Create a Project and Import a Clip

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Create a Project

When you start Premiere Pro, you will see a start screen. In the Start screen, select Open Project and open up the first project file in the sample files for the video.

Close the project. Now select File > New > Project and give it a name. We're not going to worry about the rest of the options for now, so we'll just click OK.

The Media Browser tab may be visible in the Project panel at the lower left. If not, click the >> at the far right of the menu to display additional options. Browse to select files. I'm going to select all the files in the Media folder (Ctrl A) and then right click on any of them and choose Import which imports all of them. I now can double click any of them and view it in the Source monitor. Choose File>Save and then File > Close Project.

Workspace Overview

Open the step2 project file. If you moved things around in the project panel, you may want to reset to the standard workspace layout. To do this, at the top, click on the menu bars to the right of the word "Editing" and choose Reset to Saved Layout.

The active panel in the project panel will have a blue line around it; knowing which panel is active is important because it will affect what options are available. To the right of the name of each panel is a menu icon which when clicked, will open a menu.

Within a panel, there may be several tabs at the top and each of these may be followed by a menu icon which when clicked will open a menu. Right clicking on an item can also open another menu.

Every panel is listed and can be accessed through the Window menu at the top of the screen.

Import Media

For this segment, we are going to work with the step3 project file in the sample files so double click on it. Use the Media Browser (if the Media Browser isn't visible, click the >> at the top right of the panel) and browse to the "Media Files" folder and double click on one of the media files. It will be displayed in the Source Monitor (top left) and you can press Play or take the blue playhead to move it. You don't have to drag the blue playhead; just click where you want it to go.

Hold down the shift key and select 6 clips and then right click on any of them and choose Import. Importing a clip creates what is called a Master Clip in Premiere Pro which is a shortcut to the media file. At the bottom of the Project Panel, you can switch between List View and Icon view and use the slider to change the size of what is displayed.

Within the Project file, you can organize clips into bins. To create a bin, you can click the folder icon at the bottom right of the Project Panel (just immediately to the right of the Search icon). We'll name it Shots and click away to apply the name. You can double click the bin and you will then have the same options. You can put multiple items into a bin with one step by shift-clicking them and dragging them onto the new bin icon. You can put bins into bins by shift-clicking several bins and then dragging them onto the new bins icon.

If you have moved the clips to a new location, or renamed the folder, Premiere Pro will attempt to link to the clips in the new location. If you right click on the clip in Premiere Pro and choose "Reveal in Explorer", it will take you to the location of the file (i.e. where the clip is pointing to). You can rename a clip in Premiere Pro and the file the clip is pointing to will not change.

Build a Sequence

For this segment, we are going to work with the step4 project file. We are going to put clips into a sequence, which is a container where clips will play one after another. This project has 3 clips and they are already imported. In the Timeline, it says "Drop media here to create sequence". Change the Project panel to icon view and then click in a blank area and then drag a rectangle across all of the images to select them, and then click on one of them and drag to the Timeline Panel. Alternatively, you can right-click and choose New Sequence from Clip. They will be placed in the order you selected them.

The left side of the Timeline Panel is called the Track Header. In the Track Header, drag up at the border between the v1 and v2 layer to give the v1 layer more height so that the content of the thumbnails will be visible. In the Program area above, you can click the play button to play the sequence of clips. Hitting the space bar is another way to play and stop the sequence from playing. You can click at any point in the timeline above and the playhead will move there. You can drag the playhead in the Timeline panel to go quickly through the sequence.

When you dragged the clips into the Timeline panel, Premiere Pro creates a sequence in the Project Panel. The blue icon at the bottom right corner of the thumbnail looks different for a sequence than a clip. The difference in icons is perhaps more clear in List view. The sequence is named after the first icon selected. Click on the sequence and then click away, and then click again, and you can rename the sequence, call it First Sequence.

In the Timeline, there are horizontal lines - between each of these is a different track v1, v2, v3 for video; a1, a2, a3 for audio. The waveforms for the audio give an indication of how loud the track is. Audio tracks play at the same time, but video tracks one in front of the other, so a title video track might appear above a content video track in the Timeline.

To remove a clip from the sequence, just click on it to select it, and hit delete; Ctrl-Z undoes this. To delete it without leaving a gap, press the Shift key when you press delete.

Share Movie

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Export a Video File

Use the project file from above. There are a wide variety of options for media file export but you can often use a preset that will do all the choosing for you. Select the First Sequence from above, choose File > Export > Media which brings up the Export Settings dialog.

Lower down in the Export Settings dialog, there are several categories: effect, video, audio, etc. If you choose video, you'll see that most of the settings are grayed out, and this is because there is a check mark for each category so that it will match the source. If you uncheck the box, you can then change the settings.

Higher up in the Export Settings dialog, there is a summary of the Output and Source. The output settings in this case will match the source settings because the Preset we are using is Match Source - High bitrate. The output name shows the name of the output file and by clicking on it, you can specify where it will be stored. Go ahead and save it to the default location and then click Export at the bottom of the dialog and the new file will be created (in this case an mp4) and saved to this location.

You should be able to publish your movie to social media from the Export Settings box by doing the above steps and then clicking Publish at the right of the Export Settings box and then specifying the appropriate login credentials for the platform chosen. I haven't tried to do this.

Revised: April 13, 2020. Comments to Bill Pegram,