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Adobe Premiere Pro Quick Start

Lesson 5 of 22

Setting up a Project


Adobe Premiere Pro Quick Start

Lesson 5 of 22

Setting up a Project


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Setting up a Project

I'm gonna go ahead and quit Premiere cause I want this to be just like you're starting it for relatively the first time. So I'm gonna quite Premiere. We have our wonderful Apple Desktop and I'm gonna go ahead and just launch Premiere Pro now. I do want to point out, Premiere works perfectly well on both platforms, Macintosh and PC. Once you're inside the application, they are 99% exactly the same, which actually is not 99% exactly the same. Do not call me out on that. I'm just making things up as I go along. But, they're very very similar. There's a couple of drop down menus that are in different locations, and I will point that out. But, if you're on a PC, and even though I'm on a Mac, everything will look the same. The drop down windows will be the same. The dragging will be the same. The keyboard shortcuts might be a little bit different. I will try to point out both of them. I will also show you where you can hunt and find out what the keyboard shortcuts are. So, that's an importan...

t thing to note. And, if you start a project on a PC, you can move the project to a Mac and vice versa. So, it's really a very powerful program. So, let's go ahead. I'm going to go ahead and create a brand new Premiere project. I'm just clicking on ... Luckily, with it that small, I didn't open up Photoshop or Illustrator. So, it'll load pretty quickly after the first time. So, you'll see a variation of this as your start up window, and it actually remembers some of the previous projects that you worked on. So, you know if this is the first time you're playing with it, that might be completely blank. If you play with it a lot, you'll see a lot of different things, and as you can see, I was playing with prepping for this course. So, I could open a previous one, but if I wanted to, I can also create a new project, okay. Or, if my project is not available there, I can say open project, and I will get into explorer or the finder, and I can find it and launch it. Another thing to keep in mind, if you just click on the actual project, it will open up that project and Premiere all at the same time. So, you'll only get this if you open it from the Premiere interface. But, we're gonna go ahead and we're gonna make a new project and step you through everything you need to know. So, the first thing that you'll get here, and I'm gonna want to be able to zoom in for you. So I'm gonna go ahead and hop into my preferences. I love this. I'm constantly talking about what I'm doing because it's important. This great little zoom feature that will make it easier on your eyes. And now, I can go ahead and zoom in so things are little easier for you to see. So, when you create a project, you're telling it what do you wanna call the project, where do you wanna put it, and then you're gonna have to pick a couple of settings. And, most of the default settings are exactly what you need. Okay? So, we're gonna name our project. We'll call this "Lesson 2." It'll be exciting to see how many times I misspell things in this class. It's my fingers' fault. It has nothing to do with me. It's the fingers being in control. So, that's the big thing and then you wanna say where do you wanna save it. And, by default, it usually wants to go into some like documents folder or some hidden folder. You should put it in a folder where you keep all of your projects. For instance, your media folder or something. I'm going to cheat for the class. As a matter of fact, it is not good policy to do what I'm about to do, which is I'm gonna put it on my desktop, okay. But, that way, we can find it very quickly. But, normally I would put this in a media folder, or I'd create a projects folder so I could find everything. So I'm gonna go ahead to my desktop. I will be smart enough to put it into a new folder. We'll call this "Class Projects." Hit "Create." So, now we know where it's gonna go because that's one of the problems. People create a file. They don't look. They just hit OK. It's call "Untitled" so it goes with all the other projects they have called "Untitled," and then you can't find anything. So, it's gonna go there into that folder and I'm gonna just cover the things that will be of importance to you. We're not gonna go through every preference and everything because you can't do that in a six hour class. This is one of the things you will be faced with. Your Playback Render Engine. And, depending on your machine, you may have different options, okay. So, if you have a Mac, you might have the option for metal. There is also, you may have a ... There's two types of video cards that are out there. So, in one case it may say OpenCL is what you'll see. In another case, it's the NVIDIA card, which is ... I'm drawing a blank. So after we come back from commercial ... Wait, we don't have commercials. I'll remember that, but it'll probably come to me in a moment. But, the NVIDIA card is another option, or if you don't have any video card or a video card that's not strong enough to work with Premiere, you might just see Mercury Playback Engine software only. And as a matter of fact, if you open up the files that we'll be giving you when you buy the class, it may give you a warning that says, "Metal is not available. "We're going to switch to OpenCL," okay. So, don't panic on that. But, I just wanted you to be aware. As a matter of fact, it's going to want to suggest the best graphics solution when you launch this, and probably just saying OK is fine. But, I'm sure people will be concerned that they open it up and it says, "You don't have Metal. "I'm gonna use OpenCL." That is just fine. Everything else you can leave by itself here. This will not affect 99.99% of the people editing, okay. This thing that says "DV" not necessarily a good thing. And then, "Display Format" should be Audio Samples, okay. The other things there are your Scratch Disk and Ingest Settings. And I wanna just go through these pretty quickly. We do go much deeper into this in the bootcamp, but by default, it wants to store all this extra stuff that you create alongside where the project is. And, that's great because then if you need to move it, all the media and all the material are here. So, the nice thing is, go with the default. Everything is stored in that same location. It's all gonna be stored in that folder I created, so if I need to find something it will be there. The only thing that won't be there, and I want to emphasize this, is remember when we talked about bringing media in, it doesn't physically move the media around. It points to it. It makes a shortcut, or an alias to the media. So, those won't live inside of that project folder. Only things that you generate, okay, or things that it generates will live in there, okay. So that's just the basic idea. Ingest settings we're not gonna go into, but there's the ability to convert your media if it's very large media or a certain flavor, but by default let's leave it off. We just wanna move and keep things simple. So, we're all ready for that. I'm gonna simply say, "OK." We'll zoom back and now we are with our blank interface, okay, that we're ready to start editing.

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


Want to wrap your head around the basics of Adobe Premiere Pro, but only have one day to get up and running? Kick-start your entry into the world of video editing with a course that covers start to finish Premiere Pro CC in a beginner-friendly format. 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 industry-leading editing software Adobe Premiere Pro.

Gain confidence in your video editing -- and your storytelling abilities. In a quick start course perfect for beginners and hobbyists, learn what you need to know to create a professional video in Adobe Premiere Pro CC from start to finish, without swimming in complex techniques and unexplained jargon.

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
  • Hobbyists that aren't satisfied with basic consumer video software

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.