Maybe you were like me the first time I opened Adobe Premiere Pro.
I thought, "What the hell is this?"
I had just purchased a laptop and one of my news friends suggested that I go with Adobe Premiere Pro CS3.
Little did I know, he thought the program was garbage.
I didn't know any better, so I started using it to edit my YouTube vlog episodes.
It had way more features than Windows Movie Maker which was free, but extremely basic.
And even though I had limited experience with nonlinear editing, with some trial and error, I eventually got more and more comfortable editing videos with Premiere.
It wasn't long before I found an editing client or two, and I've never stopped using it.
I kept editing with Premiere when I switched from a PC to a Mac.
It's awesome because the program is the same regardless of what kind of computer you're using.
Little did I know that that software that my friend thought was garbage, would be used by media professionals all over the world.
I use it at work for broadcast spots that I produce, and I use it at home for my client projects.
And my friend who thought it was garbage all those years back, now uses Premiere Pro too! Ha!
IT'S ALL ABOUT TELLING YOUR STORY
I certainly think that Adobe Premiere is one one of the best storytelling tools out there for video makers.
But it's just that a tool, and if you don't know how to swing the Premiere hammer, your nail won't go in straight. That's a bad way to build anything.
You can have all of the best tools in the world to make your visual stories, but if you don't know how to use them, your story will suffer and that helps no one.
Nonlinear editing is "intimidating," and that's not just me saying it.
I've seen the same overwhelming look that I had on my student's faces when they realized that they had to learn how to edit with it to pass my class.
Some of my media colleagues and my fellow YouTubers are also struggling to edit with Premiere Pro too. It's giving one of my them fits.
"...What was supposed to be simple isn't. Just ingesting video files is tough for me! Every tutorial I watch has varying tips that don't apply to me. I'm basically wanting to edit a slate with video containing dissolves and cuts." ~ D.C.
It doesn't have to be difficult.
What you need is a workflow, a repeatable process that can be applied to all of your videos.
You also just need to understand the set up, along with some basic commands and you'll be off the races.
I'm confident that you're on your way to mastering Adobe Premiere too. How do I know?
Because you're here, right now, reading this.
I've helped dozens of students who had no experience with Premiere Pro, quickly start editing with it.
There's a ton of information out there about how to use Premiere Pro, but unfortunately most of it will teach you things that you either don't need to know or will never use, and to be frank, it can be down right confusing.
I don't know about you, but I like to keep things simple.
I like knowing the important steps that will lead to success. I don't need the fluff, that can also be learned later.
Through my years, I discovered the secret to editing success, and I'm going to share it with you now. It's a small word called "workflow."
You need to have a workflow to have any chance of successfully editing your story.
I've boiled the process down to a few steps, eight (8) to be exact.
If you can do them, you'll be able to create video after video using Premiere Pro.
These are the steps that are covered in this course.
1. Organize all of you media.
2. Configure your project.
3. Import the media.
4. Edit the rough draft.
5. Add transitions, music (mix audio levels), lower thirds, etc.
6. Edit the second draft.
7. Mix the audio, and color correct (if needed).
8. Render and export.
If you are a Adobe Premiere Pro master, who knows the ins and outs of the program, then this course probably isn't for you.
If you want hours and hours upon hours of lessons that teach you how to use every tool, trick and feature, move along.
If you need to know every short cut, and keyboard stroke before you start using Premiere, this probably isn't the course for you either.
This is a 101 course is designed to get you editing quickly... especially if you struggling and don't have a workflow.
It's like a one-on-one-lesson with me as I create a video that includes video, text, narration, and an animation element.
Each lesson will build on the next, and I keep the instructions simple and basic so that you can follow along.
If you like simple, then this is for you. If you are frustrated with Adobe Premiere Pro, this is for you. If you don't have a lot of time to spend looking for information that will have you quickly editing with confidence then this is for you.
1. Intro to Editing
2. Editing Terminology
3. Media Management
4. The Premiere Workspace and Tools
5. Start Editing the First Draft
6. Insert and Overwrite Edits
7. Reviewing the First & Editing Second Draft
8. Transition, Text, and Music
9. Recording a Voice Over and Mixing the Audio
10. Rendering and Exporting
11. Saving, Auto Saving, and Final Thoughts
I'LL PUT MY MONEY ON THIS COURSE
I'm so confident that this Premiere Pro course will help you that I'll give you a 30-day money back guarantee if you aren't 100% satisfied with it.
If you don't like any portion of the information, or don't find it valuable, I'll give you your money back. NO QUESTIONS ASKED.
Questions and Answers:
Q) What version of Premiere are you teaching?
A) I use Premiere CS6 at home and CC at work. What I love about Premiere is that the features keep getting better but the main commands haven't changed at all. So if you're using CS5, CS6 or higher, this course will be timely, relevant, and helpful. I used CS6 to make this course.
Q) I'm a Final Cut Pro X user, but I've recently switched to Premiere. Will this help me?
A) It will! Final Cut Pro X is a unique editing program, and there are significant differences between it and Adobe Premiere Pro. If you already have editing experience that's a plus, but this will accelerate your learning curve as you start digging into Premiere.
Q) How is this class structured?
A) The first few sections are taught via slides, but once we dig into the program, I used screencasts to demonstrate everything that you need to know. It's like you're looking over my shoulder looking at my computer as I edit a project, but with step-by-step lessons that take guide you along the process. We'll start with an empty project, and end with a polished, exported video.
Q) Will I be able to edit after taking the course?
A) It depends on what you do with the information. If you apply what you learn, follow the step-by-step instructions, and practice, you will have no problems editing after you watch the course. You'll get out of it, what you put in.
There's only one reason why I made this course...
One of my friends was really fed up with the editing program that I swear by.
I just really wanted to help him out.
Then once I started making it, I thought, if he's struggling, there are probably others out there who are fed up with Adobe Premiere too.
If you're one of them, don't you think that it's time to invest in your peace of mind?
There's no reason why it should be a challenge to edit a story.
There's no reason why you're ready to throw your editing system out of the window.
There's no reason why you don't look forward to editing with Adobe Premiere as much as I do.
The only thing missing in this class is you... I am ready when you are.
Amani Channel, MA is a broadcaster, and an award-winning producer and adjunct professor who teaches media production.
Amani is a digital media thought leader and a sought after conference speaker who has presented at BlogWorld (New Media Expo), The Online News Association, SoCon, The Big Picture Conference, and the Bronze Lens Film Festival.
Amani currently works at an Atlanta TV station as a Creative Services producer and is a mobile video enthusiast.