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Top Tips to create Youtube Shorts in Adobe Premiere Pro

Did you know the average attention span of a human being today is 8.25 seconds? In the time it takes me to write this sentence, my attention is already gone somewhere else. Wait, what was I doing again?

Oh yeah! With this information, it is easy to see why Youtube Shorts are quickly becoming one of the most popular video formats on Youtube's platform, with over 6.5 billion daily views. For creators looking to make a big impact with their content, Youtube Shorts is the way to go. In this blog post, I will take you through the process of creating Youtube Shorts in Premiere Pro.

Step 1: Start a New Project

Go ahead and open up Premiere

Pro and click New Project. At this point, you can name your project and choose a location to save it in. You can also choose to import footage at this point. However, I'm old fashioned and I like to do it as described in the next step.

Step 2: Import Footage

The next step is to import your footage into Premiere Pro using the Media Browser or Import Option. If you are a Youtube vlogger or just editing for a Youtube vlogger, the footage will often be shot in the correct specifications, directly for edit. It should be fast-paced, and shot in portrait mode to fit the aspect ratio of Youtube Shorts (9:16). You can also use stock footage from websites such as Envato Elements or Shutterstock to add more variety to your video.

However, it is often the case that the content creator will shoot the footage in 1080p or 4k resolutions. In this case, you will need change your sequence settings which I will show you in the next step.

Step 3: Create a Sequence

Create a new sequence by clicking File> New> Sequence or by clicking the New Item button on the botttom right corner of the Project Panel. The click New Sequence.

Your sequence settings will now come up and you will want to click the settings tab. Now there are different ways to set your settings but here is what I think is best for Youtube Shorts:

  • In Editing Mode, choose Custom.

  • Then enter the frame rate the footage was shot in. In this case, I have chosen 25 fps.

  • In order to achieve the 9:16 aspect ratio required for Youtube Shorts, the resolution must be set to 1080x1920.

  • In the Video Previews section, you can choose the settings that suit you. In this case, I have chosen Quicktime and Apple ProRes 422.

  • Finally, you can choose to save these settings as a preset for the next time you are editing a short. You can do that by clicking the Save Preset button in the left-bottom corner.

  • Click Ok to create your new sequence.

Step 4: Adjust Footage

After selecting the particular footage you want use in your Youtube Short, you will need to adjust it to fit the aspect ratio. While you have the timeline selected, go to the Effect Controls panel and use the Position, Scale and Rotation controls to adjust your footage to fit the screen and add movement.

You may also use the Crop tool to remove any unwanted areas of the footage that don't fit the aspect ratio.

Step 5: Add Text and Graphics

Now it's time to zhuzh up your project a little bit. Adding text and graphics can be a great way to stylize your Youtube Short. Of course you can decide to create graphics in programs like Photoshop or Illustrator or even motion graphics with special effects in After Effects.

However, Premiere Pro has it's own built in graphics tools that give you plenty of options for text. This can come in handy when you want to create subtitles for your short or if you just want to create a title for the video.

Click on the text tool in the toolbar and type out your text. Next open up the Captions and Graphics workspace by clicking Window> Workspaces >Captions and Graphics. Here will find a lot of controls to edit the postion, scale, colour and style of text you want to use.

Step 6: Add Audio

Presuming you Youtube Short already has somebody speaking in it, you can now add some audio such as music or sound effects to enhance the viewer's experience. This ensure that if there are any gaps in dialogue in your video, for example, if the creator is reacting to another video, music will help to keep the pace of the video moving along.

You can download music and sound effects for free from Youtube Audio Library. Just make sure to check the licence type for the music you want to download, in case you need to credit the artist in your video description. You can also use Premiere Pro's essential sound panel to add audio effects such as EQ, reverb and compression.

Of course, your short may have no dialogue at all and this is where a voiceover may come in handy. A voiceover can help keep the video interesting as you describe or react to what is going on in your short.

Step 7: Export and Upload

Once your Youtube Short is complete, you can export it by going to File> Export> Media. Select the H.264 format. Then go to Video> Basic Video Settings and under the Frame Size setting, uncheck the box next to it. Then choose custom and change the resolution to 1080x1920. Then check the box again and export. Once the export is complete, you can upload it your Youtube channel as a Short.

And there you have it, you have made your first Youtube Short. Not too painful, right? Creating Youtube Shorts using Premiere Pro is a pretty simple and straighforward process. Also, now that you have your sequence settings saved as a preset, you have saved yourself even more time when you decide to edit another short. With these steps, you can create engaging Shorts that will keep your audience entertained and engaged. So get started today and take your content to the next level!

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