Program Layout

The general layout of premiere follows the conventions of most video editing suites. Be aware that most windows can be moved around with a simple click and drag if you like. Also remember that if you don't find a tab or window listed below you can always enable it by going to "Window" in the main menu and selecting it if it does not already have a check mark next to it.

Take note of the playback controls under either monitor and you'll notice a small "+" sign to the lower right of each monitor. When clicked this will bring up options that allow you to add and remove individual buttons from the monitor layout. You may wish to add an option for looping for small clips.

These controls are also where you can find the "Mark in" and "Mark out" buttons which will allow you to loop between them while the aforementioned "loop" is toggled on.

The Main Toolbar

Unlike most programs the most commonly used tools for Premiere are found in a vertical bar next between the source elements bin and the timeline.

New Projects

While starting a new project in Premiere, if not choosing an existing project from the splash screen, you'll have two pop-up screens to modify initial settings in.

The first will ask you general information about the project such as what the name for it shall be and where the working directory should be (make sure you're using a disk with lots of free space on it!). It will also ask you for the display format of Video and Audio. These are largely cosmetic changes for the timeline and can be changed later.

The second will allow you to make the initial sequence in which you can place video clips and footage. If you know the parameters of your footage, such as frame rate and resolution, then you can select the presets for it here (or input direct values in the "settings" tab). If not, don't worry about it, they can be changed automatically when you start adding footage.

You can remove "Mark In" and "Mark Out" positions by right-clicking on the timeline marker area and selecting "clear in / out / both".

Common shortcuts

The most important keyboard shortcuts are as follows.

Space Play / Pause selected video
Shift + Delete Ripple Delete (leaves no empty space)
V Selection Tool
C Razor Tool
S Toggle snap (when moving clips)
Shift Turn on marker snapping while held down
Alt + Left Mouse Zoom timeline around current position
Alt + Left / Right Nudge a clip left or right (use , or . to slide clip)
The complete list can be found at the official adobe site.

Workflow

You can add clips/footage to he project bin in two ways. Either through "File > Import" in the main menu, or by simply dragging and dropping

Keep in mind that premiere doesn't require clips/footage in the project bin to all share the same properties (such as frame rate or pixel size). It won't be until you try to add a video file to the timeline of a sequence with conflicting settings that you'll be prompted with a problem. Typically you'll just be given the choice to either change the sequence to match the footage settings, which is fine for brand new projects, or the other way around.

If you would like to move the video and audio tracks within a timeline seperately then all you need to do is right-click on the track itself within the sequence timeline and select "unlink".