Premiere Pro and Co, can be very intimidating at first. Don't be afraid, we are in this together! There is an existing and super helpful community out there and you will get help from professionals and likeminded folks throughout the internet.
I want to do my part and help you with my Top 5 Tips on how to get started with Premiere Pro.
Tip Nr. 1
Take an online course of some sort on the basic functions of Premiere Pro. You can find many great online classes on Udemy for example.
This seems like a very obvious Tip and kinda lazy from my side, BUT I really do believe, that it helps a great deal if someone with the right educational skills explains the very foundation of the software. Later on, get familiar with Workflow, cutting techniques, and color grading.
Get organized! It is good practice to sort your clips according to the device it has been shot with or chronological order of the story you wanna tell.
I do the latter for example when I'm editing our vlogs to get the feel for story flow. In the end, it is entirely up to you. When I imported all my clips into my timeline, I also color-label them. Drone Footage is yellow, SONY RX100 clips are purple EOS R5 is green, and so on. It takes a while to get used to it, but after a while you see withing a second where what footage is located. It increases your workflow drastically.
Tip Nr. 3
Use Proxies! When you are editing large clips (4K and up) you can make a proxie of that particular file. It basically creates a lower resolution duplicate of your original clip. You edit the low res clip and when it comes to rendering, Premiere Pro will render out with the original file and voila! So much easier to work with. Before I started using proxies, my Mac Book sounded like an old workhorse in its last moments....
Tip Nr. 4
Use Classic Transitions wisely! Don't overdo it with classic transitions. There is nothing more annoying in my opinion than plane swipe and zoom transitions. It really depends on what you are creating. Is it a music video? A Vlog or a wedding video? Try and feel into it and think of what you want to create in the first place. I always hard cut all my edits at first. After your rough cut, you will get a better idea of what seems to fit and what doesn't. If you are using our Essential Transition Packs for example, always try and give them something extra. You can modify all those transitions with only a few tweaks here and there. Less is more!
Tip Nr. 5
The less you have to edit the better! That is so true for a few good reasons. The less you have to edit, the more time you have for the fun stuff like scouting shooting locations and the actual shoot itself. Always think of your edit when you shoot footage. There is nothing worse than returning from a shoot with bad footage. Make sure your light is right, pay attention to unwanted shadows, and make sure your audio is working properly if you need it. Depending on what you are shooting it is good practice to write down what you want to capture with your camera and how it should look and feel. A little storyboard of some sort if you will.