In this article, we’re going to take a look at 7 incredible Premiere Pro tutorials for beginners.
Premiere Pro is one of the most powerful video editing software on the market. Tools that are this powerful often come with a very steep learning curve to unleash the potential. This can put people off from trying them out and actually realizing that it’s not as hard as it seems when you take it one step at a time.
Premiere Pro is great in this regard that it offers a variety of features that are accessible for absolute beginners all the way through to experienced professionals. In this article, I’m going to share with you 7 incredible Premiere Pro tutorials for beginners by some of my favorite creators.
These tutorials are only a couple of minutes long each and will cover everything you need to know to create engaging and quality videos that your audience will love.
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To get started, these first 3 tutorials will take you through the basics and then I’ll share with you some of my favorite premier pro tutorials for beginners who want to take their videos to the next level.
Getting started with Premiere Pro
There is nothing quite like getting started on the right foot and with Premiere Pro that is no different. Setting up your projects, organization, creating a functional workspace, getting to know the work areas and so much more is explained in a clear and concise fashion in this video by Cody Blue.
Basic Premiere Pro editing for beginners
Video editing is not just about special effects and cinematic sequences. Some of the best stories can be told with simple transitions and some of the most basic of editing.
This tutorial by Nathan Jeffers covers some of these wildly underappreciated edits that every beginner can master in minutes.
Once you’ve finished watching the video, I challenge you to look for similar cuts in some of your favorite shows. I bet you’ll see a lot more than you were anticipating.
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How to export your videos in Premiere Pro
Now that you know how to set up your project and edit your work, it’s time to export your project into the form of a video that you can then upload to YouTube or Facebook.
It can be as simple as clicking a button, but the export screen can look rather daunting if you don’t know what you’re looking at.
Justin Odisho (remember him from my photoshop tutorials for beginner’s post?) does an excellent job of explaining what you need to look at and what you can just leave alone when you’re ready to export your videos.
P.s. To make sure your videos reach their target audience, install the free TubeBuddy chrome extension. This tool helps you find the best keywords for your video as well as best practices for you to rank first.
Keyframing: A fundamental for editing in Premiere Pro
Now we get into some of the exciting stuff. First up we have keyframing.
These are simply little markers that you can apply a specific setting to throughout your project. They allow you to zoom in and out of clips easily, change the positions, rotate, slow down and so much more.
Once again, Justin Odisho is the man for this, he has a variety of useful editing videos over on his channel, but keyframing is generally the main building block in putting together an edited clip.
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Shortcuts to speed up your editing workflow
Now that you’ve learned a thing or two, editing may seem like a rather slow process. It is when you’re starting out and you’re unfamiliar with many features and have to check back in order to do something. Naturally, this is something that will only get better with practice. So, get practicing.
Ok, there is a way to speed things up from the get-go, namely, shortcuts. These shortcuts to speed up your editing workflow are essential to getting videos edited and out quickly. Dunna’s video is incredibly helpful and goes over so much more than just a few keyboard shortcuts.
Number 3 is my most used shortcut, maybe it will be yours too. 😉
How to create great audio with Premiere Pro
If you’ve seen my budget guide to getting started on YouTube, you’ll know that I place far greater emphasis on creating great audio as opposed to getting the most expensive camera and filming in 8K.
Audio is probably the most important aspect of your video, especially as most users will be watching your videos on a small device like their smartphones (I.e. your 8K video won’t be appreciated).
The first step to great audio is to record it, the second is to do some slight tweaking to make it more enjoyable on the ears of your listeners/viewers. Nathaniel Dodson over at Tutvid has put together a great guide to getting your audio to sound so much better.
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Color correction and color grading: What you need to know
Color grading is not something you would often associate with a beginner’s tutorial. Whilst the following video by Color Grading Central does go into some more advanced techniques, there are some important and useful methods you can use to color correct your videos to make them look all that much better without having to invest in a new and expensive camera.
Maybe the color grading bug catches you and you’ll start turning out cinematic hit after cinematic hit. And even if it doesn’t, correcting the color in your videos can make a huge difference in your video quality.
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Having gone through these 7 incredible Premiere Pro tutorials for beginners, I hope that you’ve learned a thing or two in the process and that Premiere Pro doesn’t seem quite as complicated as it may have before… Unless you watched the color grading tutorial first, then it probably seems even more complicated. 😉
All of the videos and channels linked to in this article create even more great tutorials and I highly recommend that you visit their channels and if you like their style, go ahead and subscribe. 👍
Have you gotten started yet on your first Premiere Pro project? Which of these tutorials did you find the most useful and what else would you like to learn on Premiere? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. 😊