a zillion questions) it is perfect. As soon as he introduces a feature, he explains several aspects in such a way that's easy to grasp and remember. So, so happy I got this. Thank you Abba and CreativeLive!

a Creativelive Student

I am only on lesson 19 and I am so glad I bought this class, so worth it and Abba packs so much information into these lessons its crazy. I will for sure have to come back and watch again when I need to remember to do stuff or need a refresher. He is funny and quirky and a great teacher. I so recommend this to anyone wanting to become a better video editor!! I am coming from being self taught and using iMovie and he makes it so simple and understandable. Can't wait to learn more :)

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