Any successful YouTuber can tell you that an essential part of making hit videos is having top-notch editing skills. There are tons of programs out there, but many videographers turn to Adobe Premiere Pro to edit a video. It’s with good reason, as Adobe integrates much of the Creative Cloud for its projects. However, the Creative Cloud tends to have a steep learning curve.
We can get you started with a couple of tips for editing your next viral hit. There are tons of things you can do in Adobe Premiere Pro, but we’ll just start with the very basics of editing a video.
How to edit a video
1. Before you can start editing a project on Premiere Pro, you have to create it. You can open a new project easily with the following commands:
Windows: Ctrl+Alt+N, Mac: Opt+Cmd+N
That was pretty easy, right? Well, it’s all uphill from here.
2. Now you’ve got your file open, you need to add some content to your project. You can use simple commands to search through your computer for most leading files, for example:
Windows: Ctrl+Alt+I, Mac: Opt+Cmd+I
I mean, we can’t give you ideas for the videos, but at least this part is straight forward.
3. Now that you have your content, it’s time to drag and drop it where you need it on your timeline. You can also use the Overwrite and Insert buttons on your source monitor to place your clips. You can even nest sequences to achieve new effects using the following command:
Windows: Ctrl+U, Mac: Cmd+U
Now we’re really starting to see a project come together.
4. Once you have all your clips and content in order, it’s time for transitions. Hit videos rarely feature the same effects and transitions over and over again so add a title with the following command:
Windows: Ctrl+T, Mac: Cmd+T
And adjust your transitions and effects from the Effects Controls panel with this shortcut:
Windows: Ctrl+D, Mac: Cmd+D
5. Adobe Premiere Pro also packs a powerful sound mixer so you can make the audio for your video sound just right. You can use the audio clip mixer with the command Shift+9, and the audio track mixer with Shift+6.
6. After you finish all of these basic steps, you’re ready to export your video. You can save it to many file types with the Adobe Media Encoder and send it to Blu-ray, DVD, or a digital file.
What else can you do to create content?
There are numerous tools to edit a video out there, and these are the most basic of Adobe Premiere Pro instructions. You would be amazed by how many programs and platforms you can learn once you get the ball rolling. All it takes is a little bit of training to get your content creation up and running quickly.
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