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Premiere Pro Guru: Cutting with Music

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Learn how to cut a music-based slideshow or video montage with Premiere Pro CC.

Cutting stills and video with music is an essential skill for any editor. So join Premiere Pro guru Abba Shapiro in this course, as he shows how to cut a music-based slideshow (still images with music) and cut a music montage (video clips with music) in Premiere Pro CC. Learn how to read an audio waveform, place markers on beats, and fine-tune the timing of your cuts. The course also introduces several workflows to reduce the time it takes to create a music-based edit.


  • Welcome
  • Using the exercise files
1. Essential Skills for Cutting to Music
  • Optimizing audio files for import
  • Viewing and reading a waveform
  • Prepping your music bed
  • How to change the duration of music with editing
  • Placing markers on the beat
  • Cutting to the beat vs. cutting with the beat
  • Locking and sync-locking audio
2. Creating Music-Based Slideshows
  • Preparing your images for import
  • Importing and organizing images for the edit
  • Editing to markers
  • Editing with the Automate to Sequence command
  • Adjusting the size of images
  • Adding movement to images, with keyframes
3. Refining Your Cut
  • Replacing images in the Timeline
  • Changing clip order
  • Refining edit timing
  • Adding transitions
4. Editing a Musical Montage
  • Determining the tempo of the music and the strategy for the edit
  • Quick-cut editing
  • Timing action: Slip edits
  • Targeting action: Match frame
  • Quick trimming techniques
  • Adding and trimming sound bites
  • Using effects to add sizzle
5. Mixing Music and Primary Audio
  • Planning your mix
  • Mixing levels with track automation
  • Using keyframes and the Pen tool to mix
6. Enhancing Music
  • Using an EQ effect to enhance music
  • Retiming music with Premiere Pro
  • Retiming music with Audition
  • Using other effects in Audition
  • Changing the pitch and key of music with Audition
  • Next steps

Taught by

Abba Shapiro

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