Premiere – The Basics old

Visitor there are several free options for video editing such as Windows Movie Maker and iMovie. There also several options for professional video editing software such Final Cut, Adobe Premiere, and Avid.

In this mission you are going to learn the basics of Adobe Premiere while learning about the importance of three point editing. Are you ready?

As we explore video editing with Adobe Premiere you are going to learn a lot of new terms that have been around since before your born. Until recently movies were shot on film and editing consisted of actually "cutting" the film strip. Even though most modern filmmaking is now digital and we use computers for editing, many of the old terms from editing actual film are still used.

Adobe Premiere, and other video editing software, allow for non-linear editing (NLEs-non-linear editors). At the heart of non-linear editing is the concept of non-destructive editing. What does that mean? That means that an original copy of your footage is set aside in the editor and you make all of your cuts and changes to virtual copies.

As you explore Adobe Premiere you are going to learn about three-point editing. It is the foundation for all film editing. But ... before we get started with three-point editing let's learn about project management and the Adobe Premiere interface.



You will be using the script below to guide your edit during the upcoming tutorials.

INT. WAREHOUSE NIGHT We see down a dark hallway, and BECKY’s head pops up against the wall on the right side of the frame, she’s panting.

the KILLER enters down the hall, Becky looks and sees him, starts to run.

KILLER follows, axe in hand. When she looks back, he’s on top of her.

Killer swings the axe down on her throat.


INT. BEDROOM MORNING Overhead shot of Becky, waking from bad dream. She checks her throat, gets out of bed.

INT. KITCHEN MORNING ALLY, Becky’s roommate is making coffee. Becky enters.

BECKY I just had the most terrifying dream. I was in some warehouse, being chased by this madman in a yellow suit, and he grabbed me by the throat.ALLY Here, you need this more than me.

Ally hands her a cup of coffee.


Follow along with the tutorials below to learn how to edit using Adobe Premiere. The key is to be organized and then understand three point editing.

  1. Project Folders Organization is paramount as an editor.
  2. Download Project Files Once downloaded extract the files to the Media folder you just created.
  3. Importing Media
  4. Adobe Premiere Interface
  5. Three Point Editing

At this point you are going to complete the edit of the scene using rest of the footage and following the script.

Hopefully you have a decent understanding of three-point editing using Adobe Premiere. If your happy with your edit and it matches the scripts, COMPLETE the mission and move on to learn about scoring your film in Garageband.

The following Garageband tutorials are for a different project that we did last year. The process is exactly the same, except you have Horror Scene footage instead of a Car Chase footage.


Next up you are going to use Garageband to make your own film score (music) for your Horror Scene project.

  1. Export for Garageband
  2. Basic Score with Garageband
  3. Exporting Score from Garageband

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