5 Editing Tips For Beginners on Adobe Premiere Pro 2022

These beginner tips can be used on any year of Premiere Pro and will help you dive into the program so you can start to become a better editor as soon as possible. We will be covering setup and organization in Adobe Premiere Pro, because let’s face it, being organized is the key to fast and efficient editing.

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Tip 1: Use Bins to Organize your Content

Within your version of Adobe Premiere Pro, there are Items/ Tools called “Bins”. These bins can be used to hold a range of content, from video, music, pictures, even other projects. They take all the clutter that could drive someone crazy and organize them into folders. In order to create one simply right-click in the “Project Panel” and select “New Bin”

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Let’s call this bin, “Videos.” Some people label this bin footage, and others call it Videos. Here is where we will store all of our raw video or unedited video clips.

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Go ahead and make 4 more bins and name them, “Sequences”, “Music”, “Graphics”, and “Finals.” Your Project Panel should look something like this:

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Now that you got your bins named and set up, it’s now time to import your content and organize them in those bins! First right-click a blank section of the Project Panel and click “Import…”

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Locate your videos, pictures, and music tracks and import them into the Project Panel. This is how your panel should look like (will be bigger or small depending on the amount of content you have):

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Organizing the bins should be self-explanatory, however, an easy way to select all your raw video is to select the first video on top, hold down shift, and click the last video to select the whole selection in one go.

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Two great resources for music and graphics are Envato Elements and Artlist. Both are paid subscriptions but are well worth the money if that’s not an issue. However, for those on a tighter budget, YouTube Audio Library is another resource we use, which has a wide range of royalty-free music selections from classical to metal.

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Once your content is organized, as they say in the industry, you can now start making “selects” of your raw video.

Tip 2: Create a “Selects” Sequence to Choose Your Clips

“Selects” are clips of moments chosen from your raw video that you wish to have in your final video. Usually when editing a video, not every bit of footage will be used in your final project. The process of choosing selects will not only help you pick your favorite clips, but it will also help you familiarize yourself with what video content you have and help you mentally layout your video’s “story”.

First, start by selecting all your raw videos from your Videos bin (Shift-click), and drag them into your Timeline Panel.

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This will create a Sequence project, which will appear in your project panel. Name this sequence, “SELECTS.” Drag that into your Sequences bin to keep everything organized and looking neat.

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Once you have all of your raw footage laid out into your new sequence, you can now start selecting your favorite parts. Use the Cut Tool to isolate these great moments and raise them up to the next track. This separates them from the rest and allows you to visually see all of the clips you want to utilize.

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And that’s pretty much the basics of making selects! Now it’s time to learn the most important part about editing, Duplication.

Tip 3: Duplicate, Duplicate, Duplicate

Destructive edits cannot be undone. For example, you delete a clip from a sequence because you don’t like the placement. You continue the work, but you think you might want that clip back in the same spot it was. Before going back through your selects and finding the exact location of the clip, you can just duplicate.

To duplicate a sequence in Adobe Premiere Pro, right-click the sequence and click “Duplicate.” This will make an exact copy of your sequence. Let’s go ahead and duplicate our “SELECTS” sequence.

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This will be the first rough cut of your video so we will go ahead and call it, “ROUGH01” “Rough” meaning it’s not completed yet and “01” is the number of the sequence.

Make sure to do this throughout editing while you’re making changes to your project (the next sequence, for example, would be named “ROUGH02”). You don’t want to have to search through all your footage for a short clip you could have easily found if you would have duplicated it!

By the end of your project, it should look something like this if you remembered to keep duplicating:

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Organize your different edited rough cuts in the Sequences bin and once you are satisfied with an edit, duplicate then change the name to “FINAL01” and place it in the Finals bin.

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While organizing will help you keep track of your raw video and help you create a memorable video, learning the different shortcuts in Adobe Premiere Pro can help you speed up your editing significantly.

Tip 4: Learn the Shortcuts

Learning shortcuts for any Adobe program is essential for workflow management and even navigating the software. Shortcuts will make you a better editor and it’s not too difficult to learn the most important ones. The easiest way to learn a shortcut is to hover your cursor over the tool you want to use until a pop-up comes up with the name and shortcut in parenthesis.

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The shortcuts I use on a regular basis are the Selection Tool (V) the Razor Tool (C), and File Save (Command S for Mac, Control S for Windows). If you can remember those three, for now, it will speed up your editing by a significant amount!

Learning shortcuts will make you a better, faster editor, however, if you do not “Save” your project, you might lose essential progress on your project. Save File shortcuts must be used frequently just in case things don’t auto-save when you want them to.

Tip 5: “Saving” is Crucial!

Saving is an editor's best friend and has bailed a lot of use out of some hot water. Thanks to “Auto-Save,” this isn’t the most important step and that’s why I saved it for the end. However, forgetting about this tip could be detrimental to a project. Don’t trust that Auto-Save has your most recent edit because sometimes those saves don’t happen when you want them to.

Before you get up for a snack, SAVE! Before making a serious change to your project you might not like, first duplicate, then SAVE. Save, save, and if you think you’ve saved enough, WRONG! Save again!

BONUS TIP!!: “Undo” STILL Exist in Premiere!

Let’s not forget another important shortcut that editors use frequently, Undo (Command-Z on Mac, Control-Z on Windows). Yes, that little tool that you use for undoing a typo on your essay? We have it too. So remember this shortcut because once you learn it, it will become one of your best friends.

So there you have it. You now have all the tips to start your journey into Adobe Premiere Pro. If you have any questions regarding this blog or editing in general, feel free to reach out to us on our social media accounts or email kam@cff.media.

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