November 20, 2018

10 Handy Editing Workflow Tricks in Adobe Premiere Pro

Everyone wants to edit faster, smarter, and easier. These tips will help you do all three.

Adobe Premiere Pro is a ginormously massive piece of editing software that has a plethora of powerful tools, both big and small. Even if you're a seasoned user, you may not know all of the tiny little ways in which you can speed up your workflow, perform tasks with a single press of a keyboard key, and avoid all of those unforeseen mishaps that can drive you utterly insane. 

For those of you editing in Adobe Premiere ProJordy Vandeput of Cinecom shares ten advanced tips that will help you save a ton of time, make your work look more professional, and in the end, save your precious noggin from any undue stress. Check it out below:

There is so much to learn about Premiere Pro, so much so that a video like this is only going to be able to scratch the surface of its capabilities. However, Vandeput does offer some really helpful tips that will hopefully give you a better idea of how to work faster and smarter. Here are the different tricks he mentions:

  • Use adjustment layers for animations
  • Animate opacity for better text fading
  • Working with different aspect ratios? Use a .png file instead of cropping.
  • Get good sound effects from your favorite stock library.
  • Add motion blur to clips that you speed up to make them look more realistic.
  • If you've already used a clip, hide it in your Project Panel to make it easier to navigate.
  • Change clip thumbnails by adding an in-point ("I") at the place you want it to preview.
  • Make your own flares by adding a color solid, apply a mask, feather it, and change the blending mode to "Screen".
  • Try animating the color or exposure of a clip to match the following clip for more seamless transitions.

If you're serious about streamlining your workflow, these articles that we've done in the past will certainly give you a bunch of ideas on how to do that, from remapping your keyboard shortcuts to customizing your workspace to fit your specific editorial needs.

What are some clever tricks you use to edit faster/smarter/easier? Let us know down in the comments.     

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