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DML Documentation

Documentation for the Digital Media Lab in Ellis Library

Premiere Pro Interface

Importing and Basic Editing

To Edit Your Video

  1. Open Adobe Premiere Pro.
  2. Click on New Project in the left corner

  3. This screen is where you will browse for your footage to import and edit.  At the top, create a name for your project and choose a location.  Then, use the tabs on the left to browse through desktop, folders, etc (wherever the footage is).

  4. Select the clips that you want to use.  The selected clips should appear blue after selection.  When you are ready, click create in the bottom right corner (The import settings in the top right corner are more advanced options for importing, but you can have Premiere Pro copy the selected footage to your project folder).
  5. After clicking on Create, you will be taken to the Edit Window, where you will edit your footage.  Your footage will be in the Project Area in the lower left corner.  If you select a clip, you can view it in the Source Monitor (Screen on the left side.

  6. To create a timeline, right click on a clip and select “New Sequence from Clip”.  This will create a sequence in the Timeline with the same settings as the selected clip. (Pay attention to your footage.  Depending on the footage, some clips will have different framerates and resolutions.  You want to keep this as similar as you can.  Most of the footage should be around 1920x1080 and about 29.97 fps.  You can check this by using the Project Panel in the Lower Left Corner.)

  7. In your newly created Sequence in the Timeline, delete the clip there.  You can rename the sequence in the Project Panel.  The Screen to the right is the Program Monitor, which will show you what you have in the Timeline (What the final video will look).

  8. To bring new clips into the timeline, select a clip from the Project Panel.  In the Source Monitor, click and drag the screen into the Timeline and let go of the mouse.  You can also click and drag on the icons below the Source Monitor to bring in just the video or just the audio of the footage.

  9. To trim a clip, go to the Toolbar located between the Project Panel and the Timeline and select the Razor Tool.  Move the Play head to where you want to make the cut, then click on the clip with the Razor Tool.  After cutting, click on the Selection Tool and delete the part you don’t want.

  10. By default, the Timeline has 3 Video Tracks and 3 Audio Tracks.  You can move the clips around on each of these tracks.  Keep this in mind though.  For Video Tracks, whatever clip is higher up (on a track higher than the rest), the final video will only play that clip, with everything else buried underneath it.  For Audio Tracks, audio files will mix together regardless of what’s underneath it.

  11. The bar in the lower Right is the Audio Level for your footage.  You want to make sure this does not go to 0.


  1. While most platforms (Facebook, YouTube) can create their own automated captions, you can create and edit captions right in Premiere Pro and use those instead.
  2. On the bar at the top, click on Window/Workspaces/Captions.  The Source Monitor should look like this.

  3. Click on Create Transcription.  This will create a transcript of the entire video.  You can double check and correct any grammar issues here. (Selecting a word will jump the timeline to that part of the video so you can hear what’s being said.  You can also play the video, and the script will follow along with the video.

  4. Once all the changes are complete, click on Create Captions (The CC Button).  This will create a track where all your captions are stored.

  5. Click on the 3 dots in the right corner of the Source Monitor and select Export/Export to SRT File.  This will create a file that you can upload to YouTube that contains your corrected captions.  You can click on the eye next to the track in the Timeline to hide the captions.

Green Screen

  1. While you can access effects from anywhere, you can use the Effects Workspace to bring it out in the open more.  At the top, select Windows/Workspace/Effects.

  2. Click on Video Effects/Keying/Ultra Key and drag this onto the clip in the Timeline.

  3. In the Source Monitor, click on Effect Controls. Then go down to Ultra Key.

  4. Click on the eyedropper next to Key Color, then select the green background.

  5. You can use the settings below Key Color to clean up any leftover green parts in the background or change the setting from Default to Aggressive.

  6. Move the Green Screen Clip onto the Middle Track (V2), then place the clip you want to use as a background below it. 


  1. When you are ready to export your video, click on Export in the top Left Corner.

  2. Under Source, you should have just Media File selected.  The other options will let you upload the video directly to YouTube, Twitter, etc.
  3. Under Settings, make sure the Format says H.264 (This is the default format for videos on the web, and it will play well on other computers, phones, etc..). You can also change the Preset as well to either YouTube HD or High Quality.
  4. When ready, click Export in the lower right corner.