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  1. Adobe Premiere Pro User Guide
  2. Beta releases
    1. Beta Program Overview
    2. Premiere Pro Beta Home
    3. Beta features
      1. New Spectrum UI
      2. Free stock audio from Adobe Stock 
  3. Getting started
    1. Get started with Adobe Premiere Pro
    2. What's new in Premiere Pro
    3. Best practices for updating Premiere Pro
    4. Keyboard shortcuts in Premiere Pro
    5. Accessibility in Premiere Pro
    6. Frequently asked questions
    7. Release notes
  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. Start a new project
    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. Import and export FAQs
    3. Working with Panels
    4. Windows touch and gesture controls
    5. Use Premiere Pro in a dual-monitor setup
    1. Install and activate
    2. Use with Premiere Pro and After Effects
    3. Integrate Adobe Workfront and
    4. Share for review with
    5. Invite collaborators to co-edit a project
    6. Frequently asked questions
  8. Import media
    1. Importing
      1. Transfer files
      2. Importing still images
      3. Importing digital audio
    2. 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
    3. File formats
      1. Supported file formats
      2. Support for Blackmagic RAW
    4. Working with timecode
  9. Editing
    1. Edit video
    2. Sequences
      1. Create and change sequences
      2. Set In and Out points in the Source Monitor
      3. Add clips to sequences
      4. Rearrange and move clips
      5. Find, select, and group clips in a sequence
      6. Remove clips from a sequence
      7. Change sequence settings
      8. Edit from sequences loaded into the Source Monitor
      9. Simplify sequences
      10. Rendering and previewing sequences
      11. Working with markers
      12. Source patching and track targeting
      13. Scene edit detection
    3. Cut and trim clips
      1. Split or cut clips
      2. Trim clips
      3. Edit in Trim mode
      4. Perform J cuts and L cuts
      5. Create and play clips
      6. Adjust Trimming and Playback preferences
    4. Video
      1. Synchronizing audio and video with Merge Clips
      2. Render and replace media
      3. Undo, history, and events
      4. Freeze and hold frames
      5. Working with aspect ratios
    5. Audio
      1. Overview of audio in Premiere Pro
      2. Edit audio clips in the Source Monitor
      3. Audio Track Mixer
      4. Adjusting volume levels
      5. Edit, repair, and improve audio using Essential Sound panel
      6. Enhance Speech
      7. Enhance Speech FAQs
      8. Audio Category Tagging
      9. Automatically duck audio
      10. Remix audio
      11. Monitor clip volume and pan using Audio Clip Mixer
      12. Audio balancing and panning
      13. Advanced Audio - Submixes, downmixing, and routing
      14. Audio effects and transitions
      15. Working with audio transitions
      16. Apply effects to audio
      17. Measure audio using the Loudness Radar effect
      18. Recording audio mixes
      19. Editing audio in the timeline
      20. Audio channel mapping in Premiere Pro
      21. Use Adobe Stock audio in Premiere Pro
    6. Text-Based Editing
      1. Text-Based Editing
      2. Text-Based Editing FAQs
    7. Advanced editing
      1. Multi-camera editing workflow
      2. Editing VR
    8. Best Practices
      1. Best Practices: Mix audio faster
      2. Best Practices: Editing efficiently
      3. Editing workflows for feature films
  10. 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. Metadata effect in Premiere Pro
      5. Automatically reframe video for different social media channels
      6. Color correction effects
      7. Effects Manager
      8. Change duration and speed of clips
      9. Adjustment Layers
      10. Stabilize footage
    3. Transitions
      1. Applying transitions in Premiere Pro
      2. Modifying and customizing transitions
      3. Morph Cut
  11. Titles, Graphics, and Captions    
    1. Overview of the Essential Graphics panel
    2. Graphics and Titles
      1. Create a title
      2. Linked and Track Styles
      3. Working with style browser
    3. Graphics
      1. Create a shape
      2. Draw with the Pen tool
      3. Align and distribute objects
      4. Change the appearance of text and shapes
      5. Apply gradients
      6. Add Responsive Design features to your graphics
      7. Install and use Motion Graphics templates
      8. Replace images or videos in Motion Graphics templates
      9. Use data-driven Motion Graphics templates
    4. Captions
      1. Speech to Text
      2. Download language packs for transcription
      3. Working with captions
      4. Check spelling and Find and Replace
      5. Export text
      6. Speech to Text FAQs
    5. Best Practices: Faster graphics workflows
    6. Retiring the Legacy Titler FAQs
    7. Upgrade Legacy titles to Source Graphics
  12. Fonts and emojis
    1. Color fonts
    2. Emojis
  13. 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
  14. Compositing
    1. Compositing, alpha channels, and adjusting clip opacity
    2. Masking and tracking
    3. Blending modes
  15. Color Correction and Grading
    1. Overview: Color workflows in Premiere Pro
    2. Color Settings
    3. Auto Color
    4. Get creative with color using Lumetri looks
    5. Adjust color using RGB and Hue Saturation Curves
    6. Correct and match colors between shots
    7. Using HSL Secondary controls in the Lumetri Color panel
    8. Create vignettes
    9. Looks and LUTs
    10. Lumetri scopes
    11. Display Color Management
    12. Timeline tone mapping
    13. HDR for broadcasters
    14. Enable DirectX HDR support
  16. Exporting media
    1. Export video
    2. Export Preset Manager
    3. Workflow and overview for exporting
    4. Quick export
    5. Exporting for the Web and mobile devices
    6. Export a still image
    7. Exporting projects for other applications
    8. Exporting OMF files for Pro Tools
    9. Export to Panasonic P2 format
    10. Export settings
      1. Export settings reference
      2. Basic Video Settings
      3. Encoding Settings
    11. Best Practices: Export faster
  17. Collaborative editing
    1. Collaboration in Premiere Pro
    2. Get started with collaborative video editing
    3. Create Team Projects
    4. Add and manage media in Team Projects
    5. Invite and manage collaborators
    6. Share and manage changes with collaborators
    7. View auto saves and versions of Team Projects
    8. Manage Team Projects
    9. Linked Team Projects
    10. Frequently asked questions
  18. Long form and Episodic workflows
    1. Long Form and Episodic Workflow Guide
    2. Using Productions
    3. How clips work across projects in a Production
    4. Best Practices: Working with Productions
  19. Working with other Adobe applications
    1. After Effects and Photoshop
    2. Dynamic Link
    3. Audition
    4. Prelude
  20. 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. Consolidate, transcode, and archive projects
    8. Managing metadata
    9. Best Practices
      1. Best Practices: Learning from broadcast production
      2. Best Practices: Working with native formats
  21. Improving Performance and Troubleshooting
    1. Set preferences
    2. Reset and restore preferences
    3. Recovery Mode
    4. Working with Proxies
      1. Proxy overview
      2. Ingest and Proxy Workflow
    5. Check if your system is compatible with Premiere Pro
    6. Premiere Pro for Apple silicon
    7. Eliminate flicker
    8. Interlacing and field order
    9. Smart rendering
    10. Control surface support
    11. Best Practices: Working with native formats
    12. Knowledge Base
      1. Known issues
      2. Fixed issues
      3. Fix Premiere Pro crash issues
      4. Unable to migrate settings after updating Premiere Pro
      5. Green and pink video in Premiere Pro or Premiere Rush
      6. How do I manage the Media Cache in Premiere Pro?
      7. Fix errors when rendering or exporting
      8. Troubleshoot issues related to playback and performance in Premiere Pro
  22. Extensions and plugins
    1. Installing plugins and extensions in Premiere Pro
    2. Latest plugins from third-party developers
  23. Video and audio streaming
    1. Secure Reliable Transport (SRT)
  24. 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

Import mode provides a starting point in Premiere Pro for creating new projects, browsing and selecting media, and creating video sequences for editing. 

Media, such as video clips, audio, and graphics files, can be selected from multiple locations for new projects or for adding to existing projects. As media is selected, it is collected in a tray at the bottom of the window, providing a visual representation of the emerging story.

Once you have selected your media, click Create to open the new sequence. 

How to create a project template in Premiere Pro.

Use project templates for fast setup

Import media into existing project templates for faster turnaround.

  1. Start a new project from the Home screen.

  2. You can select any of the project template options available.

    To create videos for social media, use Social Media Template Project.prproj to open template sizes of various social media apps such as Facebook, TikTok, YouTube, and so on.

    The UI shows various Project templates including Broadcaster Template Project, Social Media Template Project and Standard Template Project.
    Various Project template options are available for use.

  3. Select the media from the Home screen (optional), and select Create.

  4. Select a social media template sequence in the Project panel and double-click to open it.

    The UI shows the example of a vertical social media template.
    Social media template contains various defined layouts for different social media apps.

  5. Place your media under the overlay layer (template) on the sequence. Then mute, or delete the overlay layer (template) before exporting.

This will help you retain branding, colors, and assets across multiple projects, which can be useful while creating advertising video collaterals. Learn more about YouTube’s best practices for creating effective advertisement videos.

Import media into a new project

How to import video

On the home screen, click New Project to open the Import mode. 

  1. Give your project a name.

  2. Choose a location for your project file.

  3. In the left-hand column, navigate to your media storage location.

    Your media is presented on the Import desktop.

  4. Select video clips and other media assets to add to your project.

    As you choose your media, the assets are collected in the Selection Tray at the bottom of the window. You can right-click an asset in the tray to remove them or clear the whole tray if needed. 

     You can hover scrub over individual clips to review them.
    Switch to list view to see more information about your media.
    For locations you use frequently, click the star next to a storage location to add it to your favorites.

  5. Click Create to import your media as a sequence in Premiere Pro.

Import options

Toggle Copy media on if you want to copy your media files from a temporary location, like a camera card or removable drive. You can begin editing while Premiere Pro copies the media in the background. Use MD5 checksum verification to ensure no files are corrupted while copying.

Create a New bin if you want to organize your project media – and give the bin a name. The media is not copied to a new location but is displayed in that bin inside the project panel.

With Create new sequence toggled on, when you click Create, the assets in the tray are added directly to a new timeline, in the order they were selected. 

Sequence settings: Premiere Pro assigns the sequence settings, such as resolution and frame rate, based on the first asset selected. If needed, you can change the sequence setting in Edit mode.

Import media into an existing project

In an existing project, choose Import on the top left of the new header bar, and start selecting your media. All media you select are imported into the existing project.

  • If you have Create new sequence toggled on, the new media is added as a new sequence in your project.
  • If you have Create new sequence toggled off, the new media is added in the Project panel.

Other Import options

For specialized import workflows, Premiere Pro has several other import options:

  • From the menu bar, choose File > Import.
  • In Edit mode, use the Media Browser to navigate to locations on your system and add new media.
  • Double-click in the Project panel to open the Windows or macOS Finder window.
  • Open the Finder window in Windows or macOS and drag media or folders into the Project panel.

Frequently asked questions

A project file (.pproj) stores information about sequences and assets, such as settings for capture, transitions, and audio mixing. As you work, the project file records your edits. Edits are applied non-destructively, meaning that Premiere Pro does not alter the source files. When you export, Premiere Pro encodes a new file incorporating all your edits.

Premiere Pro creates a folder on your hard disk at the start of each project. By default, this is where it stores the project file, a record of all the media you have added to the project, and any preview files or conformed audio files you create during the edit.

In Edit mode, the Project panel displays all the media used in the project and the sequences you have created. You can organize that media and sequences using bins in the Project panel.

A sequence is an assembly of video clips and other media that you can edit on the timeline. Premiere Pro saves a file for your sequence in the Project panel, and updates that file as you make changes.

A project may contain multiple sequences, and each sequence can have its own settings. Within a single project, you can edit individual segments as separate sequences, and then combine the segments into a finished program by nesting them into a longer sequence. Similarly, you can store variations of your edit, as separate sequences in the same project.

You can have multiple sequences open in the Timeline panel. Move between them by clicking on the tab for each sequence at the top of the Timeline panel.

Here are some general file naming best practices:

  • Avoid using special characters such as : ; / \ , . { } [ ] ( ) * ? < > |! $., which certain creative tools, file formats, and operating systems don't support.
  • Don't make overly lengthy file names. Some operating systems have a character limit of 255. 
  • Describe dates and times in the following order: year, month, day, hour, minute, and second. This is especially crucial when dealing with colleagues from other countries because standard date formats don't apply everywhere.
  • Try maintaining a constant sort order by incorporating leading zeros in clip numbers. For instance, "05" instead of "5".
  • Don't use the word "final" when versioning an export to deliver to another department.
  • Maintain your sequences/time lines' version numbers in sync with the exports. If the timeline says "v5", the export must also say "v5". If they don't match, it will be challenging to cross-reference input on a given cut with the proper modification.

Have a question or an idea?

If you have a question on import, ask away in our Premiere Pro community. We would love to help you out.


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