Premiere Pro Tutorial 1: Basic Terms

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Hello Everyone! I have decided to create a Premiere Pro tutorial for beginners. Premiere Pro is a software from Adobe. It is a non-linear video editor. It is extremely powerful and can be used to create professional films and videos. This is the first post in a series of posts. This post is going to cover some basic terms you will need to know for video editing.

  1. Timeline and Sequence The timeline is where you assemble all of your clips together. A sequence is part of your Premiere Pro project and holds the timeline. The timeline has multiple levels, or layers. If you have a background on video layer 1 and an image on video layer 2, the image that is in video layer 2 will appear above the background. The image below is a sample timeline.
    The top portion of the timeline holds video and the bottom portion of the timeline holds audio.You won’t see a timeline until you create a sequence. You can learn how to do create a sequence in the next tutorial.
  2.  Premiere Pro Project File Premiere Pro stores the entire video as a Premiere Pro Project file or a .prproj . Note: This is not a file you can submit to YouTube or send to other people. It doesn’t contain all the videos and audio files. You have to render the file into a usable format. This is an example of a prproj file on a windows computer.prproj
  3. Bitrate and Codecs A bitrate can be expressed in mbps. The number is used to express how much “data” or “information” is stored for each frame or second. This comes into heavy play when exporting (read: rendering) your video for YouTube or just for storage. A codec is used to describe which way a video is being stored. H.264 is the most popular codec for exporting to YouTube because it is much easier to upload because of its smaller size. You definitely do lose some quality in this format, but YouTube natively compresses the footage anyway, so it shouldn’t make that much difference to a normal end user. Here is an example of Premiere’s Export screen. It looks extremely confusing, but in reality, it is pretty simple, and I will explain this in a future tutorial.
    export settings
  4. Aspect Ratio Aspect ratio is ratio of the width of the video to the height. The most common aspect ratio is 16×9. This is commonly called the widescreen aspect ratio. Some older monitors run at 4×3. The pictures below show the different aspect ratios.
    4x3 16x9
  5. The Premiere ToolsBelow is the table containing all the mouse tools available in Premiere Pro
    The regular pointer/mouse
    tools Move clips to the right
     3  Move clips to the left
     4  Ripple Edit- Make a video smaller or bigger and moving all other clips
     5  Rolling Edit- Edit a cut between 2 videos with changing or moving the other clips
     6  Time Remapping- Use to make video clip smaller and bigger make it faster and slower
     7  Razor Blade- Split clip at chosen point
     8  Slip Edit- Change clip’s in and out points without affecting other clips.
     9  Slide Tool- Move clips with affecting others.
     10  Pen tool- create anchor points
    11 Hand tool- adjust your view in the timeline without moving clips
    12 Magnify Tool

That’s it, folks! Stay tuned till my next post where I’ll show how to create your first project!

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