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Premiere Pro: Interface Overview

Version: Adobe Premiere Pro 2020. Be aware that different versions of Premiere will vary in appearance and functionality. Full Guide: View/Download

The Premiere interface shown below is based on the Editing Workspace. To change the selected Workspace, navigate to Window > Workspaces > Editing, or select the Editing tab from the Workspaces that appear at the top of the interface.

1. Menu bar: Includes saving options (under File) and interface options (under Window).
2. Workspace Tabs: Navigate between different interface configurations to see more/fewer settings.
3. Source Monitor: Preview footage here before adding it to a project.
4. Program panel: View the edited project from the Timeline here.
5. Project panel: All of the imported media assets, such as video, audio, photos, and titles, are stored here. Media can be organized into bins (folders).
6. Toolbar: Used to interact with and edit the project. Many tools have a small white triangle in the bottom-right corner, which indicates more tools are stacked beneath the top tool. To see the additional tools, click-and-hold on the tool icon; a drop-down menu will appear. For a detailed list of tools, visit the Tools section.
7. Timeline: This is where the majority of editing will occur, within sequences.
8. Audio Meter: Displays the volume of the audio in the Timeline as its being played.


Workspace refers to the interface setup of Premiere, which contains windows and panels. The accessible windows/panels and overall look of Premiere will change depending on the selected Workspace. A few Workspace presets built-in, and can be accessed in the Interface Menu. The Editing Workspace is a good go-to for most editing needs. At any time, any panel can be relocated and adjusted with a click-and-drag; often times, this happens on accident! If something is resized or a panel is removed, the Workspace can be reset to default settings. 

To reset the Workspace, navigate to Window > Workspace > Reset to Saved Layout.

Using Panels

To access a window/panel not currently visible, navigate to Window from the Menu Bar and select the desired panel. Panels with a check-mark to the left are currently accessible from the main interface.

To extend a panel/window, such as to access other tabs, click the double-arrows from the top of the panel to view additional panel tabs.

To access additional options, click the three stacked lines near the name of the window/panel or tab. Use this to close or undock a panel.


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KeywordsAdobe, editing, video, audio, movie, tools, workspace, panels, windows   Doc ID100569
OwnerJanelle B.GroupPacific Lutheran Univ
Created2020-04-14 11:29:36Updated2023-08-04 16:29:48
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