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How To Use Adobe Premiere Pro – The Basics

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Being one of the best and most versatile video editing software out there, it’s perfectly understandable that you want to learn how to use Adobe Premiere Pro. You need to start somewhere, and this tutorial will be exactly what you need!

Let’s go ahead and discuss every aspect of it. 

Create A New Sequence/Timeline

The first thing we need to look into is the creation of your timeline. After you import everything in Premiere Pro, you will need to start working on your video!

Resolution

The first thing you want to do is make sure that your sequence matches your camera resolution. This means that if you shoot in 3840×2160, the timeline needs to match it perfectly. If, for example, you have footage of different resolutions, such as 1920×1080(HD) and 3840×2160(4K), our advice would be to use the highest resolution. 

The reason is that you can export the full 4K video, and get the best out of your footage, or just export in HD as long as your timeline is set to 4K already. If you simply create a timeline in HD, then you won’t be able to export in 4K at all. 

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Framerate

Before you start working on your video, you need to make sure that your footage framerate matches your project settings. If it doesn’t, you will experience some issues with jumpy footage. This being said, if your camera shoots in 29.97fps, you should set your project at 29.97fps. They generally work in multiples of the base project framerate.

A common mistake is when people shoot slow motion, which usually runs at about 50-60 fps, and they create a sequence at this framerate, but this won’t bring anything good. 

Most videos are usually shot in 24fps, which is the most pleasing framerate for the eyes. If you are shooting a gaming video though, you can use a 50fps, because your audience may be used to it. Therefore we always want to work in a sequence between 23.97 and 30 fps maximum, and nothing higher. 

If you do want to shoot slow-motion though, you should know that it is meant to be slowed down in multiples, so the frames are rendered correctly, without jumping. As an example, a footage shot at 50fps should be added in a 25fps sequence in order to slow the footage down by 50%. The frames will align in the timeline, as the 50 frames are spread out to 25 frames. 

If you want to import slow-motion footage, you need to have it in a real-time sequence of 29.97fps, 30fps(NTSC), 25fps(Pal), or 24fps(Film).

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Multiples that work together

Use 29.97fps timeline/sequence when recording – 29.97, 59.94, 119.88

Use 25fps timeline/sequence when recording – 25, 50, 100, 200

Use 24fps timeline/sequence when recording – 24, 48, 96, 192

Use 23.97fps timeline/sequence when recording – 23.97, 47.94, 95.88

Mixing framerates in 1 sequence

Mixing different framerates together is possible, but if you don’t do it right, it will cause a lot of jumpy footage. In order to do it right, you will need to use a standard 25fps timeline, and tell the software to interpret the 30fps footage as a 25fps clip. This will stretch the frames a little, so they align to the 25fps sequence, and will also slow down your clip a little. 

In order to do this, you should do the following steps:

1. Open the “Project Panel” by right-clicking on the video.

2. Go to “Modify” and then “Interpret Footage.”

3. Choose the “assume this framerate” button and enter your desired number. 

How To Import Clips Into Premiere Pro

In order to import clips into Premiere Pro, you can either drag and drop them into the program, or go to “Files” and choose the “Import” button. You can also use the “Ctrl-I” shortcut for it. 

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How To Cut Clips In Premiere Pro

You can cut clips in Premiere Pro by dragging them from the Project Panel, over to the Source Panel. There, you can use the “I” and “O” keys to cut the selection, and then you can drag and drop the video into the timeline. You can choose to import the video with or without the audio, by wither dragging with the video ar audio tool. You can recognize them in the control bar under the video.

Additionally, you can cut clips directly from your timeline, and it would be best to set the markers first. I find this very useful if I have a long clip and I want a few parts of it. I play the video in the Source Panel, mark the parts I need, then simply drag the ending or beginning directly from the timeline. 

How To Add Text In Premiere Pro

You can simply add text in Premiere Pro by using the “Type Tool” and adding the text to your video. From the “Effects Control” panel you can change its position, scale, and opacity, as well as their key points in order to make the text appear and disappear when you want it to. 

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How To Add An Adjustment Layer In Premiere Pro

In order to add an adjustment layer in Premiere Pro, you first need to go to the “Effect” tab. In your “Project” tab from the bottom left corner, you can press on the small “New Item” button.

From there, select “Adjustment Layer.”

Make sure the settings are right and hit “create.”

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How To Export A Video In Premiere Pro

Exporting in Premiere Pro is pretty straightforward. You first need to go into “Files” and select “Export,” and then “Media.” The shortcut for this is “Ctrl+M.”

You can select to export the whole clip or just a part of it. If you want to export a part of it, you can select a point in the timeline and click on “I” for “in,” or “O” for “out.” This will automatically switch your selection to custom. 

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If you are exporting for social media, then you want to choose the H.264 format, that will export a .MP4 file. If you need a better format, for broadcast or editing, you should choose the QuickTime Prores 244HQ option. 

All you need to do next is either queue for export using the Media Encoder, or Export directly from Premiere Pro.

Of course, this is a basic tutorial on how to use Adobe Premiere Pro, but you can also check out more Premiere Pro tutorials, and learn everything there is to know about it!

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