Howto: import, quick edit, export in Adobe Premiere


Blue Wheel Hipster
Jan 14, 2007
Audi A5 Quattro
After opening Premiere, create a new project and name it. After this, you'll be presented with the sequence settings. Make sure these are set to the same parameters as your camera. In this case I've set it to import 720p 30fps video from my GoPro (you can also save this preset, so you don't have to create it anew every time. Highly recommended). In the tracks tab you can select the number of overlayed video and audio tracks, if you plan on doing more elaborate editing. We'll get to that in another tutorial)

After the project is open, you need to import the video files into the program. This can be easily done in two ways, one is to go file --> import, the other to just drag and drop your files into the project window.

Afterwards, drag and drop your video clip into the sequence. As you can see, it will take up one video and one audio track.

If you have trailing video which you want to get rid of, position your cursor near the beginning of the clip so it changes to this shape and drag it to where you want your video to begin. If you move the red line to the exact position (you will see the image in the preview window), this will also snap it to that frame.

If you have video in the middle of the video file which you want to get rid of, you first find out where the two points of the extra flab are by positioning the red line at the beginning and hit the Set In Point button.

Then find the end of the bits you want to cut out by moving the red line to the frame and hit the Set Out Point button. The section between the in and out points will be highlighted in the strip with the time index.

Afterwards hit the Extract button and the extra will be cut out and the 2 remaining parts moved together. They will remain 2 separate parts, however.

At this point you can leave it as is and have a hard jump between scenes, or you can add a few simple transitions to make it smoother (you will probably want to zoom in at this point. You can do this by moving the slider under the video and audio track labels. Note that the focus for the zoom will be the red line, so position it on the frame where you want to zoom in)

After you're done trimming the fat, all that remains to be done is to export. Note that for some reason the Sequence window has to be highlighted, otherwise file --> export is greyed out. :S

These are the settings I use for 720p export. You can play around with the bitrate numbers to get either higher quality, but larger files or vice versa.

Now, there are other programs out there, which allow you to trim video more quickly and without having to transcode, but this is meant only as a part of a more complex process, where you add title sequences, transitions and various video and audio effects to your video. I'm sure not everyone needs to go to such lengths to just trim a video, but this way you can use one program when you know you have to do some other fixing up.