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Adobe Premiere Pro CC Video Editing: The Complete Guide

Lesson 7 of 65

Tour The Interface: Music And Voice Over


Adobe Premiere Pro CC Video Editing: The Complete Guide

Lesson 7 of 65

Tour The Interface: Music And Voice Over


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Tour The Interface: Music And Voice Over

What I really wanna do is I wanna cut this piece to music because that's gonna be the rhythm of the story. I wanna get a rhythm going there, and I'm gonna use the music, and I'm also gonna use a little bit of that audio file of Kenner describing the events that are happening. So, let's go over to our source area. I'm gonna zoom in so you can see it a little bit better. And I have a folder called music. And if I double clicked on any of these musical cuts, I can load them into my source monitor. And there's a wave form. I can zoom in, you can see this looks like a wave form. You've probably seen them someplace before. And I can hit play by the space bar. (music starts playing) And usually when I listen to music, sometimes I'm very impatient. I'll jump through it to see where it goes. (music resumes playing) So, this is an okay piece of music. It definitely has a cutting rhythm. You have the snapping, I can see the beats, but let me just listen to something else. I'll tell ya, selecting ...

music is a real challenge cause it's like, it has to feel right. And the music that I'm going to choose, or that you choose, is gonna create the mood for your entire piece. So, already I know I want something fairly fast cut. I want it to look like it's a very dynamic event. So I do like this faster paced or more music with more beats. Let's listen to this one. (music starts playing) Starts off nice and slow, but there's still some rhythm. I like this. This is a little more emotional but I still have something that I can cut to it, I still have that rhythm. So I wanna use this. I'm gonna go ahead and bring this into my timeline. We can use keyboard shortcuts but for right now since we're fast and flying, I'm just gonna drag things in. You can simply grab them and drag them to where you want them to be. I do wanna point out, there's a couple little icons down here. That's video only, that's audio, I just wanna grab my audio. If I have video and audio in the clip, I could just drag it right from the source window. So I'm gonna go ahead, drag the audio. I'm not even gonna trim it. I'll do that later, I can do that in the timeline. I'm gonna throw that down here. And instead of letting go on track one, I'm already starting to think about oh, my organizational structure. Even though I'm cutting to music I know I'm bringing some audio in. I like to put my narration or my voiceover on track one because I can always find it and work with it. And I can move things around afterwards but, I'll probably put the music on two, okay? That way I've left a space. If I haven't, I can go back and I can move it later. But I know that I probably want my narration there. Now this cut of music is 56 seconds long. I'm gonna leave it there cause maybe I wanna do a one minute piece. If I wanted to do a shorter piece, I could trim it, I could grab the end, and now it ends earlier and just fade out. You also have the luxury of, oh you know what? I like the way it ends. Well actually, I can see right here in my wave form. There's not a lot of music there so I can trim it, I'm just grabbing the end. And maybe I'll go through and I'm going to cut. I'm gonna hit the C key, and I could actually cut out a big chunk of this. And make the music shorter and maybe put a dissolve to have it transition. I'm doing this for demonstration purposes. No audio engineer is gonna go, "You have no idea if this music really matches." You're right, I don't. And I would never do it this way. But I do want you to see that it's very easy to shorten things. In Premiere, I would listen to it for the beats. There's an application that comes with the creative suite called Audition that allows you to really finesse your audio. So, that's just for a lustrative purposes. Cause I'm a very curious person I wanna see how good or bad this sounds. (music starts playing) Okay. After a few drinks, that would be fine. (audience laughs) I have people on this show drinking but I'm not going to put them in the video cause you know, it's like weddings. You don't show people eating or drinking cause nobody wants to see you know, Aunt Jeff chewing a sandwich. So there we go. You didn't know I had an Aunt Jeff did you? So, I have my audio. I'm gonna bring in the voiceover, Kennen's voiceover. I have that over here. There's my sequence. I'm gonna go down, there's my raw clip. I'm gonna close that folder. Let me zoom in so you can see it. One of the challenges with one, teaching this, and sometimes even editing is that, there's so much information and the resolution's so small it's hard to see. So I'm trying to zoom in as much as possible. I do that throughout the course so you can actually see what I'm seeing. So there's my VO. Remember, I made that folder for the voiceover. And I'm gonna go ahead and scroll down. I can double click to load that in. I'm going to do another trick. I can actually grab something directly from this folder from the bin, and drag it right into my sequence. So if I know I'm gonna use it and I know that it's perfect, I can just go ahead and drag it in. There it is. I'm gonna go ahead and play this. (music starts playing) You can't hear it, can you? The music is way louder than her voice. So, depending on where I am in the editorial process, in this case I have to do it now so I can hear her. I have to bring the volume of the music down and bring her audio levels up. And we do go into this in much greater detail in the following lessons. We have one dedicated to audio on how to read these meters and make sure your levels are good. I'm gonna kind of go through again, this pretty quickly. But I wanna bring that down, bring this up so I can hear her. I'm gonna go that on the fly. If I zoom in, I can just go ahead, and there's actually a little volume line here. And if you look at the bottom of the screen it says how soft you're making it in db, decibel levels. For the background music, I'm gonna bring that down to maybe -20. And I'll bring this one down to minus about the same. So we can't hear that horrible cut that I had. And now, if I play it, you kind of hear her voice. But it's really soft and you can tell it's soft also by this right here. There's a lot of great features in Premiere to fix audio. One of them is being able to control the gain or the default audio level. I can get to that with a keyboard shortcut. There's keyboard shortcuts for everything. The keyboard shortcut I just hit was the G key, G for gain, and I get this pop-up window. And what this allows me to do is automatically increase or decrease your audios level's fixed amount. We go into much more detail. What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna use one of these normalize max peaks, because what I wanna do is I want it to look at the loudest part. And right now the loudest part is -12, and she has a spike up there. But if I go there and I say, let everything peak at, I'm gonna say -1, so nothing gets over modulated. As soon as I say okay, you see everything just got a little bit louder? Let's play that. (voiceover and music start playing) I can now hear her, that was quick. I can also control volume with the sliders but, there's lots of ways that you can enhance your audio. As a matter of fact, we do have a lot of effects or filters. So if I wanted her audio to sound even a little bit better, because we recorded this basically on a little pocket recorder, there are filters I can throw on it. Video filters as well as audio filters, as well as transitions. We'll be learning about all that. But if I go down to my lower left hand panel, and scroll over, there's something called the effects filter. I'm gonna move it over here so you can see it. And inside the effects, I believe it's called voice. Did I spell voice right? I did. I don't see it. So let's go directly down. And this is the challenges. Sometimes I remember there are effects that are actually third party effects that I don't necessarily have on my program. I'm gonna hit the X key here. Audio effects, it would be right at the bottom. Oh, it's not called voice, it's called vocal enhancer. So I'm gonna grab that, drop that directly on her audio. If I go up into this upper left hand window, there is a tab called effects controls. There is the effect that I put on it. Is that the effect? There's a voiceover. So I throw it on her. Yeah there it is, vocal enhancer. And I'm gonna actually go here, click on edit, and I can do a lot of geeky stuff but I'm really all about make it easy, make it drop down. I'm just gonna say enhance female voice. And what's the difference between male voice and female voice? The frequency range in general. But of course, these are all presets. You can go in and they have filters or effects for everything. This is just gonna tweak it a little bit more. I have female selected. I can go ahead and hit play. (voiceover and music start playing) It just gives it a little more full sound. So very quickly, fixed the audio. I have us warming up with the mic here. (audio file starts playing) That's the pre-role stuff. So I can in my timeline just grab it, drag it, I've just edited that out. Maybe I want it to start a couple seconds in. I'm gonna go ahead and listen and play. (music and voiceover starts playing) So what I would eventually do is I have now something to work with. Part of the finishing process, I may actually go in and bring the music up louder before she starts talking and bring it up again at the end for the montage. As a matter of fact, I wanna do something. I cut this music down to show you I could do it but, it's too short, I wanna leave some space to actually see some of the video. So I'm gonna go ahead, I'm gonna delete this transition. I'm gonna delete the back half of the clip. Because it's non-destructive I can just go ahead and stretch it out and bring back all the audio that I just removed. So now I have all that extra space to cut video to.

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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