Adobe Premiere: How To Use the Timeline Window

Using a drag and drop technique, Adobe Premiere makes it easy for editors to add, move and edit videos. Understanding how to use the timeline is one of the basics of editing. Here are a few steps to remember.

Step 1: Launch the Program

Double click on the Adobe Premiere icon, distinguished by a purple box with Pr written on it. A window will pop-up to ask if the user wishes to continue with an existing project or create a new one. Click New Project, choose the desired name and settings, and click OK.

Step 2: Import Media into Project Window

On the left side should be the Project window. This is empty for new projects. Place the cursor on the Project window and press the right click button. Select import and find the media files you wish to use. The imported files should appear on the window.

Step 3: Drag and Drop Media into Timeline

From the Project window, select a file you wish to use, hold the left mouse button, and drop it anywhere on the timeline. Pull the left or right edges of the clip to make it longer or shorter. Make sure that the clips are placed side by side, or you will see black areas during final rendering.

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