I can’t wait until the day when people are no longer scared of the Adobe Premiere Pro and it’s interface. The truth is that Premiere is just like all of our other applications. They require users to learn a small amount about the application, and then they are totally enthusiastic about what they can create. “If you can imagine it, you can create it.”
One thing that I suggest is that people ease themselves into Premiere Pro by first learning how to make a slideshow video using some JPEG images from your cell phone or another camera. It teaches you how to interact with the interface and simple timeline editing like trimming.
First, start with importing some photos using “File–>Import” or, even better, the Media Browser. Start with five or six photos. They’ll go into your Project bin and you can simply drag them down to the timeline. By default, the length of each will be five seconds, or 150 frames. You can change the default in the preferences.
You can use the trim tool (looks like a “]”) to trim each clip and then drag the clips to move them in the order you wish. This is the most basic thing you can do in Premiere Pro, but remember, baby steps.
If you go into the Effects panel, you can even drag a video transition onto the cut point of the clips. If you’re really trying to impress, maybe add a title (Title–> New Title –> Default Still) or import some audio and add that to the timeline as well.
I can’t wait for the day when we talk about how comfortable people are with Premiere Pro the way they are with Photoshop, InDesign, or Dreamweaver. For now, let’s just start to get comfortable and dabble around in Premiere Pro. Premiere Pro’s interface and video editing is no monster, quite the opposite really. It’s not nearly as intimidating as you think.