Premiere Pro CC 101 Part 8: Basic Editing

A new Premiere Pro CC 101 tutorial

By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)

Okay, let’s talk about basic editing in Premiere Pro CC, as there are a few ways to get clips into your timeline. We’ve covered the most basic way, simply drag and drop. The problem with this method is that you haven’t been specific about what, exactly, it is that you want to show in your shot. This is where marking in and out points will come into play. That, combined with three different ways to actually edit, will get you up and running the way you want to cut.

First, to mark in and out points on a clip is simple: Double-click on the clip to call it up in the preview window. Next, either play the clip by hitting the space bar, or simply drag the timebar down the timeline to the point where you want your shot to star. Now press the “I” key. Again, either play the clip or drag down to where you want the clip to stop. Now press the “O” key.  You’re now ready to edit the clip into your sequence.

As you can see, there are in and out points selected on this clip

Now, there’s actually three ways to get that clip into your timeline.  You can drag and drop, and that will put your clip in your timeline, obviously, with only the range you marked with the in and out points. The second method is to press either “B” to overwrite (place the clip overtop of whatever is currently in your timeline), or “V” to insert (push the clips down your timeline and add this clip where either the timebar currently is, or where the in point is you marked in your sequence). The third way is to drag the clip from the preview window, over to the sequence window, which will bring up a context menu to either insert or overwrite edit.

This pop up appears when you drag your marked clip from the preview window to the sequence window

With three different methods to add clips in to your timeline, you can choose the one that’s not only easy to remember, but what will get your edits done as fast as possible.

Click here for Kevin’s Premiere Pro CC 101 tutorials

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 a few.

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