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Premiere Pro Basics
Posted by Matthew Travers, Last modified by Erika Rydberg on 03 October 2018 12:39 PM
Premiere Pro Basics

Starting and Saving a Project 

When you open Premiere, you should be met with this dialogue box. From here, you can either launch older projects, or create a new one. Go ahead and click “New Project…”




That should open up this dialogue box. Here, we are able to name our file, select a location, and change a few other settings. For now, we’re just going to name our project (for ideas on how to name your file, visit this Knowledgebase article on video file management) and change the location to wherever we would like. Once you’ve done this, hit “OK” on the bottom right. However if you need to save to an external drive, you’ll want to follow the next step.


When saving to an external Drive, you should make sure all of your scratch disks are set to save there as well. To do so:
1. Select “Scratch Disks” on that New Project screen.
2. Click on the first “Browse…” option in the Scratch Disks sub-menu.
3. Select your external drive from the file browser that pops up.
4. Select the folder you wish to use for saving your project
5. Hit “Select Folder.” This will close the file browser. You should repeat all of these steps for the rest of the options in the Scratch Disks menu. Once you’re done, hit “OK.”



Moving About the Premiere Pro Interface

This is the main screen for Premiere. Everything you would want to do as a beginner is here. The GIF above shows the three main parts of Premiere: the Media Browser, The Program Window, and the Timeline. The media browser is where you search through your computer to find all the files you plan on using. From there, you can drag your files into the Timeline, which is where you will mold your project. The Timeline is where your project takes shape. This is where you sequence your files in order to really make your video. Above the Timeline is the Program Window. This is where you can watch your Timeline. If you mouse over your Timeline, you’ll notice the program window displays whatever you’re mousing over. Go ahead and move a file from your Media Browser to your Timeline.




Here we’ll go over the two most basic and widely used tools in Premiere; the Select Tool and the Razor Tool. The Select Tool is on by default. That’s what you’ve been using to drag things onto the timeline and move them around. The Razor Tool allows you to make cuts in the middle of a clip. We also showed off the Rolling Edit Tool. That is when you grab the end of a clip, and make it longer or smaller. You can use the Rolling Edit Tool even if it isn’t selected. If you have the Select Tool selected, just hover over the ends of your clip and that will automatically activate it. To select these tools on the fly, simply press “C” on your keyboard for the Razor Tool and “V” for the Select Tool.



Export

Once you’re done with your video, you’re going to want to export it. To get here, go to the file menu, then export, then media. You could also hit control/command M.




This should bring up this export menu. Almost everything here is very advanced and you’ll likely never have to touch. The only setting you’ll need to change is format. Set your format to H.264. This doesn’t make a lot of sense to new users, but it’s the video compression codec used in almost all HD video, so just go ahead and select it. Once you’ve done that, you should be all set to export your video! Depending on its length, your video might take a few minutes to render. After that though, you’re all set. Your new video will either be in a file location you’ve specified, or in your computers default Premiere Pro folder.




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