Adobe Premiere Pro panels explained in 5 steps

Easy walkthrough of the panels when starting a project in premiere.

Adobe Premiere Pro panels explained in 5 steps

Easy walkthrough of the most common panels when starting a project.

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1. Creating project

Click new project.

Name your project, select folder. The default for all of the other stuff is fine.

2. Layouts and workspaces

When you open your project it’s gonna look something like this. What you see is just a layout for all the tools you want to use. The layout is fully customizeable, what you don’t use you can just remove. And honestly you don’t really need much of this stuff to do a lot of editing tings.

At the top are the standard presets for workspaces. Which just show different tools and panels in different positions. These tools and panels can be selected and deselected from the Windows dropdown.

The workspace called Assembly contains these tools and panels. You can check and add any of the other panels you want to use.

You can remove any panel buy right clicking on it and selecting close panel.

3. Moving panels

Pressing on the left of a panel, holding and draging – let’s you move the panel and drop it where you want it. 

4. Creating a workspace

Once you’ve shifted the panels to your liking you can save the layout as a preset.

Your created workspace shows up in the list here.  If you accidentally move something around you can reset any workspace to it’s default with Reset to saved layout.

5. The most common panels

I use Mathildas workspace in it’s standard layout.

Project panel

These are the panels I use every day. The project panel to the left is where you keep your videos (or any media that you use). 

You can drag and drop your files or click command/ctrl + i to import.

Here you create bins, sequences, solid color boxes and other assets to use in your editing.

Source panel

The source panel is where you view clips from your project panel and bins. You can play the clip and scroll through.

You can and cut out parts using i (in point) and o (out point). Once you’ve placed your in and out points (red arrows). You can drag the selection down by clicking and holding down on the image and then dragging it to your sequence area.

You can also drag video only.

And drag audio only.

Program panel

In the program panel is where you view your edit. You can set guidelines, playback resolution and window size among other things.

Sequence or timeline

Here’s where you do your edit.


Here are tools you use to move, cut, drag and add text etc. to your edit on the timeline.

Effect controls

When you select a clip on your timeline and then click effect controls you can edit the settings for the clip. Where it’s positioned in the frame, scale, opacity among other things. 


Here you find video and audio effects and transitions. You can search or scroll through the libraries and then drag and drop to drop them on your clip.
When an effect is added to a clip you can access it through the Effect controls on the clip.

Hopefully these tips will help you to get started! Happy to answer any questions on mail or DM.

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