This video explores major aspects of the Premiere Pro user interface as related to the project panel. In this video, go through basic steps of importing and organizing media and getting comfortable with the different bin views.
- [Instructor] I'd now like to show you around the Premier Pro environment with a more in-depth tour, starting with a tour of the project panel. To do that, I'm just going to use the blank bakery demo project that I created earlier in this chapter. If you didn't create a blank project, feel free to just quickly do so now by choosing new project from the home screen. Okay, so we know that down here in the lower left corner, we have the project panel, where we import and organize the contents of our entire project. There are several ways to import your media, including just right clicking and choosing import. That's command-I or control-I on a PC. You can also just double click in this panel, and a browser opens. So I'm going to go to my exercise files and I'm just going to bring in the media folder. And when I bring in the media folder, everything inside of there will also be brought in. So I'll say import. Keep in mind, no new media is actually being created here. We're simply pointing to the media that's already there. All right, so right now I'm looking at this icon of a small folder with the word media. It's possible that yours could be brought in looking like this, okay. So this is icon view and this is list view. Let's make sure that instead of icon view, we're in list view for now. That's what we're going to start out with. And then I'm going to twirl down media, and inside of there I have more bins. So outside of Premier these are called folders. Inside of Premier they're called bins. And I'll twirl down again. You can see I have bins inside of bins. And I'm going to twirl down once more on Farmer's Market. And you can see that here are my clips. So this is hard to see because my window is so small, so if you ever need to expand the size of a window, just make sure it's selected or you can actually just hover your mouse over a window and then press the tilde or accent grave key that's right under the escape key on your keyboard, and it goes full screen. All right, so you can resize your columns right up here. You can also reposition your columns by just dragging them like so. You can sort your columns by clicking up here in the header and it will sort it alphanumerically. Okay, so right now, I'm going to click above name, and you can see that this is in reverse alphabetical order. I'll click again and you can see that this is in alphabetical order. If I go to media duration, and click, you can see that these are my shortest clips and here at the bottom are my longest. And then vice versa. If I click again, you can see the opposite. All right, so I'm going to alphabetically sort my clips here in Farmer's Market, and we may not be looking at the same columns of information because this is completely customizable. To customize your list view columns, you simply come up to this header and right click, and choose metadata display. And then here are all of the various metadata options you have available to you. Again, metadata is just data about data, so all of the data about my clips are possibilities within here. So anything with a check mark next to it represents itself as a column of information. So let's simplify this a little bit. I'm going to uncheck everything, and you do that by clicking, and now everything is checked, and then I'm going to click up here again, and everything is unchecked. So let's just choose a few columns. How about the top six or so? So label, media type, frame rate, media start, media end, and media duration. And then I'm also going to come down and choose comment. And I'll show you why in just a moment. So I'm going to now click OK, and now I've cleaned up my view. And if this is something that I would like to save out, and use again, I simply come up to this context menu, these three little white lines, and then come to save as new view preset. And I'm just going to call this basic with comments. And I'll say OK. And now if I come back up to that menu, and I go to restore view presets, here it is. All right, so, if I mess around with my columns, and I want to get back to this configuration, it's easy to do so. Now before I leave list view, I want to draw your attention to this comment column real quick. This is actually a text field, so you can add your own information about your clips. So as you're going through and you're making notes, you can just click right in here, add your information, and you can do that with each and every clip. All right, so there's a lot of different ways that you can look at your clips in list view. You can also look at your clips in icon view. All right, so let's go ahead and click on icon view, and right now what I see is an icon of my media bin. So I'm going to go inside my media bin, simply by double clicking, and now I'm inside my media bin and it's actually been opened as a separate tab. So here's my media tab and here are all the bins inside of there, and then if I go into B roll, I'll double click again, you can see that now I have my B roll tab. So I can go back and forth between these tabs, and back out to my project level here. But let's go back into B roll. If instead of opening these in new tabs, if I want to keep it within this window, I just hold down command or control on a PC, and I think we're going into Farmer's Market again, so I'm just going to command double click, and you can see that it opens within the same window. If you need to close any of these tabs, you just select it and then come up to this context menu and choose close panel. All right, so right now, I am looking inside of my Farmer's Market bin, and in icon view, I see all these little icons, except they're not just icons. They're actually little movies. Okay, so if I hover scrub over these, and a hover scrub is literally just that. I'm hovering, not clicking, and then just moving my mouse over these clips, you can see that I get an indication of the content within each of these little movies. If I want to play any of them, I can do that as well. So if I come here and then click on it, and then press space bar, I can play and I can press space bar again to stop. Notice that when you have a clip selected, you no longer have the ability to hover scrub. You can hover scrub the rest of your clips. Just not one that's selected, so you just de-select it and then you can hover scrub once again. To increase the size of these icons, you come down to this slider here. Okay, so you can see they can actually become quite large. You can also rearrange this. So if I want to get a sense of the order that I want these shots to appear in my sequence, you can just click and drag like so. If you want to do that to multiple clips, I can just click and then shift-click, arrange, and then drag and drop like so. Notice that everything in icon view is confined to this grid structure though. Finally, I have freeform view. And this allows you to freely arrange the clips in your bin without the restriction of that grid structure. So I'm going to just make things a little smaller by dragging this slider over to the left a little bit. So that I have some canvas area to start playing with some of my clips. 'Cause I'm able to just drag these out, and make myself a little storyboard. You can stack them for real estate. That's often nice, because as I scrub through this, you can hover scrub here and the top one is selected, and then if I go to this middle one, it brings it forward, and the bottom one, it brings it forward again. Okay, so that's a nice way to save on real estate when you have, you know, multiple stacks going on. To clean up this view, you can just right click and choose either align to grid or reset to grid. I'll choose align to grid first. You can see that it basically just takes the current configuration of clips, and then aligns it to a general grid. If I choose reset to grid, it allows me to sort these based on any one of these criteria. So, let's go ahead and sort them by name. This is roughly in alphabetical order, but I will just call something out. You can see that proper nouns were sorted first, so you can see that capital E, Esther clips are first, and then we go to our uncapitalized clips, and everything from here on is alphabetized. Okay, so that's freeform view. I'm going to go back to list view. And you can see that right now, I'm in my Farmer's Market bin, so if I'd like to climb back through my bin structure, it's this button here. So I'll just click it and I'll click it again, and again, and here I am back out at icon view, so I'll just go back to list view. And I'm back at the project level. Everything is well-organized and I'm ready to go. All right, so that's a nice tour of the project panel, where you will be spending most of your time when you're organizing your media.
- What's new in Premiere Pro 2020
- Importing and organizing your assets
- Editing video
- Moving and swapping clips
- Using the Trim tools
- Using markers for organization
- Customizing the keyboard and interface
- Editing audio
- Working with stills
- Adding effects
- Manipulating clip speed
- Correcting color
- Adding titles
- Sharing and exporting your project