Learn how to edit together different types of media to create a documentary about North American bald eagles.


This tutorial was created for the 2013 release of Adobe Premiere Pro. To follow a tutorial that uses a more recent release of Premiere Pro, see Try basic video editing techniques.

Set up your new project

Begin by selecting your project and workspace settings.    

Import your media assets

Use the Media Browser to bring photos, video clips, and audio files into your project, and then organize your assets in the Project panel.

Create a sequence

Add video and audio clips to the Timeline panel, where you can adjust volume for the right mix of music and narration.

Assemble a rough cut

Add in and out points to select the part of each video clip you want to include, and use markers to add the shots to your project. It’s easy to make changes along the way. Extend a shot by dragging, change end points with the Rolling Edit tool, and adjust beginning and end frames using the Slip tool.

Add a title

Begin your video with a professional-looking title using the font and style you prefer.

Enhance your video with effects and transitions

Easily adjust the exposure, color, and tone of your shots. Apply transitions to dissolve between your clips. And use keyframes to pan across and zoom in or out on a still photo.


Because the imported photos have a higher resolution than the imported videos, they will appear cropped when viewed on the timeline. At 5:12 in this video, you’ll see one way to easily scale the photos to match the videos on the timeline. In the newer version of Premiere Pro, the Set to Frame Size command preserves the full resolution of the photos without rasterizing them. Either option will work.

Export your completed video

Choose from many industry-standard format presets for the final output of your video.


Contributor: Richard Harrington

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