Dreamr Lab Sessions #7 | Create a Video Sequence in Premiere Pro with Shawn Maguire

Jul 25, 2021 7 min read
Dreamr Lab Sessions #7 | Create a Video Sequence in Premiere Pro with Shawn Maguire

One of Dreamr's video editors, Shawn Maguire, shares how to create a video sequence on Adobe Premiere Pro.

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Let's begin!

STEP 01: CREATE NEW PROJECT

Once Premiere Pro is open, Create New Project! Title it whatever you want your project to be called, and choose a Location to save your work. Remember to hit ‘command’ + ‘S’ to Save your progress.

STEP 02: IMPORT MEDIA FILES

There are multiple ways to import your files such as dragging your files into the panel, double-click in the panel and navigate to your files, or File > Import. In this exercise, we will drag it into the panel.

STEP 03: BROWSE + SELECT VIDEO FOOTAGE

You can adjust the size of the panels by hovering your mouse on the edge of the panel you wish to adjust (refer to 2nd photo and notice the cursor icon). Once you find the video you want in your sequence, select it to preview the clip (you can hit ‘i’ at the start of the clip and then hit ‘o’ at the end of the clip that you want to work with!). Click and drag the media clip to the Timeline panel on the right. Repeat this step if you want to import multiple clips.

STEP 04: DRAG VIDEO CLIP TO TIMELINE

When you have found the video clip you’d like to use, click and drag the clip onto the timeline panel to the right. As shown in the 2nd photo, you can adjust the clip preview in the Timeline by holding down ‘alt’ (or ‘opt’) and scroll up or down to increase the size of the preview. You can also adjust the length of the clip preview by adjusting the two circles at the bottom of the Timeline panel.

STEP 05: COLOR CORRECT YOUR VIDEO CLIP

In the Lumetry Color panel on the right side, you can adjust the Temperature, Exposure, Contrast, Saturation, etc. You may want to color correct all of your video clips that you put into your sequence to keep the look and feel cohesive throughout your video!

SIDE NOTE: DOUBLE-CLICK ON ANY PANEL TO MAXIMIZE IT

If you wish to maximize a panel, simply double-click for a larger view and to go back to default view, hit the tilde key (left of ‘1’ on the keyboard).

STEP 06: CUT AND DELETE CLIP

Using the razor tool (or ‘C’), you can Cut your video footage into smaller clips. Once you’ve made a cut, you can make separate edits to each one such as a Video Effect, apply a Video Transition, or maybe even delete a portion of the video. In this exercise, we delete the second half of the clip, so once the footage is cut, select the clip that you wish to delete, and simply delete.

STEP 07: ADD MORE VIDEOS TO YOUR TIMELINE

This is the fun part where you can use your storytelling skills! Create a sequence of videos to tell a story. Browse and select another clip in your Media panel, and drag it onto your timeline in the order you want.

STEP 08: ADD + EDIT A TITLE

Go to File > New > Legacy Title to add text to the opening of your video. A New Title window will pop up where you can name it anything you want (for organizational purposes). With the text selected, you can choose another font in the drop-down menu. Be creative!

STEP 09: EDIT YOUR TITLE COLOR

Explore the Properties to change the text’s position, size, font, style, letter spacing, etc. In this exercise, we will change the text color to red with a green stroke.

STEP 10: EDIT TITLE IN TIMELINE

When you’re happy with your text, it will be placed on your timeline. From here, you can determine how long you would like your text to appear and where in your video sequence. In this example, we shorten the length of time the text will appear at the beginning of the video sequence by simply hovering over the edge and drag it to align with the beginning of the first video clip in the sequence. You have the option to drag the title on the same timeline as the other clips as seen in the second photo.

STEP 11: ADD AND EDIT TRANSITION

There are a couple ways to add a transition; one way is to find a Transition Effect in the Effects panel as shown in the second photo, or you can right-click and select Apply Default Transition. It will automatically be placed in between the two clips; you can adjust your transition time by hovering on the edge of the transition and drag it to your desired length.

STEP 12: ADJUST FRAME SIZE

If there are any clips that don’t fit the frame size like the ones in this exercise, all you have to do is select the clip, right-click and select Set to Frame Size and it will adjust to fit the frame.

STEP 13: EASE IN + EASE OUT

You can get creative with the video clips like zooming in/out, panning left/right, etc. In this example, we scaled the video clip and repositioned this clip, so the little girl becomes front and center of the frame. To change the Position and/or Scale of the frame, hover your mouse over the blue coordinates in the upper left panel, and when you see a double-sided arrow, click and drag your cursor to adjust the position to where you want it to begin. When you are happy with where the video clip will start, click the Timer icon to set the keyframe (refer to first photo). Then, adjust the frame to another position/scale and set your end keyframe. Finally, select your start keyframes, right-click and select Ease In; for the end keyframes, select Ease Out. This will make the movements smooth as the video position transitions.

STEP 14: UNLINK AUDIO FROM VIDEO CLIP

To adjust the audio, you must Unlink the audio. To do that, select the clip, right-click and select Unlink. See next step to see how you could adjust the volume of the audio.

STEP 15: ADJUST AUDIO GAIN

After you’ve unlinked the audio, select the audio clip, right-click and click Audio Gain. You can increase/decrease the audio decibels (dB) for better sound quality; I recommend keeping it near ‘-6’ on the meter as seen in the third photo.

SIDE NOTE: YOU CAN COLOR CODE YOUR VIDEO CLIPS ON THE TIMELINE!

For organizational purposes, if you start to work with many video clips, a good practice is to color code them. For example, you may choose to have all b-roll sequences in blue. To do this, simply select the video clips in your timeline, right-click, select Label and choose a color!

STEP 16: ADD + EDIT VIDEO TRANSITION

In your Effects panel, navigate to Video Transitions and choose one! To apply it to your video sequence, click and drag the transition onto the clip(s). You can choose whether you want to apply the transition to the first/last clip and adjust the duration as well. Hover your cursor over the edge of the transition (in your timeline) and click and drag to adjust the duration of the transition.

STEP 17: EXPORT MEDIA TO YOUTUBE

Let’s export! Go to File > Export > Media (or use shortcut ‘ctrl’ or ‘command’ + ‘M’). An export window will pop up where you can find the Presets. In the drop-down menu, select YouTube 1080p Full HD. If you are not uploading to YouTube, browse the other preset options!

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