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5 Easy Steps in Editing a Video in Adobe Premiere

Author: Carl Heaton
He is our senior instructor and originally from Manchester UK. Carl teaches our Web Design and Online Marketing Courses.
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Producing a good video doesn’t mean you need complicated video editing experience or high-expertise skills. If you’re a beginner and want to create a video for your presentation, an advertisement, or maybe even a video just for fun, I’ve got 5 tips to make your video editing flow smooth.

Adobe Premiere – Get ORGANIZED

Being organized is one of the main key of being more productive in editing. Using separate folder in each category will help your editing flow continuing without any distraction or any misplaced files. Rename your video files and images according to the video flow that you desire. With them being renamed, you will be able to know which one you have used and what you have not used yet.

Use the 5 basic file-folder organization

Adobe Premiere Organization

  • Assets – consist of images, subtitles, lower-thirds, and other files needed for the video.
  • Audio Files – consist of background music, voice over, tracks, and other audio files.
  • Video Files – consist of video clips and b-rolls.
  • Project Files – consist of Adobe Premiere preview files and saved AP documents.
  • Final Export – folder for the exported video file.

Use the RIGHT sequence preset for your project

Adobe Premiere Sequence Preset

In Adobe Premiere, there are a lot of video presets to choose from. You need to choose the right preset based on the properties of your video file. If your sequence preset and your video file did not match, your video will be slow, have low quality, or even unplayable. Here’s some links in knowing about sequence present and a tutorial in choosing the right sequence preset.

Put your clips in the SEQUENCE box

Adobe Premiere Timeline

After making your files organized and choosing the right preset, it’s now time for you to edit your videos. With your files being renamed and organized, you can easily choose which one to put first and which background music should accompany the video file. You can put your video file to the timeline by simply clicking the video file and dragging it to the sequence box. You can add video and audio transitions for your video. You can also add video and audio effects to make your video more presentable. Transitions and effects box can be found on the left side of the screen.

Do the Rendering

In Adobe Premiere, rendering is not the same as exporting. It is commonly mistaken because of the other previous software which uses the term “render” as “export”. The use of rendering in Adobe Premiere is to preview the files on the sequence box smoothly. Three colors will appear on top of the sequence timeline according to the task given to a specific file. If it is red, it means it needs a full rendering. (If you preview the sequence having a red color on top, the video file won’t preview properly.) If the color is yellow, it means it is alright to preview but it will be a slow one. If it is green, it means the file is all ready to be previewed properly. Rendering will also help your exporting to be fast. Just press “Enter” to start the rendering.

MATCH your export with the Sequence Setting

Adobe Premiere Export Settings

Using the sequence you chose for your video project, you should base your exporting setting along with it. The export file should always match the sequence setting. If not, the video will either be unplayable or out of sync. You can also choose which setting to use to make the file be able to play on a specific device.

With these 5 tips, you will be able to have a smooth editing flow and an organized video timeline that will definitely result a good video presentation.

If you really wanted to create a professional video, come and learn more about Adobe Premiere at Web Courses Bangkok. Let your creativity flow and let it be seen through motion graphics.

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