Get started with Adobe Premiere Pro

  1. Adobe Premiere Pro User Guide
  2. Beta releases
    1. Beta Program Overview
    2. Premiere Pro Beta Home
    3. Features in Beta
      1. New import & export in Premiere Pro (Beta)
      2. FAQ | New import and export in Premiere Pro (Beta)
  3. Getting started
    1. Get started with Adobe Premiere Pro
    2. What's new in Premiere Pro
    3. Release Notes | Premiere Pro
    4. Keyboard shortcuts in Premiere Pro
    5. Accessibility in Premiere Pro
  4. Hardware and operating system requirements
    1. Hardware recommendations
    2. System requirements
    3. GPU and GPU Driver requirements
    4. GPU Accelerated Rendering & Hardware Encoding/Decoding
  5. Creating projects
    1. Creating projects
    2. Open projects
    3. Move and delete projects
    4. Work with multiple open projects
    5. Work with Project Shortcuts
    6. Backward compatibility of Premiere Pro projects
    7. Open and edit Premiere Rush projects in Premiere Pro
    8. Best Practices: Create your own project templates
  6. Workspaces and workflows
    1. Workspaces
    2. Working with Panels
    3. Windows touch and gesture controls
  7. Capturing and importing
    1. Capturing
      1. Capturing and digitizing footage
      2. Capturing HD, DV, or HDV video
      3. Batch capturing and recapturing
      4. Setting up your system for HD, DV, or HDV capture
    2. Importing
      1. Transferring and importing files
      2. Importing still images
      3. Importing digital audio
    3. Importing from Avid or Final Cut
      1. Importing AAF project files from Avid Media Composer
      2. Importing XML project files from Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X
    4. Supported file formats
    5. Digitizing analog video
    6. Working with timecode
  8. Editing
    1. Sequences
      1. Create and change sequences
      2. Add clips to sequences
      3. Rearrange clips in a sequence
      4. Find, select, and group clips in a sequence
      5. Edit from sequences loaded into the Source Monitor
      6. Simplify sequences
      7. Rendering and previewing sequences
      8. Working with markers
      9. Scene edit detection
    2. Video
      1. Create and play clips
      2. Trimming clips
      3. Synchronizing audio and video with Merge Clips
      4. Render and replace media
      5. Undo, history, and events
      6. Freeze and hold frames
      7. Working with aspect ratios
    3. Audio
      1. Overview of audio in Premiere Pro
      2. Audio Track Mixer
      3. Adjusting volume levels
      4. Editing, repairing and improving audio using Essential Sound panel
      5. Monitor clip volume and pan using Audio Clip Mixer
      6. Audio balancing and panning
      7. Advanced Audio - Submixes, downmixing, and routing
      8. Audio effects and transitions
      9. Working with audio transitions
      10. Apply effects to audio
      11. Measure audio using the Loudness Radar effect
      12. Recording audio mixes
      13. Editing audio in the timeline
      14. Audio channel mapping in Premiere Pro
      15. Use Adobe Stock audio in Premiere Pro
    4. Advanced editing
      1. Multi-camera editing workflow
      2. Editing workflows for feature films
      3. Set up and use Head Mounted Display for immersive video in Premiere Pro
      4. Editing VR
    5. Best Practices
      1. Best Practices: Mix audio faster
      2. Best Practices: Editing efficiently
  9. Video Effects and Transitions
    1. Overview of video effects and transitions
    2. Effects
      1. Types of effects in Premiere Pro
      2. Apply and remove effects
      3. Effect presets
      4. Automatically reframe video for different social media channels
      5. Color correction effects
      6. Change duration and speed of clips
      7. Adjustment Layers
      8. Stabilize footage
    3. Transitions
      1. Applying transitions in Premiere Pro
      2. Modifying and customizing transitions
      3. Morph Cut
  10. Graphics, Titles, and Animation
    1. Graphics and titles
      1. Create titles and motion graphics
      2. Applying text gradients in Premiere Pro
      3. Using Motion Graphics templates for titles
      4. Replace images or videos in Motion Graphics templates
      5. Use data-driven Motion Graphics templates
      6. Best Practices: Faster graphics workflows
      7. Add Responsive Design features to your graphics
      8. Working with captions
      9. Speech to Text
      10. Speech to Text in Premiere Pro | FAQ
      11. Upgrade Legacy titles to Source Graphics
    2. Animation and Keyframing
      1. Adding, navigating, and setting keyframes
      2. Animating effects
      3. Use Motion effect to edit and animate clips
      4. Optimize keyframe automation
      5. Moving and copying keyframes
      6. Viewing and adjusting effects and keyframes
  11. Compositing
    1. Compositing, alpha channels, and adjusting clip opacity
    2. Masking and tracking
    3. Blending modes
  12. Color Correction and Grading
    1. Overview: Color workflows in Premiere Pro
    2. Get creative with color using Lumetri looks
    3. Adjust color using RBG and Hue Saturation Curves
    4. Correct and match colors between shots
    5. Using HSL Secondary controls in the Lumetri Color panel
    6. Create vignettes
    7. Looks and LUTs
    8. Lumetri scopes
    9. Display Color Management
    10. HDR for broadcasters
    11. Enable DirectX HDR support
  13. Exporting media
    1. Workflow and overview for exporting
    2. Quick export
    3. Exporting for the Web and mobile devices
    4. Export a still image
    5. Exporting projects for other applications
    6. Exporting OMF files for Pro Tools
    7. Export to Panasonic P2 format
    8. Exporting to DVD or Blu-ray Disc
    9. Best Practices: Export faster
  14. Working with other Adobe applications
    1. After Effects and Photoshop
    2. Dynamic Link
    3. Audition
    4. Prelude
  15. Organizing and Managing Assets
    1. Working in the Project panel
    2. Organize assets in the Project panel
    3. Playing assets
    4. Search assets
    5. Creative Cloud Libraries
    6. Sync Settings in Premiere Pro
    7. Using Productions
    8. How clips work across projects in a Production
    9. Consolidate, transcode, and archive projects
    10. Managing metadata
    11. Best Practices
      1. Best Practices: Working with Productions
      2. Best Practices: Learning from broadcast production
      3. Best Practices: Working with native formats
  16. Improving Performance and Troubleshooting
    1. Set preferences
    2. Reset preferences
    3. Working with Proxies
      1. Proxy overview
      2. Ingest and Proxy Workflow
    4. Check if your system is compatible with Premiere Pro
    5. Premiere Pro for Apple silicon
    6. Eliminate flicker
    7. Interlacing and field order
    8. Smart rendering
    9. Control surface support
    10. Best Practices: Working with native formats
    11. Knowledge Base
      1. Green and pink video in Premiere Pro or Premiere Rush
      2. How do I manage the Media Cache in Premiere Pro?
      3. Fix errors when rendering or exporting
      4. Troubleshoot issues related to playback and performance in Premiere Pro
  17. Monitoring Assets and Offline Media
    1. Monitoring assets
      1. Using the Source Monitor and Program Monitor
      2. Using the Reference Monitor
    2. Offline media
      1. Working with offline clips
      2. Creating clips for offline editing
      3. Relinking offline media

 

Learn how to get started using Premiere Pro, a non-linear editing software for filmmakers, television broadcasters, journalists, students, and videographers.

Premiere Pro is a non-linear editing software for filmmakers, television broadcasters, journalists, students, and videographers. Learn how you can get started using Premiere Pro, starting from importing rough footage all the way to a complete video.

Before you begin

  • Gather your footage and other media files: Premiere Pro supports a variety of file formats. Check our list of supported file formats to understand if your files can be imported into Premiere Pro. Save your files in your computer or in a dedicated storage drive (recommended).
  • Check your system requirements: If your computer meets these system requirements, go ahead and install Premiere Pro. If your graphic cards are not fully supported, Premiere Pro flags this issue when you launch the app. Check and update your drivers to get the best out of Premiere Pro.

Get started editing

After you have your footage ready in your computer, open Premiere Pro and get started editing.

 If you don't have footage handy, but are looking to learn about Premiere Pro, try using the sample project files within the product. From the Home screen, click Learn > Get started to use the sample project.

Start a new project or open an existing project

Start a project or open an existing project.

  • To start a new project, click New Project (Windows: Ctrl+Alt+N, macOS: Opt+Cmd+N).
  • To open an existing project, click Open Project (Windows: Ctrl+O, macOS: Cmd+O). 
  • If you have started on a project using Premiere Rush (on the go app for capturing and editing video, open it directly in Premiere Pro for further editing. Click Open Premiere Rush Project.
  • If you are working with others, then you might want to create a new Team Project. Click New Team Project.

For more information, see Creating and changing projects.

Import video and audio

Import video footage and other media files.

To import files, you can:

  • Use the Media Browser  (Windows: Ctrl+Alt+I, macOS: Opt+Cmd+I).
  • Use dynamic linking to bring in assets from After Effects, Photoshop, or Illustrator.

Assemble and refine a sequence

To view a clip in the Source Monitor, double-click the clip in the Project Panel. Using the Source Monitor, you can view clips, set edit points, and mark frames before adding clips to a sequence. Refine sequences by manipulating clips in the Timeline panel

Add clips to a sequence in the Timeline panel by dragging them from the Project Panel, or by using the Insert (the comma key) or Overwrite buttons (the full stop key). 

Add titles

To get started with titles, you can select an existing motion graphic template from Premiere Pro. You can also create a title directly in your video using the Type tool in the Program Monitor. Use keyboard shortcuts (Windows: Ctrl+T, macOS: Cmd+T) to create a new text layer.

Type in a title, and then adjust its appearance. Save your title as a Motion Graphics template so it can be reused and shared. 

For more information on using the Essential Graphics panel, see Create titles and motion graphics.

Add transitions and effects

Add transitions between clips to smoothly move from one clip to another. The Effects Control panel includes an extensive list of transitions and effects you can apply.

Add an effect or transition to a clip in the Timeline panel by dragging it from the Effects panel. Adjust the effect, duration, and alignment using the Effects Control panel.

Edit color

There are multiple color editing options in Premiere Pro. You can:

  • Apply looks (color presets) and make adjustments.
  • Refine looks using RGB Curves and the Hue Saturation Curve.
  • Compare and match color across clips.
  • Adjust shadows, midtones, and highlights using color wheels.
  • Apply LUTs and make technical corrections to light, and more.

To get started, experiment with looks. Select a clip in the timeline, and select a look from the Creative section of the Lumetri color panel. Adjust the Intensity and Adjustments sliders to fine-tune the preset.

For more information, see Color workflows.

Mix audio

Premiere Pro offers a complete audio editing solution within the application. Some common audio edits you can do are sync audio with video, or reduce background noise. You can also choose to edit audio in Audition for advanced audio mixing. 

Change duration and speed

You can set a duration for video or audio clips, letting them speed up or slow down to fill the duration.

You can use the following options to change the speed and duration of clips:

  • Speed/Duration command (Windows: Ctrl + R, macOS: Cmd + R)
  • Rate Stretch tool (Windows: R, macOS: R)
  • Time Remapping feature

 

Export

Deliver your edited sequence in the medium of your choice. Using Adobe Media Encoder, you can customize export settings that match the needs of your viewing audience.

For more information, see Types of exporting.

Work across platforms

You can work on a project across computer platforms. For example, you can start on Windows and continue on macOS. A few functions change, however, as the project moves from one platform to the other.

You can create a project on one platform and then move it to another. Premiere Pro sets the equivalent sequence settings for the second platform, if there is an equivalent.

All video effects available on Mac OS are available in Windows. Windows effects not available on the Mac appear as offline effects if the project is opened on the Mac. All audio effects are available on both platforms. Effect presets work on both platforms (unless the preset applies to an effect not available on a given platform).

Presets created on one platform are not available on the other.

Preview files made on one platform are not available on the other. When a project is opened on a different platform, Premiere Pro rerenders the preview files. When that project is then opened on its original platform, Premiere Pro renders the preview files yet again.

Windows AVI files containing either 10-bit 4:2:2 uncompressed video (v210), or 8-bit 4:2:2 uncompressed video (UYVU) are not supported on macOS.

The playback quality of unrendered non-native files is not as high as playback quality of these files on their native platforms. For example, AVI files do not play back as well on Mac OS as they do on Windows. Premiere Pro renders preview files for non-native files on the current platform. Premiere Pro always renders preview files in a native format. A red bar in the timeline indicates which sections contain files needing rendering.

Accessibility in Premiere Pro

Accessibility refers to making products usable for people with visual, auditory, motor, and other disabilities.

Examples of accessibility features for software products include screen reader support, text equivalents for graphics, keyboard shortcuts, change of display colors to high contrast, and so on.

Premiere Pro provides some tools that make it accessible to use and tools that you can use to create accessible content.

For Premiere Pro video editors who need accessibility features, the application offers:

  • Screen reader or screen magnifier support 
  • Keyboard navigation 
  • Support for operating system accessibility features

For more information, see Accessibility in Premiere Pro.

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