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Learn Video Editing with Premiere Pro CC for beginners

Make better video and join the world of professional video editing in this step by step Premiere Pro course.
Jordy Vandeput
1,620 students enrolled
English [Auto-generated]
Understand the User Interface
Edit video clips
Design a text or title
Use effects
Mix audio
Perform color corrections
Make custom animations
Export a video


  • Make things that others can’t. Let your videos shine with custom effects and animations that make it look professional.
  • Don’t limit your creativity! Learn all the buttons, understand the interface and known how things work in Premiere Pro.
  • Learn as you go. This course teaches you a good fundament. The idea behind it is that you can learn advanced things by yourself as you edit videos in Premiere Pro.

My name is Jordy Vandeput and I’m a professional video editor.

  • I’ve been teaching Premiere Pro classes since 2006 in various online and local schools
  • I’ve edited commercials and promotional films for BMW, Belgacom, Maasmechelen Village and more
  • I’ve had an intensive 2 year online instructor training at Envato
  • I’ve had over 5 million views across Youtube and Vimeo where I host various tutorials

From years of experience in teaching Premiere Pro classes, I have developed a method that teaches the fundamentals very fast. Many books and other classes sometimes show things that are not important and forget to explain stuff that IS IMPORTANT.This is a waste of your time, while you could have learned other things.


  1. We start by organizing and importing our footage. You have won half the battle by doing this right.
  2. Next we dive instantly into the editing. You will learn a professional workflow here.
  3. As we’re editing you will learn more and more tools from the user interface. Each button will be explained and used for practice.
  4. Then comes the fun part where we’ll create effects, titles and custom animations.
  5. Finally we’ll finish our video with color corrections and audio mixing to export the video with the best quality settings in a small file format.


I have Premiere Pro CS6, can I follow this course? Sure you can! This course has been created to get you started with the fundamental features that came from older versions.

Will I be able to create explosions and crazy visual effects after this course? I’m sorry to let you down, but no. Premiere Pro is a cut and slice program. But it’s the core of the video editing process. Visual effects lay on top of your edit which is done in other applications and then brought to Premiere Pro.

Do I need a fast computer? As you will learn the basics you don’t need a fast computer. But it will make editing much more pleasant once you can playback your footage smoothly.

Must I have video footage before I can take this course? Nope, I’ve made it easy for you. In the course attachment you can find the same video footage as used within the course. There’s no copyright on it, so feel free to edit those clips and share it online!



Adobe Premiere Pro is a very popular video editing application. It has many features which can help you a lot to create amazing videos. Instructor Jordy has many years of experience in teaching Premiere Pro classes to people that just started with professional video editing and to experts that like learn every single detail and speed up their workflow.

This introduction lesson will prepare you for the course and provide you with some tips to have a better and faster learning experience.

A digital video file

When talking about a video file, we need to specify it with its properties. We also don't talk about a car, but we specify its brand, engine, color, etc.

There're 3 important parameter everyone should know. That is the resolution, the scanning technique and the frame rate. Once we understand what those things are, we can start with editing a video inside a professional envirement.

User Interface

Start a new project

Starting with a new project is not only the Premiere Pro document file you save for the first time. A new project means organizing everything you have related to project you're about to work on. It's important to put all your video clips, music, photos and even scripts inside the same folder.

Always keep in mind that you should be able to copy one folder and that everything from the film project you worked on is still accessable.

The user interface

The first time we open Premiere Pro it might look a little overwhelming. But don't be afraid, there're many windows and buttons which you don't need to know in the beginning.

At first it's important to know how the mechanics work inside the application. Each window has a specific functionally such as the project window, timeline, source monitor, program monitor and toolbox.

Customize your workspace

We've seen that the user interface is made out of different windows. We're able to move these windows around and change the work space so that it fits you the best. After we've done that, we can save that work-space to recall it anytime.

Knowing these techniques will also help you when you accidentally messed up your work-space.


Import and organize clips

We've organized everything on our hard drive. Now it's time to take this organization and move it to Premiere Pro. We'll import everything inside the project window. From there we can create new folders, move items around or add new items.

The footage inside the project window is our source. We can view those items by double clicking on them inside the source monitor. If we like what we see, we can bring the selected item to the timeline for editing.

The timeline

Inside the timeline is where the magic happens. It's like a plain paper to draw our artwork on. So it's important to think about the items that we'll bring into the timeline.

From the source clips we must make a selection that we're actually going use. Mark that selection with and in and an out point. Next, you can bring it to timeline which will be thaught in further detail.

The toolbox

The toolbox provides us with many tools to manipulate the clips inside our timeline. Such tools can go from cutting our clips to stretching the time for a slow-motion effect.

There're also tools which are not so easy to understand from the beginning, like the slide and slip tool. It's very important here to keep on practicing with these tools. By using them more and more you will notice that it will make your editing go faster.

Video Effects

We all love to create crazy effects, but keep in mind that Premiere Pro is a cut and slice application. Not a visual effects editor. However, Premiere Pro does provide us with a big library of video and audio effects.

Adding these effects to any of your clips is not so hard, but creating the desires end look is. In this lesson you will learn several techniques which you need to pay attention to if you want to accomplish something particular.

Working with transitions

When two clips meet each other, we can either leave them as a hard cut. But we can also add a cool transition between them. Inside the effects library, we can find several transitions for video and audio.

When adding a transition you have to keep in mind it takes some frames from you clips which you've actually cut away. Therefor we can adjust the transition duration to our desired need.

Design a title or text

Creating a text inside Premiere Pro has never been so fun as in any other editing application. The Premiere's title designer gives you so many tools that you can fully customize the look of your text.

We can even use the title designer to save our designed text or title for later use in other projects.

By default, a created title is being handled as an image inside Premiere Pro. If we change the text type to a rolling text inside the title designer, the program will handle it as a video clip.

Create an animation

Creating animation is by far the most fun thing to do inside Premiere Pro. It gives such a flexibility to really create any custom visual effect.

Animation are created with keyframes. These keyframes hold a certain value. That could be the position of a you clip, the rotation or a parameter from an effect. A little further in time, we create a new keyframe which holds a diffrent value. When we then play our clip, and animation will be shown from one value to another.

Tips and tricks

We've already gone through many things within Premiere Pro. But there're still a few things missing that will make our workflow faster and more pleasant.

This course will teach you several tips and tricks like how to make an extend edit, change our short-keys, create multiple tracks inside the timeline, how to manipulate the speed while maintaining the audio pitch and reverse a video.

Finish your video

Color Correction

When it comes down to (semi-)professional video editing we must finish our video to make it look great. One of those steps is to do a color correction.

We've all seen that somewhere, where two clips don't match with each other. One is too blue and the other one is too yellow.

Or we would like to re-create that cinematic Hollywood look and increase the contrast.

This lesson will teach you how to work with the fast color corrector. This is an easy tool to do all your coloring work.

Audio Mixing

A bad audio mixing is very unpleasant to listen to. When you have an interview of someone and at the same time running a music song in the background, it's very important to have a good balance between them.

This lesson will help you how to mix and fade your music. But also how to bring up the volume to the correct spot.

Export your video

We're done with the edit of our video. Now comes the biggest challenge: exporting your video to a small size, while maintaining that beautiful quality.

There're many things like codecs, bitrate, etcetera we must understand to master this process. But luckily, Premiere Pro made it easy for us by allowing us to chose from a variety of very good presets.

Inside the Media Encoder, which we use to export our video, we can find the Vimeo or Youtube preset under the popular H.264 codec. By using one of these presets, you are in most cases always right.


Adobe Typekit

Fonts are never easy to look for. Especially if you want them to be royalty free. Luckily Adobe provides you with a big library of available fonts through your Creative Cloud account.

Inside the Typekit library we can chose which style of font we're looking for and then synchronize them with our account so that we can use them in any Adobe application such as Premiere Pro.

Application settings

Every program comes with tons of settings and also Premiere Pro. We don't have to know what all these settings do. But some of them will definitely help you further.

One of the things we must know about is that we can change some default duration's. Like the transition and still image duration's.

Premiere Pro also stores many cache files on your computer. If you ever end up with a full hard disk, know where you can find these files though the preferences menu. Inside the cache settings, we're able to give the cache files a new destination or delete that folder, which doesn't do any harm.

Adobe Dynamic Link

Now that we've gone through the basics of Premiere Pro. It's also good to know what else Adobe is capable of if you want to expand your knowledge or already know how to work with Photoshop, After Effects, Audition or more.

The dynamic link allows us to connect a project from another Adobe application to Premiere Pro. Or we can bring our Premiere Pro document to another application without exporting the video.


Congratulations! You are an awesome person for completing this Adobe Premiere Pro course. You've learned all the fundamentals of the popular video editing application. Now it's time to practice all the techniques you've learned in this course and explore the application further.

This final conclusion will wrap up the course and leave you with some final tips on what to do next.


Test your skills

Test yourself and take the quiz. The questions in these quiz are aimed at the more important aspects of this course.

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