Adobe PREMIERE 6.5 - The BASICS


1. Start up Adobe Premiere 6.5. (There are MANY other video editors out there - Premiere Elements, Final Cut Pro, Windows MovieMaker, Apple iMovie)
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2. At the opening screen, simply say OKAY. The opening screen lists dozens of possible VIDEO OUTPUT FORMATS, only some of which are suitable for display on North American monitors.
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3. Clean up your Workspace
  • Use WINDOW - WORKSPACE - A/B EDITING. There are three key areas in the Premiere workspace - I use the analogy that you are "cooking" an AVI movie.
  • The ingredients are stored in the "BINS", they are your audio and video ASSETS
  • You're inventing the recipe in the TIMELINE that mixes the "ingredients" together at different times.
  • You can add "Spice" to the recipe with TRANSITIONS - but don't do it randomly or excessively
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4. Import ASSETS into your bins.
  • Right mouse click in the BINS folder and IMPORT FILE. You'll find a library of audio and video files in the HANDOUTS | MAY MEDIA folders.
  • Notice that AVI videos, WAV sounds and JPG images can all be mixed together in your premiere movie.
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5. Drag an AVI clip from the ASSET BIN to to the VIDEO 1A track.
  • VIDEO1A is your MAIN video track - Always start here.
  • Be sure your clip is flush to the left of the timeline
  • If your video has Audio, it will appear in the "Audio1" track.
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6. Drag one or two other video clips, and arrange them in the timeline to "tell the story"

7. SAVE YOUR WORK! Use File - SAVE and save the PPJ (Premiere Project) file to your server space. Note - this is a VERY small but crucial file, and should be saved and backed up often!

8. NEXT: Try RENDERING your movie