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Premiere Pro tutorials: Master the video editing software

Premiere Pro tutorials
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Premiere Pro tutorials are your ticket to mastering Adobe's editing software like a pro, whether you're combining audio, still images or animation. Adobe Premiere Pro is one of the best cross-platform applications for editing video, and it has a host of features that can help you speed up your workflow while creating stunning content, but some of them go undiscovered without tutorials to guide you.

Though the software comes with its own fantastic introductory guide to get you up to speed with the basics, chances are that you'll want to learn more. That's where the tutorials below come in. If you still need to get hold of the software, see our guide to how to download Premiere Pro or click on the link below to get a free trial from Adobe, then scroll down for the tutorials. You might also want to see our guide to the best video editing software, the best headphones for video editing and our Adobe certification guide.

13 of the best Premiere Pro tutorials

Read on for our selection of the best Adobe Premiere Pro tutorials to learn more about how to get the most out of the editing software. These tutorials will help you to become familiar with the breadth of tools and features the programme offers, and help you to streamline your workflow, saving you time. You can also see our Adobe Premiere Pro tips for more pointers.

We expect to see some announcements of new updates to Adobe software at this year's Adobe MAX event in October, so look out for news soon (see what to expect and how to sign up for the event in our Adobe MAX 2021 preview.) Check out our Adobe Premiere Pro review for more details on the software, or if you're wondering how Premiere Pro compares to other editing software, see our features on Adobe Premiere Pro vs Premiere Rush and Adobe Premiere Pro vs Adobe Premiere Elements.

01. Adobe's Premiere Pro tutorials

A good place to start is by learning directly from the software's maker. Adobe offers over a hundred video tutorials on its site, and there are options for both for beginners and experienced users who are already familiar with Premiere Pro. The tutorials cover a huge range of areas, including switching to Premiere Pro from other software; importing media; working with titles and graphics; audio mixing; and adding transitions or animations. 

The website has easy-to-navigate columns dividing beginner and intermediate content, and it provides a great all-round introduction (or refresher) to the editing software. There's also a range of tutorials on Adobe's YouTube page (see above for just one example).

02. Adobe Premiere Pro 2021 Beginners Tutorial

If you have the time, this 45-minute video is one of the most complete we've seen for learning Premiere Pro as a beginner. It covers key tasks like adding video and audio clips and editing video clips. It also shows how to add transitions and music to videos. 

03. Premiere Pro 2021 - Tutorial for Beginners in 12 minutes!

Less time to spare? If you want a swifter introduction, this tutorial runs through the basics of Premiere Pro in just 12 minutes. Already very brief, the tutorial is made even easier to navigate thanks to being divided into useful sections, which you can easily jump between. Watch the whole tutorial or pick your way through individual segments on topics like 'creating sequences', 'selection tool', 'track management' and 'adding text'. This tutorial is accessible and concise but also very informative.

04. 9 cuts every video editor should know

Produced by Shutterstock Tutorials, this Premiere Pro video tutorial offers a full introduction to the basic cuts video editors can use to switch between footage. Logan Baker runs through multiple cutting methods with explanations that make them easy to execute and extremely effective. The video gives examples of how the cuts look with actual footage, and Baker’s plain English descriptions help make the techniques easy to understand and apply.

05. The fastest way to edit video (three-point editing)

Nathaniel Dodson has put together a clean, succinct Adobe Premiere Pro tutorial that presents a quick way to edit videos. He shows the final result of his three-point edit and walks you through each step. What we love about this video is the inclusion of keyboard shortcuts with detailed explanations. It walks viewers through the process in real-time, which is a highly effective way to learn. Although there is some assumed knowledge, it only takes 12 minutes to complete the entire process, and it's doable even for a relative newcomer to Adobe's software.

06. 8 steps to edit a video in Premiere Pro 

If you want to dip your toe a little further and learn about the workflows used by established professionals, take a look at Parker Walbeck's eight steps for editing video in Premiere Pro. Walbeck goes through the entire process, from importing and selecting footage and building the story, right the way up to colour grading, sound design, and adding titles before exporting the finished product. It’s an insightful behind-the-scenes look at how a pro approaches an editing project. It turns up some insightful tips that you’ll probably want to incorporate into your own editing workflow.

07. Learn Premiere Pro in 30 minutes

This comprehensive introduction to Adobe Premiere Pro makes the bold claim of being able to teach Premiere Pro in 30 minutes, and it does that very well. Josh Olufemii and Kirk Cedric walk through every basic operation, from launching the software, setting up your project options and organising your media, to basic operations like using the play head, importing footage to the timeline, and adding effects and transitions. It's a brilliantly informative, and also highly entertaining, alternative guide to using the software, with plenty of handy tips scattered throughout.

08. Premiere Pro tool bar explained

Getting to grips with the basic tool functions in Premiere Pro will allow you to build a strong foundational knowledge and make your editing workflow much faster. This is especially true if you learn the keyboard shortcuts for each tool, since it will save you from having to keep referring back to the toolbar, as David O’Dwyer explains here. O’Dwyer doesn’t just discuss but also demos the most commonly used features in the toolbar that you’ll come back to time and again, showing how you can save yourself a lot of time.

09. 5 Advanced Premiere Pro Editing Techniques Every Editor Should Know

Think you know it all? Even if you're already a regular user of the software, we reckon you'll find something new to learn from this advanced Premiere Pro tutorial. It covers five essential advanced tips, including time-saving techniques like automated sequence editing and multi-camera editing. Your flow might just become a lot smoother if you incorporate these tips into your process.

10. Colour grading in Premiere Pro CC 

This tutorial drops straight into a crash course in colour grading in Adobe Premiere Pro using the built-in Lumetri colour tools. After a brief overview of the layout of Lumetri, Denver Riddle delves into colour grading footage through using Lookup Tables and manual fine-tuned adjustments to various colour parameters. There’s a fair amount of assumed knowledge (see our colour theory post for more on colour), but this Premiere Pro tutorial is a brilliant introduction to altering footage colour and stylising it to make videos your own.

11. Smooth professional text animation in Premiere Pro

Once you’ve mastered the basics of adding titles to videos, maybe it's time to think about animating them? That might sound a little daunting for anyone just starting out, but Ignace Aleya makes the world of title animations very clear, helping to reduce the panic. Aleya demonstrates exactly how he creates his own text animations, including where to go in Premiere Pro and which buttons to press. With a little practice, you too should be able to create awesome title animations that will help your videos to stand out.

12. 5 fast & easy visual effects in Premiere Pro

If you’ve ever wondered how to create the cool visual effects seen in things like Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak or the selective colour trick in Sin City, this tutorial is for you. Jordy Vandeput demonstrates five ways to add neat visual effects to video with a mix of basic and intermediate techniques that combine filming and editing tricks in Premiere Pro for quality results. Follow along to learn how to cast your own lightning or even change clothes in an instant with the aid of a simple cut.

13. How to fix shaky video in Premiere Pro with warp stabilizer effect

Even the most skilled editor will sometimes find themselves faced with footage that seems just too shaky to use. However, as Justin Odisho points out in his video, Premiere Pro has a tool to stabilise that shaky video and turn it into something that's not only useable but actually looks very smooth. The tutorial only takes five minutes to watch, but the knowledge here will help aspiring video editors for years to come.

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Jason Parnell-Brookes is an Internationally award-winning photographer, educator and writer. He won Gold in the Nikon Photo Contest 2018/19 and was named Digital Photographer of the Year in 2014. Jason is a qualified teacher, Masters graduate and works with many high profile international clients.