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How To Edit Mobile Video In Adobe Premiere Pro

August 09, 2018
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There's no use hiding it, editing workflows are likely the hardest part of the creative process from the little guys all the way to the pros. But an efficient workflow that makes sense for your is essential to producing your best work. 

Disclaimer: This is by no means the only way to do it, we just love sharing what we do with fellow creatives!

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1. Prepare for Export

From your computer, create a working folder to export all necessary clips you just filmed. Within that folder, create one folder named “RAW” and another folder named “Live Works”. The thought behind this is that when you hand this project off to a client or friend, they’ll have access to all working assets of that folder. Your RAW will contain the unedited, raw files while the “Live Works” folder will carry all edited video, music, and after effect files that will be later placed in an editing app of choice.

For iPhone users, air dropping the video files works seamlessly.

For Android and Pixel users, emailing each video file will work just great.

If you have a Galaxy S9, you can connect the phone to your Macbook with a USB-C by using Android File Transfer cable for a faster import. Download this baby if you don’t already have it: https://www.android.com/filetransfer/


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2. Organize Files

Open up a new project file and name it accordingly. Import all of the footage from your “Live Works folder” into your new project on the app.

To fix the out of order footage: hit the tilde button on your keyboard once you’ve clicked on you library to bring up a full-screen page, right-click on the top line “Name” line to “Metadata Display”, and click the checkmark “basic” which will then allow you to change the date of your files.


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3. Convert Your Files (If Needed)

Now that your footage is all in order and successfully imported into Adobe premiere, it’s time to convert your slow-mo files. As skateboarders, surfers, yogis, and dog walkers — we love any good action shot as much as the next person.

Our slow-motion files are typically shot in 60fps at 1080p. The easiest way to convert this type of footage in Premier is to highlight all the footage, right-click to bring up a menu of options, click “Modify”, click “Interpret Footage”, and under the “Frame Rate” box you’ll type in 23.967fps in the “Assume This Frame Rate” channel. Finally, click OK.

We know this might sound confusing as a beginner, but you’ll get the hang of it in no time.


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4. Drag and Drop

Click each file in the left hand folder box to preview each clip. Simply drag and drop each clip you into the timeline to start making a edit.


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5. Spark Your Creativity

Fun part? You you get to decide what clips you want to stick in the timeline to make your short movie. As you build your timeline out further and further, add some music and massage the kinks as you ride along the way.

These are the most effective editing steps to achieve an organized workflow. Editing video files to create a compelling story is an entirely different mode of operandi that we’ll discuss in later videos. But for now, we wanted to show you our approach to editing the footage from our phones and go in-depth step-by-step with the help of Caleb and Niles.  Again -- these same steps can be applied to shooting on any camera.

Be sure to watch the video for a more comprehensible view, as well.


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Happy Editing!