Podcasting with Adobe Premiere - dummies

By Tee Morris, Chuck Tomasi

Adobe Premiere is a great choice for podcasters. Remember Windows Movie Maker? It was considered the iMovie for the PC … only a lot less easy. In 2017, with all the various options out there for PCs, both for free and for sale, Microsoft decided there was no longer a need or demand for its built-in, free video editor for Windows, and Windows Movie Maker was discontinued.

The PC market is now awash with so many freeware alternatives available. Finding the right editor for Windows that can meet all the various demands and features needed in filmmaking and DV editing has become something of a risky business. What’s the best option for you out there?

For podcasters, there are two Adobe products that have not only been tried and tested, but are considered trusted and reliable by editors of all backgrounds. Premiere Elements is Adobe’s professional grade video editing suite made available and affordable to consumers. There will be a slight learning curve in finding the workflow that suits you, but the user interface is accessible to newcomers to video editing. It does have a price tag around $70, but that should fit within most podcasters’ budgets.

If, however, you are looking for something with more options, also available is Elements’ “big brother” Adobe Premiere Pro for the more advanced producer.

Capturing video with Adobe Premiere Elements

For this example, we’re going to assume your video clips are on a digital camcorder (one with a hard drive, SD card, or some other high-speed storage). If you are transferring from a camcorder that uses tape, the instructions are a bit different and you should review the Premiere Elements documentation.

  1. Make sure your video camera, phone, or DV playback device is connected to your PC. Then launch Premiere Elements.
  2. From the Add Media drop-down box, click Videos from Cameras & Devices.
    add media to podcast
    Use the Add Media →   Videos from Cameras & Devices to import your clips.
  3. In the Video Importer window that appears, check clips you want to import, or rather, uncheck the ones you don’t want to import since all clips are checked by default.

    Don’t forget to check out the other options available on the import window, such as naming your clips, deleting them after import (to reclaim space on your camera), and where the video clips are being stored on your hard drive.

    By default, Premiere Elements will add all your videos to the timeline. If you’d rather have them saved as project assets that you can pick and choose later, uncheck the Add To Timeline checkbox.

  4. Click Get Media to import the selected clips.

    If you’re capturing on tape, you will be importing your footage in real time. For every second you shoot, it takes a second to import. Also, check your battery level or plug your camera in to AC power. There are few things more frustrating than hitting the Import button, coming back an hour later only to find out your battery on the camera has died partway through the import!

  5. Once your clips are imported, use the Project Assets drop-down to copy the clips you want to the timeline.
    Once imported, you’ll find your clips in the Project Assets collection, where you can drag them to the timeline.

Although programs like iMovie and Premiere have simplified video editing dramatically, as mentioned earlier, this isn’t a quick-and-easy process. When the video is done, it must be processed, and that can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours, depending on the length of your episode, the dimension of your video, and the compression format. Give yourself that time to edit and time to process the video you’re creating.

Before announcing your video podcast, try to find out how those first few episodes will progress in production and finally what the processing time will be for a single episode. You may find that a missed mistake can cost you hours. Always preview and then preview again before processing.