ITEC Workshop: Adobe Premiere Pro

Image of the Adobe Premiere Pro logo.
Adobe Premiere Pro is a powerful video editing program used by professionals and hobbyists to create their video projects. This software is available on all computers in the Library. What follows below is a summary of information covered during the ITEC workshop sessions on Premiere Pro. The information below includes steps for common tasks related to projects that may occur as part of a class project or other video project.

Customizing the Workspace in Adobe Premiere Pro

The default view of Adobe Premiere Pro can be a bit overwhelming the first time you open the program. Adobe includes a number of built-in workspaces suited to different tasks in Premiere. If you are familiar with iMovie or Final Cut Pro the Editing workspace will feel more similar to what you are used to. Each of the panes within the program window may be resized to your liking. If, for instance, you need the Timeline to be larger, you can click and drag the edge of the pane to resize it. You may also add panes by selecting them from the Window menu.

There are two ways to change your workspace:
A) Choose one of the workspaces listed at the top of the application window.

Image of Workspace list across the top of the application window.

B) Click Window > Workspaces and then select your desired workspace.

Keyboard Shortcuts

You can also change the keyboard shortcuts within the application to suit your preference. There are layout presets for other editors as well, such as Final Cut Pro. This is helpful if you are migrating from one platform to another. To change the keyboard shortcut layout:

  1. Click Edit > Keyboard shortcuts (CTRL+ALT+K) 
  2. Choose the desired preset.
  3. Make any other edits to the shortcuts.
  4. Click OK.

Add Text in Adobe Premiere Pro

This tool may be used to create a title screen, on-screen captions,
subtitles, or other text.

To create a title you can:

  1. Right-click in the project bin
  2. Select New Item > Title.
  1. Select  Title > New Title > Default Still... . The Title edit window will appear, providing a number of text tools.
  2. Enter your desired text, and then select font, font size, color and so on. When you are done editing the text you can close the window. The title will be added to your project bin.
  3. Drag and drop the title from the project bin into your sequence.

Editing the Title

You may need to edit the title after you create it e.g. move the text to a different location on the screen.
To do so:

  1. Double-click the title in your sequence. This should open the title at the current from in your video track.
  2. Hold down the Control or Command key. You should see a bounding box appear around your text.
  3. Click into the middle of the text box and drag it to the desired location.

Blurring Sections of a Video.

There may be instances when you need to blur out a part of the video you are creating. There are two main types of blur effects that you may use: Gaussian blur and Mosaic. Gaussian blur creates a smooth blurred area. The Mosaic creates a tiled blur effect.

The blur effects may be found in the Effects pane.

TIP: You can filter the effects list for the effect you are looking for by typing its name in the search box at the top of the Effects pane.

Before adding the blur effect to the video track, you should make a copy of the original track and apply the effect to the copy. To make a copy of the video track hold down the ALT key and then click on the original track and then drag a copy of the video track to the next layer above the original.

TIP: Once you have the created the copy video track you can go through creating sections by using the Razor tool. This will help you apply an effect to a specific portion of the track and not the whole track.

To apply the chosen blur effect, click and drag the effect onto the desired video clip. This will apply the blur to the entire track. You may want, however, to apply the blur to a specific portion of the video track. There are tools and settings in the Effect Controls pane which allow you to manipulate the placement of the blur. The easiest way to do this is to click on one of the quick mask shapes located just under the effect title in the Effect Controls pane.

Image highlighting the quick mask shape selection tools.

Once you select a quick mask shape, a bounding box will appear allowing you to position the blur over the desired location.

It is possible to blur a moving target. You can view a video tutorial of how to do so here:

For more information, tutorials and support you may check out the Adobe Premiere Pro CC support page.


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