Top Tips for Using Premiere Pro - Raindance

Adobe Premiere Pro is one of the market leaders when it comes to video editing software. Diverse, adaptable, and intricate – Adobe Premiere Pro has it all. 

In this article we are going to look at the top tips for all filmmakers when using Adobe Premiere Pro, to ensure you are getting the best out of it. 

Let’s have a look at the top tips when using Premiere Pro.

Top tips when using Premiere Pro

Here we will look into a few top tips to implement when you’re using Adobe Premiere Pro. These will help you fine tune the program and have it running smoothly. 

Always use proxies

Using proxies is an excellent way to get the best performance out of Adobe Premiere Pro. By using a proxy it allows you to keep the performance and alleviate your computer from lag or crashing as the files are stored elsewhere. 

An example of this is if you’ve shot in 4K, your computer may not have the power to cope with it. By using a proxy this will store the file elsewhere and allow you to edit in a lower resolution whilst keeping the footage in 4K. 

To create proxies simply go to Proxy > Create Proxies.

From the Create Proxies menu you’ll be able to choose the file format you need and also save it to the correct location.  

Playback Resolution

This is a simple one, but incredibly effective. When reviewing your edits, make sure you’re not playing the footage back in the full resolution. 

Reduce it by 1/2 , ¼ or by an ⅛. It will ensure Premiere Pro plays back without glitching, and most importantly, it won’t crash your current edit. 

Removing background noise in Adobe Premiere Pro

This is another great tip in Adobe Premiere Pro. It’s something that pops up pretty often. You’ve finished your filming for the day and head back to do a bit of editing, then bam, you find the worst background noise over your audio in Premiere Pro. 

Don’t worry, you can use the DeNoiser feature and fine tune it to reduce the background noise and elevate your dialogue to the level you need it. 

Follow this step by step guide here to remove background noise in Adobe Premiere Pro.

Set in and out points

Setting in and out points will save you a lot of time in Premiere Pro. When previewing using the source monitor the in and out points allow you to select where the video will begin playing and where it will end. 

It allows you to view a specific piece that you are editing currently so you don’t need to scrub through the whole edit. 

Using the Ripple Edit tool is a lifesaver

Tired of always having to trim clips and adjusting the size to trim them to the correct millisecond. Fear not the Ripple Edit tool will fix this for you. To access the Ripple Edit tool, simply click Shortcut B and you’ll have full access. 

You can reduce the size of your clip and Premiere Pro will fill in the gaps automatically, saving you time on the resizing of each individual clip there after. 

The final cut

Adobe Premiere Pro is one of the best pieces of video editing software out there and can be tweaked to perform at the highest level for each different post production setup. You don’t have to have the quickest most expensive editing suite out there, as proxies and reducing the playback quality will help along the way. 

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Tom is a writer and filmmaker who studied screenwriting at Raindance, and filmmaking at Morley College. He currently runs the website with other filmmakers providing filmmaking tutorials and resources to help people become better filmmakers. He's an ambitious filmmaker who has recently worked on the short film "The Frame" and "I May Destroy You".