Premiere Pro Tutorial:
Ultimate Guide on Film Editing for Complete Beginners

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Are you a complete beginner in film editing and want to get into it? Have you just opened Premiere Pro and have no idea what to do? Watch Rory’s walkthrough of Premiere Pro on how to create a project from scratch 👉

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Premiere Pro Tutorial: Ultimate Guide on Film Editing for Complete Beginners

Are you a complete beginner in film editing and want to get into it? Have you just opened Premiere Pro and have no idea what to do? Watch Rory’s walkthrough of Premiere Pro on how to create a project from scratch 👉

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Intro

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Premiere Pro Basics

45

Create new project

111

Organizing your files

218

Editing tab

435

Create new sequence

467

Color coding footage

528

Working with footage

549

Keyboard shortcuts

688

Timeline overview

848

Immediate tools

969

Color correction

1358

Effect controls panel

1645

Media browse & effect panel

1745

Graphics tool

1860

Locating your footage

2044

Export

2177

Big scale project

2356

Ending

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Meet Rory

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What you’ll learn

Make sure you stay organized from the beginning – it is too easy to create chaos with a bigger project.

You do take criticism for a living but remember the criticism is not directed at you personally.

You will be working in a dark room many times, just remember why you get into editing in the first place – to have fun.

Make sure you master one of the programs first – it is better to be a master of one than to know all a little.

Masterclass chapters

In this masterclass, Rory Nichols teaches us all about the basics of how to create a project from scratch in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Premiere Pro basics

In this chapter, Rory will tell the basics of starting out with Adobe Premiere Pro, what hardware to use, and what screen to choose for editing.

Create new project

Then Rory will walk you through how to create a new project in PP step by step.

Organizing files

Moving on, he will show you how to organize your files. It is important to allocate raw footage to sequence bins for better visibility and navigation.

Editing tab

The editing tab can look a little bit confusing for Premiere Pro beginners, but as it is the main working area for your PP projects it's important to understand how it works.

Project sequence

Continuing, Rory will show you how to work with sequences and create new ones.

Color coding

Color coding your footage is a nice way of keeping your project organized, so you always know which footages have the same topic.

How to work with footage

In this chapter, Rory will show you how to work with footage on your editing tab in a nice flow.

Keyboard shortcuts

Knowing Premiere Pro keyboard shortcuts will instantly speed up your process of editing. Who doesn't want that, right? Rory will show you the basics PP shortcuts and recommend you some custom keyboard shortcuts to set.

Timeline

Your instructor will show you how to use keyboard shortcuts when working with the timeline.

Tools

The immediate tools for Premiere Pro can be on the left of the timeline panel and they are important to know how to use to make your editing efficient.

Color correction

Color correcting is important in video editing because it fixes the imbalances in the colors so it appears how the eye should see it. Premiere Pro has a user-friendly color grading suite and Rory is walking you through it step by step.

Effects

The effect panel is an important part of editing a video, when you want to show the passing of time, want to add a nice transition at the end of your project, or have other creative ideas.

Graphics panel

If you want to add titles or texts, this is the panel you are looking for. You can use both existing or custom set graphics, and Rory will show you how to do it in this chapter.

Locating media

When you move your already used footage to a new folder, the PP timeline will sense that your footage went offline - sort of lost its link to the footage. If that happens to you, do not worry; Rory will show you how to locate them again in Premiere Pro.

Exporting

When finishing your project the last step is to export it from Premiere Pro. It can be confusing to navigate between all the options when exporting, so let Rory help you with that.

Big scale project

Editing a short video can be very different from working with big-scale projects. Rory will bring you an example of one of his big projects which he edited in Premiere Pro.

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Rory Nichols

Director and editor

London, United Kingdom

"It is all about challenging yourself. You will be able to figure this out, you just need to throw yourself in a position where you are not 100% comfortable."

Rory Nichols is a freelance director and editor based in London.

He has a background in broadcast and advertising. He has worked on some of the UK’s top programs and with some household brands. He also has an exceptional understanding of storytelling.

Based in London, in the United Kingdom, AFGP works with businesses helping them devise, and produce their online video content to drive leads and sales to their business.

Rory Nichols started as a runner and now works as a freelance director and editor and is one half of the London-based production company A Few Good Productions.

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