Adobe Premiere Rush CC – A fast, user-friendly tool for video creation

By Lisa Hanard

With Premier Rush you can quickly turn your photos, videos and audio clips into an impressive video in minutes. Then share your video directly from the Premiere Rush app to the most common social media venues like YouTube, Facebook, and lnstagram. Your projects are saved on your Adobe Cloud so you can work on multiple computers or devices including I-phone and I-pad. The Samsung app is coming soon in 2019.

To download and test Adobe Premiere Rush CC you can do so from your Creative Cloud app or download the free starter version here.

Here is a quick tutorial on how to get started with Adobe Premiere Rush CC to make a basic photo slideshow video.

First go to FILE – Create New Project.

You will be directed to navigate to the folder that has the images or video you wish to import .  You can click on the images and see them numbered 1,2,3 etc… in the order you wish to import them. These items can be rearranged after import if you wish. Once you have selected your assets click the “Create” button on the lower right side. (Note it is helpful before starting your video to have any images, video clips, etc… placed into an easy to locate folder together.)

Adobe will take a few seconds to prepare your files, then you will see something like this. If you click the play button you can see a quick video of your photos being played with the default settings which is 2 seconds an image. You can pause or play the video.

If you double-click any clip you can see the basic image editing tools on the right sidebar.

To rearrange the order of the clips, click on a thumbnail on the bottom, hold the left mouse button down and drag left or right to drag the image to the location you wish it to appear. You can delete an image or clip by highlighting the thumbnail clip and hitting the delete key.

To change the duration of the clip from the default 2 seconds, move the clip’s start point or end point to trim it. To make this clip 4 seconds instead of 2 seconds, clip on the clip to select it. Click-hold and drag the orange handles that appear around the clip to make the clip longer or shorter.

Other ways to customize your video are to create titles and captions, add photo transitions or add audio.

This toolbar on the top right has short-cuts to add titles, transitions, audio, as well as edit colors or trim images.  To create a title slide for this video click on the Title Slide icon here.

Then scroll through the numerous title slide choices and double-click on one you like.

I picked WOAH! Double clicking on the WOAH! you can see text options on the right such as font choice, color, spacing etc. You can edit the text with your desired title as well as resize or move the title. Baseline shift moves your text up or down within the background image. Experiment with moving various sliders. Remember hold CMD Z for Mac or CTRL Z for PC will let you undo a change that you made by mistake. When complete drag the title or caption to the location you want in your video.

To add some basic transitions between slides such as cross dissolve, dip to black, and dip to white click on the transitions tab to open the sidebar. Select the thumbnail of the slide you wish to add a transition too and and click a transition. Each slide can have their own transitions or select none which is the default choice.

Click on the Colors tab to see some preset color filters to experiment with if you want to give your video a different feel. Just like the transitions you can apply this preset to one slide or all of your slides by highlighting them on the thumbnails below and selecting a color preset.

On the top left of your screen there is a plus sign. Click there at any time to import more items into your video. Clicking on the file cabinet icon you can see your project assets.

Since this is a simple photo slideshow we won’t get into adding audio but if you wish to add a soundtrack or voice-over into your video there is a great tutorial by Adobe here.

Once you get your video slides, captions and effects completed, the final step is to export your video.

On the top left, go to File-Share and these options will come up.

From there you can select Youtube, Facebook, Instagram or Behance.

By selecting Local you can save this onto your hard-drive and preview it before posting. Click on Save To, to tell Rush where to save your video.  You can also change the file name here. If you click on Advanced, you will see more options but leaving them at their default works best in most situations.

Click EXPORT on the bottom right and you are done!

After a short time of the video rendering click on the play button and watch your creation. Click the CLOSE button and DONE and you will be back on the Share screen where you can share again on Social Media, or Click COMMAND Q or CTRL Q for PC to exit the program.

Have Fun!

Lisa Hanard is a Volunteer Photo Guide with Arizona Highways PhotoScapes.