Get started learning Adobe Premiere Pro with these five essential tutorials.

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Learning the ins and outs of a new NLE can be intimidating. However, once you establish a video editing workflow, it becomes easy to integrate new tools. Even after working with Premiere Pro for years, there are still many shortcuts and features I have yet to learn. With a program this powerful, learning more about the interface never hurts, so let’s take a look at some tutorials.

Learning The Basics

Kris Truini with Kriscoart Productions offers an excellent introduction to the world of Premiere. Starting from the beginning with creating and naming your project, Kris then dives into importing your footage and the appropriate settings for its quality. From there, he takes us through organizing footage, adding titles and music, the basics of keyframing, and exporting your project. This is a lot of information for a twenty-minute video, but the tutorial is an excellent first-time user’s guide.

Play with Your Timeline

This tutorial’s title says “Advanced Editing,” but don’t let that dissuade you from checking it out. The video mainly focuses on moving clips around in your timeline with various shortcuts as well as tweaking a clip’s speed and position with only a few keystrokes. The tutorial doesn’t teach you anything groundbreaking, but it will certainly expedite your workflow and make you more comfortable with Premiere.

Understanding the Interface

CinemaCon’s general Premiere Pro tutorial is perfect for beginners and intermediate editors. It offers insight into the general layout of Premiere and how to navigate it. This tutorial also dives into setting Premiere appropriately so that you don’t use too much memory or space on your computer, thus saving you time and frustration. He also covers working with multiple layers and how you can work around layers you aren’t using at the moment.

Color Grading

Surfaced Studio is back again, this time with a tutorial on how to color grade in Premiere Pro using the Lumetri Color Panel. In this video, we see how to read waveform monitors, use the RGB Parade and correct white balance through examples of bad footage and how to improve it.

Staying Organized

Once you’ve mastered the video editing workflow, keeping all your work collected and accessible is a must. Organization is one of the most important qualities for a working video editor. Jason Boone with PremiumBeat gives us five tips for keeping things tidy in this excellent video tutorial. Learn how to customize your bins and your source and program monitors, create a track height preset, save a custom workspace, and use a project as a template.

While there are many other options out there for Premiere Pro tips, these free resources are a fantastic start. If you want to learn more, check out Lynda or udemy.

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