Video Editing for Non-Professionals with Adobe Premiere Pro CC

By Terry Ryan

For most people, Adobe Premiere Pro CC means “professional.” But you don’t have to be a professional or have an extensive background in video to use Premiere Pro. I’m not a pro, yet I’ve found it very useful for editing my small video projects, such as screen-based demos that I make on my laptop to share with others.

Now that anyone with an Adobe Creative Cloud membership automatically has access to this advanced video editing tool, beginners should know that they can make use of it too. Don’t worry about all the available features and options; keep things simple and let the tool do the heavy lifting for you.


In this video I show you how to use Premiere Pro to import a basic screencast file, make a simple edit, and prepare it for uploading to a video-sharing service. Over the course of the video, I import my video file, display it in the Premier Pro timeline, and export it using Adobe Media Encoder so that it’s playable on YouTube. By the end of the video, you too should be able to bring your own video into Premiere Pro, alter it a bit, and output it so that you can share it wherever you wish.


Read Kevin Monahan’s helpful overview, “Getting started with Adobe Premiere Pro,” and check out the official getting-started tutorial, “How to create a video story with Premiere Pro.”