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A laptop displaying video editing software on its screen, placed in an ornate theater with red seats and a brightly lit stage.

Video editing: Premiere Pro explainer 4 of 5

Add text and music

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Add text and music


Name of explainer: Add text and music

Creative theme: Video editing

Software used: Premiere Pro

User level: BEGINNER

This is explainer 4 of 5 in this series

This series includes:

  1. Create a project, import video clips and save the project
  2. Sequence video clips and render an mp4 file
  3. Trim video clips, add fades and cross-fades
  4. Add text and music
  5. Putting it all together: Project Stonehenge!

This explainer series is also available in a microlearning course format! The course is completely FREE and you can download a PDF certificate of completion like the one below at the end! See our sister site pixelsofcourse

The Software

This series of beginner explainers uses Adobe Premiere Pro. You can download a free 7 day demo version from the Adobe website.

Premiere Pro is a PAID app, often purchased as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud ‘All Apps’ subscription. It can also be subscribed to on its own. Here are example monthly pricing options:

ADOBE pricing June 2024

Premiere Pro has a ‘baby brother’ called Premiere Rush, which is a simpler video editor designed to work as well on mobile devices as traditional desktop computers and laptops. It offers a ‘quick and simple’ workflow and doesn’t include many of the tools and features of Pro. Premiere Rush is part of Adobe’s ‘Creative Cloud Express’ bundle which may be suitable for content creators working between mobile and desktop devices. It’s worth trying a free demo to see if it includes the features you need.

Please review all subscription options before committing to a purchase, bearing in mind the various bundles and pricing plans available. Also look for special subscription offers which last between 1 month and 12 months depending on your initial subscription.

This month we’re also running an explainer series for Vegas Pro (paid as a one-off fee or by subscription) as well as offering a single full-workflow explainer for Premiere Rush. Check them out!

The final product

Here’s the simple ‘Spring has sprung’ video we’re creating as we work through explainers 1 to 4. Notice the added text, fades, transitions and music track.

The pre-requisities

This is a BEGINNER workflow explainer, so you just need to install and open the software. We’ll take it from there.

We suggest watching the previous explainers in this series before continuing here.

If you’re new to IT / computing, you may need help downloading and installing the software. Start with a search for ‘how do i install premiere pro’ or speak with someone who’s familiar with downloading and installing.

Why would I do this?

Text is often added to video projects to create a title sequence, provide additional information for the viewer (E.g. Lower thirds) or introduce individual scenes or sections (E.g. For software explainers).

Almost every video has a soundtrack, which can include any mix of music, sounds effects, ambience (E.g. A busy street or forest) and spoken voice (VO). You might not realise how important a well-mixed soundtrack is until it’s clearly ‘wrong’ or ‘missing’. For example…

Let’s do it!

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Download the video clips used in this series

If you’d like to follow the explainers using the video clips demonstrated, you can download them below. These files are for personal use only and must not be distributed or sold.

Good to know

Our short springtime video is complete! In the final part of this series, we’ll give you a new set of short video clips to work with as we set you an historical project!

Where to next?

Adding simple, static text is a good place to start. Premiere Pro also includes text animation options…

1: Start by selecting the ‘Captions and Graphics’ workspace, then the ‘My Templates’ tab. Scroll down to find example templates for titles, lower thirds, credits and logos…

2: Drag and drop the template of your choice directly on to the timeline where you want it. For a transition, this will need to be between two existing video clips. Below, we’ve added the ‘bold credits’ template to the end of our cinematic flower video 🙂

We’ve used a single music track for this video. If you go on to study sound design, you’ll meet the terms diegetic and non-diegetic early on in your studies. Ready for a fun primer?

Notes and updates

There are no notes or advisories at this time. This video explainer was last updated in March 2023. This page was last updated in June 2024.

We at pixels.cool are not responsible for the content of any external webpages or software downloaded from third party sites. Links are included in good faith at the time of writing. All explainer content is compiled in good faith using processes and methods used by the team. Modern software gives users many ways in which to accomplish the same task, and for reasons of clarity we choose not to reference multiple options. All computer users should run up to date virus / security software at all times to minimise risk.

This is number 9 of the 10 explainer videos available for video editing month. Make sure you check out the others!