How to Import Music Files into Adobe Premiere Pro

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Adobe Premiere Pro allows fast and easy importation of files for any editing project. The files appear in the "Project" window and can be organized into bins that separate different sections of a project or different types of media like video, photos and audio. When audio is imported into Adobe Premiere Pro, the software takes an extra step to ensure that the audio plays and edits quickly with other media files.

Things You'll Need

  • Need Digitized Footage
  • Adobe Premium Pro
  • Music File (MP3 or other type) or CD with music on it
  • Right-click in the "Project" window and select the "Import Files..." option. A pop-up explorer window will appear.

  • Select the audio files you want to import. Adobe Premiere Pro accepts multiple audio formats including MP3, WAV, AAC and WMA. Hold "Ctrl" down and click to select multiple files at once. Press "OK" to import them into the project.

  • Watch the "Conforming Audio" progress bar in the bottom right corner of the screen. Adobe Premiere Pro processes the audio file and converts it for use in the "Timeline" window. Each audio file conforms one at a time and the progress bar will disappear when complete.

  • Click once on an audio file in the "Project" window to highlight it. Press the small "Play" icon to listen to a preview of the audio.

  • Drag and drop the audio into the "Audio" slots on the timeline to add it to a project.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may have trouble importing directly from the CD. If so, save your music files on your computer with a program like iTunes or Windows Media Player, and then import them into Premiere Pro.
  • Music file are copyrighted material. You will not be able to sell your footage without an agreement from the artist. Generally, for student films and for personal use only, it is ok to use audio files with your video footage.

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