So you’ve got this sweet sweet YouTube channel and you want to upload your review of “Video Game: The Video Game” but all you have is 50 clips of you murdering scrubs while wearing a cheeky Nandos hat. Well buckle up you cheeky lad you, because after this tutorial you’ll be able to import your videos into Premier, set in and out points, load your videos to your timelines,
use transitions, and save your final work as a cohesive video.
It’s a lot to cover but let’s just dive right in.
First off, if you don’t have Premier Pro CC ask Quiddity for a key. He’s giving them out for free.
Open Premier. It’s that one.
Open a new project file
Here I’ve called my project Game Night Bonus Vid (ignore the Game Night Top 5, i switched the name afterwards). Now you’re at the typical “Holy Mother of God, WTF do I do now” Adobe screen. I get this feeling of dread every single time I open a program from Adobe. Why does everything look so scary!?!?!
Well fear not I’m here to hold your hand through the basics at least. In the bottom left panel you have your media library (it’s the pane highlighted in blue in the picture). Anything you want to be a part of your end video should be imported into this pane - Pictures, photoshops, videos, title cards end up going there, etc. To do so double click on the media library pane which opens the “browse to media” window. Browse to whatever you want to bring in, select it and, import. For me, I import the base L4D2 video (You can download any video you upload to YouTube thankfully), the TAY logo, and the TAY wallpaper from the YouTube gaming site.
Now that you have your media imported, let’s get to work. The top left pane is what I refer to as the “Cutting Room,” This is your workspace for individual items that will later be placed on your timeline. So let’s work on a video! Drag a video from your media library to the cutting room.
Your video will now be shown in the cutting room pane. Here are hotkeys that are invaluable:
- L - advance the video. Press multiple times to increase the speed by which the video is playing.
- K or Space - Stop the video, pressing the Space Bar again will restart the video. K will not.
- J - playback the video in reverse, pressing it multiple times will increase the speed by which the video is rewinding. (Give it a second, sometimes it takes a few seconds to begin playing in reverse).
- I - set an ‘in’ point
- O - set an ‘out’ point
So your basic workflow for creating clips from a single video (and again this may be an inelegant “bad habit” solution) is to set in and out points around a timeframe of the clip you want and then dragging the video from the Cutting Room to the Timeline.
For example, I’m looking for a particular quote from Quiddity where he says, “I’m being licked by a guy,” I have a general idea of the timeframe when that happens so I drag the blue marker at the bottom of the cutting floor to about where I think it happens. Then I use L, J, and Space to find the exact start of the clip
If your clip is very small the slider bar underneath the blue marker can be dragged to “zoom in” around the blue marker. Now that I found my start point I hit the ‘I’ key to set an In Point. I then press L to play the video until the end of my desired clip, and press O. Now I see that a timeframe for my video has been selected.
With your clip selected drag it to the timeline in the bottom right. Your preview pane in the top right will propagate with a preview of the clip you dragged and the timeline will actually become a timeline.
You can use the same video in the cutting room to get multiple clips. Alternatively you can load a new video from your Media Library to the cutting room and then trim it the same way and combine multiple videos on to your timeline that way. For my example, I am done here.
I won’t go over transitions in this tutorial, but you can set a transition between scenes in your video.
Now I want to add a little flavor to the video by showing a follow up conversation we had later that week. I drag the picture of the Discord conversation to the timeline (don’t need to edit pictures in the cutting room) and snap it to the end of the video. Since it’s a timeline, things happen in order from left to right. If I’d put the picture to the left of my clip it’d happen first. However, as that’s pretty out of context, I’d rather it happen at the end of my video so I snap it to the right of the video clip.
Note that if you want to change how long the image appears you CAN do that in the Cutting Room just as you would a clip, just make your in/out points larger or smaller accordingly.
Now I want to brand the video with the TAY Logo. To do this I drag the TAY logo not to the main track (V1) in the timeline, but actually above it to V2. Anything you place on V2 will happen concurrently with V1 and will be transparent. Meaning it’s a good track to put your title, watermark, or custom transition.
This placement results in something that looks like this:
The words were done using a title card (title -> new title card) and then dragging the title card to the timeline just as you would an image.
OK now that we’re all done with our editing it’s time to export the video.
Save your work and then go to File -> Export -> Media or hit Ctrl + M. This brings up a dialogue box with a ton of options that I have no idea what they mean at this time. Mine looks like this and seems to work ok!
If you want to change the location of the exported video click on the file name under Output Name.
Finally upload your video to YouTube by going to Youtube.com and clicking “upload” make sure to name it and fill in all the usual fields like game name.
Hopefully this has been helpful to some. I’m in no way an expert but using this I was able to create a very basic video with multiple clips from the same long video file. More qualified users will hopefully chime in in the comments with additional tips/tricks/corrections!
TAY YouTube is available for use by anyone who wants! Check it out here!