Instructor - Norman Hollyn

Adobe Premiere Page

For the first five weeks in this class we will be editing using Adobe digital non-linear editing system Premiere. This page gives a list of links to support pages, tutuorials and other Premiere tidbits. I will be adding new links as we go through the semester so please check back.


ADITA has a web site which advertises their CD-ROM course on editing in Premiere. I've taken the liberty of downloading and expanding their first lesson (it is available on their site for free as well). It is located on this site. You will need Adobe Acrobat to read it. In the unlikely event that you don't have it, you can download it from the Adobe site. Or you can click on the little Acrobat logo below. WARNING: The file is 44 pages long and kinda big. You might want to go get a cuppa joe or something if you're on a regular dial-up modem.

Main Sites

Adobe's Main Premiere Site -- This has a wide assortment of links. Sample movies (in their "Motion Center Gallery"), upgrades, manuals and an archive of questions and answers.

Adobe Premiere World -- Creative Planet, the company behind EditorsNet, has a web site devoted strictly to Premiere. It has interviews with filmmakers who use Premiere, articles about hardware and software, and a ton of ads (hey, somebody's got to pay for all this cool stuff). Well worth the look, if only for their streaming video examples.


Adobe posts tutorials which cover specific topics, like how to make transitions, use Premiere's keying abilities, proper use of filters and much much more. Many of them are streaming video sections from a larger series of CD-ROM based tutuorials

Bloomfield College has a basic how-to for Premiere, which is part of a site with a lot of basic how-to's. It also has a tutorial on sound manipulation in Premiere.

Cal Arts teaches a course in Adobe Photoshop and Premiere and this is the syllabus to it.

The Cyber Film School gives a very short description of Premiere editing with some nice screen shots, one of which is at the top of this page.

Karuruso Productions has a very short, tutorial on how the author made A Music Video using Premiere. It's got some good graphics which describe what's on the Premiere editing aned time line screens.

How to make a transition effect in Premiere.

Thomas McManus at the University of Texas has created a tutorial on Premiere 4.0 which, while confusingly laid out in places, does take you through most of the steps needed to get you at the ground floor level on Premiere.

The film department at Missouri State not only has a quickie tutorial with great screen shots, but you learn from reading the site that their students can upload their edited exercises onto a shared server for viewing. Kewl!

Penn State College of Education has an excellent tutorial which takes you from a discussion of what Premiere can do, through digitizing, through sound work to the completion of a film.

The Queen's Film College in Canada has a page with some fairly well written techniques, terminology and s short introduction to Premiere. This is part of a larger Digital Video software guide.

The Rochester Institute of Technology has a good tutorial on digitizing and saving clips.

UC Berkely has a step-by-step tutorial on starting up Premiere and some basics of editing with it. Definitely geared to the specifics of that school's program, it still may provide useful for basic questions.

The University of Massachusetts has a quick and easy tutorial to digital video, which talks about Premiere..

The University of Virginia has an on-line step-by-step guide on how to digitize material into Premiere.

Help and Tips and Tricks

Audio Visual Planet has a page of tips and tricks for various verisons of Premiere. This site is devoted to digital filmmaking. Like most tips pages it works better once you know the program a little bit.

Macworld -- An article from the Macintosh magazine which lists a few tips.

Premiere Tips and Tricks -- New Directions in Computing has put up a few tips on using Premiere, including layering, putting a movie into a moving shape and more. These articles are from 1995 so they are obviously from an early version of Premiere, but still worth a perusal.

Premiere Help Desk Forum -- Helptalk, a web site with the goal of being an all-purpose Help Desk for all computers and most software, has a forum for Abobe Premiere. In addition, they also offer Premiere help and a link to fatbrain, a technical bookstore with tons of Premiere books.

Other Links

about.com has a site which purports to answer all sorts of questions, and be a link for, all things digital video. This link points to the Adobe Premiere section of that site. Some good links are here as well.

digivid-l archive -- This is an archive of the newsgroup digivd kept by UC Davis. It isn't organized by topic, but by date, so it's not very useful for specific information. It is interesting, however, in terms of perusing for the wide variety of technical issues and tips that Premiere users all over the world contribute.

The community access cable station in Fayetteville, Arkansas has a great page full of Premiere links.

Videonics has one of the best on-line glossaries of video terms that I've seen anywhere. If you've ever wanted to know just what the VITC is and why your tapes have been rejected by the television station you've submitted them to, this is the place to turn.



Though I've tried to accomodate other browsers THIS SITE IS DESIGNED FOR BEST USE WITH IE for the PC, SAFARI for the Mac, and FIREFOX for both the PC and the Mac. It also looks reasonably good on the iPhone. Lucked out on that!

All material, except where noted, ©1999-2008 by Norman Hollyn. Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Send me an e-mail at my office
Last Modified - September 30, 2008