Create a Project, Build a Movie, and Export

These are notes on the Adobe videos - and Download the sample files for the first video.

Create a Project

Select File > New > Project and give it a name. The extension will be automatically added. The location shown is where the project file will be saved; feel free to change it. 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.

Workspace Overview

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 (Project Panel)

In the Project Panel (lower left), 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 the Play icon or drag the blue playhead to move it. However, you don't have to drag the blue playhead; just click where you want it to go.

Hold down the shift key and select 3 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. Importing a clip is necessary to use the clip in your Premiere Pro movie. 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 Panel, 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 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 (Timeline Panel)

We are going to put clips into a sequence, which is a container where clips will play one after another. Change the Project panel to icon view and then drag the desired clip to the Timeline Panel. Repeat the process for other desired clips.

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.

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 a video track plays visually in front of a clip that is in a layer below it, 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.

Export a Video File

Choose File>Save and then 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.

Important Step: The output name shows the name of the output file and by clicking on it, you can change the name of the exported file and where it will be stored.

To export the movie, click the Export button at the bottom. Sometimes one gets an error message in the export process and the error message will probably not be helpful. There are several things you can try

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 but was able to FTP to my website from the Export Settings box.

Revised: November 11, 2021. Comments to Bill Pegram,