5 Most Useful Adobe Premiere Tips

If you are looking for Adobe Premiere tips that will help you to use the powerful video editing program faster and more efficiently, you are in the right place. Use the following Premiere tips to make common (and not so common tasks) easier while saving time and energy.

1. Save Time By Capturing Clips Directly from Your Camcorder

Instead of copying footage or media from your camcorder to your hard drive, and then importing it into Adobe Premiere, import the footage directly from your camcorder into Premiere. Once you have connected your camcorder or other device to your computer via the FireWire or USB cable, make sure to set the camcorder to playback or VCR mode. Then, create a new project in Adobe Premiere and import your footage directly from your DV camcorder by choosing the 'File | Capture' option on the menu bar. Alternatively, you can simply hit the F5 key to start the capture of your footage.

2. Use Bins to Manage Your Projects

Whenever you create a new project in Adobe Premiere, you should always create bins to store clips and other items, rather than dumping all of the items into a single folder. Get in the habit of creating bins for various sections of your project or for splitting up audio, video and still image items. This will make your project easier to navigate and also result in easier and more efficient editing.

3. Create Customized Transitions

If you frequently use a couple of different transitions between clips in your sequences, you probably make adjustments to those transitions. If this is the case, you can easily create your own custom transitions and save them in a favorite transitions folder in your effects tab. This will allow you to customize the transition just one time, and enable to you to use that transition over and over in any project you choose.

4. Always Make Backup Copies of Project Files on a Removable Hard Disk

Complex video projects require a lot of time and a lot of editing work. It would be a shame to lose your project for any reason. Therefore, always make sure to create backup copies of your Adobe Premiere project files and save them to a removable storage device, such as an external hard drive. Thumb drives or USB pen drives also make excellent choices for storing emergency backup copies of your premiere project files.

5. Choose Reasonable Format Options

Whenever you create a new project in Adobe Premier, you should carefully consider the output quality you will need for your produced video. If you are creating a video that will only be shown on the Internet, you don't really need to create high definition or 1080i resolution videos. These types of videos take a long time to load on the web and also require a lot of storage space. Consider making smaller files with better compression. These will allow for faster loading of your video files and enable more users to enjoy your videos on the web.

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