Adobe Premiere Pro Quick Start

Lesson 7 of 22

Working in Timeline Part 1

 

Adobe Premiere Pro Quick Start

Lesson 7 of 22

Working in Timeline Part 1

 

Lesson Info

Working in Timeline Part 1

We have our program started, we've brought in our media, I'm gonna hit the ~ key, now I want to create my timeline. And this is where some decisions may need to be made. You can make a new sequence from many different places. I'm gonna go up just up here under File, New, and Sequence. The keyboard shortcut is Command + N. It is likely you know this; if you use a word processor, new document is probably Command + N. You're using a web browser, a new browser page, Command + N. So you want to make a new sequence, Command + N. But it's over here and when you click on that, you will notice you get this really, really, really confusing dialogue box. It's like, Oh my gosh, I have a million things to choose from; I have so many, that it runs off the page. And guess what, a lot of them are just variations of each other, or exactly the same. But people go, "Oh, I'm working in DV NTSC, so I can go to that folder and find out what I want." I'm gonna tell you, the folder that you're probably gonna ...

want to go to, and the selections you're probably gonna want to make. And that is actually under the section called DLSR, which most of our camera are. And then you can choose between a 1080p default, that's 1920 x 1080 that I talked about, or some of the smaller ones. 480p is the old standard definition television. 720p is still a high definition flavor. It's a smaller file, it's a smaller image, it's really perfect if you're gonna be watching something on the phone. As a matter of fact, a lot of you may be watching this on your phone and on your tablet. So, if I put out something at 720, it'll be a lot easier for you to stream. As a matter of fact, I just want to make an aside, that though my screen is set to a resolution of 1920 x 1080 because that's what premier needs, you'll probably see this at and things may seem a little bit small. So though you can watch it probably on your phone, things may be a little bit hard to read. You may also want to watch it on a larger screen, because I want you to be able to see Premier's interface as you would see it when you're editing. So maybe watching it on your computer might be an ideal environment. So I'm gonna go here, I'm gonna pick one of these, and I'm gonna pick them for a certain reason. This will all be using square pixels, and have proper aspect ratio. High definition has an aspect ratio of 16:9; wider, just like the movie theater. Regular standard television was 4:3. As a matter of fact, a lot of your photographs might be 4:3 or 2:3, depending on the format you're shooting ... Or 3:2. But, choose this; this is saying it's gonna be 1080p. I can look over here, 16:9 progressive, high definition, and it's gonna be 29.97. And you're saying, "Well wait, it's 30 here. What's the confusing thing?" For all intents and purposes, unless you're going to heavy duty broadcast and you're working for a huge network, which will be great if after watching a six-hour course you can. But for most of us initially, think of 29. or 23.97 as either 24 frames a second or 30 frames a second. That's just a rounding thing for when color TV came in ages ago, and you can Google and find out the glorious story of black-and-white to color television. So that gives me the frame rate that I probably want; 30 frames a second, okay. If I pick 25, maybe I'm shooting in Europe, maybe I'm shooting in Australia, 25 frames a second is your standard television frame rate. If you did shoot everything in 24, that's a film rate, do 24. Now if you're shooting 30, don't pick 24 as your theme thinking that it'll look like film. It's the way you shoot it, not the way you edit it. So, think of it as 30. So these are the ones you really want to pick. All the other flavors can be confusing. You can modify things, you can customize them; probably too deep for us to go into in a one day course. So those are the ones that you should choose. I'm gonna go ahead and choose that. And, if you're just curious about what you're really choosing, it gives you all that information. We're gonna go ahead, we're gonna give it a name so that every sequence is not called sequence one. Because then when you go look for, "What am I editing on?" You're on one, "I have 23 versions of it." We're gonna call this, Lesson 02. I'm gonna hit okay, and it just made a sequence for me. And now I can start bringing clips in, and start the editing process. As an aside, if you have a lot of footage and it's all the same; whether it's 4K footage, or it's shot at 24 with a strange codec. And as a matter of fact, the timelines are codec independent, so you don't have to worry about the way they've crunched the numbers I can take a single clip, if I know all the clips match, like my interview clips, and if I want to very quickly make a matching sequence, I can either drag it down to the bottom and drop it on this little piece of paper. And it will make a matching sequence, it's a new sequence. I can also just simply right-click, and you can see it should say New Sequence From Clip. And what it will do, is make a brand new sequence. It will throw that one clip into the sequence, and it will make that perfectly match, and then you can start throwing other clips in. It will name your sequence after the name of the first clip. So you'll want to right-click on it. You want to reveal it in the project, and you'll probably want to go in and change that name to something that you know is a sequence. Lesson 02 alt, okay. And you'll notice that it's changed, right up there. So that's a couple things; making the sequence is sometimes the hardest part. So now you have your media in, you have your sequences created, now we're ready to start picking our shots, start thinking what our story will be and learn to do some editing. So, normally I would do what's called a radio edit. Which is, I would work with the interview clips and kind of lay them on the timeline first. But I want you to get a sense of how to work with media. Just, how do be able to mark media, bring it in, organize it. So we're gonna just use some of the B-roll, just bring it in, and just play with it, to teach you some of the basic skills that you need to, for editing. So I don't want to use my prebuilt one. I can easily close any one of my sequences by hitting the little X button; so now we're back in Lesson 02, and I want to start working with some of my clips here. And in this case, I'm gonna step into my B-roll and it's really kind of hard to see, you know? It's ideally a really big screen, but you know, I have a 1920 x 1080. So there's a couple things that I would do to make this work better. First of all, I might want to double-click on the folder just so I can isolate what's in that folder. Now, by default I changed a setting, I did change one setting before we started, just because it was driving me crazy. So I'm gonna go ahead and change it back so everybody is on the same page, and then I'll explain what I did. Normally when you click on any one of these folders with a single, it just pops up and it's a floating window. And it's annoying because then you have to move it somewhere; you don't want that. You can use a modifier key when you double-click. You can use the Command key, or the Option key or the Alt key; Option and Alt, Command or Ctrl. But what I do, and I recommend this to be a change, is I go into my Preferences, I go into General, click it. And if you're on a Windows machine by the way, this is one of the three differences; on a Mac, you'll get to your Preferences under the name of the application. On a PC, it'll be at the very bottom under the File drop-down menu. That's how you can get into Preferences. And I'm gonna go here, and just make one small change to make my life easier. And that's when I double-click, because I do that all the time, instead of opening into an annoying floating window, we're gonna just say, Open in place. Which means, it'll step into that folder and it will be a much cleaner interface. So even though Open in place is with the command, I'm gonna go ahead and just have that as the default. So I'm ready to start picking my clips. I'm gonna double-click on that folder, whether it's opened or closed, and then I see all the elements; it doesn't become a nice little floating window. And in this case, I don't want to see this as a list, I want to see these as icons because then I can kind of pick my shots. So I'll click on that, and just like we saw in the Media Browser, I have all of my clips and I can again, scrub through them, hover scrub by not clicking on them, moving back and forth. If I click on them, I can go ahead and look at them this way. And then, if I want to work on them in greater detail, I can load them from the Project pane, into the Source Monitor. And to do that, is as simple as double-clicking on any clip. So, I want to start with a nice establishing shot, we had that beautiful shot of the boat at the beginning. So, that's called Ship at Sunset; very dramatic way I labeled this one, I brought it in, remembered that label. We'll talk about labeling in a moment. I double-click it, and it loads into my Source Monitor. And this has a lot of information for us. It has the clip from beginning to end. This little blue home plate is where the playhead is, which is the frame that we're looking at and I can scrub through that, that way. I can hit the Spacebar to play. There's even a set of controls down here like an old VCR, that I can play and stop, and jump forward and backwards. But I'll probably play this with either my Spacebar, or I will introduce some keyboard shortcuts for those folks, the letters J, K, and L. They're all together on your keyboard, and if I press the L key, this clip will play forwards. If I press the J key, it'll play backwards. The K pauses it. So your like, "Okay, that's nice but so what?" Well if I want to fast-forward, I just do the L key but I tap it two, three, four times. A quick way to fast-forward through a clip. If I want to fast-rewind, the J key; a couple of taps. And if it's a long clip, this is great. Hand doesn't have to leave the keyboard. The K key also becomes a modifier key. So not only can you race through a clip, but you can also step very carefully through a clip. So if I'm holding down the K key, which is right between J and L, and I tap the L key, I'm gonna move forward one frame at a time; very precise. If I want to hold down K and L at the same time, I'm gonna scrub forward in slow motion. So you can be very precise in this window to find the exact frame where you may want to have the clip start and where the clip ends. So your goal is to go though the clip and then mark the section of the clip that you want to use. And you mark it with an end point, a starting point, and an outpoint, an ending point. So if I wanted this clip to start here, I would now need to mark an end point. And you can use these little buttons. Don't use these little buttons. Do you know why? Because you're using J, K, and L. And luckily when they developed the typewriter 115 years ago, they put the I and the O key right above J, K, and L; because they knew we were gonna be doing video editing. So J, K, and L to your location, you want to mark an endpoint, guess what the keyboard shortcut is? Don't everybody scream at once ... I. I hit the I key, this changes. It puts a little marker here, that's my beginning frame. And then we'll actually put in everything to the end of that clip. But I don't want that, I'm gonna hit play, gonna just tap the Spacebar. Now right above J, K, and L ... Want to be out at that point. Hit the O key, and now I have selected the segment of the clip that I want to work with, that I want to bring into my timeline. And I want to point out a couple of things on the interface. Now instead of making this large, I'm gonna go ahead and zoom in, because it'll be easier for you all watching this on your Apple Watches, to see things. Sometimes I just throw those out there, and hope that somebody groans. Whenever you look here, this is how far into the clip we are. That could be from the head of the clip, it's 58 seconds in. Or if there's timecode; which, if you know about timecode, that's where you see it. Basically what would be stamped on that, could be time of day. And that's the duration of the clip. And this is an important thing to understand when you're dealing with video; everything is measured using four sets of numbers. Hours, minutes, seconds, and that last two digits, frames. So this will be either going from zero to 29, zero to 23, or sometimes you'll see some of these go to 59. I think this might even go to 59. I'm gonna go ahead and hit the step-through and see if I make this a little longer. We're good there, that one's shot 24 frames a second but sometimes things are shot at 60 frames a second, some sports things, so really it's hours, minutes, seconds, frames. So I know that this is about a four or almost five second clip. As a matter of fact, you'll notice that I can move my outpoint by just grabbing it and dragging it; so you can change it. If I think I want my outpoint to be over here, I can simply move my playhead and hit the O again, and it repositions it. So, you're not locked into to anything. This is completely non-destructive. That's a very important thing to keep in mind with Premier, is that you're not hurting your original files at all. It's all basically writing a database and choosing what part of the file it's gonna look at, and what it's gonna interpret. It's gonna look at the video, ignore the audio. It's gonna look at the video, and add a filter to it. But the original media stays pristine, so don't panic about that. I've marked an in, I've marked an out. This clip does not have audio, I can tell that, a couple reasons. One, when I looked at it in my project file, it was just the film strip without an audio clip. And you'll notice here, I have a little button. And that would be audio. And if that was highlighted, that means there would be sound with this clip.

Class Description

AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:

  • 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

ABOUT ABBA’S CLASS:

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.

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:

  • Beginner videographers
  • New video editors
  • Photographers looking to expand into video
  • Hobbyists that aren't satisfied with basic consumer video software

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2017

Lessons

  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.

Reviews

perrault095
 

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.

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.