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I'll be honest, when I first began editing, keyboard shortcuts felt intimidating.

It seemed like a long list of letters and numbers and combinations to memorize and frankly it was quicker to just do things the way I knew how.

Over the years, slowly but surely I've learned more than a handful of keyboard shortcuts. And it's true, they've saved me hours of time.

With a little practice, you'll know them like the back of your hand.

The key is to start with one or two shortcuts at a time.

Think through which commands you are using most often as you edit and take mental note.

Then take a look at the keyboard shortcuts for those one or two commands and start using them as you edit.

Soon, you'll find yourself doing this for a few more common commands and before you know it, you're a faster, more efficient editor.

Let's walk through how easy it is to set up keyboard shortcuts in Premiere Pro. You have the option to create your own or to use the shortcuts already created within Premiere Pro.

How to Create A New Keyboard Shortcut in Premiere Pro

Navigate up to 'Premiere Pro' and click on 'Keyboard Shortcuts'.

This will open the main menu where you can see and adjust your existing keyboard shortcuts.

To create a new keyboard shortcut of your choice, you first need to search for the command that you'd like to assign a shortcut to.

In the search box under the left side of the keyboard, begin typing your command.

Let's use the example, 'Ripple Delete'.

Once I start typing my desired command, I see in the window below that ripple delete has already been assigned a shortcut.

If I want to change this shortcut, I simply hit the little 'x' to the right side of the current assigned shortcut.

You should now see an empty box. All you need to do is click inside that box and begin typing your new shortcut into the box.

As you begin to type your new shortcut, the visual keyboard on your screen will show you in real time which keys already have shortcuts assigned to them.

If you happen to choose a shortcut that's already been assigned, then you'll see this notification at the bottom of your screen.

You can either leave it this way if you know you won't want to use the other shortcut, or reassign the other shortcut.

How to Add Multiple Keyboard Shortcuts to One Command

Another great benefit is that Premiere Pro allows you to assign more than one shortcut to a command. This can be beneficial if you want to assign shortcuts that work in multiple programs.

For example, if you have one editor that's used to Final Cut Pro and another that's used to Premiere Pro, you can assign both keyboard shortcuts to the same function.

Just click next to the current command box and you'll notice another empty box opens up, allowing you to enter another keyboard shortcut of your choosing.

How to Change Existing Keyboard Shortcuts in Premiere Pro

When you first open the keyboard shortcut window, you'll notice that the keys are filled with either purple, green, or both.

This means that those keys have already been assigned one or multiple keyboard shortcuts.

What Do the Purple and Green Keys Mean?

The purple keys are 'application' shortcuts and will be the most commonly used commands.

In most cases you can simply pay attention to the purple keyboard shortcuts.

The green keys are secondary 'panel' shortcuts that are used only within certain specific panels. When those panels are open and the keyboard shortcut is used, the green shortcut will override the purple one.

With both green and purple, we can see that the O key has two different commands.

If you hover over the key, you'll see the main command for purple and the secondary command for green.

By clicking on any of the keys, let's take the 'O' key for example, I can see the keyboard shortcuts already assigned to it in more detail in the lower right menu key.

Start by looking at the left column under 'Modifiers'. This will tell you which key combinations go together to create the different commands on the right.

For example, without any other key selected, hitting the 'O' key by itself with either select the Rotation Tool or the Mark Out function.

Which command is executed will depend on which panel is open when you hit the keyboard shortcut.

If I am not in the legacy title panel, then hitting the 'O' key will execute the Mark Out function. If I am in the legacy title panel, then hitting the 'O' key will select the Rotation Tool.

Moving down the list, if I hold 'COMMAND O' together, then there's a whole different keyboard shortcut command: Open Project.

You'll see all the many combinations of shortcuts and commands as you move down the list.

You can change any of these commands or shortcuts by simply clicking within the box and typing your new command.

How to Save a Set of Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

If you've completely customized your keyboard and would like to save it for future use, simply click the button at the top titled 'Save As'.

You can now give your custom keyboard a personalized name to use whenever you'd like.

How to Restore the Default Keyboard Shortcuts

Premiere Pro makes it super easy to set reset default keyboard shortcuts for the current version of Premiere Pro, as well as previous versions of Premiere Pro.

They've even made it possible to set your default keyboard shortcuts to match the keyboard shortcuts in other editing platforms such as Final Cut Pro and Avid.

This is an excellent help to editors who are used to working on multiple platforms but want to streamline their keyboard shortcuts.

Navigate to 'Premiere Pro' -> 'Keyboard Shortcuts' to open up the main keyboard shortcuts menu.

In the top left corner, you'll see a drop down menu 'Keyboard Layout Preset'. Here you can select among the default keyboard shortcuts.

How to Import and Export Keyboard Shortcuts in Premiere Pro

In most cases, by simply logging in to the Creative Cloud, you'll be able to access your custom keyboard on any device. However, if you need to copy the file manually, here's how to do so.

First, you'll need to save your preset by hitting 'Save As' in the top menu and assigning your keyboard a unique name.

Go to the following path, and you'll see the new keyboard file (.kys) under the keyboard layout set name you selected.

For Mac Users:

[username] / Documents / Adobe / Premiere Pro /

9.0 / Profile - CreativeCloud - / Mac

For PC Users:

C : \ Users \ USERNAME \ Documents \

Adobe \ Premiere Pro \ [Premiere

Copy the .kys file and transfer it to the same location above on your new computer.

Once copied, open Keyboard Shortcuts in Premiere Pro and choose the new layout from the Layout dropdown and hit the OK button.

Concluding Thoughts

That's just about everything there is to know about using and setting up keyboard shortcuts in Premiere Pro.

Let me know in the comments below what your favorite and most useful keyboard shortcuts are.

My personal favorites are Mark In (i), Mark Out (o), and ripple delete (I have mine customized to x).

You can read more about exactly how I use some of these keyboard shortcuts to save time editing in this blog post.

Happy Editing!

-Beth

It may not be the most exciting topic ever, but I assure you learning how to have structure and organization as a video editor is key to being faster, more efficient, and an overall better editor.

There are many reasons why staying organized within Premiere Pro is important, but one of the most critical is so that you don't end up with missing media in the future from having to move files around after you've started your edit.

Understanding How Premiere Pro Works

See, once you've started building your project, if you then decide to rename or move any file within your project, your media will be disconnected and you'll have to spend time retelling Premiere Pro where to find it.

For a step-by-step tutorial on how to do reconnect missing media in Premiere Pro, check out this post all about it.

Since Premiere Pro begins creating a blueprint or map of where your footage can be found from the moment you begin your edit, it's important that you are organized and have thought through a system for how to set up all the folders that you will need for each project ahead of time.

In a moment, I'll walk you through exactly how I organize all my footage and other files within specific folders for each type of video project.

Working With A Team

When I first began my career as a video editor, I went from working freelance and completely on my own to working with a team of other editors.

If I'm honest, it was a bit of a rude awakening. Can you imagine being handed a hard drive with someone else's project that hasn't been organized?

Sure you may remember how you named a certain file and where you put it. But we don't all think the same way and we can't read each other's minds.

It was a nightmare trying to work back and forth on projects when they weren't strictly organized.

We quickly adopted a folder organization system. This folder and file structure became the standard that all of us followed and eventually go used to using.

It made all of our lives world's easier.

Even now that I work alone for the most part, I will never go back to a hasty, chaotic way of storing files and folders before editing.

It Will Save You Time

One of the most important qualities of a professional video editor is time management. The more efficient you can be with your time, the more projects you can take on, and the more money you'll make in the end.

Not only that, but a bit of time spent up front getting yourself organized will end up saving you hours down the road, as well as a lot of headache.

When searching for a certain video file, graphic asset, or music track, you'll know exactly where to go to hunt it down.

If you work on the fly in front of clients (like most of us do from time to time) or in front of your boss, think how much more professional you'll be when they see how organized and well-kept your projects are. This will automatically give them so much more confidence in your ability as a video editor.

The better organized you are overall, the more mental energy you can spend actually editing and putting creative work into your projects.

How to Organize Your Folders Before Importing Into Premiere Pro

Now that we've covered why it's so important to stay organized as an editor, let's get into the details of exactly how you should structure your folders, hard drives, and projects.

Note: I will share with you my own system for organizing files and footage for video editing, but feel free to adapt your own structure to meet your specific needs as an editor.

We don't all do the same exact type of work, so you may choose to delete, add, or rearrange some folders of your own.

This is completely fine and I encourage you to do so. The more important thing is to make sure you have a system that is overarching, yet flexible so that you're not constantly having to change it.

You can copy and paste this folder structure and use it for every project, with perhaps only a few modifications each time.

Importance of Using an External Hard Drive

Before we get started with creating our outermost folder, I encourage you to set up an external hard drive if haven't already.

Not only will this give you a safe place to store your project (if something were to happen to your computer), it also frees up space on your computer and makes long term storage much easier.

Here are a few ideas for external hard drives that I've used and recommend myself:

Best SSD Drive: Samsung 1 TB Drive (fastest and most reliable on this list)

Best External Hard Drive: Seagate 2 TB Drive (a little slower than an SSD drive, but twice the space and half the price)

How to Organize Folders on Your Hard Drive

Before we get into organizing the files of your project within Premiere Pro, it's even more important that we set up our folders consistently on our external hard drive.

Here's how I set up my outermost folders on my external hard drive:

Outermost Folder : Project Name

As you can see, I prefer to number each folder in order to keep them in the exact order that makes sense to me.

Folder 01 : Project Files

The first folder contains all of the various project files I will be using, including project files within Premiere Pro, as well as my other most commonly used Adobe software.

This is important because as you edit, you may want to save several versions of your projects throughout your edits.

Often, naming structure for project files looks something like this:

'ProjectName_Date_Version'

And I may have anywhere from 5-10 variations in each folder.

Folder 02 : Footage

Next comes the footage folder.

Here, you may need to do some adjusting, depending on exactly what type of footage you typically capture.

This is going to look different for a wedding filmmaker than it will for a documentary filmmaker.

Does it make sense for you to organize based on multiple camera angles or does it make more sense for you to organize based on shoot days?

Here's a generic version of what I generally start with and then depending on the project, I will tailor it a bit before adding my raw footage.

Note: if you shoot on a RED camera or other camera where footage files just aren't easy to drag and drop from your card, then you can simply dump all your footage in one footage folder.

We'll be organizing our footage in more detail within Premiere Pro as well.

Folder 03 : Audio

Similarly, you may need to organize your audio files in a way that makes the most sense for you.

You might choose to organize by mic or simply by shoot days and location. The point is to create a system that makes sense for you.

Folder 04 : Assets

Here's where I try to make a home for everything else that doesn't fit into the other main categories.

Again, this will be very personal to you and your typical projects.

When working with a team, this folder becomes very important as it's often where important documents, notes, and shared graphic elements are shared.

Folder 05 : Exports

Lastly, we have our exports folder.

You will likely have many versions of your final project and may want even more folders, but that will depend on your preference.

For example, you may want separate folders for '.MP4 Exports', '.MOV Exports', '4K Exports', 'Youtube Exports', etc.

My file names for exports often look something like this:

'ProjectName_Version_Date.mov'

Once you've created this master folder you can simply copy and paste the empty folder each and every time you begin a new project.

And now we are ready to open up Premiere Pro and look at how to organize our project.

How to Organize Within Your Premiere Pro Project Files

Once you've opened up Premiere Pro, let's take a closer look at the Project Panel and start creating some new folders (or 'bins' as they are called in Premiere Pro).

To create a new bin or folder, right click anywhere in the Project Panel and hit 'New Bin'.

01: Footage Folder

I like to start with footage, so I name my first folder '01: Footage'.

Then, I add any sub folders that would be relevant to the project. Here are a few examples:

You can easily change the color of the little box to the left of each item by right clicking on the item and selecting 'Label'.

02: Audio Folder

Next, I drag in my audio files. These don't include music files. By 'audio' I mean dialogue or ambient audio recorded by a microphone.

These are files that will be paired with your footage files, so you may consider organizing them in a similar way to your footage.

For example, if you organized by day for your footage, then you should organize your audio the same way. However, if you organized your footage by interview name, then you'll want to organize your audio similarly.

03: Music Folder

Next up, I create a separate folder just for music files. I have two sub folders where I can delineate between demo and licensed, to keep track of any tracks that may have audio watermarks on them.

In case you're curious, here's where I like to license all my music from.

04: Assets Folder

A great number of files can go in this folder. I view as a grab bag for each project.

It's where any extra graphics/logos or special effects go.

It's also where I organize any dynamic links from project files within After Effects.

05: Sequences

Lastly we have our sequences folder.

Within this folder, you can organize the folders down as far as makes sense for your project.

If you know you will have multiple versions - a 30 second, a 1 minute, etc. version, then go ahead and make a folder for each of those versions.

By habit, each time I make any major edits to a sequence, I save a new version in this folder.

That way if ever I want to go back to changes I made several days before, I have them easily at my disposal.

This method isn't labor or space intensive either. It hardly takes up any extra space on your hard drive and so is well worth the extra split second of effort.

To name my sequences, I usually use this format: 'Project_Name_Version#_Date'

Concluding Thoughts

I hope reading through my personal method of structuring and ordering my own files and folders has helped you narrow down a good way to organize your own.

Remember the point is to come up with a system that is flexible and makes sense for you so you can copy and paste it to reuse over and over.

It may seem a bit laborious at first, but once you get in the habit of it, it will be like second nature and will definitely save time in the long run.

Thanks for reading along!

As always, I'm happy to respond to any questions or comments you have below.

-Beth

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In today's post, I'll walk you through exactly how easy it is to reconnect missing media files in Premiere Pro.

The dreaded missing media 'red screen' happens to the best of us, so don't sweat it. Lucky for us, Premiere Pro has made it fairly quick and simple to reconnect multiple files at once so you can get back to editing in no time.

Understanding How Premiere Pro Works

Here's a brief explanation for why you are getting the missing media notification in your project.

When you drag or import footage and other media files into your project panel within Premiere Pro, you need to know that the actual file itself hasn't moved from its original location.

Premiere Pro simply creates a blueprint or a map of where that file lives and points back to the source of the file any time you use that file in your project.

For example, let's say you've dragged in a file named 'sunset' from an external hard drive named 'vacation videos' that is located in a folder named 'footage'.

The breakdown might look something like this:

Vacation Videos (External Hard Drive) -> Footage (Folder Name) -> Sunset (File Name)

This is where Premiere Pro will go to find this file anytime that you open your project.

However, if you move the file to a different folder OR if you rename and part of that equation (the hard drive, the folder, or the file itself) then Premiere Pro is going to be confused.

You changed the blueprint without letting Premiere Pro know.

This is why you'll get the missing media link in your project.

If ever you move or rename a file, you have to redirect Premiere Pro to the new location of your file or files.

How to Relink Missing Media Files

First, think through what may have caused the broken link.

Did you move a folder or a file to a new location?

Did your hard drive get disconnected?

Did you rename any folders or files associated with your project?

If your hard drive was disconnected, you need to make sure that it is correctly connected before moving on to the next step.

Scenario 1: If you moved a folder or file to a new location.

Let's walk through step by step the most common scenario - you moved a folder or file to a new location.

When you first open your project, you'll see this 'link media' window pop open, letting you know exactly which files are missing.

If you don't see this window, simply right click on a clip that is unlinked and choose 'Link Media'.

For this scenario, you can leave all the default settings at the bottom as is.

Select the top clip name and then hit the 'Locate' button in the bottom right corner.

In this next window, you'll see at the very top, the last place that Premiere Pro was able to locate your file, as well as the name of the file you are looking to connect.

On the left side, you will use this window to navigate to the new location of your footage. When you select a folder, it's contents will appear in the main portion of the window.

If you find your clip right away, then you can select that single clip and hit 'OK' in the lower right hand corner.

If you can't find your clip and aren't sure where it is on your computer, then you can hit the 'search' button.

Lastly, if your clip is hard to find but you know you're in the right folder (say the file has a long numerical name or you have tons of clips to sort through), you can click the option 'Display Only Exact Name Matches' to help narrow down your search.

Note: this only works if you haven't changed the name or extension of your file.

Hit 'OK' and Premiere Pro will now reconnect and relink your media automatically.

Assuming you haven't moved individual files into all different folders, Premiere Pro will be able to locate multiple files all at once.

For example, if you've moved an entire project folder from one drive to another, but haven't changed the inner structure of that folder, Premiere Pro will be able to locate all the files at once.

Scenario 2: If you renamed a file or converted to a different extension.

If you have changed the name of a folder or a file within your project then you will follow most of the same steps above, but first you need to make sure you uncheck the 'File Name' default option under 'Match File Properties'.

You also need to uncheck the second option for 'File Extension' if you've converted a file (from .MOV to .MP4, for example) from one format to another.

Now when you hit 'Locate', you'll navigate to the newly named file, select it and hit 'OK' to reconnect your footage.

The Importance of File Organization

Now that you know why this error may have happened to you, you'll understand much better why it's so critical to be organized with your project from the start.

Any time that you make a single change to your folder structure or the files within them, you'll have to reconnect those files again.

I have a specific folder structure that I use for all my video projects, which makes it very easy anytime I start a new project.

It looks like this:

As you can see, I have a separate folder for the most common types of files that I'll have within my video projects.

I simply copy and paste this structure each and every time that I start a new project.

Feel free to copy my layout or create your own in a way that makes sense for you.

The point is to have a structure in place that allows you to keep your files organized from the start so you never end up moving them halfway through your edit.

Concluding Thoughts

That about wraps it up, guys.

Let me know if this helped solved your problem. Any further questions? Leave them for me in the comment box below.

Thanks!

-Beth

Today's quick lesson will walk you through exactly how to control the speed of your clips as you play them back in Premiere Pro.

If you've ever scrubbed through hours upon hours of video footage, picking out small useable sound bites here and there, you'll understand how much time this knowledge can save you.

You'll learn the default playback settings, quick ways to alter the playback speed as you edit, as well as some solutions to common problems you may encounter.

If you haven't yet, definitely check out all of our beginner Premiere Pro tutorials to learn more about the art of video editing.

1 | Default Playback Speed in Premiere Pro

When you begin to edit a new project in premiere pro, you'll start by dragging your clips into a new timeline. This will create what's called a sequence, which is where your video edits will take place.

When you hit spacebar, your video will begin to playback in the preview window.

By default, when you hit spacebar, the video preview will playback in real time. In other words, the playback will match the frame rate that you've set in your sequence settings. In most cases, this will be 24 fps or 30 fps.

In addition, there are some very handy keyboard shortcuts that will allow you to control the playback speed of your video in real time as you edit.

2 | How to Fast Forward or Speed Up Playback

While you are watching your video preview, you can hit 'L' to speed up the playback of your video.

Hit it multiple times to increase the speed at which your clip will playback.

Hold down shift while hitting the L button to increase at smaller and more controllable intervals.

3 | How to Reverse or Slow Down Playback Speed

As you are previewing your video clips, you can hit 'J' to rewind the playback of your clips, or to slow down the playback if you've already begun playing the preview.

The more times you hit J as you playback, the faster the clip will playback in reverse.

If have already hit L multiple times to play forward in fast motion and then hit J, it will slow down the speed at which your clip is playing in fast motion.

Combine shift with J to make micro adjustments to how fast or slow your clip plays in reverse or slows down.

Conveniently, the letter K sits right in between the letters J and L.

This allows your fingers quick and intuitive action as you control playback of your clips. Use the letter K to quickly pause between fast forward and reverse of your clips.

Hitting the letter K simply pauses or stops playback.

Keyboard shortcuts to change playback speed of clips

4 | How to Play a Clip in Slow Motion

Understanding frame rates.

By default, Premiere Pro is going to play your imported clips back at a certain frame rate (for example 24 fps, 30 fps, 60 fps, etc).

This frame rate will be based upon your sequence settings. Learn more about setting up sequence settings for the first time here.

If you decide to match your sequence settings to your clip settings, then your playback should match up perfectly with the frame rate that you shot your clips with.

However, there are times when you will want to alter these settings in order to play your clip back at a different rate.

How to Playback Clips in Slow Motion

If you shot your footage in 60 fps or 120 fps, but you want the footage to play back in slow motion, then you need to alter your playback speed settings to either 24 fps or 30 fps.

This will give your clips the desired slow motion playback effect.

Here's how to do it.

Right-Click on the clip (or clips) in the Project Panel and select Modify -> Interpret Footage

A new window will pop up, asking if you want to use the same frame rate at which the clip was shot or if you want to interpret the footage at a different frame rate.

In this case you want to select the second option, 'Assume this frame rate:' and here you'll enter either 24 fps or 30 fps depending on your preference.

I always use 24 fps for a more natural and cinematic look to my videos.

As a rule of thumb, you want to be sure that you don't set your frame rate any lower than half the frame rate at which the footage was shot.

For example, if you shot your footage at 60 fps, don't interpret it any lower than 30 or 24 fps or your clip will appear choppy upon playback.

If you shot your footage in 24 fps or 30 fps, you simply can't play it back in slow motion. There are not enough frames captured in your footage to avoid choppy playback at those speeds.

5 | What To Do If Playback Speed Is Choppy

Here are three common reasons your clip playback may be choppy and how to easily fix the problem.

1. You might need to render your clip.

If you notice a red or yellow bar above your sequence in the timeline window, then you may need to render your preview before playing back your video.

Navigate up to Sequence -> Render In to Out

Once the line above your sequence turns green, you should see smoother playback.

2. Your frame rate may be too slow.

If you shot your footage in 24 fps or 30 fps, then do not try to slow down your footage.

You need to shoot at at least 60 fps or higher in order to have smooth slow motion footage.

Make sure that you haven't set your fps more than half the amount at which you shot it. (For example: 60 fps = no less than 24 or 30 fps interpretation

3. Editing from an external hard drive that's too slow.

I always store my footage on a hard drive that's separate from my computer. I bet many of you do too.

But did you realize that it takes time for your computer to constantly pull footage back and forth from your hard drive to your computer?

If you aren't editing on a fast enough hard drive connection, this can cause a lag in Premiere Pro.

I highly suggest purchasing an SSD drive to speed up your editing workflow. If you don't know the difference between an SSD drive and an external hard drive, you can check out this post all about it here.

In short, an SSD drive is much faster, smaller, and more durable than a traditional external hard drive. While they are more expensive, I believe the cost is well worth it. Especially if you are having issues with speed and playback.

Here's my favorite SSD drive right now.

4. Your computer processor might be overloaded.

For this last example, there are a few fixes you can try, depending on your specific issue.

Let's start with the easiest.

Change the Playback Resolution

If you feel like your computer is simply having trouble keeping up with the playback of your video, you can change the resolution at which you watch the preview.

Instead of watching the video back in full high res 4k, for example, you can set it to watch back at a little lower quality. Usually this isn't terribly noticeable, or even important when you're simply getting your basic edits together.

To change the playback resolution, navigate up to the Program Panel and click on the drop down menu in the lower right corner.

You'll now see several options of how high you'd like to set your playback resolution. The lower the resolution, the easier time your computer will have keeping up.

Turn Off High Quality Playback

Click on the little wrench icon in the lower right hand corner of your Program Panel.

Uncheck the option for 'High Quality Playback'.

This will ensure that Premiere Pro is not trying to work any harder than you'd like it to.

Remember you can always turn this function back on when you're ready to playback your final edited copy of the video.

Preserve Enough RAM

You can designated exactly how much RAM your computer is putting forth to Premiere Pro versus other programs running on your system at the same time.

Getting these settings right will ensure that Premiere Pro has enough RAM to function and playback your clips smoothly.

In the top menu navigate up to Premiere Pro -> Preferences -> Memory

Reserve less RAM for other applications and allocate more towards Premiere Pro.

Enable GPU Acceleration

If you're still dealing with lagging playback, try this last option to ensure that your computer's graphics card is helping Premiere Pro out as much as possible with the processing of your project.

Navigate up to File -> Project Settings -> General

Click the option for Mercury Playback Engine GPU Acceleration.

Turn Off Lumetri Scopes

Lastly, you want to make sure that there aren't any extraneous graphic elements happening on your screen during playback, i.e. Lumetri curves or color graphs.

You'd be surprised at how much energy your computer uses to keep these scopes going during playback. You can always open them back up once you're done previewing your video.

Concluding Thoughts

As always, let me know any further thoughts or questions you have in the comment section below.

Or visit our free, private Facebook group to ask me questions directly.

Happy Editing,

Beth

I used to work in a studio setting where a key person on our time might pop by my desk at any moment and want to watch a quick preview of what I was working on at the time.

I fumbled to quickly rearrange the frame size of my preview window, trying to make it as large as possible on my screen for a quick viewing.

If only there was a keyboard shortcut that could make your preview window full screen with the touch of a button...

In today's quick lesson, I'll show you how easy it is to jump into a full screen preview in Premiere Pro.

For beginner video editors, be sure to check out the rest of our quick Premiere Pro tutorials for beginners on the blog.

1 | Make Your Premiere Pro Project Full Screen

There's a super handy keyboard shortcut to completely fill your screen with the Premiere Pro editing program to start with.

All you need to do is hit (command \) to quickly fill up your entire screen, rather than having to painstakingly drag each side to fill it. (Hit control \ for PC users)

Hit Command \ to fill Premiere Pro workspace

Hit the same shortcut once more (command \) and it will remove the top program bar to enlarge the preview even more.

keyboard shortcuts to fill project window

2 | Make Any Window Full Screen in Premiere Pro

Shortcut to make any panel full screen

Note: this method enlarges the window, but does not make it absolutely full screen as the borders from Premiere Pro will see appear.

Using this method allows you to see all the playback functions at the bottom of the screen, should you need them.

For the shortcut to make your preview window completely full screen (with no control buttons at the bottom), see the next method.

3 | Preview Your Video In Full Screen in Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro Keyboard shortcut for full screen viewing

You can still use keyboard shortcuts to playback your video preview while in full screen mode.

Spacebar = PLAY/STOP

J = REWIND

JJ = REWIND 2X

L = FAST FORWARD

LL = FAST FORWARD 2X

4 | How to View Full Screen on a Separate Monitor

If you have two monitors set up in your editing studio and would like one to be devoted to a full-screen playback of your video preview, here's how to do it.

1 | Navigate up to 'Premiere Pro' -> 'Preferences' -> 'Playback'

Playback preferences window in Premiere Pro

2 | A new window will open up with the following options. Make sure that 'Enable Mercury Transmit' is selected.

3 | Under 'Video Device' click all the monitors on which you'd like to display Premiere Pro.

4 | Hit 'OK' and drag your program window over to the separate monitor (if it doesn't do so automatically).

5 | You can now select that panel and hit command \ -OR- (ctrl \ for PC users) to fill up the entire monitor screen.

That's it! Pretty straightforward and easy. I hope this quick tutorial has helped you. Feel free to leave any questions or comments in the comment section below.

Now, I'm curious to see everyone's studio set up. Post a picture in the comments below and let us see how you like to edit!

Being an editor is not just about skill, it's also about efficiency.

Knowing the quickest, simplest, most straight forward way to accomplish everyday tasks in your video editing program is crucial.

Sure, you could easily use the traditional copy and paste (command-c / command-v) keyboard shortcuts to duplicate clips in your timeline, but there's a much quicker way.

And it couldn't be easier.

Here's the quickest way to duplicate clips (video, audio, etc.) in your Premiere Pro timeline.

It's almost too easy. Here we go.

Step 1: Select the clip.

Select the clip that you'd like to duplicate.

Select the clip in Premiere Pro

Step 2: Hold Alt + Drag.

Hold down the 'alt' key as you drag the clip to the desired location on your timeline.

Hold alt and drag to duplicate clip

Step 3: Drop in desired location.

Let go. There you go, a duplicated clip in your desired location.

It doesn't matter if your clip is audio or video, this will work for either.

It doesn't matter which track you want to place your clip on, you can drag and drop the newly duplicated clip wherever you'd like by simply holding down the alt key and moving it wherever you wish on your timeline.

For this reason (plus the fact that it's the quickest) I think this is the best way to duplicate clips. It gives you far more control over where your clip will 'land' than copy and paste.

How to Duplicate Text in Premiere Pro

You can duplicate a text clip, an adjustment layer, or a graphic layer in exactly the same way.

Simply hold down the alt button as you select the desired clip and move it to its new location.

Note: the duplicated clips will carry on all the same effects, color treatments, etc.

Once you've duplicated the clip, double-click the new clip and change any parameter that you'd like to customize for that clip.

Bonus Tip: Using the Alt Key to Isolate a Track

Not only can the alt key be used to duplicate a clip, you can also hold down the alt key when selecting either a video or audio clip to select just the video portion or just the audio portion.

In many cases your clips will have video and audio synced and when you move one, the other moves as well.

Hold down the alt button, select the desired portion of your clip and drag it to a new location.

You've now isolated just that desired portion of the clip without having to unlink the clip from the start.

One More Premiere Pro Trick: Hold Down Alt to Ripple Delete

I couldn't stop myself.

While we're on the subject of using the alt key for quick editing shortcuts, I thought I'd mention this huge time saver.

When you simply select a clip and hit delete, you'll notice that the clip is deleted but there's a space or gap left in your timeline where the clip used to be.

To fix this you'd need to laboriously select everything that came after that clip and manually slide it to just the right keyframe without over lapping to close that gap.

However...

If you hold down alt when you also hit delete, not only will your clip be deleted, Premiere Pro will close the gap as well.

Everything on your timeline that came after the deleted clip will slide forward so that no gap exists.

If you'd like to explore more great ways to edit using the ripple delete tool, feel free to check out this post I made all about it. It's a really helpful tool and will speed up your editing flow like nothing else.

Concluding Thoughts

That's is for today's quick Premiere Pro tutorial. I hope you found is useful and time-saving.

If you have any further questions, please leave them in the comment section below.

Check out more simple to follow Premiere Pro Tutorials for Beginners on the blog!

Happy editing,

-Beth

One of my video editing professors in college said this phrase all the time:

Save your work, save your job.

It only takes one time to learn that painful lesson.

Imagine: you've spent hours of detailed time working on a project only to have a sudden, unprecedented error from Premiere Pro. And now all that work is erased. Completely gone.

Believe me, it's happened to the best of us. And likely more than once.

Thankfully, Premiere Pro's built-in Autosave function works seamlessly as you work, saving various versions of your edits as you work.

In today's post, we'll cover everything you need to know about setting up Autosave on Premiere Pro.

We'll also cover how you might be able to salvage a lost or erased project by searching the autosave vaults of Premiere Pro.

Be sure to check out more beginner Premiere Pro tutorials here.


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Step 1: Set Up Autosave Preferences in Premiere Pro

In the top menu bar, navigate to Preferences -> Auto Save

You'll now see the Autosave Preferences window open up, giving you a few options to set up in Premiere Pro.

Step 2: Recommended Settings for Premiere Pro Autosave

Now that we've located where to change all the preferences, let's discuss the best options for those preferences.

How often to save your projects?

By default, this is set to every 15 minutes. In my opinion, this is way too long. As an efficient editor, you probably already know how much work can happen in 15 minutes.

Instead, I recommend setting this preference to every 3-5 minutes.

How many project versions to save?

This option is set at 20 projects by default. What this means is that once Premiere Pro has saved 20 total projects, when it goes to save the next project, the oldest one of the 20 will be deleted and replaced by the most recent.

The 20 autosave projects will always be your 20 most recent edits.

I recommend going much higher than 20 copies, especially since we've just told Premiere Pro to save our project more often.

If you're working all day on a project and you decide later that something was messed up and you didn't realize it until the next day, you'll have more options to find an older project from the day before.

I set this option to 100 project versions.

Plus, Premiere Pro project files generally aren't that file heavy. It shouldn't take up too much more space on your drive to save lots of files. You can always delete these excess autosave files once you've finished your project.

Save backup project to Creative Cloud?

Yes, definitely. This is an excellent option to have checked. Not only are creative cloud plans very inexpensive, they are the safest way to save your project.

You want to save your project in more than one location, just in case something happens to the hard drive where your main project is saved.

I believe creative cloud is the safest storage option since it's not subject to being dropped or damaged by water, fire, or any other elements that our home computers and drives are subject to.

Amazon Drive seems to be the most affordable option, especially if you are already a prime member. It’s free for prime members and only $11.99 per year if you aren’t. You get up to 100 GB of storage for your files or you can upgrade to 1 TB of storage for $59.99 per year. This is still about what you’d pay for an external hard drive of that size. Find out more about using this service here.

Auto Save also saves the current project(s)?

This is asking whether you want to save the current project you are working on in the same main location where you created the file or if you simply want the auto-save files to be saved in a separate location, namely the scratch disk.

I do recommend saving your original file, plus autosave files in separate locations. This gives you much more security if something happens to your main hard drive - a crash or anything else where a drive can fail.

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Where Are My Autosave Files Located?

By default, your autosave files will be saved in the same folder as your project file.

While, this may seem logical and easy to locate... it's dangerous.

If something happens to either your computer or hard drive where your original file is saved, you want to be sure your backups are saved in a separate location.

For this reason, I recommend setting your scratch disks to an entirely different location for your autosave files.

Here's how to do it.

What Is a Scratch Disk?

A scratch disk is simply a specified location on your computer or hard drive where you'd like to save certain types of files.

The reason it's called a 'scratch' disk is because it's typically where you'd save files that are often replaced or deleted once a project is completed in order to preserve more space on your hard drive.

Scratch disks don't typically house crucial or important files that you'd never want to delete, but rather 'notes' or 'preferences' depending on the program for which you are using them.

Using Scratch Disk For Autosave Files

Even though autosave files are certainly important, they are constantly being overwritten by newer project revisions.

They also become irrelevant once a project is completed. At that point in time you may want to free up space on your hard drive and clear your scratch disk or cache files.

But during active edits of a project, the scratch disk is an excellent place to set up a secondary location for which to house your autosave files.

How to Save Autosave Files to an External Hard Drive

1 | You'll start by opening up your scratch disks on Premiere Pro.

Navigate in the upper menu to 'File -> Project Settings -> Scratch Disks...'

2 | Next you'll navigate down to the 'Project Auto Save:' option and note the options in the drop down. By default, it's set to 'Same as Project'. We want to change this to our external hard drive.

3 | Click on the 'Browse...' button on the right and you'll see a new window open up allowing you to navigate to the exact location where you can create a new destination for your autosave files.

In What Scenarios Will Autosave Save Your Butt?

Now that you know exactly how to set up autosave in Premiere Pro, as well as how to customize the location and settings for your autosave project files, let's talk about why it's so important.

Scenario 1: You've accidentally deleted an audio layer and didn't realize it until the next day. Boom, find the autosaved version from the day before and recover the audio layer that you accidentally deleted.

Scenario 2: An unexpected crash from Premiere Pro completely deletes your project. This is the obvious scenario, but an important one nonetheless. With autosave setup for every 3-5 minutes, no matter the crash, you shouldn't lose too much valuable work.

Scenario 3: Your hard drive crashes without notice. It happens and here's where it's important to make sure that your autosave files are backed up in a separate location from your main hard drive.

How to Locate Your Autosave Files in Case Your File is Corrupted or Crashes

For those of you who are in this situation currently and trying desperately to recover a previous file that's been lost or corrupted, I feel your pain.

Let's try to see if we can solve the problem by locating your previous autosaved files.

If you're unsure whether or not you've ever set up the autosave function in Premiere Pro, it's likely that Premiere Pro has been doing it for you by default.

Navigate to the same folder where your main project files are generally saved.

If you see another folder named 'Adobe Premiere Pro Auto Save', then click to open that folder and you should (hopefully) see a list of project variations with timestamps of your previously edited projects.

Find the most recent or relevant project and timestamp and open to see a fully recovered project file.

If you don't see the Adobe Premiere Pro Auto Save folder in the same location as your project file, be sure to search around on your computer to see if it happens to have been moved or located elsewhere.

I hope that helps save your project. Leave me any further questions or comments in the comment box below!

So you've opened up Premiere Pro and you're ready to dive into your edits.

You've already imported all your footage and you're about start laying out those first few cuts.

Now it's time to create a new sequence for your video project.

But when you go to create your first sequence, the options are endless. Which settings will you choose?

What if you don't find exactly which sequence matches your camera? Or what if you aren't even sure which one matches? What are the best options for YouTube videos, large presentations, social media, or the myriad of other options?

In today's post we are covering everything you need to know about sequence settings in Premiere Pro, so you'll be able to pick exactly the best settings for each and every project you create.

If you don't have a copy of Premiere Pro yet, you can try it out for free here.

1 | What is a Sequence in Premiere Pro?

Before we get too far into the weeds, it's important that you know exactly what a sequence is so you'll be able to make the best decisions in regard to how you want to set up your own project sequences.

A sequence in Premiere Pro is simply a visual assembly of your audio and video clips that you'll arrange in any order you like within the Timeline Panel.

This is an empty Timeline Panel, where our sequence will begin to take shape.

The Timeline Panel is where you'll be able to visualize your sequences (or sequences) and drag/drop your clips to arrange them how you'd like for your video.

Here's our Timeline Panel with a few video and audio clips added in, beginning to form a sequence.

Getting the settings correct for your sequence will determine the size, dimensions, resolution, and more for your final video.

Your video and audio clips can sit side by side in a sequence or they can overlap and stack on top of multiple layers in a sequence.

You can also adjust transitions and effects within your sequence in this Timeline Panel.

You can create multiple sequences for each project and customize the settings for each of these sequences.

Premiere Pro allows you to adjust the settings for each of these sequences to customize the size & dimensions, resolution, frames per second, and more for your project.

Premiere Pro is also smart enough to match the exact settings of your existing footage if you aren't sure - I'll show you how in a minute.

2 | How to Create a New Sequence in Premiere Pro

First let's walk through how easy it is to create a brand new sequence in Premiere Pro.

There are several easy ways to start a new sequence and here are a few of them.

1 | Drop your media directly into the empty timeline to begin a new sequence.

Why use this method?

It's the easiest and most straightforward. Use it when you know your footage settings will match your final video settings.

2 | Right-click in your Project Panel and Click 'New Item' -> 'Sequence'

Why use this method?

If you want to see all the options available to your new sequence so you can manually adjust any settings.

3 | In the top main menu, select 'File' -> 'New' -> 'Sequence'

-or-

Use the Keyboard Shortcut: 'Command-N'

Why use this method?

It gives you full control over your settings if you want to make any adjustments or create a new sequence setting preset.

4 | Drag Your Footage Into the Dog Eared Box in lower left corner of the Project Panel

Why use this method?

It's the easiest and will automatically create a sequence that matches the settings of the footage you drag into the box.

3 | Best Settings for Sequences in Premiere Pro

While creating your new sequence, you may have noticed the following sequence settings window pop open.

(If you didn't, that simply means that Premiere Pro matched the settings of the footage you dragged into your timeline to create your sequence.)

Ninety percent of the time, the easiest method is to allow Premiere Pro to match your sequence settings to your existing footage and not worry about the gritty details in this first window.

Unless you have a specific setting in mind or you're having some other issue that you're trying to solve, you can simply skip down to the next section to learn about how to do this.

However, there are some cases where you may want to have more control of your sequence settings.

In that case, let's cover all the options in this window and narrow down exactly what is best for your video project.

There are three main areas of settings that matter to us: resolution, dimensions, and frame rate.

So which settings should you choose?

Before you can answer that question, you need to know exactly what settings you'll want your output video to be.

We want to match our sequence settings to the settings of our final exported video.

Regardless of the settings your footage was shot in, you'll want to set your sequence to match the settings that you'd like for your final video. Then we can tweak the footage to fit our settings in the sequence as we edit.

Let's walk through this menu and discuss some of the most common settings you'll probably want to consider.

Best Sequence Settings for 4k Video

Step 1: Hit command-n (on mac) or control-n (on pc) to open up the sequence settings window.

Step 2: On the left hand side, navigate down to 'ProRes RAW' and click the first option for 'ProRes RAW 4k 23.976'.

(Note: if you'd like to choose a different frame rate to match your footage/desired output, please do so. In my opinion 23.976 is the most natural and cinematic for real time footage, so it's usually my preference, but not rule.)

Step 3: Navigate to 'Settings' in the upper tabs to see more options for your sequence. Here you'll see where you can change any specific option for this 4K preset. I am happy to leave it all as is. Match yours to what you see here if it isn't already.

You can also save this preset for future use by hitting 'Save Preset' just above the sequence name.

Step 4: Make sure to rename your sequence at the bottom. I like to begin with 'Master - Project Name', but it's completely up to you. Then hit ok.

You now have a brand new 4K sequence with perfect settings ready to go. If ever you want to tweak these settings, simply hit command-n to reopen the sequence settings window.

Best Sequence Settings for UHD Video

This setting is very similar to the previous instructions for typical 4K video, except that our dimensions are going to be slightly different.

Step 1: Hit command-n (on mac) or control-n (on pc) to open up the sequence settings window.

Step 2: On the left hand side, navigate down to 'ProRes RAW' and click the first option for 'ProRes RAW 4k 23.976'.

(Note: if you'd like to choose a different frame rate to match your footage/desired output, please do so. In my opinion 23.976 is the most natural and cinematic for real time footage, so it's usually my preference, but not rule.)

Step 3: Navigate up to the settings tab on the top and click the drop down menu for 'Editing Mode'. Now choose 'Custom'.

Step 4: Under Frame Size, you'll now want to readjust the dimensions to be 3840 x 2160.

Step 5: Rename your sequence and save it as a preset if you like. Once you are happy with the settings (the rest you can leave as is), then hit OK to create your new UHD sequence.

Best Sequence Settings for HD Video

Step 1: Hit command-n (on mac) or control-n (on pc) to open up the sequence settings window.

Step 2: On the left hand side, navigate down to 'ARRI' and click the first option for 'ARRI 1080p 23.976'.

(Note: if you'd like to choose a different frame rate to match your footage/desired output, please do so. In my opinion 23.976 is the most natural and cinematic for real time footage, so it's usually my preference, but not rule.)

Step 3: Navigate to 'Settings' in the upper tabs to see more options for your sequence. Here you'll see where you can change any specific option for this HD preset.

I am happy to leave it all as is. Match yours to what you see here if it isn't already.

You now have a brand new 4K sequence with perfect settings ready to go. If ever you want to tweak these settings, simply hit command-n to reopen the sequence settings window.

4 | How to Match Sequence Settings to Existing Footage

Like I said before, in most cases you don't even need to pay attention to the initial sequences settings for your project. You can simply let Premiere Pro match the settings of the footage you'll be editing with.

If you want your final exported video to match all the same settings of the footage you'll be editing, then this is the easiest and best method to use for setting up your sequences.

Step 1: Import your footage into Premiere Pro. (If you are unsure of how to do this step, refer to this blog post that will walk you through it first.)

Step 2: In your project window, drag any of your footage clips into the little dog-eared box in the lower right hand corner.

Step 3: This will automatically create a new sequence which matches the settings of the footage that you dragged into that box.

Step 4: You'll see in your Timeline Panel that the clip of footage you dragged in is there. You can either leave it in place if you want, or you can delete it. Either way, your sequence has been set up perfectly.

Step 5: Within the project window you'll notice that your new sequence has been created and named the same as the clip name that you dragged in.

You can distinguish that it's now a sequence by the green box on the left and the different icon symbol next to the name 'video-32'.

Step 6: Get organized. Let's drag this sequence out of our footage bin and into a new bin that we'll title: 'Sequences'.

Step 7: Let's rename our sequence. Double-click on the name to highlight and rename the sequence.

That's it. We've created our new sequence that matches our footage settings. We've renamed it and created a new bin where we'll keep any new sequences that we create for our project.

5 | How to Create a Custom Preset for Premiere Pro Sequence Settings

Step 1: Hit command-n (on mac) or control-n (on pc) to open up the sequence settings window.

Step 2: On the left hand side, navigate down to which preset options you'd like to set for your project. Click on 'settings' in the upper tab and specify any other settings that you'd like for your sequence.

Step 3: Once you have your settings as you'd like them, hit 'Save Preset' at the bottom of the window.

Step 4: You can now name your new preset and add any other descriptive words as needed.

You'll now see your preset populate in the 'Sequence Presets' menu and you can choose it from that menu for any future project in Premiere Pro.


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Ask any video editor and they tell you that sound quality is even more important than visual quality.

This may sound surprising at first, but it's true.

Although audio quality isn't something we can see with our eyes, we pick up on it right away when sound quality is bad.

Even with pristine video quality, heavy background noise in the form of air conditioning, reverb from an echoey room, or other hissing and buzzing sounds in the background can be very distracting.

While eliminating background noise is best done while recording, we all know this isn't always possible. Thankfully, Premiere Pro has developed some great tools to help us reduce background noise in our videos during post-processing.

By the way, I just bought a new USB mic to record audio for my YouTube videos that doesn't break the budget and I'm LOVING it. The quality has blown me away. In case you're curious, here it is.

In today's post, we'll walk through just how easy it is to reduce ambient background noise in your video using Adobe Premiere Pro.

There are two primary ways to reduce noise through Premiere Pro. I'll walk you through both methods and when you may want to use one over the other.

Method 1 | Reduce Background Noise Using the Essential Sound Panel

Why use this method? It's the most straightforward and intuitive way. It will handle 95% of most audio edits that you may need to use.

Step 1 | Open Essential Sound Panel

First, you'll want to make sure that you've opened the Essential Sound Panel in Premiere Pro.

If you don't see it in your editing window, then navigate up to 'Window' -> 'Essential Sound' and ensure that it is checked.

You should now see a panel that looks like this:

Step 2 | Designate Your Clip As Dialogue

Select all the audio clips (one or more) in your timeline that you'd like to edit.

Now click 'Dialogue' in the Essential Sound Panel.

Your Essential Sound Panel will now look like this:

Step 3 | Open the Repair Tab in Essential Sound

Click on the tab that says 'Repair' and you'll see the following options:

Step 4 | Use the Sliders to Adjust the Amount of Noise Reduction

Reducing background noise in the form of air conditioning or other ambient sounds.

Check the first option 'Reduce Noise' to reduce these types of background noise.

Premiere Pro does a great job at isolating those low ambient noises to get rid of common noises produced from air conditioning, lights, etc.

Once you've checked this option, use the slider to adjust the amount of the effect that you'd like to apply.

As you play the audio clip back in your timeline, you can adjust the amount of effect in real time.

Listen to decide the correct amount. Start small and increase gradually.

You'll notice that the more of the effect you apply, the less natural the voice will sound as well. It's important to find the right balance here.

Remember that less is more and start with less than you think you may need.

Tip: I make first round adjustments, work on something else for a while, and then come back to tweak these adjustments once more. I find that my ears will have a more fresh take on how things sound the second time around.

Reducing background noises caused from wind noise, as well as bumps or scratches against the microphone.

The next option you'll find is the 'Reduce Rumble' effect.

If you have an accidental bump against a microphone or the microphone is scratching against skin or clothing, this would be the affect you'll want to try.

If you have loud, rumbling wind noise in the background, apply this effect as well.

Apply it to your clips by clicking the check mark while your audio clip is selected.

Now begin playing back your audio clip and adjust the sliders as you listen to eliminate as much of the noise as possible.

Reducing low frequency hum noises from machines or other background sounds.

Check the DeHum effect in order to get rid of constant, low frequency noises in the background.

These types of noises are often caused by electric cords or equipment causing low frequency tones in the background.

Apply this effect the same way as the others. Check to apply the effect and then use the slider to decide how much or how little to apply to your clip.

Reducing Sibilance or Distracting 'S' Sounds

Check the DeEss parameter to eliminate those harsh s sounds sometimes caused by very sensitive or too closely places microphones.

DeEss tool in premiere pro

Reducing Room Echo in the Background

If you don't have sound absorbing panels or you're recording in an environment that is wide open with lots of exposed windows or walls, no matter how great your mic is, you may encounter some unwanted reverb on your audio track.

Reduce Reverb Tool in Premiere Pro

This tool is very helpful at reducing the echo and reverb picked up on that microphone and giving your audio a warmer and more professional tone.

Using these key Essential Sound panel options should eliminate most ambient background noise from your audio clips, however if you are still hearing distracting noise and want to isolate even more background noise, move on to method 2.

With the next method we'll walk through a more detailed approach that can isolate even more background noise in your clips.

Method 2 | Reduce Background Noise Using the Effects Panel

If method one using the Essential Sound Panel window solves your background noise issues, then you can stop there. It's a great tool and so easy to use.

But in reality, there are times when you may have drastic background noise and you need some extra tools to help you get rid of it.

There are more tools at your fingertips within Premiere Pro that can help you isolate even more background noise, even beyond using the simple sliders found within the Essential Sound Panel.

1 | With your audio clip selected in the timeline, open up the effects panel.

2 | Type in 'Denoise' in the effect panel search box or navigate to 'Audio Effects' -> 'Noise Reduction/Resoration' and select 'Denoise'.

3 | Drag this effect onto the clip or clips that you'd like to adjust.

4 | Navigate up to the source window and select the 'Effect Controls' tab.

5 | Click 'edit' and you'll see another window open up. As you play your clip back, you'll hear and see the waveforms moving with your audio clip.

The bottom slider will control the total amount of this effect that you'd like to apply to your clip.

You'll see in this window that there are additional options - you can isolate which frequencies you'd like to effect - high, low, or mid.

You can also control the overall gain (or sensitivity) of the audio.

As you play back your audio, experiment with these different adjustments to find what works best for your clip.

Note: This works with any of the preset sound effects that you apply via the Essential Sound Panel window.

Once you've applied any of the effects in the preset sound effects panel, navigate over to the effects window and click 'edit'.

Another window will open up showing you several more specific parameters that you can control for each effect.

Although this may seem complicated, it's a great tool if you'd like to get even more specific with your sound edits.

If the Essential Sound Panel fixes your background noise, then stick with it. It's a great tool.

However, if you want to really dig deeper to isolate a specific sound, it's nice to know exactly where you can find more controls in order to do so.

Creating an Essential Sound Preset to Apply to All Your Audio Clips

Let's say that you've made all the necessary adjustments to your clip and you're happy with how it sounds.

What if you want to apply this effect to more clips within your timeline?

The easiest and quickest way to do this is by creating a custom preset that you can apply to any clips you'd like with a single click.

It's also a great feature to have if you'll be using a similar studio or setup in the future and want to save these settings for future videos.

1 | In the Essential Sound Panel, click on the little icon to the right with an arrow pointing down.

2 | Name your preset as you wish and hit ok.

3 | Select all the clips that you'd like to apply the effect to and open up the drop down preset window in Essential Sound.

Find your custom preset and click it.

That's it! All of your selected clips will now have your custom preset applied to them.

Concluding Thoughts

Just a note that I know and understand how frustrating it can be try and isolate annoying background noise.

And although Premiere Pro has made some incredible advancements in this technology, there are still going to be times when it's just tough.

Leave me your questions/solutions all about removing background noise in the comments below. I love learning other methods from you all and helping solve specific problems and questions whenever I can.

-Beth

Three Easy Ways to Import Videos Into Premiere Pro

Here are three quick and easy ways to import your footage and other media files into Premiere Pro.

Each method has a different reason why you may choose to import in this way.

Let's walk through each method so you can decide what makes the most sense for your video project.

You may also be having trouble importing certain types of files into Premiere Pro. If that's the case, scroll on down to discover some common reasons for import failure in Premiere Pro.

If you're new to Premiere Pro, be sure to check out more beginner Premiere Pro tips & tutorials on the blog.

Method 1: Double Click in the Project Window

Why Use This Method: It's the quickest and easiest (imo).

1 | Once you've opened up Premiere Pro, navigate over to your Project Window.

Program Window In Premiere Pro

2 | Simply double click anywhere in this box and a window will open, allowing you to find the footage or files you'd like to import.

Import window for Premiere Pro

3 | Select one or multiple clips and hit 'import'.

File imported in Premiere Pro

4 | You can also right-click anywhere within your Project Window and select 'Import' to open the same import menu.

Right click in program panel to import new footage

Method 2: Use the Drop Down Import from the File Tab

Why Use This Method: It's the easiest to remember for beginners or if you get lost.

1 | Navigate to the top menu bar of Premiere and select 'File'

Import files into Premiere Pro from the dropdown file menu

2 | Select 'Import' and a browser window will open up allowing you to choose which files you'd like to import into Premiere Pro.

Select one or more files to import through the browser window

3 | Select the files you'd like to import and click 'Import' to add them to your project.

Method 3: Open Media Browser Inside of Premiere Pro

Why to Use This Method: You can leave it open while continuing to work on your project for continued access. It also works best for more complicated file imports from certain video codecs (RED camera footage, for example).

Note: If your footage is buried in a confusing list of folders with unrecognizable file types, you likely need to use media browser. This will ensure that the correct file types are imported, along with the correct meta data attached to each file.

The Media Browser gives you quick access to all your assets while you edit making it easy to browse to files. Unlike the Import dialog box, the Media Browser can be left open and docked, like any other panel. 

1 | Navigate to the top menu and select 'Window > Media Browser'

2 | The Media Browser panel opens. On the left, there is a list of folders. On the right, the contents are displayed. You can toggle between list view and thumbnail view.

Media Browser Panel in Premiere Pro

In the list of hard drives and folders in the Media Browser, click the triangles next to folder names to open them.

3 | To view only files of certain types, click the Files types displayed icon, and select a file type. To select an extra type, open the menu again and make another selection. Repeat until all desired types have been selected.

4 | Select one or more files from the list of files.

5 | To preview the clip in the Media Browser, move the cursor over the thumbnail. Alternatively, double click the clip to open it in the Source Monitor. You can also right-click the file in the Media Browser and select Open In Source Monitor.

6 | To import your chosen clips, right-click the file in the Media Browser and select Import.

Right click on clip in media browser to import

You can drag the file from the Media Browser into the Project panel, or drag the file from the Media Browser into a Timeline.

7 | The Media Browser will now import the file into the Project panel.

Method 4: Drag and Drop Files from the Finder Window

Why Use This Method: Personal preference or if you want to directly import from another location on your computer.

1 | Navigate to the files you wish to import within a finder window on your computer.

2 | Select the files you want to import and drag them into your project panel in Premiere Pro.

Note: you'll see a little green plus icon if the file is compatible in Premiere Pro.

Drag and Drop Files into Premiere Pro Project Panel

That covers the three primary ways to import your footage and other files into Premiere Pro.

But what if you've encountered an issue when trying to import your files?

Here are some common problems you may encounter while importing files into Premiere Pro and how to fix them.

How to Import Other Types of Files Into Premiere Pro

Importing Photos (JPEG, PNG, TIFF, PSD and more)

Here are all of the many types of files that can be easily imported into Premiere Pro:

AI, EPSAdobe Illustrator 
BMP, DIB, RLEBitmap
DPXCineon/DPX 
EPSAdobe Illustrator 
GIFGraphics Interchange Format
ICOIcon File (Windows only)
JPEGJPE, JPG, JFIF
PNGPortable Network Graphics
PSDPhotoshop
PTL, PRTLAdobe Premiere title
TGA, ICB, VDA, VSTTarga
TIFFTagged Interchange Format

As long as your still image or graphic file falls under one of these types of extensions, you can simply import it in any of the three easy ways to import we covered at the beginning of this article.

Here are some more detailed notes to keep in mind for best practices when importing still photos into Premiere Pro.

Best Practices for Importing Still Photos in Premiere Pro

The maximum frame size that can be imported for still images and movies is 256 megapixels, with a maximum dimension of 32,768 pixels in either direction. 

Preparing still images before importing

Before you import a still image into Premiere Pro, you should consider doing the following in order to reduce rendering time within Premiere Pro.

Importing Photoshop and Illustrator files

You can import files from Adobe Photoshop 3.0 or later, or from Adobe Illustrator. You can control how layered files are imported.

Empty (transparent) areas of nonflattened files are transparent when imported into Premiere Pro, because the transparency is stored as an alpha channel. This lets you import graphics and superimpose them over clips in other tracks with no extra effort.

You can import layered Photoshop files either with selected layers imported as individual clips into a bin, with selected layers imported as individual clips into a bin and sequence, or with selected layers merged into a single video clip.

Also, you can import Photoshop files that contain video or animations if they are saved from Photoshop in timeline animation mode.

Importing Illustrator images

You can import an Adobe Illustrator still-image file directly into a Premiere Pro project. Premiere Pro converts path-based Illustrator art into the pixel-based image format used by Premiere Pro, a process known as rasterization.

Premiere Pro automatically anti-aliases, or smooths, edges of the Illustrator art. Premiere Pro also converts all empty areas into an alpha channel, so that empty areas become transparent. 

Even though the layers in Illustrator are merged in Premiere Pro you can edit the layers by selecting the clip and choosing Edit > Edit Original.

Importing Unique Video Codecs

There are a handful of unique video codecs that Premiere Pro simply won't recognize.

You may see the following error message: Codec missing or unavailable.

If this happens, you simply need to convert your incompatible files into files that Premiere Pro understands.

For a list of compatible video codec formats in Premiere Pro, check out this list on Premiere Pro's site. It's lengthy and constantly being updated, so I wanted to link you straight to the source.

Here are two free programs that work on both PCs and MACs to convert just about every type of file format to a format that's compatible in Premiere Pro: VLC and HandBrake.

How to Convert Files in VLC Media Encoder:

  1. Click on Media -> Convert/Save
  2. Drag your file into the window
  3. Click Convert/Save
  4. Choose your file destination and rename it

These are both free programs that will convert your files into a more compatible format that Premiere Pro will recognize.

How to Import Fonts Into Premiere Pro

1 | Download your font

2 | Double click on the .zip file for your download

3 | If your file is a .otf or a .ttf file, simply double click and your computer should automatically load the font window.

4 | Click 'install'.

5 | Restart Premiere Pro if you already have it open.

6 | Your newly downloaded font should now appear in Premiere Pro when using the Essential Graphics panel.

How to Import Templates (MOGRT) and Premiere Pro Projects Into Premiere Pro

You can import Premiere Pro projects into your project panel in exactly the same way as other footage.

If you'd like a more thorough explanation of how to download, install, and import MOGRT files into Premiere Pro, check out this in-depth tutorial I made all about it.

How to Import Youtube Videos Into Premiere Pro

Typically YouTube videos are downloaded in the MKV file format. These types of files are not directly recognizable in Premiere Pro, so you'll need to covert them to a file format that Premiere Pro recognizes.

Using VLC and HandBrake, convert your mkv file into an .mp4 file.

Troubleshooting: Premiere Pro Import Not Working

Here are a few common problems that may arise when trying to import your media files into Premiere Pro and how to fix them.

Make Sure Sourcepatching is Turned On

Before anything else, make sure that both your video and audio source patching is enabled.

This is a common issue if you find that only the video or audio portion of your clip is importing.

Source patching simply tells Premiere Pro that you'd like to edit both the video and audio portion of your clip in the timeline.

1 | With your clip selected in the Project Panel, you should see V1 and A1 highlighted in blue on the left most side of the timeline.

2 | If you only see one or the other, simply click within that area to turn source-patching on.

File Import Failure Error in Premiere Pro

If you are getting the following error: 'File Import Failure. The importer reported a generic error.' Then read on.

There are a handful of reasons that you may be getting this error, but the most common reason why you may receive this error is because of a corrupt file or file type.

Here's how we can fix the File Import Failure Error in Premiere Pro.

1 | Make sure that you've updated your current version of Premiere Pro to the latest version.

2 | Restart both your computer system as well as relaunch Premiere Pro.

3 | Try to import your files once again.

4 | If you still receive the same message, more than likely you need to convert these files.

5 | Using VLC or HandBrake (both free), try converting one file to either a .mp4 or .mov file to see if this solves the issue.

6 | If that solves the issue, then you can choose a different type of file type to convert to if you wish.

7 | If you are STILL getting the error message, it's time to clear your cache files.

Navigate to 'Preferences' -> 'Media Cache'

Select the button that says 'Delete Unused' and hit 'OK'.

If none of those solutions work, then the problem could be on the software end, meaning you'll likely need to contact Adobe Customer Support for more specific help.

How to Import MKV Files (mkv Not Supported Fix)

Method 1: The easiest fix for this problem is to simply rename the file extension on your .mkv file.

  1. Navigate to the original file on your hard drive
  2. Select the clip and rename it (originalfilename.avi)
  3. Your clip should now import into Premiere Pro with no problems

Method 2: Convert the .mkv file into a more compatible format.

Using VLC and HandBrake, convert your mkv file into an .mp4 file.

Audio Imports To Premiere Pro But No Video

When you import your video file and drag it into your timeline, only the audio portion of your clip appears.

Make sure sourcepatching is turned on for both video and audio tracks on your timeline (see above for more detail).

This problem is caused because only the audio codec is being recognized and not the video.

Here's how to fix it.

  1. You'll need to download VLC or HandBrake
  2. Click on Media -> Convert/Save
  3. Drag your file into the window
  4. Click Convert/Save
  5. Choose your file destination and rename it

Reimport your newly converted file into Premiere Pro and that should fix the problem.

Note: if you have multiple files in need of converting, you can complete the same process by dragging them all into the VLC window at the same time.

Concluding Thoughts

Believe me, I know just how frustrating it can be to run into a technical problem like this in Premiere Pro.

If you have an issue that isn't easily solved by any of these solutions, leave a comment below and let us know exactly what the problem is and how you've tried to fix it.

I'd be happy to help you explore more solutions.

Thanks for reading!

-Beth

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