Building a Rough Cut


Adobe® Premiere Pro® Quick Start


Lesson Info

Building a Rough Cut

Let's talk about what's on this slide and then we're gonna go ahead and we're gonna hop right into Premiere Pro. So, a rough cut is just putting your story down knowing that you're going to change it. And this is something to keep in mind when you're editing. You're not looking to do a perfect edit from the gitgo, where you're marking exactly what the In point is and the Out point is and worrying about audio levels. You just kind a wanna throw down the information, get an idea of what your story is. And then you're gonna go ahead and you're gonna tweak it. And this rough cut will go through iteration and iteration and iteration until you're done. And we're doing a very short piece, but if you're doing say a documentary or a feature film, an independent film, or even just a 20 minute program, you're gonna go through more iterations. You're gonna go through people reviewing it and making changes. And so that rough cut stage is probably the longest stage in the edit workflow. So here's th...

e idea. You're gonna create a new project. So we're gonna actually start from the beginning and create a new sequence. You're gonna then import media, and that's gonna be a variety of things. We have video that you'll be bringing in. Sometimes it has audio attached to it, sometimes it does not. You'll bring in stills. Those could be photographs. Those could be graphics that somebody gives you, something created in Photoshop or Illustrator. You'll be choosing music. And music is always something nice to bring, you know, you add music to something and suddenly the pace picks up. We're gonna experience that when we look at this footage without music. And then where are we gonna be getting this media from? And it's probably gonna be one of two locations. It's either gonna be already on your hard drive, in which case you will point to it on the hard drive and you will then import it through your media browser. Or it could still be on your camera card. And I wanna emphasize, this is very important. The ideal workflow is to copy your media onto your hard drive first, and then import it. Because as smart as Premiere Pro is, if you put a card into the card reader, you could ingest it or you can actually import it immediately and start editing, but that media is still on the camera card. So it doesn't actually get moved to the computer. So if you eject the camera card and you go back to your show, it'll suddenly say "Media offline." Why do they do this? If you're in news, which uses Premiere Pro, and you need to get a story out, you can cut right off the camera card, export and upload that to the fiber, or via your phone or even to a satellite. So it's a way to get things to work quicker. But for most of us, the important thing is to copy that card onto our hard drive, and you can pre-organize it depending on how the card is configured, and then import it. Because, when you import something into Premiere, unlike Photoshop and some of the lower video editing programs, it doesn't actually physically move the media or copy the media into the project file. Video files are huge. And so to make this workable, it's broken down into two sections. You have a project file, which is basically the database of your show. And you have your media, which can be huge. It can be gigabytes or terabytes. And if that was inside the project file, moving that around would be a nightmare. Think of it like building a house. You have your blueprints, which is your project. And that's really how you're building the house. Where things are going. And then you have all of the materials, and that is your media. As long as you have that project file and that blueprint, You can rebuild that house with that media. With those parts. So that project file is the most valuable thing that you could have. And always keep a backup of your media. So I just wanted to explain that when you start importing things. And we're gonna be importing some things from the hard drive and talking about some organizational structure. And that goes into organizing your media. You can organize your media prior to bringing it in. You can organize your media once it is inside Premiere Pro. And most likely you'll do a little bit of both. Okay, but organization is key because this is a small show, but if you start working with a show that has lots and lots of footage it can get very disjointed if you don't put things in their proper place within the project. The next step is selecting which shots you wanna work with to tell your story. You're gonna mark what part of those clips you wanna work with. And then you're gonna bring them into your timeline. And there's lots of ways to do that. And the good thing about Premiere Pro is there's four or five ways to do everything. The bad thing about Premiere Pro is there's four or five ways to do everything. But that's okay. The nice thing is that if you have a certain style it will work with you. If you like dragging and dropping and manually trimming on the timeline, that's great, it works. If you're a big keyboard junkie, there are keyboard shortcuts for almost everything. And you can even customize the keyboard. If you like using drop-down menus, they're there. So there's a lot of different flavors and sometimes I mix and match. If my hand is on the mouse and it's quicker to drag, I'll drag. If my hand's on the keyboard, I'll do the keyboard shortcut. The point is, make it your own. Do what's most comfortable for you. Eventually I do recommend learning some of the key keyboard shortcuts. And we will be talking about them in the class today. But, there's a lot of different things. And these are some of the types of editing that we'll talk about. Overwrites versus insert. This is, will be jargon that you'll hear, we're getting to the jargon stuff. Track targeting. And then this is just some of our editing techniques.

Class Description

If you want to wrap your head around the basics of Adobe Premiere Pro, and only have one day to get up and running, this is the course to kick-start your entry into the world of video editing. Join Abba Shapiro in this fast-paced, one-day class, as he guides you through the basic skills you need to create a video with Premiere Pro.

Abba will cover:

  • Setting Up A Project
  • Importing Video And Photos
  • Basic Editing Techniques
  • Working With Audio
  • Applying Filters And Transitions
  • Creating Titles
  • Exporting Your Project

Feel comfortable and confident in your editing, this course will show you how to take your videos and photos and turn them into visual stories. If you’ve been thinking about expanding your business to include video, this class will help you get the technical confusion out of the way so you can focus on being creative.

Software Used: Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017



One more amazing class from Abba! The is a fantastic teacher who would explain complicated issues and make it souds so simple. Lots of information to work with. Really great speaker and his humor is brilliant. Love his class!!! Will be rewatching it again and again.

a Creativelive Student

This is the most succinct class for Premiere Pro that gives you exactly what you need to get started. The software is deep, but this will get you up and running in less time than trying to find it in a book or on the web. Abba's style is easy to listen to and he doesn't waste words as he takes you through the panels to show the options and how to think about not only using the tools but how to organize your media to make it easier to get the job done. Teaming with Colin Smith was great because Colin is also on Creative Live and gives great tutorials in Photoshop Cafe so it was fun to see the video they created together.


This is an excellent class to learn Adobe Premiere Pro - there's a lot of information included and Abba is a great teacher. He's clear and to the point and easy to listen to. Highly recommend.