In this video, open the software and get a high-level tour of what the software looks like with and without media loaded. Get comfortable with the editing interface before diving in.
- When you launch Premier Pro, the first thing you'll see is the home screen. And this is the central hub where you start new projects and open existing projects. Now the look of the home screen will actually evolve over time as you work on more projects and as the software upgrades. So, depending on when you watch this, your home screen may look a little different than mine. But let's talk about some of the things that usually form the foundation of this hub. In the top left you have the home tab. And this is where you access existing projects and open new projects. If it's the first time you're launching the software, it will look like this without any projects listed here. But, if you've accessed recent projects, they'll be listed in this area. Also in this main space, is a module where you can access various tutorials to learn more about Premier Pro. Below the home tab is the learn tab. And this is a place where you can access additional learning materials, like tutorials, and practice projects and more. And then there's also the sync settings tab, where you can log in under your Adobe ID and sync your personal user settings or login using a different Adobe ID. I'm going to head back to the home tab, which is where we'll be spending our time in this course. And let's talk about accessing new and existing projects. Now you can either work in stand alone projects or you can collaborate with others in team projects. Now, as of this recording, team projects are only available for creative cloud for teams users as well as enterprise users. So, since most people taking this course are likely on individual or education plans, and you won't even see these buttons, I wont' be discussing them for now. There is also another type of project called Premier Rush project. Premier Rush is like Premier Pro's little brother. It's an all in one, cross device, video editing application. So, feel free to check out our training library for some courses on Rush. But just so you're aware, this is how you promote Rush projects into Premier. But, for now, let's go back to discussing working in stand alone projects represented by these two buttons here. First, I just want to show you what happens when you create a new project so that we can see how everything looks from scratch. So, I'm going to click on New Project. And I get the New Project dialog box. First I just need to name the project. It's very important that you name your projects intelligently, never leave it named untitled. So, I'm going to call this Bakery Demo. And then here is where you direct Premier Pro where to save your project. So, for right now I'm going to click on browse and I'm going to go into my project folder that I supplied within the exercise files. So, I'll choose that. And you can see that the path has been updated. Now this is a basics course so we won't hit all the information within each of these tabs here. But for right now, now that I've named it and I've determined a destination, I'm going to say okay. All right, so, I'm inside the software, and I'm in something called the Learning Workspace. I'm going to switch over to the Editing Workspace, which is where we're going to be most of the time in this course. Now, the Editing Workspace is comprised of this configuration of windows and tools. In the lower left we have the project panel, and this is where we import the media that we're going to be working with. Here we have the source monitor in the upper left, and this is where we view and mark our media in preparation for editing. The timeline is in the lower right and this is where we assemble our program. And the program monitor is in the upper right. And this is where we see the visual output of our edit. Now, this probably doesn't mean much right now since we're not working with any media yet. So, let's go ahead and take a look at a populated project and things will begin making a bit more sense. So, there are a few ways that you can open an existing project. One is to simply do so from within Premier by going to file, and then open project, or command O, or control O on a PC. Or, you can head back to your home screen. And since I want to show you a few other things on the home screen anyway, I'll go ahead and do that. So, I'm going to click on home, and here, under recent projects you can see the project that I just created, Bakery Demo. You can also see that the project is still actually open. Okay, so here is my project. It's open. And I have the home screen floating on top of it. So, let's navigate to an existing project, my Ovens of Cappoquin project that I've supplied in the exercise files. So, I'll just click on Open Project, and then here it is, inside my project folder. Again, that's in Exercise Files, Project, and Ovens of Cappoquin. And I'll say Open. All right, so now in the lower left in my project panel, you can see that it says Project: Ovens of Cappoquin. And we have some bins inside of here. I'm going to just bring this over to the left so that it's right next to my Bakery Demo project. So, here you can see I have Bakery Demo and it's empty. And I have Ovens of Cappoquin and there's some stuff in there. And let's take a look at a few things so that we can see Premier Pro populated with just a little bit of media which will make these windows make a little more sense. So, in the project panel, I have these bins, I'm going to twirl down assets, and you can see that there are additional bins in there. And, I'll twirl down B roll and you can see that it keeps going, pretty well organized here in terms of how I display all of my media. I'm going to just do it one more time, I'll twirl down Cappoquin. And here you can see that I'm at the clip level. All right, so, I'm going to just load one of these clips. I'll load Bridge one. I do that by double clicking, okay? So, I've accessed my organized media in my project panel, I've loaded it into the source monitor, and here is where I look at the media, and find out which part that I'd like to edit into my sequence. So, once I mark it, I can bring it down, and I'm not going to do that right now, but instead I'm going to show you an already existing sequence so that you can see what the timeline looks like populated. So, I'm just going to come back up to Assets and here I have sequences, I'll twirl that down. And I'm just going to load the sequence here, Ovens of Cappoquin, just by double clicking. And a couple of things have happened. My sequence has loaded in my timeline. You can see that here is the graphical representation of my edits. All the clips are here that comprise my edit. And then here is the program monitor which is the visual output of my edit. This is linked, so as I move through the program monitor, the play head moves through the timeline, and vice versa. So, this should give you just a little bit of a taste of the interface at a high level. I'm going to just X out of this timeline. And then I'm going to come over to Ovens of Cappoquin and click on this menu here, and choose Close Panel, okay. So, now, I have close the Ovens of Cappoquin project. I'm going to go back into my blank Bakery Demo project, and let's go ahead and close this clip as well so we don't confuse ourselves, I'll go to close. All right, and now we're back in our empty Bakery Demo project, and next we'll talk all about what everything is in a lot more detail so you'll become a lot more comfortable inside of Premier Pro.
- Launching Premiere Pro and touring the interface
- Importing and organizing media
- Selecting shots
- Basic editing
- Adding b-roll
- Refining the edit
- Performing basic audio adjustments
- Adding basic effects and titles
- Outputting the project