Watch: 5 Ways to Customize Premiere Pro to Get a More Efficient Workflow

Working faster oftentimes means working smarter, especially when it comes to editing in Premiere Pro.

Finding ways to speed up and organize your workflow is extremely important if you're a video editor, because not only will it cut down your turnaround, but it'll help you maintain your sanity while editing a project for long periods of time. In this video from PremiumBeat, editor Jason Boone gives you 5 tips for customizing Premiere Pro to not only make it more efficient and easy to work with, but to also make it more conducive to the way you work. 

Here are the 5 tips Boone talks about in the video:

Custom Bins

Organizing your media is a key part of having a good workflow. If you're spending most of your time looking for clips, music, and sound effects, you might want to start creating and organizing custom bins in Premiere Pro. Boone suggests making bins for video, audio, graphics, and sequences, as well as sub-folders within them for more specific assets, but you can customize it to fit your needs.

For instance, I just finished editing a short documentary piece last week and my bins, though they were organized in a similar way, contained sub-folders that related specifically to my project—e.g., the sub-folders in my graphics bin were arranged by year.

Customize Source and Program Monitors

The buttons at the bottom of the Source and Program Panels are, for most editors, unnecessary because their corresponding keyboard shortcuts are so easy to remember. (The one for "Play" is the space bar, for example.) However, you can use the Button Editor to customize which buttons appear, perhaps ones with more complicated shortcuts, or you can get rid of them all together.

Save Track Height Preset

You can create a track heigh present in the Timeline Display Settings menu to save yourself from having to resize tracks in your timeline, which is one of those time eaters that often goes under the radar.

Save Custom Workspace

Having a workspace that works for you is another important element of efficient editing, and though Premiere Pro has a ton of presets, you might want to create your own that specifically serves your needs and tastes. You could even create different workspaces for the different kinds of projects you work on. To do this, organize your workspace until you have the layout you want, then go to the "Workspaces" option and save it as a new workspace. (Windows > Workspaces > Save as New Workspace)

Use Project as a Template

Now, once you've got everything the way you want it—your bins are all organized, you've customized your track height and workspace, you can save your project as a template for later use. This is especially helpful if you work with a lot of different kinds of projects, like documentaries, narrative films, music videos, multi-cam work, or commercials.

What are some other ways you can customize Premiere Pro to make your workflow more efficient? Let us know in the comments.     

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Good start for beginners for sure ... it can't be stressed enough how taking the time to be organized will help you in the end. I have a few I'd like to add:

Folder structure: I have an empty "template" folder structure that sits on the cloud. No matter where I am, whatever job I'm starting, either on my box or someone else's, I can grab it and bring it right into Premiere and all those bins are auto created. This way your project mirrors what is on your drive as well, and you always know where things are.

Keyboard customization: I don't think anything speeds up work then a properly set up keyboard. I usually start with the FCP standard since I learned on that a decade ago, but you can start with whatever. I add in "nudge up and down" and also "toggle full screen" and "time remap" but again, whatever you find you use most, throw it in there, and try to keep your hands off that mouse.

Extensions/Presets: Premiere is great for batch processing, and either if you have a bunch of cuts to show a client, or if you export the same type of film for the same platform (like a vlog for vimeo, youtube, etc) the presets are great. I usually have to tweak them even though vimeo and youtube come installed, and then you can create your own (for say instagram). Another great tool is Extensions. (Window>extensions) if you go to the adobe site there is a whole bunch of 3rd party extensions you can load into premiere that help you with workflow. Two examples are ExtremeMusic and Vimeo. Extreme lets you audition music and sfx and bring it right into your sequence without going to a web browser. Vimeo extension lets you upload, set privacy, and a bunch of other settings without doing the same. So you basically can turn your editing software into a crock pot. Just set it and forget it.

Again really good base start for optimization but I think the real time savers come when you get into the nitty gritty and start really making premiere yours through customization. Don't forget to save your preset and put it on the cloud, so again, if you are on someone else's box you can bring your settings in.

Happy cutting!

February 24, 2017 at 7:38AM

Roberto Serrini
Director • Editor

This was super helpful. Also well made and very clear. Very appreciated.

February 24, 2017 at 8:42AM, Edited February 24, 8:42AM


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February 24, 2017 at 9:00AM, Edited February 24, 9:00AM