Premiere Pro suffers from the same problem that Final Cut Pro suffered from, and when I say that, I mean it in the nicest possible way. FCP let you cut with any format and any frame rate, and for many people, this is where things fell off the tracks a bit. These days, most people are editing with footage digitally acquired, meaning DSLRs or the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.
People just import and start dropping clips into their timelines, and don’t worry about the most important thing, the end product. You need to be thinking right away about how you want to set your sequence up, so that when you’re done you have the format and frame rate you need.
So, the first place people normally head is the “New Sequence” option under FILE > NEW > NEW SEQUENCE (or CMD/CTL + N is the shortcut)
If you’re new to Premiere, this looks like a confusing list, with a lot of options that you may not understand, but there’s an easy way to navigate your way through this. Let’s say for argument sake you shot using the BMPCC in Apple Pro Res at 1920 x 1080 23.98 frames per second (FPS), and that is what you want your end product to be like.
Most people will tell you how to find that option in the “New Sequence” window, but I won’t. I’ll tell you an easier way to set up your sequence, and the best part is that you don’t need to know much about codecs or frame rates. Simply take the clip that you want your sequence to mimic (Size/FPS/ETC), and simply drag it down to the bottom of the project window to the “New Item” button, and let go. Premiere will now create a new sequence with it’s parameters matching that of the clip that was dragged to it. Quick and simple.
Now that our sequence is set up, let’s get ready to edit!
Check out more of Kevin’s Premiere Pro CC 101 tutorials here.
Kevin P. McAuliffe is one of the Senior Editors at Extreme Reach in Toronto, Canada. His current clients include Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures and E1 Entertainment, to name just a few.