The Basics of Premiere Pro: Part 2

So, with that said let’s push on into part 2 to learn more about how to use Premiere Pro to further your editing ability. And we will start out with in and out points, so what are in and out points, well they’re exactly what it says on the tin, they are points you want your clip to start at, and the point you want it to end within your video footage, you add these into your footage before adding them into the timeline to ensure that only that part of the clip is what is played. Or alternatively if you want to use the keyboard shortcuts I and O that is far quicker.

So, once you have done that you will need to know how to actually add a clip into the timeline, after all that is the whole point of Premiere Pro, to be a timeline to add all of your clips in a sequence into. So, once you have made a selection using in and out points, you can either drag the clip onto the timeline from the project or source windows or using the Insert/Overwrite buttons.

Moving on, we will now talk about editing your clip on your timeline. Now that you’ve got your clip on the timeline, you can move it around and adjust its length on either end using the selection tool or the V shortcut. Your cursor will turn into a red arrow symbol when you position it at the inner or outer edge of the clip, allowing you to lengthen or shorten it. Using the razor tool, you can split your clip in two or cut out a section in the middle. These two tools will allow you to do most of your basic editing.

So, there you have it, you are now on your way to becoming an award-winning video editor. Of course, these are just the basics, but we have plenty more on the way, and as we go on through this series we will o from the basics of Premiere Pro, to more advanced tutorials to help you no matter where you are at, we can help you get to the next level in your editing. Join me next time, where I discuss how lighting in your filming can help set a tone or mood, much like music did in the blog we posted out last Wednesday.

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