Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video Taking a tour of the Premiere Pro interface, part of Premiere Pro CC Essential Training (2014).
In the last movie, we launched Adobe Premiere Pro in two ways. First, we created a new blank project and then we opened a project already populated with media. I'll definitely be able to show you more with a project already loaded. But right now I'm going to climb into the black project that we created we're all just go over a few things before we switch over. So that's the Hot Glass demo here and if you didn't create one, you can just sit back and watch, as we'll just be looking at an empty interface. Okay, so let's get a sense of what we're looking at here. Starting down here in the lower left corner is the Project pane.
This is where we organize the contents of our entire project and access the media that we'll be editing with. There are a few tabs to the right of the project pane and we'll be going over all of eventually. Let's move up to the upper left quadrant and take a look at the source monitor. It's here that we preview the material in preparation for editing where we bring footage from the Project pane and mark the shots that we'll edit into the sequence into the timeline, which is down here. The timeline provides a graphical view of the sequence and we have one or more sequences loaded at one time.
And finally, there is the program monitor where we see the visual output of this sequence loaded in the timeline. If I want to choose each of these windows, you can just click on them, like so, or you can use your keyboard shortcuts. Shift + 1 for the project pane, shift + 2 for the source monitor, shift + 3 for the timeline, and shift + 4 for the program monitor. During the editing process you are constantly moving between this various windows, so it can be a real time saver to commit these keyboard shortcuts to memory, to become more efficient.
Okay, so there is only so much you can really show in a tour of an interface when there is nothing loaded in the project. So, let's close this empty project which you can do by going up to File and Close Project or Shift + Cmd + W or Shift + Ctrl + W on a PC. This brings me back to the welcome screen where I choose the Hot Glass project that we opened in the previous movie. It's right here under recent projects. If yours isn't listed there, you can find the Hot Glass project in the Hot Glass projects folder within the exercise files. Okay, so let's start again and get a better sense for how everything works together in this environment.
Before I do, I just want to close my sequence really quick, to simplify things a little bit for now. So if you have a sequence loaded, just click on this little x and it will close. Alright, so again let's start down here in the Project pane. As I said, this is where all of the media for your project lives. It's good to be as organized as possible in your project pane so you can easily find everything you need. As you can see I've got everything organized and labeled pretty well here. Right now, I'm looking at everything in List View, where I can view a list of my assets, along with a lot of meta-data about what everything is.
If I want to, I can also look at it in Icon View. Now, if I just switch over to Icon View here, this is List View and this is icon view, if I just click on Icon View now, all I'm seeing are my bins, which look like folders. We'll go over all the nitty gritty details of navigating in and out of bins in just a little bit, but for now. I'm going to cmd + double-click on my assets bin right here that's ctrl + double-click on a PC and then again I'm going to cmd + double-click on my B-roll. And here you can see that I have little movies of all of my clips.
If I hover my mouse over, this is called Hover Scrub, I'm not clicking and dragging, I'm just dragging my mouse. You can see that I have visual representation of what each one of these clips is. I can also just click on these clips and move this scrubber back and forth and I can also play. I can just press spacebar to play, and again to stop. If I want to climb back out of this bin, I click up here and I'll go back and back again, and here I am at my top level and I'll switch back over to list view.
Now let's come back up to the source monitor. Again, this is where you preview your media for editing. So, if I can just take a clip from my project pane which I do by either double clicking or by clicking and dragging. And here it is, I can move my play head through and scrub through the footage. I can use these buttons down here to navigate. For example, play and stop or better yet, I can use my keyboard. We'll learn all of the different keyboard shortcuts in future movies. But for right now, let's just use the spacebar. Spacebar to play and again to stop.
Now I can also mark my shots by saying where I want the shot to begin and end. Now here are my Mark In and Mark Out buttons. Mark In corresponds to the I key on the keyboard, and Mark Out corresponds to the O key. So if I just mark an in here by pressing I and mark an out here by pressing O I have now marked my shot. We'll go over the rest of these buttons in a little bit but just the basics for now. Alright so, I have got this portion of the clip marked and now I can bring it down to my timeline. There are many, many ways that I can edit clips into a sequence but for now, I am just going to show you one way which is to drag and drop it into the empty timeline.
As you can see, the portion of the clip that I marked comes down to the timeline and I formed a sequence. I can scrub through it, and you can see the visual output up here in the program monitor and it's only one clip long right now. So to make the entire sequence fit within the timeline window, I just press the backslash key like so. To zoom in and out, I can use the slider down here, I can also use the plus and minus keys, I just press the plus key, to zoom in, and the minus key to zoom out. I'll go ahead and zoom in just a little bit here.
One of the other things about sequences is that the new sequence is formed here in the project pane as well. As you can see, it's just named after the first clip that I added in to the sequence. So I recommend renaming this immediately. I'll just single click here and name this. I'll call it Hot Glass Rough Cut and then I'm just going to put my initials and the date. Just for good organization, I'm going to go ahead and put it inside of my sequences folder, like so. If I twirl this down, you can see that I now have two sequences in here.
One, I just created and this one right here. I'm going to load this sequence so that we've a little bit more to look at. I'm going to double-click right here on the icon and it loads here in my timeline. As you can see, it's a nie graphical representation of my edits. I can scrub through. I can also play with a space bar. >> That energy, making it respond to. >> I can zoom in and out, again, with the slider down here or by using my plus key to zoom in, my minus key to zoom out and, again, to fit it within in the timeline, I just press the backslash key.
Again, notice that my previous sequence is still loaded, so you can have multiple sequences loaded, which is nice. And if you want to close it, again, you just select it, click on this x, and it closes. Now just a few more things. When I play the sequence you can see the audio meters responding accordingly. >> Our will with our bare hands. >> If you want to make this window larger you can just grab the edge here over to the left and now when I play it we have a little bit more to look at. >> Wet newspaper. >> And, in fact, if you want to resize any of the windows, you just hover until you get the double-sided arrow, and then drag like so, okay? If you want to get the Workspace back to the default layout, you just go up to Window, Workspace, and reset current Workspace, Yes.
Also notice that in a couple of the windows you have this thin gray bar. This just allows you to go back and forth and see all of the tabs within each of the windows. Now we haven't covered all of these tabs yet but we certainly will in future movies. And finally let's take a look at these tools here. These are the main tools that we'll use throughout the editing process. And if you hover over each one of them you'll see a tool tip telling you what each one of them is as well as the associated keyboard shortcut. And finally I suppose I should mention that there's a chance that after all of that things might look just a little bit different between what you see here and what you see in front of you in your software.
For example, maybe you can't see these audio waveforms here in the timeline. But don't worry about that, it's just a matter of increase and decrease in the heights of your timeline tracks. By just hovering over here in this area and then scrolling up and down with your mouse scroll wheel, like so. We'll definitely get to all of these very soon. Okay, so now we've got a pretty nice tour of the interface, both in an empty project as well as a populated one, before jumping in to actual editing we're just going to go a little bit deeper in the editing environment.
So we're as comfortable as possible inside of Adobe Premiere Pro.
- Editing in Premiere Pro in eight steps
- Setting up a project and a sequence
- Importing and organizing media
- Marking and selecting the best takes from clips
- Performing insert, overwrite, and replace edits
- Trimming, splitting, moving, and deleting clips
- Performing intermediate editing and trimming techniques
- Customizing your workspace and using creative tools
- A brief look at Creative Suite integration
- Making audio level adjustments and mixing audio
- Recording voice-overs
- Applying transitions, effects, and filters
- Changing clip speed
- Color correction techniques
- Creating titles, credit rolls, and lower thirds
- Multicam editing techniques
- Exporting your final project