Introduction to Video: Video Capture and Editing in Adobe Premiere Pro

2/11/2019 - 3/8/2019

Do you have an interest in learning more about how to shoot video on your DSLR or Mirrorless camera? Whether you want to take better videos of your family, or take video more seriously, this class is an excellent starting place.

We built this class to give a thorough introduction to using a DSLR or Mirrorless camera for basic video capture and the use of Adobe Premiere Pro to edit video. This course it built for people who have a basic understanding of using their camera but would like to step into shooting more video and using Premiere Pro to edit the video.

This class will teach you how to set up your camera for shooting video and editing it in Premiere Pro.

  • Video Frame Rates
  • Video File Formats
  • Aspect Ratios - 3:2 vs. 16:9
  • Resolution - Standard Definition vs. High Definition
  • Camera Settings
  • Camera Movements
  • Camera Support
  • Setting up a Project in Premiere Pro
  • Simple Editing
    • Importing Footage
    • Marking In and Out Points
    • Moving Footage in the Timeline
    • Editing with the Move Tool, Blade Tool and Direct Select Arrow
  • Audio
  • External Sound
  • Building a Video Project

Note: In order to take this course, students must be comfortable navigating and using their own computers.


Meeting Times
  • February 11: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Introduction to video: We'll cover shooting video, camera movements, basic camera set up, shooting a sequence and b-roll.
  • February 13: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Intro to Adobe Premiere: Using the instructor's files, we look at compiling a basic timeline, with some music in a rhythmic edit.
  • February 18: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Using your footage, we'll import, organize and make a rhythmic music video of your own footage.
  • February 25: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Using your footage, we'll import, organize and create a short "promo" video.
  • February 27: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - We'll continue to work on promo videos, and you will be introduced to some text overlays and other effects.
  • March 4: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Intro to sound and sound editing: We'll shoot a brief snippet of one another with external audio and learn how to sync a sound file to video in a few different ways.
  • March 6: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - We'll use this class as a lab to work on projects and learn about exporting
  • March 8: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. - Final assignments are due and critiqued.

Meeting Space

Your class will meet in Room 204* at Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

Rocky Mountain School of Photography
210 N. Higgins Avenue
Missoula, MT 59802

*Enter the glass doors at 210 N. Higgins Avenue and take the stairs to the second floor. Room 204 will be on your right.


Parking downtown is free after 5 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.


  • A DSLR or Mirrorless camera with video capabilities. If you are unsure whether your camera fits into either of these two categories, please reach out to us and ask!
  • A laptop computer (Call us if you are unsure of whether your laptop can run Premiere Pro.)
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC (The full version of Premiere is required, Premiere Elements is not suitable for this course.)
  • Card reader
  • Camera batteries (fully charged)
  • Memory cards
  • An external mouse is also highly recommended, especially if you have a hard time using your laptop’s track pad.
Tuition: $155
Deposit: $0
This course is past its starting date.


Jeff McLain

Jeff McLain is a photographer, videographer, and digital retoucher.

After his photography education, Jeff got his start as a freelance photo assistant in San Francisco working on editorial, catalog and advertising shoots. His skills in Photoshop and computing allowed him to help photographers bridge the gap between the film days and all-digital workflows, and he stood at the forefront of the advent of the career of the "Digital Technician."

Jeff soon moved into shooting, and then moved laterally to video capture. His background as a multi-instrumental musician has also benefited his understanding of sound design and audio capture, which can be a technically challenging aspect of film-making.

He worked for many years as a digital technician for Pier 1 Imports, Pottery Barn and a slew of others. As a photographer, he has shot for Williams Sonoma, Mountain Living Magazine, Keen Shoes, Mountain Hardwear, Red Envelope, and Robert Mondavi Wines, among others.

He has loaded 15 cases of equipment onto planes, coordinated with Spanish-speaking producers in Mexico, photographed hamburgers by window-light in Hong Kong, shot smoothies on the balcony of Rudolph Valentino's Hollywood mansion, talked about film technology on a photo shoot with George Lucas, and has worked out of helicopters, Cessnas and random hotel rooms.

He has been a freelancer for over 15 years and takes a 'real-world' approach to his perspective of the photographic industry and the skills needed in today's market. Locally, he and his wife own and operate a boutique wedding videography business.

Jeff is a 2001 graduate of Hallmark Institute of Photography and has B.A. from the University of Montana. When not shooting in-studio or on-location, Jeff spends time with his wife, son, dog and cat in Missoula, Montana. He plays bluegrass dobro, banjo and guitar to unwind.



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