How to Import and Edit with Premiere Pro

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Uploading Files

  • Determine what kind of camera you used to film for your project.

This document has been written to accommodate the JVC and CanonHD cameras we check out in regard to filming, editing, and exporting of video (formats). JVCs record footage in .mov format, while CanonHDs record in AVCHD (.mts) format.

Both of these camera types require you to have your own SD card (Class 6 or higher) in order to record footage.

  • Carefully insert your SD card into the slot on the right-hand side of the monitor. Make sure that the label is facing you, and that you are not putting the SD card into the CD drive by accident. The SD card can often get stuck in the CD drive and it may take some time to recover it.
  • Move your clips into your project folder on Video Storage. It is helpful to copy all of your folder/clips from the card into video storage at this point. (Don’t burrow around or redo file structure.)

Beginning a New Project

  • Open Premiere Pro
  • Create a new project

You will need to choose where this project will be saved (eg your Project Folder created earlier on Video Transfer).

Folder on Video Storage where raw files are loaded and project is created
Create a folder on Video Storage and load all of your footage into it.


New Project Pane Directs project to folder location. Check that scratch disks are the same folder.
Give your Project a name, click browse and navigate to the folder you created in the last step. Check that scratch disks are the same folder. Hit OK.

(In Premiere, there is no need to transfer or convert files; however, errors have been reported using AVCHD formats. Check the Apple forum for the latest fix if you have trouble.

Importing Media

  • On Menu bar, select File > Import (CMD I).

Navigate to your project folder. All video and audio files will then appear in your project Pane. You can view these in either list or icon view (bottom of ProjectPane).

  • All of the Panes may be moved by clicking and dragging the tab. Hover over the edge of a pane, and click and drag to adjust size.
  • Once clips are imported into the Project Pane, you can organize them. New bins can be created. Clips can be previewed in the source monitor and moved be dragging and dropping into the new bins.
  • To return to the normal editing workspace, use the Window > Workspace > Editing

Tip: If you can not find/see a pane, all panes are listed under “Window” in menu bar.

Working with Clips

  • Double-clicking the file folder in the project pane will allow you to open a source bin. In the source bin (which can be docked) you can preview your clips and scrub over them with your mouse. Double-clicking the clips will allow them to appear in the Source Pane.


Building Sequences

  • In the source pane, you can use the blue playhead to drag left and right to search the clip.
  • You can use the keyboard shortcut ‘I’ to make an “in point” (or where you would like to start the clip).


  • Pressing the spacebar, you can play the clip and press the ‘O’ to make an “outpoint” (or where you would like to end the clip.
  • You can press Option + K to play the clip from In to Out.
  • You can also mark In and Out via the Project Pane.
  • The video and waveform icons Screen Shot 2015-07-10 at 10.36.20 AM at the bottom of the source pane can be used to drag either video or audio only onto the timeline.
  • This clip can now be dragged onto the timeline. Click on the video in the Source Pane (left) and drag it onto the timeline.

Working in the Timeline

  • IMPORTANT: The first clip you drag into the timeline will establish your sequence settings, so make sure it is representative of the majority of your clips. (EG drag your HD clip in, not an archival SD clip). (If you drag a new clip and are prompted with “change sequence settings”, select “keep sequence settings”.)
  • In the timeline, you can select a track and use your mouse wheel to enlarge the track area, allowing you to label tracks, hide, or lock them.  You can also press the ~ key to view the timeline as its own full screen window. Press the same key to exit.
  • Use the + key to zoom in to view waveforms more closely or hold Option + scroll.
  • Hold shift while scrubbing playhead in timeline to snap to beginning or end of clip

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Create a lower thirds

  • File > New > Title (Command T)
  • Design lower thirds
  • When finished, close the title dialog box. The title will be saved into whatever bin you were last in the Project Pane.
  • Drag the title clip to the timeline on to a video track above your footage.
Use ‘T’ Type Tool to create text box. Alter font in properties panel on right. Use Rectangle Tool to create fill box. Change color and fill type in properties box. Select default text features that can be altered in properties panel to right.


You can export a single sequence by selecting it in your Project Pane or by selecting the Timeline.

File > Export > Media or  (Command M)

  • Next, think about where you will be sending the video. It is not recommended to choose Match Sequence Settings in the Export Dialog box as that would require the user having the necessary codec.
  • The best setting for web codec is H.264. That can be selected from the drop down.
  • Next you can choose your preset output. For example, selecting YouTube 720 HD would be appropriate for most J-School video projects.
  • Click Output Name to name your file and direct it to your Project folder.
  • Select Export to export from Premiere

Alternatively, if you have work left to do, you can select Queue from the bottom menu this will open Adobe Media Encoder and allow you to continue work. When Encoder opens and you are ready to finally export, press the green play button.


  • Offline Clips

From the Timeline, you can right click the clip which is offline, select Link Media. You will then be directed to a browser where you can locate your missing media. Typically this means files are offline because a drive disconnected or content was moved.

  • Project Won’t Save

Make sure your drive is still connected, and that you have your project and scratch disks linked to the same location.

  • Others

Use the Adobe Help Forums to help troubleshoot any problems

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