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Adobe Certified Professional in

Digital Video Using Adobe Premiere Pro

Show what you know.

Validate your knowledge of Adobe Premiere Pro, the industry-leading video editing software for film, TV, and the web.

Adobe has worked with creative industry experts and the test design specialists at Certiport to identify the skills and concepts that are critical to using Premiere Pro effectively in a professional context.

The resulting 50-minute exam is integrated with the Premiere Pro application, allowing for an authentic assessment of job-ready skills.

150 hours of instruction and hands-on experience is recommended.

Review the available versions and languages

This certification will become available on June 15, 2021

Exam guide

The exam objectives are outlined below alongside sample items from CertPREP Practice Tests and relevant resources. All key items are examples of exam topics and do not comprise a comprehensive list.

This guide is based on the 2021 version of Digital Video Using Adobe Premiere Pro. For 2018-2020 versions of the exam objectives, please visit Certiport.

1. Working in the Video Industry
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This objective covers critical concepts related to working with colleagues and clients as well as crucial legal, technical, and design-related knowledge.

CertPREP Practice Tests sample items

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1.1  Purpose, audience, and requirements

Official guidelines

  • 1.1 Identify the purpose, audience, and audience needs for preparing video editing projects.
  • a. Determine whether content is relevant to the purpose, audience, and audience needs.
  • i. Key Terms: client goals, target audience, demographics, accessibility, captioning, etc.
  • b. Identify requirements based on how the video will be delivered, distributed, and/or consumed.
  • i. Key Terms: Email file size limits, compression, codec and architecture, input and output file formats, aspect ratio
  • ii. Key Concepts: Select the correct Codec and architecture based on capture and delivery requirements.

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1.2  Communication and project management

Official guidelines

  • 1.2 Communicate with colleagues and clients about project plans.
  • a. Demonstrate knowledge of techniques for communicating about design plans with peers and clients.
  • i. Key Terms: Pre-production: shot list, script writing, storyboarding, and location scouting
  • b. Demonstrate knowledge of basic project management concepts.
  • i. Key Terms: Production: setup, filming, and handoff; Post-production: importing, editing, color correction, audio mixing, distributing

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1.3  Copyright, permissions, and licensing

Official guidelines

  • 1.3 Determine the type of intellectual property rights, permissions, and licensing required to use specific content.
  • a. Identify legal and ethical considerations for using third-party content.
  • i. Key Terms: Creative Commons, public domain, copyright, intellectual property, derivative work, commercial use, attribution, work for hire, fair use, fair dealing
  • b. Identify when and how to obtain permission to use images, audio, or video.
  • i. Key Terms: model release, location permitting, property release, rights, permissions, licensing.
  • ii. Key Concepts: permission to use an image is separate from permission to use a person’s face or a restricted location, etc.

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1.4  Key terminology

Official guidelines

  • 1.4 Demonstrate an understanding of key terminology related to digital audio and video.
  • a. Demonstrate knowledge of digital video and audio terminology.
  • i. Key Video Terms: frame rate, aspect ratio, safe zone, image and video resolution, file formats, video codecs, pixels, rendering, aperture, shutter speed, ISO 
  • ii. Key Audio Terms: clipping, levels, natural/ambient sound, room tone, Foley sound, audio sampling rates, file types
  • b. Demonstrate knowledge of how color is represented in digital video.
  • i. Key Terms: white balance, bit depth, and working color space (RGB, CMYK, YUV, HLS). ii Key Concepts: Choose the right color space.

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1.5 Principles and best practices

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  • 1.5 Demonstrate knowledge of basic editorial principles and best practices employed in the video industry.
  • a. Communicate visually using standard film/video timing techniques.
  • i. Key Concepts: following the action; leading in and out of shots to give editors time to cut; matching shots; zooms and pans; wide vs. tight shots; establishing shots vs. closing shots; shooting B-roll footage
  • b. Identify general editorial principles and guidelines for video.
  • i. Key Concepts: sequencing shots, cuts (L and J cuts, cross cutting, match cuts, cutting on the action, cutaway, montage, jump cut), transitions, compositing, audio levels, mixing, background music, narration, sound effects, still images used in video (file formats and image specifications), titles
  • c. Define common photographic and cinematic composition terms and principles.
  • i. Key Terms: aspect ratio, rule of thirds, foreground, background, color, tone, contrast, cropping, depth of field, field of view, types of shots include: close-up (CU), extreme close-up (ECU), medium close-up (MCU), medium shot (MS), wide shot (WS), long shot (LS), extreme long shot (ELS), background (BG or bg), foreground (FG or fg), over-the-shoulder (OTS), point of view (POV), cutaway, etc.
  • d. Identify appropriate workflows
  • i. Key Concepts: Ensure continuity and quality as the project moves from preproduction through postproduction; Maintain technical quality for deliverables; Communication, documentation, and tech sheets

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2. Project Setup and Interface
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This objective covers the interface setup and program settings that assist in an efficient and effective workflow, as well as knowledge about importing digital assets for a project.

CertPREP Practice Tests sample items

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2.1 Projects and sequences

Official guidelines

  • 2.1 Create projects and sequences.
  • a. Choose appropriate project settings for video.
  • i. Key Concepts: project location on drive(s), sequence settings, scratch disk, playback engine, display format, audio samples, ingest settings
  • b. Create a sequence that matches the delivery requirements.
  • i. Key Concepts: editing mode, timebase, pixel aspect ratio, fields, timecode, working color space, resolution, sample rate, video previews, tracks, sequence presets

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2.2 Application workspace

Official guidelines

  • 2.2 Navigate, organize, and customize the application workspace.
  • a. Identify, navigate, and manipulate elements of the Premiere Pro interface.
  • i. Key Concepts: menus, panels, toolbars, search within panels, timeline, Project panel, Program and Source Monitors, Button Editor, zoom level 
  • b. Organize and customize the workspace.
  • i. Key Concepts: using/switching default workspaces; showing, hiding, nesting, and docking panels; Workspaces panel, shortcuts, and menus; customizing, saving, and resetting workspaces
  • c. Configure application preferences.
  • i. Key Settings: Auto-save, General (bin settings, default scale to frame size and transition duration), Audio Hardware, Media Cache, Timeline, Memory, Playback

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2.3 Non-visible design tools

Official guidelines

  • 2.3 Use non-visible design tools in the interface to aid in video workflow.
  • a. Control and work with the timeline and media.
  • i. Key Concepts: playhead, panning, zooming, playing, pausing, keyboard shortcuts (j-k-l keys, spacebar, backslash, etc.)
  • b. Use markers.
  • i. Key Concepts: setting timeline and clip markers, marking in and out points
  • c. Use guides.
  • i. Key Concepts: title safe areas, action safe areas, rulers and guides

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2.4 Importing assets

Official guidelines

  • 2.4 Import assets into a project.
  • a. Import media from various sources.
  • i. Key Concepts: file, importing layers from .psd, dynamic linking, all files are linked, dragging and dropping, creating a proxy on import, interpret footage, Media Browser, adding assets from Essential Graphics and Essential Sound panels
  • b. Manage assets in a Premiere Pro project.
  • i. Key Concepts: relinking files, updating file locations for missing/moved/updated media, organizing assets in bins, thumbnails vs list view, metadata, renaming a sequence, removing unused assets, collect or consolidate files with the Project Manager

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3. Organizing Video Projects
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This objective covers video project structure including layers, tracks, and assets for efficient workflow.

CertPREP Practice Tests sample items

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3.1 Tracks and sequences

Official guidelines

  • 3.1 Manage tracks and sequences.
  • a. Use the Timeline panel to manage tracks.
  • i. Key Concepts: clips vs tracks, adding/deleting tracks, locking/unlocking tracks, renaming tracks, targeting a track, expanding a track in the timeline, patching, etc.
  • b. Manage sequences in a complex project.
  • i. Key Concepts: nesting sequences, linking/unlinking audio and video clips, syncing audio with video clips, renaming sequences, sync lock, creating a multi-cam source sequence
  • c. Recognize the different types of layers in the Layers panel.
  • i. Key Concepts: background, pixel, adjustment, type, fill, shape, vector, Smart Object (embedded and linked), active/inactive (hidden), artboard layers, etc.

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3.2 Track output

Official guidelines

  • 3.2 Enable and disable track output.
  • a. Hide, show, mute, and solo tracks

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4. Creating and Modifying Visual Elements
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This objective covers core tools and functionality of the application, as well as tools that affect the sequences within the project.

CertPREP Practice Tests sample items

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4.1 Core tools and features

Official guidelines

  • 4.1 Use core tools and features to edit audio and video.
  • a. Assemble a video sequence using a variety of tools and panels.
  • i. Key Panels: Timeline, Source Monitor, Program Monitor
  • Ii. Key Concepts: setting In and Out points to determine an edit; splitting, inserting, overwriting, lifting, and extracting clips. 

Resources & Tutorials

Find more Trainings and resources for similar topics on helpx.adobe.com or at the Adobe Education Exchange

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4.2 Title animations and properties

Official guidelines

  • 4.2 Add and animate titles and modify title properties.
  • a. Add superimposed text and shapes in a sequence.
  • i. Key Concepts: Type tools: point text, paragraph text; Create shapes with the Pen, Rectangle, and Ellipse tools; Use the Essentials Graphics panel to browse and select relevant templates
  • b. Use appropriate controls to modify text and graphic appearance.
  • i. Key Text Controls: font, size, alignment, kerning, tracking, leading, horizontal and vertical scale, etc.
  • ii. Key Appearance Controls: fill, shadow, stroke, background.

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4.3 Transforming footage

Official guidelines

  • 4.3 Trim footage for use in sequences.
  • a. Resize clips using a variety of tools.
  • i. Key Terms: adjusting scale, aspect ratio, or frame size; letterboxing; adjusting for mixed aspect ratios; using vertically shot video from phones; etc.
  • b. Trim and refine clips using various methods.
  • i. Key Tools: Rolling Edit tool, Ripple Edit tool, Rate Stretch tool.

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4.4 Transforming Media

Official guidelines

  • 4.4 Transform digital media within a project.
  • a. Modify clip settings.
  • i. Key Concepts: labeling, renaming, setting poster frame, changing clip speed, creating a freeze frame
  • b. Adjust the audio of a video clip.
  • i. Key Concepts: audio gain and channel remapping.

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4.5 Effects

Official guidelines

  • 4.5 Use effects to modify video in a sequence.
  • a. Use basic auto-correction methods and tools.
  • i. Key Concepts: Know how to use the Basic Correction, Creative and Vignette controls of the Lumetri color panel
  • b. Apply effects presets.
  • i. Key Tools: effects, transitions, presets
  • c. Apply effects presets on multiple clips.
  • i. Key Concepts: creating and adjusting the length of the adjustment layer, nesting
  • d. Composite video clips using tracks.
  • i. Key Concepts: keying (luma/chroma), opacity, masking, mattes, alpha channel, picture-in-picture

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4.6 Keyframes

Official guidelines

  • 4.6 Use keyframes to control video properties over time.
  • a. Modify effect settings.
  • i. Key Concepts: adding and adjusting keyframes, adjusting effect properties
  • b. Apply and adjust video motion effects.
  • i. Key Concepts: adjusting clip settings over time by using keyframes
  • ii. Key Effects: motion, opacity, other visual effects

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4.7 Audio

Official guidelines

  • 4.7 Manage audio in a video sequence.
  • a. Apply effects presets.
  • i. Key Tools: effects, transitions
  • b. Add audio to a sequence.
  • i. Key Concepts: synchronizing, linking, replacing, merging clips, mono and stereo tracks
  • c. Adjust audio on the timeline or using the Effect Controls panel.
  • i. Key Concepts: adding audio transitions and effects; adding, removing, and adjusting keyframes

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5. Publishing Digital Media
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This objective covers publishing and exporting video and audio sequences in multiple formats for various publishing platforms.

CertPREP Practice Tests sample items

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5.1 Preparing video and audio

Official guidelines

  • 5.1 Prepare video and audio sequences for publishing to web, screen, and other digital devices.
  • a. Check a project for errors and project specifications.
  • i. Key Concepts: gaps in timeline, audio levels, broadcast safe color and exposure, resolution, title safe area, etc.

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5.2 Exporting and archiving

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  • 5.2 Export and archive video and audio sequences.
  • a. Export a single frame, a clip, range of sequence, or an entire sequence.
  • i. Key Concepts: file formats/video codecs, alpha channels, file names, export locations, exporting only audio or video, exporting captions, controlling the source range, etc.
  • b. Export using Adobe Media Encoder.
  • i. Key Concepts: batch processing, adding to queue, more than one target screen size or playback device, multiple formats, etc.
  • c. Archive a project.
  • i. Key Tool: Project Manager
  • ii. Key Concepts: collect files, consolidate and transcode, disk space

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