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Adobe Premiere Pro Quick Start

Lesson 4 of 22

Building a Rough Cut


Adobe Premiere Pro Quick Start

Lesson 4 of 22

Building a Rough Cut


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


  • Start -- and finish -- an entire project
  • Import video and photos
  • Easily manipulate video with basic editing techniques
  • Perfect audio tracks using built-in tools
  • Apply filters and transitions
  • Create your own title
  • Export your project


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The Adobe Premiere Pro Quick Start is a 6-hour class designed to get anyone started inside the popular video editing software over the course of 22 lessons. From creating a new project to exporting the video, learn how to excel at all the basics of Premiere Pro. This Quick Start is a less intense, less time-consuming way to learn video editing that's well-suited for beginners, hobbyists, and anyone struggling to complete a project in Premiere Pro. The class covers basic editing techniques of Premiere Pro as well as many older versions.


  • Beginner videographers
  • New video editors
  • Photographers looking to expand into video
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Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017


Abba Shapiro is an Adobe-certified master trainer with 30 years of experience in the video industry. He's an Adobe Creative Cloud expert who is also certified in competing programs like Final Cut Pro. His straightforward teaching style makes it easy to follow along using various Adobe video editing tools, from basic to pro video editing.


  1. Class Introduction

    Dive headfirst into the Adobe Premiere Pro basics with a quick overview of the class. Learn what to expect as you learn to edit videos with Premiere Pro.

  2. Exploring the Interface

    Find what lives where by exploring the Adobe Premiere Pro interface. Get acquainted with the four basic areas of the video software, including the project panel, the source monitor, the timeline, and the program monitor. Learn easy ways to remember how the interface works.

  3. Meet Premiere Pro

    Dive into the editing in this lesson, while also learning basics like video editing jargon like resolution and framerate. Dig into best practices for video editing workflows and get into that video mindset.

  4. Building a Rough Cut

    Video editing starts with a rough cut, a rough draft that gets your story started before perfecting the project. Learn how the rough cut starts by creating a project; importing, organizing and selecting media; playing clips; marking in and out points; and editing. This lesson covers the first steps to creating your video, including basic drag-and-drop tasks as well as keyboard shortcuts, before going into more detail in the next lessons.

  5. Setting up a Project

    Start your project by following Abba as he starts his own live edit, from the moment Adobe Premiere Pro opens. Learn the best project settings and the ideal way to save your file.

  6. Importing Media

    With that blank slate in front of you, start importing the media for your video production. Abba walks through how he organizes media, and shares secrets like why you shouldn't use that "import media to start" option.

  7. Working in Timeline Part 1

    Get started on the timeline by learning how to create a new sequence for your video project. Walk through the confusing new sequence options and learn how to quickly drag-and-drop to create a matching sequence.

  8. Working in Timeline Part 2

    Start constructing a video by adding media to the timeline. Learn simple drag-and-drop methods for adding to the timeline, as well as keyboard shortcuts for essentials like zooming in on that timeline. Learn essentials like how to mark endpoints and out points to include only the segments you want.

  9. Refining Your Edit

    After building that rough cut, learn how to adjust your clips using trims, ripple trims, roll edits, and slip and slide edits. Walk through what each type of trim is and start tackling creative trims inside Premiere Pro.

  10. Trim Tools

    Dive into more trim techniques with this lesson on trim tools. Follow along with Abba as he explains more trim tools and their keyboard shortcuts.

  11. Working wth Audio

    Once your timeline is refined, start perfecting that audio with Adobe Premiere Pro CC tools. Dive into the audio side of the editing software by learning audio basics, keyframing, and syncing. Figure out the Premiere Pro CC's audio level tools and where to set the audio levels to avoid deafening -- or annoying -- the viewer. Learn how to use the audio tools built into Premiere without using another program like Adobe Audition.

  12. Adding Music

    Now that you understand how to work with voice audio, follow Abba with techniques on adding music to a Premiere Pro CC video. Learn how to work with audio tracks, how to continue the audio from one clip to another, and more audio tricks.

  13. Working with Music

    With the music in place, learn how to create fades for audio tracks and how to use audio ducking to mix music and voice. Then, explore working with sound effects in Premiere Pro CC.

  14. Basic Transitions

    Without transitions, your video will feel abrupt and choppy. In this lesson, get started with transition basics to smooth the change from one clip to another. Learn basic transition rules and how to use handles to adjust transitions.

  15. Advanced Transitions

    Move beyond the basic fade and dissolve transitions and learn how to modify transitions using the effects control tab. This lesson includes transitions like push and cube spin.

  16. Working with Filters & Effects

    Premiere Pro CC includes filters and effects that can fix problems, stylize video, or add creative effects. Abba walks through the basic filters as well as how to modify those filters, copy and paste effects, and combine filters. Dive into video filters like Lumetri color and audio filters in this lesson.

  17. Working with Nests & Sequences

    Nested clips are grouped clips that allow you to apply effects to multiple clips at once. Learn why nested clips are valuable, as well as additional techniques for modifying multiple clips at once, like adjustment layers inside a sequence.

  18. Motion Effects

    Incorporating motion into a video introduces different effects -- but not all motion effects are done in-camera. Follow Abba and go step-by-step into techniques for adding motion into a Premiere Pro project by scaling photos and videos, creating a picture-in-picture effect, and panning to create motion on still photos.

  19. Rendering & Positioning

    Video stuttering as you are working? Now that you've added multiple effects into your video, your project may start to stutter as your computer renders and tries to keep up. Abba walks through easy solutions to this problem by scaling the video in the program monitor for improved playback.

  20. Titles & Graphics

    In this lesson, give your video project a title (or video credits). Follow Abba as he creates a title from scratch, step-by-step. Then, learn how to use Photoshop and Illustrator files inside Premiere Pro CC.

  21. Basic Color Correction

    Color grading is a video-editing must. Learn how to work with colors in the Color Workspace with the Lumetri Color panel. In this mini-lesson on color correction, walk through some of the color grading and correction options in Premiere Pro CC.

  22. Exporting & Archiving

    As you wrap up your video, walk through this checklist on what to look for before exporting your video. Then, explore the different export options for finalizing videos in Premiere Pro CC.


Maude Colin

This class is exactly what I needed! I've been trying to understand Premiere Pro for a year now and I've never been able to do anything with it. I had the feeling that I would never succeed and yet... Abba Shapiro is not only a great teacher, but also the kind of person that makes everything looks so simple. I loved that class and even though I've got everything I needed from it, I really want to do the Premiere Pro bootcamp this year. I want to go further and learn Premiere in depth, just for fun cause that's what it was! With Abba Shapiro, I had fun learning this super-complexe program! It was fun, easy and super rewarding!!!


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.

Yevhen Byelyakov

An awesome class that makes the initial hoorays to Premiere Pro so much less intimidating and is guarantee to save you a lot of time. I've created about a hundred clips over the last year or so and after this course identified a huge amount of productivity boosters and also learned a few things to improve the quality of my produce. Looking forward to more in-depths courses. One last comment -- it is basic and gives cursory overview of the topics listed. Do not expect anything too deep or advanced but if you're self-taught, Youtube-style person who still drags the clips around or copy-pastes attributes across all clips, this course will be a great way to improve many of the routine tasks.