Getting started with Adobe Premier


Printable Quickstart Guide for Adobe Premier

Creating a New Media File

  • Open Premiere and select ‘New Project
  • A window will open: Enter the name of your file and location
  • Under the General tab, you can choose the Renderer you want to work with as well as the audio and video formats. There are already default options provided.
  • Under the Scratch Disks tab, you can select the locations of separate components of your file. The default option is the same location as your the project. It would be helpful to change the location of the Project Auto Save so you have a backup of your files in case something happens


  • Adobe Premiere is divided into a series of Panels to help you edit.
  • Source Monitor: Review the video clips you’ve imported into your project
  • Program Monitor: Preview your final project
  • Project: Import and organize the video clips you’ll use in your project
  • Timeline: Arrange and edit our video clips to build your actual project
  • You can change the size of your panels to make it easier to work with
  • To return to original panel sizes press Shift+Option+0

Importing Media

  • You can import media into Adobe by double clicking on the lower left-hand box, which says ‘Import media to start’
  • OR by right clicking on the box and selecting ‘Import…’
  • OR by selecting File at the top of the bar and selecting ‘Import…’
  • OR drag and drop into the Project panel
  • OR press Command+I
  • You can preview the files or clips you have imported by double clicking on it. This will open it in the Source panel above. (This is only for preview. Clips will be edited in the Timeline panel)

Preparing Clips for Editing

  • Drag and drop files from your Project panel into your Timeline panel to make a ‘sequence’
  • You can view your sequence in the Program Monitor panel
  • The Timeline Panel displays a video track (V1) and audio track (A1)
  • Use the gray scroll bar to navigate between the clips and times
  • You can press the spacebar to play the edited sequence in the Program Monitor Panel
  • Click and drag clips to rearrange them (Make sure you use the cursor navigator on the side panel of the Timeline panel
  • Trim clips with the left or right facing trimming icon on the side of the clip

Exporting your Project

  • Click on the Timeline Panel and press Command+M. This will open the Export Settings window
  • Under Export Settings>Format option, select H.264 (most commonly used formats for the recording, compression, and distribution of video content)
  • Set the Preset option to ‘Match Source- Medium Bitrate’ 
  • These are both basic settings to export HD video

Further Learning

  • You can learn more about using Premiere Pro on the Adobe website 
  • You can also watch videos and online tutorials with Lynda, which is provided for free by Middlebury if you sign in with your Middlebury email

Contact a DLINQ intern

  • You can ask a DLINQ intern for help at the Wilson Media Lab OR
  • You can request a training session or book an appointment with a DLINQ intern by contacting dlinq@middlebury.edu


This content was created with the help of Premiere Pro Tutorials 

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