In May 2020 I presented a series of livestreams about Premiere Pro, with everyone’s favourite host: Flyn Tracy. Here you’ll links to each episode and a description of what we covered, in case you have nearly eight hours up your sleeve and want to relive this white-knuckle thrill ride into the bewildering wonder of … timelines.

Premiere for Beginners 01 – view on YouTube

What we covered:

Panels
  • Workspaces
    • changing the layout
  • Program monitor
    • what do the buttons do?
  • Source monitor
  • Timeline
  • Workspace layouts
  • Tools!
Importing media
  • Drag straight from the Desktop, or double click “Import media to start”
  • Organising media into bins
  • Hover scrub
  • What are PEK files?
Create a new timeline
  • Drag a clip into the timeline to change the sequence settings
  • OR drag clips on to the new clip icon
Using the source monitor
  • Setting in and out points
  • Using the keyboard
  • Shuttle with j k l
  • Editing with buttons, editing with drag ‘n’ drop
  • Source patching
Editing in the timeline
  • Zooming the timeline with z and \
  • Dragging clips
  • Using “command key” to swap clips
  • Linked selection
  • Trimming clips
  • Track targeting
  • Adding new tracks

Premiere for Beginners 02 – view on YouTube

What we covered:

Fixing up footage
  • Warp stabiliser
Adding titles
  • Text tool (t)
  • Library titles
Adding narration
  • Choose your audio input
  • Choose the track
  • And you’re away
Effects and masks
  • Crop effect and splitscreen
  • Guides (⌘;), snap to guides
  • Import guides
  • Positioning clips
  • Limiting an effect with a mask
  • Mask tracking

Premiere for Beginners 03 – view on YouTube

What we covered:

Grab bag
  • Search bins
  • Navigating with timecode
  • Making multiple edits simultaneously
Advanced editing
  • Add edit, all tracks (⌘k, ⌘⇧k)
  • Trim editor (⇧t)
  • Mark selection (/), mark clip (x)
  • Match frame and reverse match frame (f, ⇧r)
  • Slip ‘n’ slide (y, u)
  • The mighty REPLACE edit
  • Matching an edit to a song beat

Premiere for Beginners 04 – view on YouTube

What we covered:

Colour grading
  • Lumetri colour
  • White balance
  • Contrast
  • Applying LUTs
  • Using an adjustment layer
Transitions
  • Browsing effects
  • Ensuring your clip has handles
  • Changing duration and parameters
Music
  • Adding a soundtrack
  • Using markers for editing
Rendering
  • File formats
  • Resolution
  • Cropping
Media management
  • Transcoding for quicker editing
  • Reconnecting missing media
  • Project Manager, collecting files