An Intro to Editing with Adobe Premiere Rush

When you’re a creator, you want to act when inspiration strikes. And that moment is not always going to be when you’re sitting at your desk. Luckily, there are plenty of apps for editing videos on your mobile device. One of the favorites right now is Adobe Premiere Rush — a video editing app that can be used on a desktop computer or mobile device. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to use Rush to edit a video on mobile.

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Open Rush on your phone or tablet, and we’ll get started.

1. With the Rush app open, the first thing you’ll see is the startup menu. Click on the + icon and import your media from the location you have it saved. Rush can open media from your Camera Roll, Creative Cloud, or Dropbox.

2. The order you select your media in is the order it will appear on your project timeline. So, to make your editing faster, you can choose each clip in order. If you’d like to keep your project synced with the other devices you have Rush installed on, you can keep Sync with CC selected. 

Adobe Rush - Videos from Camera Roll

3. Next, tap on Project Name, name your project, then tap Create, and your project will open.

4. The preview monitor at the top of the screen shows the point in the clip where your playhead is. The timeline is where your playhead can be found and where you will arrange and edit your project. At the bottom of the screen, you’ll find the toolbar where you can access tools and effects to apply to your media. 

To select a clip on your timeline, tap it. An orange border will appear around it. You can use your fingers to scroll through the timeline from left to right, and pinch in or out to zoom in or out. 

Adobe Rush - Sequence on Timeline

5. To trim a selected clip, drag the right or left side of it inward.

6. You can use the trash bin to delete a clip you’ve selected.

Adobe Rush - Delete Video

7. If you want to undo or redo your last action, click and hold on the half-circle, arrow icon and choose Undo or Redo

Adobe Rush - Undo Button

8. To add a music track to your project, click on the + icon. Navigate to the folder where you have your music track saved, select that music track and press the Add button, which will import your music onto the audio track on your timeline.

9. Now let’s explore our toolbar starting on the left. Tap on the box icon, which allows you to see all of your project assets. 

10. Tapping on the next icon reveals a more advanced timeline with features that allow you to lock tracks, record audio, and turn tracks on/off. 

11. Tap and hold the music track on your timeline to bring up the option to Expand Audio. Tap on that to get a closer look at your audio.

12. You can lock any of your tracks by clicking on the lock icon. That way, you won’t accidentally move, delete or alter the media on that track.

13. The third icon makes it easy to change the aspect ratio from Landscape to Portrait to Square. Square is an excellent option for videos you’d like to upload to Instagram.

14. To add text to your video, tap on the Titles tool, and you’ll find tons of title presets, lower third titles, and call out banners. Choose a title preset, then tap and hold on the title on the preview monitor to edit the text. You also can change the size of the font, the font color, font type, and font spacing.    

15. Move your playhead in between two clips, tap on the Transition tool, and choose a transition to apply between those two clips. Click on Duration and use the slider to increase or decrease the length of the transition effect. 

16. To adjust the color of a clip, tap on the Color tool. This brings up various color presets to choose from. Scroll through the toolbar to customize the intensity, color temperature, saturation, and more. 

17. Click on Speed to increase or decrease the speed of a selected clip, using the slider.

18. Rush allows you to add up to 4 video tracks. You can drag any of your clips onto the next track and stack them on top of other clips as well. 

19. Tap on Transform to adjust the position, rotation, scale, or opacity of a clip. In the example below, I added a clip of a wave on top of a clip of a couple. I lowered the opacity of the wave clip so you can see the couple clip showing through.

20. If you want to record voiceover directly in your project, you can tap on the microphone icon on an empty audio track, which will bring up a record button. Tap the record button, and a 3-second countdown will indicate when you can start recording your voiceover. Tap the record button again when you’re finished, and your voiceover file will appear on your timeline. Super easy!

21. You can tap on the Audio tool to increase or decrease the volume of your audio file and customize other audio adjustments. 

22. Finally, when you’re ready to export your video, tap on the up arrow icon in the top right of your screen and click Export.

That sums up this introduction to Adobe Premiere Rush. This is an excellent option for creators like vloggers or social media coordinators who need a quick and efficient video editing platform.

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