Must Know Tips For Premiere Pro Video Editors
Video editing is no easy task, and even the most advanced editors will spend hours and hours on one bit of footage to get it just right. Premiere Pro is the software of choice for most editors today, and whether you are editing videos for your YouTube channel or for your own feature film, there are plenty of handy tricks that can make the whole process just a little easier. Premiere Pro is packed full of advanced features that many seasoned professionals aren’t aware of and beginners will never discover on their own. Here are some must know tips for Premiere Pro video editors:
Premiere Pro is a large piece of software that can wreak havoc on slower systems or if you have a lot of programmes running simultaneously. You can adjust the playback resolution to help ease the burden on your system whilst having no impact on your final video quality. On the bottom right of your Program Monitor, click on the Select Playback Resolution box. Here you can reduce the quality up to 1/4 or 1/2 for HD footage, or up to 1/8 or 1/16 for 4K footage.
Another great trick for computers and systems that can’t effectively handle really high-quality footage such as 4K is to use proxies. In Premiere Pro, proxies are a different set of files for editing and for the final render. Put simply, you can work with reduced quality footage that your system can handle, and then for the final render Premiere Pro will ‘swap’ this footage for the high quality one. To create a proxy, right click on a clip in the project browser and select Proxy > Create Proxies. In the Create Proxies menu you can choose a file format and proxy location, when you hit OK it will open the Adobe Media Encoder to automatically render all selected clips to easy-to-edit proxy files.
When you are previewing your shots in the Source Monitor, you can mark In and Out points which will tell Premiere when your clip should begin and end without deleting any footage. Using In and Out points can save you a lot of time. Instead of having to drag a clip onto your timeline, scrub the bit you want, and then trim the beginning and end; your clips will be automatically chopped based on In and Out points. To mark your In an Out points you must first open the Source Monitor by double clicking on a clip in the Project Browser or pressing Spacebar. Once you have chosen a selection you like, press the I key to set in In point, and then press the O key to set the out point. You could also use the Mark In and Mark Out buttons that can be found in the controls beneath the clip.
Using Premiere Pro to trim clips can be very frustrating, and whilst In and Out points can help a lot, if you want to just trim one second from the start or end of a clip it can be a time-consuming process. You need to select the Razor tool, cut the clip, delete the section you don’t want and then shuffle everything else along to fill the gap. To save this process, you can use the Ripple Edit Tool (shortcut B) which lets you drag to reduce or expand a clip, and then Premiere will move all the other clips to fill in the gap for you.
Adjustment layers are actually one of the easiest tools to learn in Premiere Pro, and also one of the most powerful. You can add effects to an adjustment layer which will be applied to all the clips below it. It is super handy during colour correction, and it allows you to make dramatic changes to hundreds of clips in seconds. This is very useful if you have common changes to make on several different clips and can save you a huge amount of editing time. If you then decide you want to make further changes, you can simply edit the adjustment layer instead of each individual clip. Access adjustment layers by choosing New Item > Adjustment Layer in the Project Browser.
One of the best things you can ever learn when it comes to Premiere Pro is keyboard shortcuts. They can save hours of editing time once you have mastered the essential shortcuts. If you go to Premiere Pro CC and then choose Keyboard Shortcuts, it will open the Premiere keyboard shortcuts menu. Here you will be able to see all the shortcuts you currently have assigned and also allows you to re-assign them as you please to make your workflow faster.