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How to Use Premiere Pro: 5 Creator Tips for Mastering Adobe Premiere Pro

Want to master Premiere Pro? From ​​Audio Remix to Color Match, here are 5 of our favorite new features available on Premiere Pro. Let's get a movie on! 

Posted 25 Jul 2022
How to Use Premiere Pro: 5 Creator Tips to Master Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro is a professional level video editing software that has become the go-to program for filmmakers all over the world. It can be used to edit all kinds of video projects – from short-form videos for social media and other digital channels, to professional high-definition film and movies. 

To take your videos to the next level, Adobe Premiere Pro has recently added some fantastic new features designed to streamline your workflow, declutter your sequence, and even automatically color match clips. These changes further expand the creative possibilities for Premiere Pro users. 

Whether you’re a Premiere Pro newbie or a video-editing pro, we’ve put together a few tips and tricks for you to take full advantage of the latest Premiere Pro updates. From ​​Audio Remix to Color Match, here are 5 of our favorite new features available on Premiere Pro, and tips on how to use them. Let’s get a movie on! 

1. Audio Remix

Premiere Pro’s new Audio Remix tool allows you to automatically change the duration of any music track in your sequence. Powered by Adobe Sensei, this feature will save you hours of cutting, rippling, fading, and previewing when trying to cut a piece of music to fit your scene. You can use Remix to find the ideal cut points or loops, to rearrange your songs almost instantly.

First, you’re going to need a music track – you can find a ton of audio tracks over at Envato Elements. Next, go to the Ripple tool icon, click and hold, and at the bottom you’ll find the Remix tool. 

Go to the end of your audio file and change the length. Now watch as Premiere Pro’s AI works its magic and automatically cuts and adapts your track to your desired length.

2. Simplify Sequence

Next up is the Simplify Sequence tool. Editing long videos can get pretty messy, so if you’re planning to hand a project over to a client or another editor, or you just want to get rid of all the clutter. This feature enables you to create a simplified version of an existing sequence. 

To use the simplify sequence function, head to the sequence menu and select the simplify sequence option. The default settings work really well but you can also click on the “close vertical gaps” option for both video and audio tracks to get rid of blank spaces or unused layers.

Click on “simplify”, and you’ve instantly got a clean copy of your project that’s much easier to work with.

3. ColorMatch

Any video editor will tell you that color matching is one of the most important steps in creating a consistent look for your video. This feature allows you to automatically match colors in clips in your sequence. Automatic adjustments are fully editable, allowing you to perfect the finished look of your footage.

First, you’ll need to import your references. To begin the color matching process, add the clips to your timeline, then open the Lumetri Color tab and click on Color Wheel & Match. 

While this was previously manual and labor intensive, you can now just select “comparison view”. Then on the preview clip on the left, select the clip you want to color match and press apply match. It’s that simple!

Color match won’t affect your clips brightness or contrast, so if you’re still not sure about the result, experimenting with those parameters will allow you to find a better match.

4. Auto Reframe

Optimizing your content for social platforms can take a lot of time and effort, but the Auto Reframe tool can help speed up that process. This feature uses AI to identify the key actions in your video, and reframes the clips for different aspect ratios. This feature is really handy when posting the same video to different social media channels such as Instagram, YouTube, or Facebook.

First, drag a 16:9 clip into your timeline and cut it to your desired length. Then swap the sequence aspect ratio to 9:16 – a vertical video format.

Next, go to the Effects Tab and search for auto reframe. Drag the effect onto your clip and it will automatically resize the footage to the new sequence format. This also works for square format, 4:5 or any other ratio you need to apply. 

If the AI isn’t 100% to your liking, no worries! Click on the “Overwrite generated path” checkbox and Premiere Pro will reveal every position adjustment keyframe it has created so you can edit them just the way you want.

5. Auto Captions

Last but not least is one of our favorite features: Auto Captions. Captions play a huge role in ranking your video on YouTube search results, and also makes your videos more accessible by allowing users to watch without sound. 

To create a Captions file from an existing voice track, just click on the captions workspace and click on transcribe sequence. 

Select the audio track you want to transcribe. This will transcribe all your audio into a window, and then click “Create Captions” to add them to your project. Most of the time the default settings will do the job, but there are some options you can modify to adapt the end result to better suit your needs.

While this is a huge time saver, the “Auto Captions” function is not perfect, so it might pay to go through the generated text on the captions panel and do some minor adjustments. After you’re done editing the text, just click outside of the captions textbox, and Premiere Pro will update the track automatically.

And that’s a wrap on our top Premiere Pro creator tips! Don’t forget to check out our blog on Video Editing With the Experts, our Video Marketing Trends for 2022, as well as this article on After Effects vs. Premiere Pro if you’re looking to select your video editing tool. 

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