Adobe Premiere Pro is a powerful and sophisticated video editing application, used by leading filmmakers and other video producers worldwide… But it can sometimes seem a bit overwhelming to get started with this professional tool. These free Quick Start Guides can help you get going quickly and learn how to best use Premiere.
To quote one of the guides:
Adobe Premiere Pro is a professional-level non-linear video editing application. While it’s easy to make movies with simpler programs like Apple’s iMovie, you’ll soon hit a brick wall the moment you try to do anything sophisticated. Enter programs like Premiere Pro which are powerful enough for doing high-end professional work, flexible enough for a wide range of media makers, yet anyone can master the basics with a reasonable amount of practice.
Premiere will confront you with a learning curve, but if you review the steps in this guide while remaining focused on the fundamentals, you be off to a good start editing. Find a project you want to cut immediately afterwards to help reinforce what you’ve learned.
These easily-digestible ebooks cover setting up a new project, understanding the workspace, importing video, creating a sequence, timeline features, adjusting audio levels, essential editing tools, making titles, transitions & effects, adjusting video speed, color correction, editing workflows, video formats and rendering, exporting your final video, and a helpful glossary of terms. They go over common stumbling blocks and give you plenty of tips and tricks along the way.
Together, they comprise 51 pages and we recommend them to all beginners as helpful primers for learning how to use and get rolling with Premiere Pro with a minimum of fuss. These guides are no cost and freely-available here:
Bonus! You can now also download a 139-page ‘Best Practices & Workflow Guide’ at the same location… It’s a deep-dive anthology of expert, step-by-step advice and illustrated examples, covering a broad range of essential topics for more advanced users.
If you don’t have the actual Premiere Pro software yet, just download a free working trial for Windows or macOS (or try the whole Creative Cloud) – then install, run, and start your training…
Another option would be to first try Premiere Rush instead, which is Adobe’s entry-level video editing app built for both desktop and mobile, and is very easy to learn and use. Rush is free to download and get started at no cost. Projects created in Rush can be imported into the full Premiere Pro.
If you like free video training as well, then don’t miss hours of free tutorials online at Adobe’s help site – which are high quality.
And to continue learning, don’t miss dozens more free books for many Adobe products, covering recent versions of all major applications… If you’re also using After Effects, then there’s a free book for AE which you’ll want to download too. Our large collection also includes the official Adobe user manuals, which are comprehensive in size and scope!
Go Farther with Premiere Pro
To bring your Premiere skills to the next level, try this excellent Premiere Pro Essential Training course from Lynda.com… It’s a premium-level class – so not free – but Lynda.com does offer a free 30-day trial during which you can watch or take any courses you want at no cost:
Watch preview above: Premiere Pro Essential Training by Ashley Kennedy
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