How I Created a Tutorial Video – Part Two: Editing Video in Premiere Pro

In Part One of this post I discussed how I captured screen video and “live” narration audio using SnagIt. In this post I will give a high level view of how I used Premiere Pro to edit the video.

First I created a new project in Premiere Pro. Then I imported the video I had created into Premiere Pro through the media browser. I then dragged the video from the media browser area into the Source Monitor area above:

Media Browser

When I was first learning Premiere Pro, the Source Monitor was a little confusing to me. I had used other editing programs where the video clips are dragged right onto the timeline. You could splice them from there, move them around, change start or end points, and so on. It took some watching of how-to videos on YouTube for Source Monitor to really click for me.

With the original video in Source Monitor I began to playback the video, marking the start point with the “Mark In”. I continued playing the video until I came to a point where I make a mistake or said “Um” too many times. I rolled back to before the point where I had messed up and marked the end point with the “Mark Out”.

Mark In and Out

Between the Mark In and Mark Out point, I had a clean piece of the original video that I wanted in my final video. I dragged that to the timeline.

Drag Timeline

I then started playing back my original video in the Source Monitor again, finding the next start point for the next piece I wanted included in the final video. Basically, I rolled passed where I had made a mistake, added a Mark In and rolled until the next mistake. As before, I rolled back to just before the mistake, added the end point with a Mark Out and dragged that piece to the timeline. I repeated this process over and over until all the clean, mistake free pieces of the videos were in the timeline.

Tip: When you click the Mark In or Mark Out in the Source Monitor, they will be placed at exactly where the playback head is when you click them. For this video I did not need to be very exact, but for other projects you may need to be. Playback the video to about the point you want to add a Mark In or Mark Out and hit stop. Then using the scroll wheel on your mouse, you can move the playback head forward and backward in 100th of a second increments. When it is at the exact point you want, click the Mark In or Mark Out. The points are now exactly where you want them.

With all the mistake-free clips extracted from the original video and placed in the timeline, I then created a start and end credit. These were .JPG files with some text indicating what the video was about. I made sure they were 16:9 aspect ratio to match the aspect ratio of the clip and dragged them to the start and end of the timeline. Though they are .JPG image files, Premiere Pro knows to treat them as part of the video. I also added a very basic fade effect between the credits and the main video.

Card

From the timeline, I played back the final version one last time to make sure everything looked and sounded okay. I then exported it into a final .MP4 video, which I uploaded to YouTube.

As I mentioned, this was a high level view of how I edited the original video. There are many books and many Premiere Pro how-to videos on YouTube that go into a lot of detail. There are also other editing programs, such as Sony Vegas or even Movie Maker, that could have edited this video just fine since it was very straight forward. I used Premiere Pro since I have Adobe Creative Cloud. I really like it, and though I still have much more to learn, I can definitely recommend it.