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Adobe Premiere Pro CC Video Editing: The Complete Guide

Lesson 6 of 65

Tour The Interface: Choosing Your Shot


Adobe Premiere Pro CC Video Editing: The Complete Guide

Lesson 6 of 65

Tour The Interface: Choosing Your Shot


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Tour The Interface: Choosing Your Shot

To kind of, get a sense of this whole interface, let me go ahead and open up one of my video images. And, I'm gonna just arbitrarily click on one, to bring it in. And, of course, there we have our lovely host, Kenna, there we go. And, she's talking to some folks who have come to the event. And, I actually really like this shot, because, as I'm going through my footage, I'm in my head going, "What's the best shot for me to use in my show?" "What are the best shots?" "What works for me?" "What story am I trying to tell?" And, as I look through this, it's like, this was all about people coming and building community at Creative Live. And, I wanna have people interacting, I wanna have people smiling and laughing. And I want those moments. I don't need 20 seconds of folks talking, I need four seconds of two people interacting; because, you immediately, when you see this shot, even as a still, you react. Okay, yes, they're interacting, but I have to find the right frame, so it's not like, yo...

u know, both people reacting. But, I have that shot, and as a matter of fact, let me go ahead and show you how I would look at this. There's lots of ways to look at a clip; keyboard shortcuts, space bar, I'm gonna just grab this little play head, move it back and forth, and I'm gonna say, "Ah, that's a nice shot, it's a little bit, um... I don't know if I want to start with that, let me take a look at what we have here." This is more fun. You know, I have a really good laugh going on here. And so, what I wanna do, is I wanna actually choose what part of the clip that I wanna put into my show. If we look here in the interface, and it's hard to see, I'm gonna zoom in in a moment, on the left side is actually the time of day, or how far into the clip we are from zero. So, in this case, this camera recorded time of day. I'm guessing, it says 18:20, it was about six o'clock at night, six-twenty at night, but what's more important is the right side, and that is the duration of this media, of this clip. It's 18 seconds long. Very rarely do you want to put a clip in that's 18 seconds, unless there's a reason for it; like an interview, or an event that's happening, or the need to see the entire, you know, play of the guy running 103 yards to the touchdown. And then realizing that he wasn't even playing football, and nobody was applauding. Okay, so it's a childhood problem I had, (audience giggles) I'm sorry but I had... No, but this clip is 18 seconds, I don't want all 18 seconds, I probably want just that moment. And that might be three or four, so I'm gonna mark where I want it to start, and where I want it to end. An in-point, and an out-point. And to do that, I could simply go over here, there's a lot of buttons that I can use to play, stop, rewind. Marking in-points and out-points is what you wanna do. There's buttons for that. You'll notice that a keyboard's shortcut pops up. In, if you can see, it says "I" for "In", next to the outpoint would be "O". So I'll clip that, and now we've ignored everything before this frame. And then I can go through and say, "Oh, camera's a little crazy there, I wanna get... I thought I saw a nice little smile. There we go, that's the action I want." So, I've already marked in-point, I've changed my mind. Guess what? If I mark another in-point, it replaces the old one. Non-destructive, and then I'll let it play a little bit, there's good, nice little action, got the hands going. "O", out-point, what I want you to see is, this clip is now two seconds long. I don't need the other 16 seconds. And now I'm ready to bring this into my show, I can simply grab it, and throw it in. I want to show you a couple of things. If I grab it and drag it, okay, one must be able to grab first. If it's the first clip, and this is a preference that you can change, we're not gonna go into this in the hour we have. It says, "Do you want me to convert the sequence, to match the exact perimeters of the clip?" There are times you wanna do that, but we wanna keep everything locked at this 1080p flavor, because, I might have footage that's diverse. I might have some Go-Pro footage that's 4k. And I might have some footage that somebody shot on their phone that's 720p, all these different sizes. I don't want things, you know, I don't wanna bring my first clip in, and find out now that I now have a 720 timeline, and all my other footage is big, and I'm compromising the size. So, I'm gonna, at this point, say keep existing settings. I've created my sequence for a specific reason. And, it puts it in, it's very, very, very, very small, because it's only two seconds, and I'm probably seeing, if we look over here, I'm seeing ten minutes of video. Zoom-in, zoom-out, the plus and minus keys in the upper right-hand side of your keyboard, right above equals and below the dash, are the underscore. If I hit plus, it lets me zoom in, I can see more of my clip, that's the two seconds, so we're basically focusing in. If I hold down the shift key and hit plus, I can actually see a little icon. So, that's a little bit of a navigational, we go much deeper into it in the rest of the course. So, I have my first clip there, it's a video-only clip, So, we're good to go, there is no audio associated with this. And I get an idea, and if I wanna play it, I can sit and go, and play that clip. So, here's our interface again. Organized our source material, everything we want to play it with. I can continually bring media in to our show, and populate this. It's not like, "Oh, I can only do it once." I can go back and say, "Oh, I need to use the Media Manager, and find some new footage." Or, "I just downloaded some stock music, I wanna use that." So, that's where everything is organized. This is your preview monitor, it's called the source panel. As you saw, this is where I chose what part of the clip I wanted to use, by marking in-and-out points. I bring that into my sequence, which is now I'm building my story, this is a graphical representation of my story. This window here, the program monitor, is what your viewer sees. This is like your on-air monitor. So, this is like in the Control Room, and your decisions, and this is what your viewer sees. And, as you play this, this updates. So, this is a graphical representation of this. And, you'll see, multiple video tracks, and multiple audio tracks. If you have come from a Photoshop background, you are familiar with layers. It's the same thing. If I wanted to, put a cutaway, or B roll, is the term, in this, I might put it on the track above, and that will be seen instead of what's below it. If I put a title up there, it might have some transparency, you can still see what's below it through the transparent part, but then you can see the title. And that's where you start stacking stuff. Audio, well of course with audio, you might have voiceover, you might have natural sound, you might have music. So, you can see, you start building multiple layers of audio. As opposed to video, which you can only see from top-down, audio, you hear simultaneously. So, we'll be working a little bit with that, as we go through. But, it gives you an idea of how to cut a show.

Class Description

Short on time? This class is available HERE as a Fast Class, exclusively for Creator Pass subscribers

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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