How to Finalize a Movie in Adobe Premiere

By Rianne Hill Soriano

Updated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • Computer

  • Adobe Premiere Pro video-editing program

  • Computer speaker or external speakers suitable for video-editing

  • Video footage for editing

  • Sound elements including sound effects, music, live sound and additional sound recordings (whichever the movie would need)

  • Script and/or shot list

  • List of names and work designations for film credits

  • External hard drive (optional)

  • Calibrated TV monitor (optional)

Adobe Premiere: popular video-editing program used for both amateur and professional projects.
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Adobe Premiere is a non-linear, timeline-based video-editing software that can be purchased separately or as part of the Adobe Creative Suite, a collection of graphic design, video editing and web development applications from Adobe Systems.

The Adobe Premiere program supports a variety of video-editing cards and plug-ins that make it a popular choice for both amateur and professional projects. It is also available for both Mac and Windows platforms.

Set your timeline to the beginning of the edited movie, then press the “Space Bar” in your keyboard to start playback. Review your edited footage, and make the necessary adjustments, if necessary. After which, you can start finalizing your movie.

Apply any transition or any other video effect available in your Adobe Premiere menu program to polish your edited visuals. Your options depend on the version of your program and how many plug-ins you have for it.

Make title texts and movie credits for your edited work’s opening and closing billboards.

Finalize and mix your audio requirements for your project. These include the dialogue, sound effects, atmosphere sound, music and other sound elements for the movie. If your master audio track is edited in a separate sound-editing program, simply import the audio file to your Adobe Premiere editing project, then drag it to the program's audio-time line. Playback the video with the laid-in audio to check the synching before moving to the next step.

Render your edited video if the said process is not yet complete. Adobe Premiere can provide real-time or almost real-time rendering of the audio and video elements in your timeline. In some cases, depending on the technical specifications of your computer and the version of the program you have, rendering may take a longer time, especially if you are editing high-definition (HD) video and/or your movie is visual effects-heavy.

Export the movie in your desired video file format. From the “File” menu, click “Export” and wait for the "Export Window" to appear. Select the file format from the drop-down menu. Popular file format selections you can choose from include QuickTime Movie, Real Media, Windows Media, Flash and a variety of MPEG formats. Configure the settings of your selected format, and click the "Save" button to start the exporting process.

Wait for the exporting process to finish. Depending on your computer’s technical specifications, your video’s configuration and the running time of your output video, the exported file might be available anywhere from a few minutes to a number of hours.


Always save your editing project every time you have a significant change in your video. It is also wise to save a backup copy of your project file at least once or twice a day to avoid the risk of losing your hard work because of file corruption. It is best to save your backup copy on another hard drive to avoid the risk of losing data because of a problematic hard drive.

Double-check the script and/or shotlist when finalizing your edited movie.

If you have the extra video-editing resources available, it is best to connect a calibrated TV monitor and high-end speakers in your editing system so that you are able to see the video with accurate colors, contrast and brightness and hear its sound with accurate volume and loudness.