Basic Editing Functions on Adobe Premiere Pro

I’m making this tutorial to help familiarize users with the basic layout and functionality of the editing software found on Adobe Premiere Pro to enable them to start their projects sooner and have a general understanding of where to start with their videos. You want to start this process by importing your video clips into Adobe, going from the menu options File –> Import –> Select your clips, and press Open.


Next, to actually start trimming your clips, you can use one of two methods – the razor blade or the time trimming element. Either one is a fine option, though with the razor you are completely cutting some of your film out of the movie whereas with the time trimmer, you can slide it back out and the edits you made are more quickly recoverable. So with the razor blade, you move the time indicator to the spot where you want to cut your film.


Then select the razor blade tool:


And then simply click where the red line is to split the clip in two. Image

You can then further edit or delete a small moment in the clips, or merely delete an entire half, it’s up to you and what you’re doing. To use the time editor, you should keep your cursor on the “Selection Tool” that looks like an arrow and is the top option on the list of mouse functionalities.


Then, you want to move to the edge of the clip you’re trying to edit and move the editor back however far you want so that the clip stops. As shown:


There you go, your clip is edited and you can slide it back the other way to recover your footage.


Adding Transitions:

Transitions can be a very useful way to create an obvious “transition” between your clips so that the video doesn’t stutter awkwardly when you’re changing your shot. To add them into your video, simply go to the effects menu on Premiere Pro.


Select the style of transition you want, then pick it up and drag it over to the start or end of the clip that you want to add the transition to.


The transparent purple indicates your transition and the amount of time it will take to complete.


There you have it, three very basic but very essential editing functions within Adobe Premiere Pro. Comment below if you have any questions or comments!


~ by Steve Crnic on April 13, 2014.

5 Responses to “Basic Editing Functions on Adobe Premiere Pro”

  1. I think your text does a good job of being the focus of this post and the images simply accompany it.

  2. Hey! I feel as though you used language to drive your post, and that the images were supplementary, but that your post was strong enough (i.e.: descriptive) to stand without them if need be.

  3. You are giving clear directions with your words, so that the reader does not really need images to follow them. However, you follow up each step with an image that clearly illustrates the step for those who are confused. Strategy appears to be covering all your bases.

  4. Although it goes along with the images, and a lot of the text is useful, I think it might be a little wordy because it is tricky to match the images and steps at times.

  5. Your language explains and highlights the photos and the general procedure. Your images point the user in the right direction.

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