5 Premiere Pro Tips for Beginner Video Editors

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Learning video editing is not as easy as it may seem, especially when you hop on a professional video editor like Adobe Premiere Pro.

Being a beginner is painful too. Isn’t it?

Well, I learned that keep going forward is the best a beginner can do to make things easier.

Honestly, it takes a lot of time to learn how to use any software — Premiere Pro is no exception.

I’ve learned how to edit videos the hard way, but it doesn’t mean you should also go through hell to learn how to edit on Premiere Pro.

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Here are five Premiere Pro tips for beginner video editors:

1. Start with a Sequence

Never dare to start a project by importing your video clips and dropping them on the timeline without having a reference sequence.

If you do so, you’ll lose the liberty of making your project exactly the way you wanted it to look.

Premiere Pro will choose the sequence settings according to the first footage you dragged into the timeline. If the footage is in 4k, you’ll edit in 4K which will make your editing process pretty slow because to edit 4K you need a high-end computer. If it’s in 120 FPS, you will edit the entire project in 120 FPS which will make a 30 FPS file 1/4 times laggy.

Rather, before starting a project, Right-click–> New Item–>Sequence.

Make a sequence: It will entitle you to have complete control over your video. Choose the dimensions and frame rate of your video that suits you the best.

2. Never Use Presets

Using presets saves time but ruins the learning process. You are here to learn. Right? Let me explain: presets give you an easy path. But, you can’t know what exactly is happening in the back end.

Which effects are applied, and how it’s done. 

You’ll learn nothing. What you’ll come to know is how to use a preset. That’s it. 

Instead, learn the mechanism. Those who provide the preset also teach you how you can achieve the desired effect you are looking to have in your video. 

Course: Advanced Video Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro 2020

Learning the mechanism will help you to master different effects of Premiere Pro or the video editing software you are using. It will help you in your creative process, i.e. boost creativity. It will help you to strengthen your grasp on the video editing software.

3. Learn Shortcuts

If you want to save time, it is the right way to do so. The learning process is there.

Isn’t it cool?

Let me share some shortcuts with you.

Please note that the following shortcuts are specific to Adobe Premiere Pro. However, some are applicable in Adobe After Effects as well.

  1. Ctrl+K makes a “Simple Cut”.
  2. V will make you switch to the selection cursor.
  3. K pauses the playback.
  4. M will put the markers on your clip, music, or timeline.
  5. for Mark In. O to Mark Out.

Furthermore, the shortcuts are customizable. Adjust according to your choice.

4. Simple Cut is the Best Transition

You guys like fancy transitions, right? I have seen a lot. Every beginner tends to put a “transition” on every cut he makes even if there’s a pause in the talk, bang! a weird-looking “transition”. 

Let me break it down for you what a transition is.

It’s a visual effect that helps to improve your story, either for YouTube Vlog or a video project you are working on. When aptly put, raises the quality of the content by a far bit, and when poorly put, the video starts to look weird.

According to Jordy from Cinecom.net, a simple cut in general and on a beat is the best transition you can have.

Furthermore, seamless In-camera transitions seem to work fine in cinematography, in my opinion. Plus, the glitch transition, seamless zoom in and out, seamless clockwise rotation are the best transitions to use if used to enhance your story.

5. Use Warp Stabilizer to Stabilize your Footage

Do you like to add cinematography to spice up your video?

I like to add cinematography, for sure.

But, let me state a fact: poorly shot videos and adding the taste of shakiness to that, it’s a perfect combo to ruin your project.

What can you do?  

Exercise your hands to shake less. Plus, in post-processing, go-to effects. Search Warp Stabilizer, drag that on to your clip, and boom. 

Congratulations, you have made your footage look better than before.

Are these Adobe Premiere Pro tips going to help you?

I have been using Adobe Premiere Pro for a while, and I learned so many software and editing techniques over the past few years.

I am happy that I got the chance to convey what I thought beginner video editors, content creators, YouTubers, and vloggers needed to know. 

I’ll be more than happy if it helps you out.

Please let me know if you find these Adobe Premiere Pro tips useful.

I’ll be waiting for your comments.

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