Premiere Pro

We generally use Premiere Pro to edit our videos (although other software is available if needed). This is basic guide to editing in Premiere- more detail will be added once it is learnt by the lovely person writing this post.

Starting up

To start a new project, open Premiere and once it loads up (unsurprisingly) hit new project. Save the new project in Footage, Projects, Project folder and name the project. Drag and drop the folder with the unedited clips into the project panel (bin of footage, bottom left).

Double click the clip that you want to edit and it will appear in the source monitor (top left screen). From here you can cut/trim the clip using the Mark In (I) and Mark Out (O) buttons. Once you’ve got trimmed your clip, drag it into the Timeline (bottom right) and it should appear both in the Timeline (bottom right) and the Project Preview (top right).

If you just want the footage and not audio– on the source monitor at the bottom there’s film reel and waveform icons, when dragging it to the timeline, drag using the film reel. Similarly, if you just want the just the audio, drag using the waveform.

To trim clips already in the timeline drag the end of the clip to where you want it. Alternatively cut the clips (using the cut tool, C) and delete the bits you don’t want (using the cursor tool, V, and the backspace). If you highlight clips and drag them, you can move them around to order the clips.

Fancy Things

Transitions + Effects

Transitions can be found in the effects tab at the top of the interface. Once selected, you can find fancy things like audio/video effects and transitions. These include:

  • Exponential fade (audio fades to nothing)
  • Colour correction (oddly enough, is used to correct the colour of video)
  • Image control (various things including making the video black and white)
  • Dissolve, Dip to black (fades the video to black)

There are many many many different audio/video effects and transitions- its a good idea to mess around with them when you’ve got some free time to figure out what they all do because having to write out what each one does individually takes more time then I am willing to donate to this Wiki.

To apply a transition/effect, drag the selected transition/effect onto the clip in the timeline.

If you want an effect to last across multiple clips add an adjustment layer. In the project panel hit the icon that looks like a post-it note (New Item) and select adjustment layer. Hit okay on the box that pops up and then drag and drop it from the project panel to the timeline but put it above the clips- it can be stretched to go over all the clips. You can add effects to the layer so that it’ll go over multiple clips.


To add audio (ie. additional music) drag the file into the project panel and open it in the source monitor. You can set start and end points for the track in the same way as a video clip (Mark In and Mark Out). To drag it onto the timeline, use the waveform icon next to the film reel, and put it on the row below the other audio. If you scroll down on the waveform in the Timeline it will open it up which makes it easier to edit to the beat of a track.


Sometimes it can be fun to meme a part of a video (ie. make it black and white, crash zoom ect.). A lot of this can be done using Keyframes. To set up a Keyframe, click on the clip in the timeline that you want to effect. In the source monitor there will be a heading titled ‘Effect Controls’- from here there are various effects that can be applied to the clip you’re editing. For example, to insert a crash zoom:

  • Crash Zoom: Open the video effects menu and click on the drop-down arrow next to Motion. The two options at the top (position and scale) can be used to set the zoom and where it zooms into. To insert a Keyframe, click the small icon that looks like a stopwatch next to either position or scale (depending on which one you want- I would recommend doing scale first). You need a Keyframe for where you want the effect to start and where you want it to end. Select the second Keyframe, hover over the numbers and drag them left and right to move the shot. It sounds weird but will make sense in Premiere.

Keyboard Shortcuts

We have a lot of helpful silicone sheets to put over the Mac keyboards that show all of the keyboard shortcuts for Premiere, but in case they mysteriously disappear, these are the main ones:

  • C: Cut tool
  • V: Selection/cursor tool
  • I: Mark in tool
  • O: Mark out tool
  • Space: Play/pause tool



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