866-266-7496 mediacommons@psu.edu

This tutorial will show you how to create your first Premiere Rush project, import and organize media, and use the interface controls.

  1. Open Adobe Premiere Rush.
rush icon

The first time you open Premiere Rush, you will be taken through a tutorial for using most of its features.

We suggest that you complete the built-in tutorial, and then return to our written tutorials as needed. 

Rush intro screen

The next time you access Premiere Rush, or if you skip the guided tutorial, you will be presented with the New Project screen.

create new project button
  1. Click the blue Create a New Project button to begin your project.

Next, you’ll be taken to the Media Browser to select the files you want in your project. You will also be able to give your project a name and make selections on how Premiere Rush handles your imported media and project.

Media browser

The Project Name is located on the left, towards the bottom of the screen.

  1. Click where it says “Untitled” and replace the text with the name you’d like your project to have.
  2. Leave the Sync with Creative Cloud selection checked.
  3. Click the box next to Copy Media to select that as well.
Project name and media selections
  1. Navigate to where your files are located.

Our files are in a folder on the desktop, but yours could be located in your downloads, documents, on the desktop, or a number of other locations depending on where you imported or stored your files.


  1. Once you find the files you want to import, click on them in the approximate order you’d like them to play in. You can select video, images, music, and/or sound effects.
Select footage
You will see a preview of the order at the bottom of the interface and you’ll be able to rearrange them after importing them if needed.

  1. Click the blue Create button in the lower right once you have selected all the files you want in your project.

You’ll now finally see Premiere Rush’s editing interface. You will be able to click and drag your footage to rearrange it in the timeline.

Project editing interface with imported footage

Editing Interface Controls


Watch what you have so far by clicking the white triangular play button, or by hitting the spacebar on your keyboard.

Control Tracks

To be able to create cutaways with your video or images, click the Control Tracks button, located in the bottom left corner of the interface.

Control tracks button

You will now see all 4 video and 3 audio tracks that you may want to use for your project.

All video and audio tracks displayed in project interface

Expand Audio

If you are making edits with audio elements that require precision, you’ll want to see your waveforms expanded.

Click the Expand Audio button, located in the bottom left corner of the interface.

Expand audio button

You’ll now be able to see your audio waveforms better for more precise editing.

Expanded audio

Zoom Timeline

For even more precise editing, or to see more of your project, you can zoom your timeline in and out.

This is done with the circular handles on either side of the slider a the bottom of the screen, which appear when you hover your cursor over the slider.

Click-and-drag one of the handles to make the slider longer to zoom out.

zoomed out timeline

Click-and-drag one of the handles to make the slider shorter to zoom in.

zoomed in timeline

You can also drag the slider left or right to move left or right in your timeline.