Intro to Premiere: A Video Editing Tutorial

If you have a camera that shoots photos, it can almost certainly shoot equally good-looking video. We live in an era where the demand for high quality video is starting to surpass that of still images. So, if your camera can shoot video as well as it can shoot stills, what's stopping you from participating in the growing demand for video? If the answer is editing, this tutorial is for you. 

Intro to Premiere

As photographers, we understand the need for good post-processing. An image that has been edited well makes it stand out from the crowd; it's what separates decent photography from excellent photography. The same is true for video. A well-edited video will catch the attention of the viewer and hold it. While many of us photographers have learned how to process an image to its fullest potential, we lack the ability to put a compelling video together.

The prospect of learning new software can be daunting. This tutorial is designed for those who want to start their education from the beginning. We walk through all the major tools available in Adobe Premiere and show the process of cutting clips together, adding music, and adjusting each clip to look and sound like you want it to. To help keep the learning process practical, we have provided all the files that Lee works on so that you can follow along and apply each concept immediately. By the end of the first section, we will have assembled a short commercial together.

What's Included 

  • Creating a project and sequence
  • Importing footage
  • Cutting, syncing, and assembling video and audio clips
  • Managing audio levels
  • Color correction
  • Adding video and audio effects
  • Keyframing
  • Managing multiple frame rates
  • Nesting
  • Exporting
  • Time-saving techniques 
  • A set of files to work along with, including interview clips, general b-roll, drone clips, time-lapses, photos, and music

Lee and Patrick started as professional photographers, but have now been filming Fstoppers videos for 10 years. This tutorial breaks down their 10 years of editing experience into two hours of easy-to-follow instructions.

Editing shouldn't be stopping you from utilizing the full potential of your camera or business. This is the easiest and fastest way to take learn to edit video in Adobe Premiere.

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23 Comments

Andrew Tihi's picture

great news !

Robert Charles's picture

How reverent will this be to PP CS6 users?

Everything should still be the same except for color grading. The new “lumetri color” panel isn’t in the older versions.

Garth Fuchs's picture

Great course Lee! cuts down to the chase without the unnecessary frills.. great for photographers wanting to learn video editing without the stress of time commitments of having to spend hours learning new software skills..

Paul Adshead's picture

Looks great, photographers need to be able to do video editing even if it's just to be able to make interesting promos for social media etc.

Lean now before you're left any further behind still photographers! video isn't going away...

Studio 403's picture

Would be fun to learn, such a delight. Alas, I use IMovie, the best I can do for now. Good Price PS on class.

Okay...this course was actually perfect for me. The course is quick, right to the point and covers exactly what I needed to know. I know there is a whole rabbit-hole that you could fall down if you wanted when it comes to video, but for photographers looking to add some video work, this course has you covered in spades. I can't wait to start adding some video work to my skill set. You should buy this course, give it a try and see for yourself. The price is great and Fstoppers does honor their money back guarantee. I used on one of the many courses I have through them and they refunded my money without question or hesitation. So, you literally have nothing to lose by buying the course and trying it out. Great work Fstoppers team!

So far I watched part 1 and I learned so much! Great tutorial.

Are you planning a tutorial on filmmaking? Since I know now the basics of editing I'd love a tutorial that teaches me your way of creating videos (for example "cinematic portrait videos" of a person or a couple).

David Strauss's picture

We might or might not have a basics of shooting video course being produced right now ;-)

Are you able to pause video and go back to rewatch things?

David Strauss's picture

Yes, the video comes as a digital download so you'll be able to have access to it and watch it like any other video on your computer as long as you'd like to keep it.

McKinley Wiley's picture

Downloading now...I'm sure this will help me out a lot!

Is there a tutorial from Fstoppers similar to this for Lightroom by chance? I feel like there was, but probably glossed over it.

Yes. It’s in the store. Pye is the host.

I like your style of video editing, Lee, that's why this is the perfect tutorial for me, although i'm natively german speaking. I am looking forward to learning from you.

Thanks! Keep in mind this is an intro to editing so I don’t go over very many editing styles. It was created to simply teach Adobe Premiere.

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