How to Edit a Music Video (7 Tutorials for Make The Cut Contest)

In honor of 25 Years of Premiere Pro, Adobe has partnered with Imagine Dragons to produce Make The Cut, a one-of-a-kind music video editing contest. Contestants are able to download the actual production footage of the official Imagine Dragons "Believers" music video, and cut their own version for the chance to win $25,000! 

Below are 7 tutorials, edited from an Adobe Premiere Pro Facebook livestream, featuring Adobe Evangelist, Jason Levine, teaching how to access the "Believers" production footage and begin editing your music video. Each video is a great tutorial on its own, but this series will especially give Make The Cut contestants a comfortable start in Premiere Pro.

With the chance to win fame and fortune, there's no better time to learn Premiere Pro; sign up for Make The Cut, download the footage and follow along with Jason in these music video tutorials.


1. How to Begin: Accessing Footage, Audio & Sequences in Zip Archive

In this tutorial (edited from a Facebook livestream), Adobe Evangelist Jason Levine shows you what you'll find inside the MakeTheCut ZIP package. All content has already been placed into organized bins; navigate through and see what you're working with! —Adobe

2. How to Create a Multicam Sequence with Audio Synchronization

In this tutorial (edited from a Facebook livestream), Adobe Evangelist Jason Levine shows you how to set-up and create a Multicam sequence, leveraging Premiere Pro's powerful audio-sync feature. —Adobe

3. How to Edit Video with Multicam Sequence

In this tutorial (edited from a Facebook livestream), Adobe Evangelist Jason Levine shows you how to edit and cut your multicam sequence (this one has 19 cameras) using keyboard shortcuts, standard editing tools and easy on-screen overlays to navigate the UI and cut in real-time. —Adobe

4. How to Edit to the Beat, Using Markers & Automate to Sequence

In this tutorial (edited from a Facebook livestream), Adobe Evangelist Jason Levine shows you how to cut to the beat of a track, dropping markers, and automating clips in the timeline with those markers. —Adobe

5. Working with the Lumetri Color Panel, How to use Color Correction

In this tutorial (edited from a Facebook livestream), Adobe Evangelist Jason Levine shows you how to use the Lumetri Color Panel to perform basic tonal corrections, work with LUTs, re-imagined curves and HSL secondaries. —Adobe

6. How to use Speed Ramps & Slow Motion with Optical Flow

In this tutorial (edited from a Facebook livestream), Adobe Evangelist Jason Levine shows you how to modify the speed of a clip and use speed ramps for dramatic effect. He'll cover various interpolation methods including Optical Flow. —Adobe

7. How After Effects & Premiere Pro Work Together

In this tutorial (edited from a Facebook livestream), Adobe Evangelist Jason Levine shows you how After Effects and Premiere Pro work together, sending one clip or multiple clips directly from sequence to composition (and without rendering) via Dynamic Link. All changes made in After Effects update live in Premiere Pro, allowing a fluid integration between the two applications. —Adobe