Adobe Premiere: Introduction

Today’s tutorial session introduced us to Adobe Premiere, which is used for film editing.  As a lot of us will have not this program (I know I certainly haven’t) therefore our tutor Steve, went through the basics and introduced us this software.  My first impression was that it looks very complicated, and similar to After Effects.  I also realised how much more technical it is compared to Photoshop and Illustrator which we were previously doing. However, at the end of the tutorial I felt satisfied by the progress made.


Firstly we needed to create a new project, therefore we  set  the rendering to be accelerated by the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) and video, audio and capture formats. Steve took us through all the options in the settings and what they mean, he also explained to us that you can save different aspects of the project to different areas.  You may need to do this when sharing your work, or organising it. We set our project to it saved to our new created folder.


For this i will be writing all files to the same location by leaving all the scratch disk setting to the default “same as project” setting. When advancing to the next screen I set the sequence preset format to HDV 1080i at 25 frames per seconds.  The scratch disk settings changes the performance of the software according to what you need, for example different camera formats.  Steve told us that the program is capable of using different camera formats such as DSLR.  We chose HDV which is a standard High definition.

Using the videos provided from Steve, we imported them into Adobe Premiere.  Our intention was to split the videos into different parts. One method being the “roughcut edit” and the other being the “3 point edit”. We dragged  the video file “Car L to” on video track 1, then using the Razor tool, we cut the clip from where the car appears and disappears, so it will show no car at all.  To delete parts of the video, we learned that rather than backspace, or delete, it is best to right click and select “ripple delete”.  This is because it doesn’t leave a gap in the video and merges clips together. This was the rough cut, and was fairly straightforward, but didn’t look very professional.

The 3 point edit works oppositely to the rough cut and looks more professional. Instead of dragging the clip like previously, we doubled clicked it to open in the source window.  Then scrubbed through the footage.  This was done using the keys J,K and L, in order to get 2 seconds into footage.  To finish it off, we made an insertion marker using the “i” key and made our point using the shortcut “o”. So then we could insert the selection into the sequence by using the insert function, and it leaves a better result.