Video Editing Basics with Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Adobe has been one of the leading names in software for graphic design, video editing, animation, visual effects, and many other digital creations that we see today.

One of their many great software is Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Adobe Premiere Pro is known as one of the best video editing software that you could use, it’s a very powerful tool that has fantastic color correction. It also works across platforms, which is great! Transferring from working on a MAC and PC will not be a problem, and that is very ideal if you’re working with a team. It also has a wide range of aspect ratio presets that you can turn your videos into.

Anyway, let me introduce you to Adobe Premiere Pro CC and all the basic things that you’ll need to know.

When you open Adobe Premiere Pro CC this is what you will see,

Click on New Project

Video Editing Basics with Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Video Editing Basics with Adobe Premiere Pro CC – click on new project

then a New Project Window will pop out, basically it’s just going to ask you to name your project, and set the location where you want that file to be saved. Then click OK.

Now, the arrangement of your interface might be different from mine. You can choose from their saved workspace (top panel: learning, assembly, etc.)

Video Editing Basics with Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Video Editing Basics with Adobe Premiere Pro CC

or you can definitely rearrange all those panels to your liking, you can close them, drag them, however way you want it, then save that workspace. (Window – Workspace – Save as New Workspace)

The most important and always used panels that you need are:

1. Timeline

2. Program Monitor (where you will preview your project)

3. Effects

4. Effects Controls

5. Tools

6. Audio Meters

Now that you’re setup, let’s get started. First you need to import your files.


1. HOW TO IMPORT FILES: (3 ways)

  • File  – Import – Import File
  • Ctrl + I
  • Double Click on the space of the Project Panel box



  • CREATE A SEQUENCE: (3 ways)
    • Click File – New Sequence – then choose from the aspect ration.
    • Click on New Item icon – Sequence – then choose from the aspect ratio presets what need your final output to be.
    • Drag and drop your video from the Project Panel into the timeline or  Drag and drop your file from the Project Panel to the New Item icon

    • To scrub and preview your timeline, drag the blue arrow line across the timeline.
    • You can zoom in or out on the timeline by pressing + or – on your keyboard.
    • You can move frame by frame by pressing left and right arrow on your keyboard.
    • The eye icon is for visibility, the M / S is if you want to mute or solo out an audio track. You can turn then on/off by clicking on them.
    • To cut or slice your video, Select Razor tool from the Tools Panel or press C on your Keyboard, then click on the portion you want to cut, once your done, click on Selection tool or press V on your keyboard.
    • To delete, simply click on the part you want to remove, then press delete on your keyboard, or right click on the part you want to delete, then select Ripple Delete.
    • To apply a transition right click on the connected ends of the footage (assuming you’ve cut them already)  then select Apply Default Transition.You can also search ‘ transition’ on the Effects Panel, then scroll on to Video Transition, choose which effect you want, then drag and drop that on the connected ends of the footage.
    • You can adjust the speed of the transition by dragging the transition marks away or near each other. The farther, the longer the buildup. The closer they are, the shorter the buildup.
      connected ends of your footage


    • To apply an effect, go to Effects Panel and drag and drop the effect on that sequence, or click on the part you want to apply an effect to, go to Effects Panel, and double click on the effect you’d like to apply.
    • Assuming you’ve imported a video and you’d like to separate the audio and video; On the timeline, right click on the sequence, then select Unlink.
    • To Preview, press Space Bar or Enter on your keyboard.


    • On the Effects Control Panel, you can adjust Position, Scale, Rotation, Opacity, Volume and other type of effects you have applied either video and audio of your sequence.
    • To render your project, make sure you are at the very last frame of your sequence. (and there’s no other footage or audio after that.) Press CTRL + M. Set your settings, then press Enter on your Keyboard.
      Render Settings on Adobe Premiere CC


    • This will automatically export your file to Adobe Media Encoder, where you will see it on queue, press enter, or the green play button, then wait for it to finish.

      Export Window of Adobe Media Encoder


That’s it, those are the basic moves you’ll need to be able to navigate in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. On their latest version, they have new features added like Auto Reframe – where it automatically scales your file. from let’s say 1080 you can auto reframe that so it would fit the square requirements of Instagram, and the cool thing about it is, it doesn’t simply cut your sequence into a square, it maintains whatever is important on your footage. Try to explore the software, as there are tons of things you can do with it, it’s a powerful tool for video editing.

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