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Getting Started with Adobe Premiere Pro (CS4, CS5, CS5.5, CS6, & CC)

Welcome to Getting Started with Adobe Premiere Pro. Whether you’re brand new to editing, have some experience with Premiere Pro, or are coming from another editing application, you’ll need good information in order to be successful. I’ve selected specific high-quality articles and video tutorials so that you’ll have the material to be successful in your efforts.

If you are new to Premiere Pro but are not new to editing, please see the page, “Premiere Pro overview documents for Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer Users” for resources to get you started editing quickly. Beginners should go through the material that follows.

1. Overview
Watch this video overview, you’ll learn the basic workflow in Adobe Premiere Pro: import, edit and export. If you are confused about the terminology in the video, check out this online glossary of video terms.

Then, read this page describing basic workflow in Adobe Premiere Pro. Although some of the information is repeated from the video, there are additional links to resources for more information (note that the steps describing Adobe Story and Adobe On Location are optional). More info about basic workflow is in this video.

2. Start editing
Go through the steps in the following tutorial. By doing so, you’ll have the basic building blocks of editing under your belt and be able to create a simple movie. More information can be found in this video tutorial.

3. The fundamentals
Now that you have a basic understanding of the workflow, and have created a simple movie, you’re ready to learn more about the fundamentals of working with Adobe Premiere Pro. First, go through the steps in this tutorial to reinforce what you’ve already learned. Then, learn more about editing technique in this video tutorial.

4. Tutorials about the details
Now that you’ve got some experience with Premiere Pro, you’ll want to check out other tutorials that will give you more training with the basics. For Premiere Pro CS5 & CS5.5, see these videos on AdobeTV, and Creative Cow. See these videos on Adobe TV and Creative Cow to get you up to speed on further details about Premiere Pro CS6 tools and workflow. There is also a free video seminar to assist you in learning Premiere Pro called, “Edit your way faster with Premiere Pro CS6″ with Al Mooney.

There are also materials that you can purchase to further your learning about Premiere Pro. I think that the following resources are the best out there.

If you are coming from a different editing application, like Apple Final Cut Pro or Avid Media Composer, see the materials on this page.

5. Edit more creatively and skillfully using the tools
Now that you’ve got the fundamentals under your belt, create new videos that have more elements than your cuts-only video. For example, add a title, transition or soundtrack to the video. Try techniques that may have been brought up in the tutorials, or try new things by consulting Help. In Help, you can enter terms in the upper left corner of the page. By searching this way, you’ll be using the custom search engine for Adobe Premiere Pro Community Help. If you get stuck, you can always come to the Premiere Pro user-to-user forum.

6. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
While you’re still starting out, you may run into trouble. Before that happens, I recommend that you read through the list of FAQs first. The list of FAQs is located at the top of the Premiere Pro user-to-user forum. You’ll see a drop down menu of FAQs. Simply select the topic you want, and then click the Go button.

If you are interested in getting started with Adobe After Effects, see this post on the After Effects Region of Interest blog.

Using the Extend Edit Function in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 & CS5.5

The extend edit function is available in most mature non-linear editing programs and Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and CS5.5 is no exception. The way an extend edit works is to first place the the current time indicator (CTI) or playhead either before or after an existing edit, engage a keyboard command and then the edit point does a roll trim to the CTI or playhead. To clarify, an extend edit is merely a roll trim that is performed with the playhead and a keyboard shortcut. It’s really a time saving edit function that all should be familiar with.

Achieving an extend edit in Adobe Premiere Pro is very simple, however, you’ll have to customize the keyboard first in order to have access to the function in Premiere Pro CS5 (in Premiere Pro CS5.5, they are already set up for you, so the following steps are unnecessary).

Here’s how to set that up:

  1. Go to Edit > Keyboard Customization
  2. Ensure “Application” is chosen in the drop down menu.
  3. In the Keyboard Customization dialog, scroll down until you see Roll Next Edit to CTI and Roll Previous Edit to CTI.
  4. Select “Roll Previous Edit to CTI” by clicking on the name.
  5. Click once in the Shortcut field next to the command.
  6. Type “E” for extend.
  7. Repeat the process for Roll Next Edit to CTI, except use Shift + E for that command
  8. The Set command for the keyboard will now say [Custom]. You now have a custom set of shortcuts to customize as you see fit, name it by clicking the Save As button and then entering in a name for it.
  9. Click the OK button and the Keyboard Customization window closes.

Now that the keyboard has been properly set up, you’re all ready to go. Follow these steps to complete an extend edit:

  1. In the timeline, target the track(s) that you wish to do an extend edit.
  2. Move the CTI/playhead to a new position either before or after the existing edit point.
  3. Press E to extend an edit forward to the playhead or Press Shift + E to extend an edit backward to the playhead.
  4. Your extend edit is now complete.

This technique is the fastest way in the world to do a roll trim. It works great with audio tracks, as well.

Since we all have a need for a Roll trim in everyday editing practice, I encourage you to map your keyboard right now so that you’ll to be ready to use an extend edit in your next editing session. Doing an extend edit is far faster than reaching for the Rolling Edit tool and then clicking and dragging to make the trim.

Tip: If you target more than one track, the extend edit will function on all of those selected tracks. To see this in action, check out the following example:

Let’s say that I want to do a roll trim to line up the edit points on V2 and Title on V3 with the edit point of the clip on V1. First, I snap the CTI to the existing edit for the clip on V1. Then I select the V2 and V3 video tracks as shown:

Next, type Shift+E to Extend (or Roll) the edit point to where the CTI is positioned.

Note that all three edit points are now aligned quickly and perfectly. If the clip’s edit points are not aligned, one thing may have gone wrong: insufficient handle. An extend edit behaves just like a trim with the Rolling Edit tool and is also subject to the limits of media beyond the chosen in and out points, so be aware of that.

So, there you have it!  A great technique that is used by the pros every day. Because of this function, I rarely use the Rolling Edit tool to make roll edits. It’s just too slow if you know about the extend edit function! I find that the extend edit technique saves me a ton of time in trimming and manipulating edit points of clips, graphics, titles and audio and I hope it will do the same for you.

For more information about the extend edit function, check out this page on Adobe Premiere Pro Help. It’s also described in Help here, as well.

Update Feb. 11, 2011: Karl Soulé has just created a video tutorial for Extend Edit on Adobe TV. Check it out here.

Excerpts from Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Classroom in a Book

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Classroom in a Book is probably one of the best resources for learning the application. It uses a step-by-step approach that guides beginners through typical editing workflows. If you are new to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 either as a beginner or as someone switching from another editing application, I can highly recommend this book.

If you have not checked out the book yet, you can preview the content by reading the excerpts that were recently released. The excerpts include valuable information not only for Adobe Premiere Pro, but how to use Photoshop, After Effects and Adobe Encore with the application.

Here are the links to the excerpts by subject (in bold text), as well as links to corresponding content here at

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Classroom in a Book: Getting to Know Your Workspace
About Workspaces
Choose a Workspace
Dock, Group or Float Panels
Resize Panel Groups
Open, Close or Scroll to Panels
Save, Reset, or Delete Workspaces

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Classroom in a Book: Shooting and Capturing Great Video Assets
Set Up Device Control
Capturing DV or HDV Video
Capturing HD Video
Digitizing Analog Video
Batch Capture Clips

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Classroom in a Book: Selecting Settings, Adjusting Preferences, and Managing Assets in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5
Sequence Presets and Settings
Set Up Capture Format, Preferences and Tracks
Organizing Assets in the Project Panel

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Classroom in a Book: Using Specialized Editing Tools in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5
Making Rolling and Ripple Edits
Making Slip and Slide Edits
Extract and Paste Frames
Lift and Paste Frames
Replace One Clip with Another in a Timeline
Replace the Source Footage for a Clip
Find Gaps in Sequences and Tracks
Creating Subclips
Multi-Camera Sequences

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Classroom in a Book: Creating Cuts-only Videos in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5
Add Clips to a Sequence Automatically
Trim with Trim-in and Trim-out Tools
Making Rolling and Ripple Edits
Extract and Paste Frames
Lift and Paste Frames
Rearrange Clips in a Timeline Panel
Adding Clips to Sequences
Work in the Trim Monitor
Tool Panel

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Classroom in a Book: Managing Your Projects in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5
Import and Export Batch Lists
Trim or Copy Your Project
Working with Offline Clips

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Classroom in a Book: Exporting Frames, Clips and Sequences in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5
Workflow and Overview for Exporting
Exporting to Videotape
Export a Still Image
Video Export Settings
File Formats Supported for Export
Encode and Export Audio and Video
Export a Final Cut Pro Project XML File
Export Project as an EDL File

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Classroom in a Book: Using Photoshop and After Effects to Enhance Video Projects
Importing Still Images
Motion: Position, Scale, and Rotate a Clip
About Dynamic Link
Create and Link to After Effects Compositions with Dynamic Link
Modify a Dynamically Linked Composition in After Effects
Create and Link to After Effects Compositions with Dynamic Link
Animation Presets Overview and Resources
Apply an Effect or Animation Preset

Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Classroom in a Book: Authoring DVDs with Adobe Encore CS5
Adobe Encore General Information
Create a Dynamically Linked Composition from Adobe Premiere Pro or Encore
Exporting to DVD or Blu-ray Disc
Working with Encore and Premiere Pro
Adding Chapters to Sequence Markers
Creating Menus
Testing Encore Projects
Build a DVD or a Blu-ray Disc

Note: Because these excerpts don’t include the source files from the book, you’ll need to furnish your own if you want to follow the steps.

Want more excerpts? If you love After Effects, my colleague Todd Kopriva has recently written about and excerpted 3 other products that may interest you.

Book excerpts from: Motion Graphics with Adobe Creative Suite 5: Studio Techniques
Book excerpts from: After Effects CS5 Classroom in a Book
Video excerpts from: After Effects CS5 Learn by Video

Premiere Pro CS5 (5.0.3) Update Released

Premiere Pro CS5

Premiere Pro CS5

A new update for Premiere Pro CS5 users was released today. The Premiere Pro CS5 (5.0.3) release includes new and changed features, bug fixes, other software updates known to address problems with Premiere Pro CS5 and any other known issues.

One cool thing about this update is that it is the first one to support a mobile CUDA card (the Quadro 5000M). Now you can get the Mercury Playback Engine running out in the field.

Todd Kopriva’s blog, “Premiere Pro Work Area” includes much more information and links to the updaters. Read more about the update and find the links here:

“Premiere Pro CS5 (5.0.3) update: performance improvements, bug fixes and Quadro 5000M and 4000 CUDA support”

Make sure to download the correct file, as there are two links for both Windows and Mac. One link is for the retail version and the other updates the trial download.

Release notes will soon be available at this link.

New Video Training Series: Premiere Pro CS5 for Avid Editors

Are you an Avid editor looking to make the change to Premiere Pro CS5? Have a job more suited to Premiere Pro’s native tapeless workflow? Maybe you’re looking to round trip an Avid sequence to a favorite Adobe application. If so, you’re not alone, my friend.

Fortunately, a new resource for Avid editors needing information about Premiere Pro has been released. It’s the new title from Video2Brain called, “Premiere Pro CS5 for Avid Editors – Your Guide to Making the Leap to Premiere Pro”. This video series for Avid to Premiere Pro users is the first of its kind.

Editor Maxim Jago hosts the series, lending insight to the key similarities and differences of the applications. He even points out where Premiere Pro might even be a better tool for the job. Maxim is both an Avid and Premiere Pro expert, so his advice is definitely top-notch and spot on. He’s got great presentation skills and is easy to understand.

One of the things about the series I appreciate most is that it does not “talk down” to you. Since editing concepts and workflow are similar in the Avid Media Composer and Premiere Pro, you’ll be provided only with new information that you’ll need to get the job done.

Curious? Well, you’re in luck! Video2Brain has provided some excellent video samples for you to view. Take a look and see what you think.

Introducing Adobe Premiere Pro CS5
Nesting Sequences
Clip and File Metadata Explained
Exploring Creative Suite Production Premium
Round-Tripping with Avid Media Composer
Working with Audio in Premiere Pro

Want to learn more about how Premiere Pro works with the Avid Media Composer? Then you’ll want to read the articles here, as well:

Premiere Pro Overview Documents for Final Cut Pro and Avid Media Composer Users
Open Workflows for Apple and Avid

Getting Started with CS Review in Premiere Pro CS5

Great New Feature for Client Reviews
More and more, editors are working in studios that may be far away from their clients. Be it cross town or half way around the world, we’ve all had a need for remote approval of our finished video sequences.

Remote approval has always been a pretty painful process of uploading and downloading compressed files with a lot of e-mails flying back and forth. Not very efficient, is it? I can tell you from personal experience, it isn’t.

Recently, a killer new feature sneaked into Premiere Pro CS5 (5.0.2) called CS Review. CS Review in Premiere Pro is the perfect solution for the problem I’ve just described, remote approval of your work. CS Review is one of a number “services” in the CS Live feature that are integrated into certain Adobe CS5 applications. This blog post aims to get you up and running with CS Review in Premiere Pro quickly and give you tips and resources on how to use this cool new feature.

How Does it Work?
CS Review has two major components: the online Web Client (located at and the Review Panel in Premiere Pro. After you’ve finished editing your sequence, you’ll create your Review using the Review Panel. You’ll encode your movie with Adobe Media Encoder and then send a link to the Review for your client.

On the web client will be a web page with a movie file is embedded into it and a side panel for comments. Your client opens the link, views the footage and then makes comments in different places in the movie. After your client completes making comments, they send an approval message back to you.

Back in Premiere Pro, you’ll be able to see the results right in the Review Panel with comments showing each place in the movie that needs a change. Click on a comment and the CTI snaps to the exact location of your comment, ready for you to make that change. Pretty dang nifty.

This video from Adobe Evangelist Terry White shows you the whole process on Adobe TV. It’s well worth checking out.

While the video is very informative, there are a few things to know before you get started with CS Review. The following section should clear up any problems you might encounter before trying out your first Review.

Getting Started

To get started in using CS Review in Premiere Pro, you’ll need to go through some important steps. The first of which is to update to Premiere Pro CS5 (5.0.2). CS Review didn’t exist until the 5.0.2 release so you definitely need to update. For instructions about how to update to Premiere Pro CS5.(5.0.2), go to this web page and follow the instructions.

Now that you’ve updated to Premiere Pro CS5 (5.0.2), you can begin to get access to CS Review. Click on the CS Live button in the upper left of the Premiere Pro interface. A menu will appear with some choices. Sign in with your Adobe ID by clicking on the link that says: “Sign In”. Don’t have an Adobe ID? Go here to here one. By the way, your client must also have an Adobe ID and Flash installed in their browser in order to participate in the Review, so be sure to alert them.

To create a Review, you’ll also need a CS Live ID. You should be able to do so within the CS Live tab. Click on “Create New Review” and you should see a “Welcome Screen”. Follow the steps in the Welcome Screen to create your CS Live ID.

If you are unable to create a CS Live ID from the Welcome Screen, do so from this link. You’ll need to register Premiere Pro from the link in order to take advantage of this feature. After registering, you’ll have access to CS Live for 12 months, free of charge.

There are a number of different ways you can begin a Review. If you want to create a new Review, you can click File > Create New Review. You can also access the Review Panel by clicking Window > Extensions > CS Review. Of course, you can also click the CS Live button in the upper left of the Premiere Pro interface and then click “Create New Review…” (right). Once you have your CS Live ID and have signed in, you can create your new Review.

Gotcha Notes: There may some gotchas preventing you from using CS Review. A number of users have reported the following problems.

  • Can’t sign in to CS Live? You may need to Quit Premiere Pro, restart the application, then sign in once more to CS Live. The second log in usually does the trick for log-in privileges.
  • Don’t have access to the Review Panel in Premiere Pro? You may need to sign in to CS Live, then sign out again from CS Live to have access to the Review Panel. Once you have done that, then the Review Panel in Premiere Pro should be enabled.
  • Clicked on the CS Live Tab and all it said was, “Learn More”? Click where it says, “Learn More” which will take you to the CS Live site online. Sign in with your Adobe ID and then go to the CS Review main section. In Premiere, click the Sign In option at the top of the CS Live option list and then sign in. Quit then restart Premiere. You should now have the CS Review Home and Create New Review under the CS Review options. If the techniques in the above section did not work, repeat the steps above until you have access.

Here’s a list of links that may be of help to you in finding more about CS Review in Premiere Pro CS5.

Premiere Pro Forum Post  – Troubleshooting CS Review
What is CS Review?
CS Review Forum
Adobe TV: Using CS Live
Adobe TV: Take a tour of the CS Review Web Client
Premiere Pro FAQ: CS Live

With these resources and advice above, you should have little trouble generating your first review using CS Review and Premiere Pro. Be sure to post any other issues or problems you may have in the comments section below so that others can be helped in creating their own Reviews.

Dave Dugdale-Sony Vegas to Premiere Switcher

Dave Dugdale is not a DSLR camera expert. However, Dave is interested in learning all about DSLR production and sharing all this mistakes with others. He created a site called Learning DSLR, which aims to show others how to shoot HD video with a DSLR. The site is primarily aimed at others like Dave that are making the transition from point-and-shoot cameras to DSLRs.

Up until now, Dave has been using Sony Vegas to edit his videos. With the latest version of Vegas focused more on stereoscopic 3D than DSLR editing, he decided to take a serious look at Premiere Pro CS5. Although he doesn’t have a recommended video card, Dave seems to be very happy with Premiere Pro’s performance.

Dave plans on creating more videos about “the switch” to Premiere Pro CS5, so I’ll be following along. Check out the first installment of the series, “Switching to Premiere Pro CS5 – Audio Track Format” on Dave’s website.