Premiere Pro Editing: Why use a video editing tool? Video editing tools are essential to every YouTuber, filmmaker and even for most social media stars (to name only a few).

Without the right editing, the context and message of the video may not reach the viewer. Therefore these tools are very useful and also, therefore, very important.

Premiere Pro is just one of the many video editing tools you can use. It is a tool produced by Adobe and it makes video editing simple, whether you’re experienced with editing or not.

The video below is a Premiere Pro tutorial for beginners. It will show how to get started with Adobe Premiere Pro and some of the basics, such as importing clips, bins, sequences, timelines, audio and workflow principles.

Premiere Pro CC Video Editing Tutorial

Getting Started with Premiere Pro

It is easy to get started with Abobe Premiere Pro. You first need an account for Premiere Pro. This could either be the Adobe Creative Cloud or an account simply for Premiere Pro itself. Once logged into your account, you will see a tab named ‘Start’.

Here is where you can start a new project, open a previous project or even open or make a new team project. For the purpose of the video, to get started, just click on ‘New Project’.

When you click new project, a large number of settings will appear. Name your project appropriately and don’t touch any of the other settings except the rendering device for now. Choose your graphics card if you have one, if not leave it with your CPU. Once you’re satisfied click ‘OK’ and a new window will appear. This windows shows the Premiere Pro dashboard/work-space.

Importing Media to Premiere Pro

With Premiere Pro, it is very easy to import media into your edit. When you’re in the work-space, you will see a number of different windows. These are all named source, program, project and timeline. Usually the project tab is opened in the bottom left of the work-space. This is the place where you can import media into your work-space. All the windows can be moved accordingly to you.

Once you’ve found the right tab, all you need to do is right click on the tab. A list of options will appear, and you will see ‘import’. Click on ‘import’ and your documents window should appear. Find the right documents you want to import. Alternatively if you have the documents ready to be imported, you can also drag and drop them from a documents window, into the projects tab.

You can also click on the tab, and a window with files should popup. Once in your documents, you can choose a single file, multiple files or even a folder to import. As soon as you import, bins will be created.

What are Premiere Pro Bins?

If you have imported a folder in your work-space, Premiere Pro will have automatically created a folder within the projects. Double click on the folder and bins will appear.

Bins are a great tool within Premiere Pro as they help organise your files within your work-space. You can create new bins within the projects by right clicking in the projects. This is similar to ‘how to import’. A new bin will appear within the projects. You can name this bin.

Many people create bins for different types of files. For instance you can have a bin for music, a bin for sound effects and a bin for different shoots. Bins are ideal for bigger projects and larger style videos.

Example of the premiere pro dashboard - Premiere Pro Editing

Premiere Pro Editing: Timelines and Sequences in Premiere Pro

To start creating a new sequence on Premiere Pro, all you need to do, is go to file, new, then sequence. It is also ctrl + nas a keyboard shortcut. The new sequence window should appear.

The first step to creating your sequence is to choose the correct preset. The preset is the camera you’ve used to shoot the video. Most film makers use a DSLR at 24 frames per second. Just double check which camera you’ve used. Re-name your sequence appropriately and click OK. This will create your timeline.

Your timeline will then show in a bin created. You can drag and drop the timeline into the projects, so you can easily change between timelines and folders. This makes it easier to re-open if you ever close the timeline down.

Within the timeline, you can see all the different video and audio layers. You can also navigate through the timeline using the blue lined arrow.

How to Sync Audio in Premiere Pro

The first step to syncing audio, is importing the audio files you need, into your Premiere Pro. Once you’ve uploaded the audio, drag and drop the appropriate file into your timeline.

To sync sound, find the right part of your timeline where the audio peaks. Match up the sound-waves of the audio with the audio from the video layer. To get more accurate syncing, right click on the timeline and click, ‘show audio time units’.

To delete the video audio, unlink the video audio with the audio layer. You will see a list of options, click un-link. You can now delete the video audio layers. You can then match the audio with the video by clicking on both layers together, by clicking and using shift. Right click on the layers and you will see the a similar list of options to before and click link.

Audio Effects and Editing Sound with Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Previewing and Adding Another Video in Premiere Pro

To preview your files within Premiere Pro, head to your files within the bins. Double click on the file you wish to preview. It will show in the source window.

If the video you have previewed is the video you wanted, you can then add it to your timeline or take clips from it to add to your timeline. To take a clip from the video, you will need to create an in and out point.

To take a clip, go to the start point of the clip you want and click on the ‘mark in’ icon. Or click I on the keyboard. You will then need to make an out point. Let the video continue on to the point you wish to end the clip. Click on the ‘mark out’ icon, alternatively click O on the keyboard.

You can then drag the clip to your timeline and add. You also have the option to only drag the video of the clip or just the audio.

Tailoring Premiere Pro Tutorials for Different Skill Levels:

To ensure your Premiere Pro editing tutorial caters to a diverse audience, here’s how you can break down your content for distinct skill levels:


  • Focus on the Fundamentals:
    • Clearly explain basic concepts like timeline layout, importing footage, making cuts, and using the Razor Tool.
    • Provide step-by-step instructions with screenshots and visuals for each technique.
    • Offer simple projects like creating a basic video montage or adding audio to a slideshow.
    • Recommend beginner-friendly resources like YouTube channels or online tutorials specifically designed for newcomers.


  • Build on the Basics:
    • Introduce more advanced editing techniques like transitions, effects, and color correction.
    • Explore multi-cam editing, working with audio levels and effects, and incorporating text and graphics.
    • Discuss optimization tips for smoother workflow, keyboard shortcuts, and managing large projects.
    • Showcase intermediate-level project ideas like creating a product showcase video or editing a travelvlog.
    • Recommend resources like online courses, advanced editing tutorials, and blogs.


  • Delve into Depth and Creativity:
    • Cover advanced techniques like titling and animation, green screen compositing, and sound design.
    • Discuss color grading workflows, working with proxies, and advanced optimization strategies.
    • Explore creative possibilities like experimental editing, storytelling techniques, and visual effects.
    • Showcase advanced project ideas like editing a short film, music video, or documentary.
    • Recommend professional editing tools, industry resources, and advanced online courses.

Addressing Common Challenges in Your Premiere Pro Editing Tutorial:

Equipping your readers with solutions to common obstacles can make your tutorial stand out and build trust. Here’s how you can address three key challenges:

1. Troubleshooting Technical Issues:

  • Dedicate a section to resolving common error messages and playback issues. Explain reasons for these errors, troubleshoot basic fixes, and suggest resources for further assistance (official Adobe forums, helpful YouTube channels).
  • Offer tips for optimizing computer performance: Discuss RAM limitations, proxy workflows, and hardware recommendations for smoother editing.
  • Provide guidance on file management: Explain best practices for organizing media, backing up projects, and avoiding clutter.

2. Overcoming Creative Roadblocks:

  • Address the dreaded “blank canvas” syndrome. Offer brainstorming techniques, storyboarding tips, and inspiration from successful video edits.
  • Discuss overcoming editing fatigue and maintaining focus. Encourage taking breaks, setting achievable goals, and seeking feedback from trusted peers.
  • Provide tips for managing perfectionism and learning from mistakes. Share success stories from editors who embraced iteration and learning from failures.

3. Optimizing Workflow:

  • Offer keyboard shortcut cheat sheets: Highlight essential shortcuts for navigating the timeline, manipulating clips, and applying effects.
  • Discuss project organization strategies: Create custom presets, save reusable templates, and utilize color labels for better workflow management.
  • Recommend automation tools and plugins: Introduce time-saving plugins for tasks like color correction, noise reduction, and social media formatting.

To enhance your Premiere Pro editing tutorial and cater to diverse learning styles, consider incorporating these online resources:

YouTube Channels:

  • Beginner-Friendly:
    • Peter McKinnon: Offers clear, concise tutorials on basic editing techniques and project ideas.
    • Cinecom: Provides engaging tutorials on storytelling, color grading, and creative editing approaches.
    • Envato Tuts+: Extensive channel with beginner-friendly tutorials on various editing techniques and software features.
  • Intermediate:
    • Vsauce Editing: Covers intermediate and advanced techniques like green screen compositing, VFX, and sound design.
    • Film Riot: Explores creative editing tips, workflow optimization, and industry insights.
    • Rosenfeld Media: Focuses on advanced color grading, motion graphics, and professional editing workflows.
  • Advanced:
    • PremiumBeat: Features in-depth tutorials on advanced techniques like multi-cam editing, complex animation, and mastering Premiere Pro workflows.
    • Creative Cow: A platform for professional editors, offering tutorials by industry experts on high-end editing and visual effects.
    • Artlist Academy: Delivers advanced tutorials and masterclasses on color science, cinematography, and storytelling for film editing.


  • Adobe Help Center: Official resource for documentation, tutorials, and troubleshooting solutions for all Adobe products, including Premiere Pro.
  • NoFilmSchool: Provides insightful articles, blog posts, and webinars on filmmaking and editing, including tips for specific genres and tools.
  • ProVideo Coalition: Features reviews, news, and tutorials on professional video editing equipment, software, and workflows.

Online Courses:

  • Skillshare: Offers a wide range of short, affordable courses on various Premiere Pro topics, from beginner-friendly introductions to advanced editing techniques.
  • Udemy: Features comprehensive courses on video editing, filmmaking, and motion graphics, with in-depth tutorials and projects.
  • CreativeLive: Provides workshops and masterclasses by renowned editors and filmmakers, ideal for immersive learning experiences.

Showcasing Real-World Examples: Bringing Your Premiere Pro Tutorial to Life

Nothing engages readers like seeing editing techniques in action! Here’s how to leverage real-world examples to illuminate your Premiere Pro tutorial:

1. Select Compelling Video Clips:

  • Choose short, visually interesting clips that showcase a specific technique you’re covering.
  • Consider varied genres and themes to appeal to a broader audience.
  • Ensure the clips clearly demonstrate the technique’s effectiveness.

2. Analyze and Dissect the Editing:

  • Break down the clip step-by-step, explaining each editing choice and its impact.
  • Highlight specific techniques used, like cuts, transitions, color grading, or sound design.
  • Explain the thought process behind each decision and its contribution to the overall story or message.

3. Offer Visual Aids and Overlays:

  • Use screenshots, annotations, or arrows to pinpoint specific elements on the screen.
  • Show before-and-after comparisons to emphasize the technique’s transformative power.
  • Consider creating short video breakdowns using screen recording tools to add a dynamic touch.

4. Encourage Reader Engagement:

  • Ask questions throughout the analysis, prompting readers to consider the editor’s choices.
  • Offer alternative approaches or creative variations on the technique.
  • Encourage readers to try the technique on their own projects and share their results.

5. Examples for Different Skill Levels:

  • Beginner: Analyze a simple social media clip, highlighting basic cuts, transitions, and text overlays.
  • Intermediate: Deconstruct a travel vlog, showcasing creative storytelling techniques, sound design, and color grading.
  • Advanced: Analyze a cinematic trailer, delving into complex editing, visual effects, and color science choices.


1. I’m overwhelmed by the amount of editing software and resources out there. Where do I even begin?

Start with the basics! This tutorial focuses on Premiere Pro, a powerful yet user-friendly editing software. Familiarize yourself with its interface and fundamental tools before diving into advanced techniques. Don’t hesitate to experiment and explore!

2. I’m stuck on a creative roadblock. How do I get my editing mojo back?

Take a break! Step away from the computer and come back with fresh eyes. Browse inspiring videos, watch tutorials in a different genre, or talk to fellow editors for new perspectives. Sometimes, a change of scenery is all you need.

3. My computer struggles with editing complex projects. What can I do?

Invest in some RAM upgrades, consider proxy workflows for smoother editing, or explore cloud-based editing solutions. Optimization tips and recommended hardware resources are included in this tutorial to help you find the right setup.

4. I’m afraid of sharing my work online. How do I overcome imposter syndrome?

Remember, everyone starts somewhere! Sharing your work, even if it’s just with a trusted friend or online community, can be incredibly rewarding and spark valuable feedback. Focus on learning and growth, and celebrate your progress along the way.

5. Where can I find more advanced learning resources and connect with other editors?

This tutorial provides a diverse list of YouTube channels, websites, and online courses for further exploration. Additionally, consider joining online forums, attending editing workshops, or participating in social media communities dedicated to video editing.

Summary: What are your next steps with Premiere Pro?

Your journey to mastering Premiere Pro isn’t a linear climb, but an exciting exploration of creativity and technical skill. This tutorial provides you with the essential tools, resources, and inspiration to conquer basic editing techniques, tackle creative challenges, and optimize your workflow.

Remember, practice, experimentation, and a supportive community are your allies. So, embrace the learning curve, don’t be afraid to experiment, and most importantly, have fun creating. The world awaits your unique storytelling prowess, captured one frame at a time.

Overall in this video you will have gained knowledge on the basics of how to use Premiere Pro. This includes how to upload files and how to use them appropriately within Premiere Pro.

To learn more about Premiere Pro, we have a range of tutorials. Find them on our YouTube or in our blog.

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