To avoid lost footage and streamline your workflow, stick to a routine when you edit your video content. Before you start, back up all your footage to an external hard drive. Then upload or ingest your footage into a new project in Premiere Pro. This will be the bucket from where you’ll pull your clips onto the editing timeline. Go through and delete any unwanted clips from your project library.
From there, drop a few clips onto the timeline and make your first cuts. Bring in the music or sound effects you’ll be using to help shape your sequence. It helps to color-code your sound clips — one color can be used for sound effects, another for music, another for dialogue, and so on. Once you have your rough cut down, you can add transitions, begin color grading, and add text or graphics.
“I’ll do one rough pass — cut it all the way through, even if it’s not perfect, and then I’ll take a break,” says Martin. “I won’t touch it, I’ll walk away, do something else, cut the grass, go cook. And then I’ll come back with fresh eyes and do another cut. Then I’ll watch it one more time to see how it feels. I’ll also ask my wife or other people to watch it.”
Watch your project all the way through one final time before you export it. “Go back through your timeline and make sure everything’s where it needs to be,” says Martin. Make sure all your titles are in the right place and that you didn’t miss any color grading. “It can be tedious with longer videos, but it’s going to save you a lot of headaches in the end.”