Creative Video Editing with Adobe Premiere


Authored by Ryan Sciaino


Course Code: OMPRD-251

Next semester
starts April 1

Level 2

Level 2

3-Credit Tuition


Non-Credit Tuition


Visuals are an intrinsic part of modern music. Whether you’re at a live show, watching music videos online, or browsing streaming platforms, it’s rare that you don’t see some kind of moving image associated with the music you’re hearing. From traditional music videos and lyric videos, to VJ loops, visualizers, and short-format videos for social media, this course covers creative editing techniques to help you tell your story.

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In this course, you’ll be using Adobe Premiere, an industry-standard editing tool for creating video content for film, television, and the web. You’ll learn how to organize and manage all your digital video assets, work in a timeline editor, and export finished products in a variety of formats. Approaching video production with a musical mindset, you’ll navigate through these processes much like music creators do when working with digital audio in a DAW.

As part of the course, you’ll also learn about fundamental technical aspects of working on video, such as resolutions, aspect ratios, and codecs, as well as advanced techniques like composting, keying, and color correction. You’ll also dip your toes into Adobe After Effects, part of the Adobe Creative Suite, to explore effects and motion graphics that you can add to your video edits.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Identify different types of video files and codecs
  • Import media into an Adobe Premiere project and file structure
  • Creatively edit footage into a polished-looking final product
  • Add creative effects and motion graphics to your video edits
  • Add music and sound effects to your videos
  • Finalize your projects and apply color-correction
  • Export finished videos for various formats
  • Create artistic videos for YouTube and other top social media platforms
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Lesson 1: Diving in to Adobe Premiere

  • Opening Adobe Premiere via Creative Cloud
  • A Look at Different Panels and Layouts
  • Opening a Project File/Relinking Media
  • Starting an Edit
  • Exporting a Video
  • Assignment 1: Work Inside Premiere

Lesson 2: Managing Digital Media

  • Resolutions and Aspect Ratios
  • Review of Video Codecs
  • Using Adobe Media Encoder
  • Setting up a File Structure and Keeping Organized
  • Exporting Using Adobe Media Encoder
  • Assignment 2: Editing Practice

Lesson 3: Working with the Timeline

  • Finding Your Timeline in the Project Panel
  • Timeline Settings
  • In and Out Points
  • Layering Footage and Blend Modes
  • The Program Panel
  • Assignment 3: Editing Practice

Lesson 4: Getting Creative with the Timeline

  • Changing Clip/Duration
  • Transitions
  • Creating Text
  • Keyframing
  • Assignment 4: Create a Title Sequence

Lesson 5: Working with Audio

  • Review of File Formats
  • Syncing Audio
  • Audio Mixer
  • Adding Effects
  • Assignment 5: Sound Design/Music and Sound Effects

Lesson 6: Basic Motion Graphics

  • Effects Layout
  • Essential Graphics
  • Video Sources
  • Still Images
  • Looping Animations
  • Assignment 6: Motion Graphics/VJ Loop

Lesson 7: Creative Effects and Utilities

  • Masking
  • Copy and Paste Attributes
  • Adjustment Layers
  • Animating Effects
  • Assignment 7: Motion Graphics and Effects/VJ Loop

Lesson 8: Creative Effects, Part 2

  • Combining Effects and Saving Presets
  • Track Matte Key
  • Lumetri Color Introduction
  • Third Party Effects
  • Using Adobe After Effects
  • Assignment 8: Create a Lyric Video

Lesson 9: Multicam Editing

  • Syncing Multicam Footage with Audio
  • Syncing footage with Timecode
  • Nesting a Timeline
  • Enabling Multi-Camera Editing
  • Assignment 9: Create a Multicam Edit

Lesson 10: Keying

  • What is Keying?
  • Alpha Channels
  • Ultra Key
  • Luma Key
  • Assignment 10: Keying

Lesson 11: Color Correction

  • Color Workspace
  • Color Wheels and Match
  • Hue and Saturation
  • LUTs
  • Assignment 11: Color Correction

Lesson 12: Finalizing Your Video for Different Contexts

  • Formats and Presets
  • Changing an Export Preset
  • Exporting
  • Queueing Multiple Exports
  • Assignment 12: Final Project Submission


Prerequisites and Course-Specific Requirements 

Prerequisite Courses, Knowledge, and/or Skills
Students should have a basic understanding of working with media files including movies that can play in Quicktime or Windows Media Player, and audio files like WAV and MP3.


  • Adobe Creative Cloud subscription
  • Recommended: Envato Elements subscription


  • Recommended: Camera capable of recording 1080p videos. Options include DSLR, mirrorless, cinema camera, camcorder, or smartphone.

Important Technical/System Considerations

  • A minimum of 500 GB of unused storage space (an external SSD is recommended)

Student Deals
After enrolling, be sure to check out our Student Deals page for various offers on software, hardware, and more. Please contact with any questions.

General Course Requirements

Below are the minimum requirements to access the course environment and participate in Live Chats. Please make sure to also check the Prerequisites and Course-Specific Requirements section above, and ensure your computer meets or exceeds the minimum system requirements for all software needed for your course. 

Mac Users

PC Users

All Users

  • Latest version of Google Chrome
  • Zoom meeting software
  • Webcam
  • Speakers or headphones
  • External or internal microphone
  • Broadband Internet connection


Ryan Sciaino

Author & Instructor

Known to many by his old DJ name (Ghostdad), Ryan Sciaino’s practice centers around combining music and the moving image. He has spent more than a decade touring with DJs, rappers, and bands, creating impactful video experiences for audiences worldwide. You can see his work annually at festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo, EDC, and Ultra.

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To create his art, Ryan uses a variety of time-based software along with real-time game engines and patching environments. He is passionate about art direction, performance, and generative methods of music and art-making. In 2021 Ryan joined the faculty of BerkleeNYC in their Live Music Production and Design department housed in the historic Power Station studios in Manhattan. Read Less


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