Getting Started – Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book (2020 release)

Getting Started

Adobe Premiere Pro, the essential video editing application for professionals and video enthusiasts, is an incredibly scalable, efficient, and flexible video editing system. It supports a broad range of video, audio, and image formats. Premiere Pro lets you work faster and more creatively without converting your media. The complete set of powerful and exclusive tools lets you overcome any editorial, production, and workflow challenges to deliver the high-quality work you demand.

Importantly, Adobe has carefully developed a user experience that is intuitive, flexible, and efficient, with unified design elements that match across multiple applications, making it easier to explore and discover new workflows.

About Classroom in a Book

Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book (2020 release) is part of the official training series for Adobe graphics and publishing and creative video software. The lessons are designed so that you can learn at your own pace. If you’re new to Premiere Pro, you’ll learn the fundamental concepts and features you’ll need to use the program. This book also teaches many advanced features, including tips and techniques for using the latest version of this software.

The lessons in this edition include opportunities for hands-on practice using features such as chromakeying, dynamic trimming, color correction, media management, audio and video effects, and audio mixing. You’ll also learn how to create files for the web and mobile devices with Adobe Media Encoder. Premiere Pro is available for both Windows and macOS.


Before beginning to use Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book (2020 release), make sure your system is set up correctly and that you’ve installed the required software and hardware. You can view updated system requirements here:

You should have a working knowledge of your computer and operating system. For example, you should know how to use the mouse and standard menus and commands and also how to open, save, and close files. If you need to review these techniques, see the documentation included with your Windows or macOS system.

It’s not necessary to have a working knowledge of video concepts and terminology, but if you come across a term you’re not familiar with, consult the Glossary at the end of the book.

Installing Premiere Pro

You must purchase an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, or obtain a trial version, separately from this book. For system requirements and complete instructions on installing the software, visit You can purchase Adobe Creative Cloud by visiting Follow the on-screen instructions. In addition to Premiere Pro, you may want to install Photoshop, After Effects, and Audition. Adobe Media Encoder is installed automatically when you install Premiere Pro. These are all included with the full Adobe Creative Cloud license.

Optimizing performance

Editing video places high demands on your computer processor and memory. A fast processor and a lot of memory will make your editing experience faster and more efficient. This translates to a more fluid and enjoyable creative experience—that is, more creative flow.

Premiere Pro takes advantage of multicore processors (CPUs) and multiprocessor systems. The faster the processors and the more CPU cores there are, the better the performance you’ll experience.

The minimum system memory is 8 GB, and 16 GB or more is recommended for ultra-high-definition (UHD) media.

The speed of the storage drives you use for video playback is also a factor. A dedicated fast storage drive is recommended for your media. A RAID disk array or fast solid-state disk for your media files is strongly recommended, particularly if you’re working with UHD or higher-resolution content. Storing your media files and program files on the same hard drive can affect performance. Keep your media files on a separate disk, if possible, for speed and media management.

Premiere Pro can harness the power of your computer’s graphics hardware, or graphics processing unit (GPU), to improve playback performance. GPU acceleration provides a significant performance improvement, and most video cards with at least 2 GB of dedicated memory will work. You will find information about hardware and software requirements on the Adobe website at

Using the lesson files

The lessons in this book use supplied source files, including video clips, audio files, photos, and image files created in Photoshop and Illustrator. To complete the lessons in this book, copy all the lesson files to your computer’s storage drive. Some lessons use files from other lessons, so you’ll need to keep the entire collection of lesson assets on your storage drive as you work through the book. You will need about 7 GB of storage space for the lesson files.

If you have purchased an ebook edition of this book, you’ll need to download the lesson files. You’ll find instructions for doing so on the first page of the ebook, in the section “How to get your lesson files,” as well as later in this section, in “Online content.”

If you’ve purchased the printed version, you can copy the lesson files from the Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book disc (inside the back cover of this book).

Here’s how to copy those assets from the disc to your storage drive:

  1. Open the Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book disc in the Finder (macOS) or in My Computer or Windows Explorer (Windows).

  2. Right-click the folder called Lessons and choose Copy.

  3. Navigate to the location you have chosen to store your Premiere Pro projects, right-click, and choose Paste.


If you don’t have a dedicated storage location for your video files, placing the lesson files on your computer’s desktop will make them easy to find and work with.

If you do not have an optical drive capable of reading discs in DVD-ROM format connected to your computer, see the “Online content” section for more information about downloading the lesson files.

Relinking the lesson files

The Premiere Pro projects included with the lesson files have links to specific media files. Because you are copying the files to a new location, you may need to update those links when you open projects for the first time.


If media files were originally stored in multiple locations, you may need to search more than once to relink all the media for a project.

If you open a project and Premiere Pro is unable to find a linked media file, the Link Media dialog box may open, inviting you to relink offline files. If this happens, select an offline clip on the list and click the Locate button. A file browser panel will appear.

Locate the Lessons folder using the navigator on the left and click Search. Premiere Pro will locate the media file inside the Lessons folder. To hide all other files, making it easy to select the correct one, select the option to display only exact name matches.

The last known file path and file name and the currently selected file path and file name are displayed at the top of the panel for reference. Select the file and click OK.

The option to relink other files is enabled by default, so once you’ve located one file, the rest should reconnect automatically. For more information about relocating offline media files, see Lesson 17, “Managing Your Projects” (print customers, see “Bonus material” later in this section).

How to use these lessons

The lessons in this book include step-by-step instructions. Each lesson stands alone, but many build on previous lessons. For this reason, the best way to learn from this book is to proceed through the lessons one after another.

The lessons teach you new skills in the order you might normally use them. The lessons begin with acquiring media files such as video, audio, and graphics; and they go on to creating a rough-cut sequence, adding effects, sweetening the audio, and ultimately exporting the project.

Many pages contain additional “sidebar” information boxes that explain a particular technology or offer alternative workflows. It’s not necessary to read these additional boxes, or follow the workflows, to learn Premiere Pro, but you may find them interesting and helpful as they will deepen your understanding of post-production.

By the end of these lessons, you’ll have a good understanding of the complete end-to-end video post-production workflow, with the specific skills you need to edit on your own.

As you explore the skills described in this book, you may find it helpful to review earlier lessons you have already completed and to practice the fundamental editing techniques regularly. The advanced workflows build on fundamental principles introduced early on, and taking a few moments to recap earlier lessons makes it easier to discover the common principles that apply. Ultimately this practice makes you better at training yourself.

The focus of this book is on the technical skills editors use every day to produce film, television, and online videos. Taking time to try out different ways of achieving results can help to expand your artistic skills. As you learn new technical skills, watch videos created by experienced editors with a critical eye and see if you can identify the technical workflow they employed. More often than not, the most impactful techniques are the simplest, once you know the workflow.

Practice makes perfect!

Online content

Your purchase of this Classroom in a Book includes online materials provided by way of your Account page on These include:

Lesson files

To work through the projects in this book, you will need to download the lesson files by following the instructions below.

Web Edition

The Web Edition is an online interactive version of the book providing an enhanced learning experience. Your Web Edition can be accessed from any device with a connection to the Internet, and it contains the following:

  • The complete text of the book

  • Hours of instructional video keyed to the text

  • Interactive quizzes

Accessing the lesson files and Web Edition

You must register your purchase on in order to access the online content:

  1. Go to

  2. Sign in or create a new account.

  3. Click Submit.

  4. Answer the question as proof of purchase.

  5. The lesson files can be accessed from the Registered Products tab on your Account page. Click the Access Bonus Content link below the title of your product to proceed to the download page. Click the lesson file link(s) to download them to your computer.

    The Web Edition can be accessed from the Digital Purchases tab on your Account page. Click the Launch link to access the product.


If you encounter problems registering your product or accessing the lesson files or web edition, go to for assistance.

Note: If you purchased a digital product directly from or, your product will already be registered. However, you still need to follow the registration steps and answer the proof of purchase question before the Access Bonus Content link will appear under the product on your Registered Products tab.

Bonus material

This book has so much great material that we couldn’t fit it all in the printed pages, so we placed Lesson 17 on

You will find this lesson on your account page (Lessons & Update Files tab) once you register your book, as described in “Accessing the lesson files and Web Edition.”

Additional resources

Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book (2020 release) is not meant to replace documentation that comes with the program or to be a comprehensive reference for every feature. Only the commands and options used in the lessons are explained in this book. For comprehensive information about program features and tutorials, refer to the following resources, which you can reach by choosing commands from the Help menu.

Adobe Premiere Pro Learn and Support: is where you can find and browse Help and Support content on You can also reach that page by choosing Help > Premiere Pro Help or by pressing F1. On the Learn & Support page, click User Guide for documentation on individual features or visit On the User Guide page, click Premiere Pro manual (PDF) to download Help as a printable PDF document.

Premiere Pro tutorials: For a wide range of interactive tutorials on Adobe Premiere Pro features, choose Help > Premiere Pro Online Tutorials or visit You can also access tutorials from the Home screen by clicking Learn. A different set of tutorials is provided inside Premiere Pro on the Learn panel. To open it, choose either Help > Premiere Pro In-App Tutorials or Window > Workspaces > Learning.

Premiere Pro blog: brings you tutorials, product news, and inspirational articles about using Premiere Pro.

Creative Cloud tutorials: For inspiration, key techniques, cross-product workflows, and updates on new features, go to the Creative Cloud tutorials page,

Adobe Forums: Tap into peer-to-peer discussions, questions, and answers on Adobe products at Visit the Premiere Pro forum at

Adobe Create: The online magazine Create offers thoughtful articles on design and design issues, a gallery showcasing the work of top-notch designers, tutorials, and more. Check it out at

Resources for educators: and offer a treasure trove of information for instructors who teach classes on Adobe software. Find solutions for education at all levels, including free curricula that use an integrated approach to teaching Adobe software and that can be used to prepare for the Adobe Certified Associate exams.

Also, check out these useful sites:

Adobe Exchange: is a central resource for finding tools, services, extensions, code samples, and more to supplement and extend your Adobe products.

Adobe Premiere Pro product home page: has more information about the product.

Adobe Authorized Training Centers

Adobe Authorized Training Centers offer instructor-led courses and training on Adobe products, employing only Adobe Certified Instructors. A directory of AATCs is available at