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Introduction to Adobe Premiere Pro

Getting started

    1. Open Adobe Premiere Pro
    2. Click New Project
    3. – Select DV (standard definition) or HDV (high definition) for the type of video content.
      – Set the folder location for all the assets (pictures, videos, audio, premiere project saves,…) for your project.
      – Give your project a name and click OK
    4. Select AVCHD and AVCHD 1080p30 and click OK.

       This particular step isn’t as critical so don’t spend a lot of time trying to figure out what kind of footage you have.  Premiere can fix this automatically for you.  When you drag a piece of footage to your timeline later and it doesn’t match the settings for the sequence, Premiere will alert you of the mismatch and will ask if you want Premiere to adjust the sequence settings for you.  As long as you don’t downgrade your sequence to a lower quality than your highest quality footage, it’s fine to allow Premiere to make the fix.


Importing Video

If you already have digital video files on your computer hard drive, you can import them to your Adobe Premiere project. Locate the video files on your computer hard drive, external hard drive, or flash drive.

    1. Double-click the empty Project panel.
    2. Locate and select the files you want to import.  You can use Shift or Ctrl/Cmd to select more than one file.
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    3. Click Open.
    4. Now you can organize your files into Bins(folders) to keep things organized.  For example, make bins for videos, pictures, and audio.  Inside each bin, you can create more bins to organize the files.

If you are importing video directly from your DV camera: Open the File menu and click Capture

After you import your video, you’ll see the clips in the Project panel. You can preview clips in the Project panel by clicking the play button next to the small image.

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