Premiere Pro Editing Workflow

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    Welcome to the Premiere Pro editing workflow page. Here's where you'll find info on how to get started with Premiere Pro and video editing. You'll also find resources that will help you work with the application more smoothly. Feel free to start at the beginning and work your way down, or skip around if you're not so new to video editing.


    • If you have any quick questions about Premiere Pro while you work through this document, feel free to see our FAQ here. Your answer may have already been written.
    • Having trouble installing Premiere Pro? Head to our downloading and installation forum and create a post.


    Computer setup

    Before you even install Premiere Pro, you will want to make sure that you have a powerful enough computer that has a 64 bit operating system installed. Getting started with the right hardware and computer specs help you operate the application more smoothly and reliably.


    First, check the system requirements to make sure your computer has the components and operating system required for basic operation. Keep in mind that the system requirements will only cover you for basic editing functions and lower resolution media, like DVCAM or the like.


    If you are editing high definition or 4K media, you will need a more powerful computer than listed in the system requirements. Please check the third party vendor articles for information about building or purchasing a more powerful PC or Mac that is optimized for high resolution media.


    Still confused about what kind of computer you need or have some other question about computer hardware? You wouldn't be alone. Please create a post on the Hardware forum and ask the community any questions you have about your computer and editing with Premiere Pro.


    Premiere Pro System Requirements for Mac OS and WindowsHelpInformation about minimum computer requirements needed to run Premiere Pro
    Recommended hardware for PC computer systems for Premiere ProWebPuget Systems gives info on PC computer systems optimized for Premiere Pro
    Recommended hardware for Mac computer systems for Premiere ProWebMacworld article on Mac computer systems optimized for Premiere Pro
    Adobe hardware forumForumThe place to ask specific questions about your computer hardware


    Video formats

    Now that you know your computer is set up for editing with Premiere Pro, you'll want to see if the footage that you want to use is supported by Premiere Pro. You'll be relieved to know that footage from most cameras and camcorders are supported. See the list of supported formats.


    List of supported file formatsHelpA list of supported formats you can edit with in Premiere Pro


    Launch Premiere Pro

    There are a few different ways to launch Premiere Pro. Most people double click the application icon where the rest of your applications are stored. You can also launch Premiere Pro from the Creative Cloud application. More info here.


    Now that you are sure your computer can work with Premiere Pro, are using a supported file format, and the application is launched, you can get started.


    Basic tutorials for getting started

    If you're the type of person that loves to get started quickly with some real world projects and basic info, consider the following tutorials and help articles. If you'd like to take a slower pace, watch the first few videos and save the hands on tutorial for later.


    What is Premiere Pro?

    VideoIf you don't know what Premiere Pro is or does, watch this video
    Basic Premiere Pro editing workflowHelpA good place for beginners to get background information on basic video editing workflow

    Learn five editing basics in Premiere Pro

    VideosAn introduction to: importing media, sequence creation, titling, audio adjustment, and export to YouTube

    Try basic editing techniques in Premiere Pro

    Hands onIncludes footage and instructional videos designed by Adobe—For the current version


    Project setup

    Now that you see how the editing workflow works, you can begin creating your own project. Do one of the following:

    • Click the "New Project" button in the Premiere Pro "Welcome" screen
    • Choose File > New > Project

    The default location for this project file is the Adobe folder inside your Documents folder. This is fine unless you have a dedicated location you like to save your project files instead.


    Check the following resources for more info on how to create a new project.


    Creating a new projectHelpInfo on how to create a new project and change settings. Info on how to open and move an existing project.


    Importing footage
    Before you can start editing, you need to import footage into Premiere Pro. A tip is to always import footage via the Media Browser so that vital metadata is imported along with the media. In the Media Browser, select clips you want to import, right click on one of those clips, and choose "Import."


    Review the following resources for details on how to import footage properly into Premiere Pro.


    Importing assets from tapeless formatsHelpInfo on how to properly import footage from cameras that shoot tapeless footage
    Importing video into Premiere ProTutorialVideo Revealed tutorial on how to import footage
    Transferring and importing filesHelpInfo on importing standard files


    Managing assets
    Here, find tips on how to manage assets in your project more wisely for easier story telling. Typically, you'll want to organize clips into folders, or "bins" before you start the process of editing. Within these bins you can further organize or sort clips into various order to prepare them editing into the Timeline. Having clips well organized from the start can assist in assembling stories more quickly.


    Organize assets in the Project panelHelpHow to organize your clips, graphics, and audio source materials properly
    Thumbnail and preview secretsTutorialVideo Revealed tutorial on Project panel organization tips


    Monitoring assets

    Once you have organized your footage into bins, you can begin becoming more familiar with it. Editors typically like to review footage before committing to editing it into the Timeline. This familiarity with the footage is helpful so that the proper clip is chosen to move the story forward.


    As you review this footage in the Source and Record Monitors, you'll be marking In and Out points, creating markers, reviewing footage playing back the Timeline. Doing these tasks ahead of time can make the assembly of the story a lot more easy.


    Using the Source and Program MonitorHelpInfo on how to use the Source and Program Monitor for reviewing, marking, and editing footage
    Playback controlsTutorialVideo Revealed tutorial on playing back footage more easily with keyboard shortcuts



    Now that you've got your clips organized and marked up, you can add them to the Timeline. Here is info about how to add clips to the Timeline in a logical order that makes up a video story.


    Add clips to sequencesHelpInfo on how to add clips to the Timeline (also called a sequence)



    It is said that good quality audio is far more important than video. Therefore, you'll want to know how to change the volume level of the audio in clips to better enhance your video production.


    Adjusting volume levelsHelpInfo on how to adjust the volume level of individual audio clips or the volume level of on an entire audio track



    Most videos need a bit of titling. This gives videos a more pro feel while helping to inform your audience via onscreen text. Here are steps on how to add a title or two to your video sequence. Title > New Title > Default Still should get you going. Merely close the Titler window to save the title. A bit unintuitive, but that's the way you do it. More info in the following resources.


    Creating and editing titlesHelpInfo on how to add titles to video sequences



    The look of video clips can be enhanced or changed with the application of a video clip. The look can be subtle, like a color correction, or radical, like a distort effect. Those changes are up to you. Here's info on how to apply effects to clips.


    Apply effects to clipsHelpInfo on how to apply an effect to a clip



    After adding effects to clips, you can animate the properties of these effects by using items called "keyframes. You usually do this work in the Effect Controls panel. Here's info on how to add keyframes to effects.


    Adding, navigating, and setting keyframesHelpInfo on how to animate effects



    Another subset of video effects creation is the blending of two or more clips to create an effect. This act is referred to as "compositing." Compositing uses the imagery from 2 or more clips and effects such as opacity and items called "blending modes." More info follows.


    Blending modesHelpInfo on how to composite 2 or more clips to form a new blended image


    Exporting media

    Finally, you are going to want to share your video with the rest of the world. Most editors upload video to a site on the internet via a social media site like YouTube, Vimeo, or Facebook. See the following video tutorial for some great into on how to accomplish that. More info lies in the Help doc, as well.


    Export video from Premiere Pro in Media Encoder CCTutorialExporting media to your computer, or to social media sites like YouTube and Facebook
    Export media from Premiere Pro or Media EncoderHelpDoc on how to export media using the Queue or Export function


    Archiving projects

    When you're done with a project you may need to archive, move, store, or hand off the finished project. So what do you do? Archive the project! See the following resources for archiving your project using the Project Manager.


    Archiving your projects in Premiere ProTutorialVideo Revealed tutorial on how to archive a project
    Consolidate, transcode, and archive projects in Premiere ProHelpDoc on how to consolidate, transcode, and archive projects



    You have now completed a full editing workflow from beginning to end. Feel free to share this page with others that are new to video editing with Premiere Pro.