So, I’ve never used Adobe Premiere Pro, or any other form of video editing software before.
I downloaded the trial version of Premiere Pro CS6, and have been playing around with it. It seems to be pretty self-explanatory, however, I’m sure there are features that will be more useful then others.
Adding effects was something I found to be the most helpful in editing my video material. It’s a great way to add a little more pizzazz to it.
Here is how you add effects:
Behind project window – go to effects tab – video effects -> there are a lot of different types of effects you can do to make your video more exciting. One of which I was particularly drawn to was the color corrections tab.
Scroll down to color correction- three-way color corrector, and drag that onto your clip. You can adjust the colors to make them warm or cool, bring down the contrast in the shadows, or even create deeper shadows. After you’ve gotten your clip to where you like it to be in terms of color correction, select command-C, (which will select all shots that you want to apply to), and then command-v (which will apply the same look to all of the shots you’ve selected) by doing this you will make all the shots in your video more visually cohesive. On a side note, you can do this with any effect, not just the color corrector.
You can also add text / title to your video… go to the Title tab, scroll down on menu and click new title: default still, and label your title.
You can adjust anything you want to adjust in your title. I was surprised at how many different choices you could have for typography in Premiere Pro.
When you’ve decided on the perfect text for your video, drag to timeline, put it over the video or apply it to the beginning or end for a nice start or finished look.
Also here is a website with a list of Premiere Pro short commands. I find them to be helpful when your whisking through editing vs. constantly having to go to the toolbox. This is for CS6, but they should be pretty similar regardless of which version you use.