Video Editing with Premiere Pro CC


1st February – 15th March 2023
Wednesday evenings, 6—9pm

This 6 week course will support you to make the most of the range of applications Premiere Pro offers in the production of professional and experimental video.


Tutor: Wilf Magnussen

This 6 week course will support you to make the most of the range of applications Adobe Premiere Pro offers in the production of professional and experimental video. Sample footage will be provided for you throughout the course, but you can also bring along your own video files to work on. Computer experience is required.

**Please note, there will be a week break, with no class on Wednesday 22nd February**

Week 1

This week we’ll start with some of the basics, introducing you to editing and Premiere Pro through:

  • A short history of editing; from analogue to digital
  • Getting to know the layout of Premiere Pro
  • Working with ‘clip bins’ and creating sequences
  • Making selects from the rushes and sound files by creating in and out points
  • Introducing clips to the timeline and making a simple edit with music
  • Understanding rendering for smooth, full quality playback

Week 2

This week we’ll focus on offline editing‚ organising you project and breaking down footage through:

  • Transcoding – converting the footage into an editable file and understanding codecs and meta data
  • Understanding the importance of scratch disks
  • Video ingest – importing and organising clips
  • Organising and breaking down rushes using annotated markers and sub-clips
  • Introducing audio and music to the timeline, cutting and leveling
  • Re-linking lost footage
  • Basics of the effects and motion settings

Week 3

This week we’ll focus on building narrative and understanding the power of editing in film and documentary through:

  • Different editing techniques to build a comprehensive narrative
  • Sync video and sound by timecode and clapper board
  • Working with footage with sync-sound shot for the medium of film and documentary to create a flowing piece of dialogue
  • Using cut-aways and non-sync footage to build narrative and experimenting with subverting the conventions of these formats

Week 4

This week we’ll consider the importance of sound design and music for narrative and atmosphere in film and experimental video through:

  • Learning how to enhance your film with sound and music
  • Laying down music and cutting the footage to fit
  • Building sound design around an existing edit with sync-sound and SFX.
  • Learning how sound can change the mood of a piece by creating a comedy and drama version of the same edit
  • Building sound and video together to create an experimental piece
  • Mastering the audio and making sure that it is all leveled

Week 5

This week we’ll apply simple effects, titles and compositing basics through:

  • Adjusting scale and positioning and using motion keyframes to create movement over time
  • Adding titles and animating them
  • Applying transitions and various stock video effects
  • Layering tracks and using opacity and different layer blending effects
  • Creating masks and using motion tracking
  • Working with green-screen footage, creating mattes, mask filters and working with multiple layers

Week 6

In our final week we’ll look at colour correcting, mastering video and sound, exporting project and uploading online through:

  • Learning what is required before delivering or exporting your final film
  • Using Lumetri Colour Effects, the colour correcting function within Premiere Pro CC
  • Working with tracked masks to isolate certain areas within your image to colour correct
  • Considering the best ways of exporting your film for online
  • Conforming your project if working with offline proxies
  • Compressing video and uploading online


Courses are subject to minimum enrolment. Please register early, within five days of the start date, to reduce the likelihood of course cancellation.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking.

Students, anyone over the age of 65, and those in receipt of any form of benefits can claim the concessionary price, offering a 10% discount on the full course price. Valid proof of eligibility must be produced on the first day of the course. Please use the code CONCESSION when prompted at checkout.

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