Media Tips: How To Edit A Video Using Adobe Premiere Rush and iPhone X
As Austin Morriss explains, there was a time not long ago when it took years of experience, specialized equipment, and thousands of dollars to produce videos. Today, the creative landscape is largely democratized thanks to one handy invention: the smartphone.
To begin, you’re going to need some footage to work with. I took some B-roll shots using the iPhone X and the native camera app while I made my coffee. If you’re filming on a DSLR and need to transfer files from your SD card to your phone you can get an adapter for around $30.
Once you have your footage, it’s time to download Adobe Premiere Rush from the app store. Keep in mind, the free version will allow you to export up to three videos before it requires a subscription.
When you open the app for the first time, you will be prompted to sign in or create a free account with Adobe. Once you have your account set up, we can move on to starting our project.
Now that your account is set up, it’s time to import your footage into a project. If this is your first time using the app, you will have the option to “Create New Project” in a blue box at the center of the screen. After this, new project will move to the grey plus sign at the bottom of the screen.
After selecting “Create New Project,” you will be given the option of where you want to import files from. There are local options (meaning the files on your phone), as well as an option to import files from the Adobe Creative Cloud. In this tutorial, I imported my footage off of my phone.
Tap the clips you want to import in the order you want them imported (this can be changed on the timeline later, but will save you a bit of hassle). After selecting your clips, you will see a field to name your project at the bottom of the screen and a check box asking if you want to sync the project over Creative Cloud.
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Navigating the Workspace
Once your footage has been selected and you have named your project, your clips will be imported into the timeline and you can begin editing.
Along the top of the screen you will have access to the first tool bar. From left to right, the tools will be a “home” navigation icon, the “undo” icon, and the “export/share” icon. At the bottom of the screen you will find the primary tool bar.
The primary toolbar from left to right includes:
- The “import media” icon
- The “project panel” icon (think Premiere Pro here)
- A toggle for channel views (making the timeline appear more like Premiere Pro)
- A toggle to select crops for landscape, vertical, and square video
- The “titles” tab
- The “transitions” tab
- The “color” tab
- The “audio” tab
- The “transform” tab
- The “scissors” tool
- The “delete” tool
The center of the screen holds the timeline with your clips and the playback controls.
On the iPhone, the user interface is heavy on pinch and drag motions. Expanding and contracting the timeline is accomplished by a series of pinch and zoom motions. Pressing and holding a clip brings up a sub menu that allows the user to expand the audio viewer, duplicate the clip, or delete the selected clip. Dragging on the edges of clips allows the user to shorten and lengthen them, but I found this to be too difficult to be practical on the iPhone.
Editing Your Video
Now that you have video on the timeline and know your way around the tools, it’s time to edit your video. Premiere Rush can do a lot, so I’m only going to go over some of the basics here.
Moving clips along the timeline in Premiere Rush is done by touching the clip you want to work with to highlight it, and then dragging the selected clip along the timeline.
Shortening and lengthening clips requires the user to drag along the edges of the clip, but this is extremely difficult on iPhone. I found it is easier to cut the clips where you want them.
To cut a clip, drag the playhead to your desired point along the timeline and touch the “scissors” tool at the bottom of the screen. This splits the clip, and will allow you to delete unwanted footage, rearrange the order, or change other parameters related to the selected clips.
Adding transitions in Premiere Rush is as simple as highlighting the clip you want to transition from and selecting your desired transition under the “transitions” tool. The free version of Premiere Rush is limited in what transitions you can add, only giving you the option for a fade to black, fade to white, or cross dissolve.
To add a title, select the “titles” tab at the bottom of the screen. This will bring up a selection of title templates, including some motion graphics templates. Your title will populate as its own element, just like you would find in desktop editing software. This element can be adjusted in the same ways as your video files.
Moving your text within the frame is as simple as touching the text to highlight it, and using pinch and drag to position it within the frame. You will also have the option to adjust proportions, fonts, leading, and kerning under the edit tab within the titles tool.
Adding and Editing Audio
Adding and editing audio is done under the “audio” tool selector at the bottom of the screen. Options include adjusting the clip volume, changing the audio source type (we’re given the options to optimize for voice, music, or “other”).
Audio cannot be detached from video clips, but by holding on the clip you get the option to expand the audio from the clip, and you can mute the audio under the audio tools tab.
Adding additional audio is accomplished by selecting the “import media” icon, and Premiere Rush will allow you to select media from local files, the Creative Cloud, or to record a voiceover directly from your phone.
If you find your footage in need of color adjustment, you can make the changes you need under the “color” tool.
There are a number of built-in presets for color adjustment, and an option to import your own presets from the Creative Cloud.
Additional adjustment tools can be found under the edit tab within the “color” tool to change temperature, tint, vibrance, saturation, exposure, contrast, and more.
Adjusting Elements In Frame
Adjusting elements in frame, the position of footage, or zoom is only one touch away. Tap the footage in the preview at the top of the screen to bring up a series of adjustment points. By using pinch and zoom, you can zoom footage in and out, or drag to adjust the position of footage and elements in frame.
Exporting and Sharing Your Video
To export your finished video, tap the share tool in the upper right hand corner of the app. Keep in mind, the free version of Premiere Rush only allows for three exports or shares before the user is required to get a subscription through Adobe for $9.99/month.
In addition to exporting the video file, Premiere Rush features direct share options to Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.