Premiere Pro Panels

These are notes on the Adobe video - Download the sample files from the website.

Work with the Project Panel

For this example we will work with is the 02_01 project file. The project panel has two views:

You can switch between these two views at the bottom left of the Project Panel.

If you double click on the Media bin, it will open it in its own panel. Bins have the same controls as the Project Panel.

You can enter words into the search field to display the clips that match your search terms.

Source and Program Monitors

For this example we will work with the 02_02 Project file. You will use the Source monitor at the top left to preview clips and the Program monitor at the top right to preview the sequence you add the clips to. You can double click any clip in the Project panel to display it in the Source monitor. You can play and stop using the Play-Stop button or you can use the spacebar.

At the bottom left and the bottom right, there is timecode that measures where we are in the clip in terms of hours, minutes, seconds, and frames.

You can move through the clip by moving the playhead (scrubbing) or by using the space bar. You can use the arrow keys in the middle to move back one frame and to move forward one frame (watch the blue timecode at the left as you click the arrow keys; it will increment or decrement by 1 on each click)..

You can use portions of a clip by selecting the Mark In and Mark Out buttons that looks like { and } respectively. If you use this clip anywhere in a sequence, you will only get the highlighted portion you've selected.

The Program monitor has the same controls as the Source monitor.

Explore the Timeline Panel (panel at lower right)

For this example we will work with the 02_03 project file. Time moves from left to right in the Timeline. Wherever the blue playhead is placed (on the yellow line at the top of the Timeline) you will see that frame in the Program monitor above.

Constructing a sequence is largely placing clips one after another in the Timeline panel. There is a horizontal line in the Timeline panel that separates the video and audio clips. You can drag this boundary up or down by clicking to the left of the vertical line that divides the track headers (on the left) and the tracks themselves (on the right).

There's a very useful keyboard shortcut that when pressed over any panel will make that panel display full screen; pressing it again will have it resume its usual place. The shortcut is the accent grave key - the location of this key varies, for me it is immediately to the left of the 1 key at the top left of the keyboard.

Each video in the Timeline panel has a track output option; the eyeball - it's a toggle like in Photoshop; for audio tracks, there is a mute option (a capital M).

You can drag clips and they will snap into place, unless this option is turned off (the blue horseshoe icon at the top left of the panel).

You can change the height of individual tracks by dragging in the track header; some of the controls in the track header may not be visible until the header the height of the track is large enough.

There is a zoom control at the bottom left of the Timeline panel to zoom in and out (in terms of time).

Video tracks play as a stack, so a clip on an upper video track will appear in front of a clip on a lower video track when you play the sequence in the Program Monitor. Audio tracks play together, so you can create a soundtrack mix by positioning multiple audio clips on different tracks.

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