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AdventureKids Videos | Video Editing Guide


Before making any cuts, you’ll want to apply these settings for the entire clip. 


  • Drag all of your video and audio files in to the project bin
  • Drag your main video file(s) and audio file(s) into the timeline.

Step 1: Synchronize Audio

  • Drag the preferred audio track directly under the existing video’s audio track 
  • Be sure that the track targeting is toggled on (“A1”, “A2”)
  • Select both audio track layers. (The blue original track, and the new green track). Right click on either track and choose Synchronize. 
  • In the Synchronize clip options, choose the last option “Audio” and choose the track number that coincides with the original (blue) audio track. 

Now you need to remove the original audio track & link the new audio track:

  • Unselect both audio tracks. (Just click anywhere else on the timeline).
  • Right click on the original (blue) audio track and choose unlink.
  • Delete the original (blue) audio track.
  • Select both the original (green) video track and the new (blue) audio track and choose link. 
  • I typically move the new (blue) audio track up one channel at this point so it is right under the green video layer for better organization.

Step 2: Clean Up Audio

  • Select the audio layer
  • Choose the Audio Layout
  • In the Essential Sound Panel, choose “Clean Up Noisy Dialogue” for the preset

Step 3: Color Correction

  • Select the video layer
  • Choose the Color Layout
  • In the “Creative” tab, choose the Look Dropdown
  • Select “SL CLEAN KODAK A NDR” 

Step 4: Green Screen Key

  • Choose the Audio Layout
  • Search for “key” in the effects browser
  • Drag the Video Keying Effect “Ultra Key” onto the video
  • Choose the Editing Layout
  • Select the video layer (that you added the Ultra Key effect to)
  • Scroll down to the Ultra Key settings in the Effect Control section
  • Click the color dropper next to Key Color and then click somewhere on the green background of the video
  • Output should be set to Composite
  • You can toggle the output from Composite to Alpha to see a clear B&W version of what is getting keyed out.
  • Adjust the options under Matte Generation to tweak the green being keyed out

Use this as a guide for the Ultra Key Settings:

Step 5: Crop

  • Choose the Effects Layout
  • Search for “crop” in the effects browser
  • Drag the Crop Effect onto the video 
  • Choose the Editing Layout
  • Select the video layer that you added the crop effect to
  • Scroll down to the Crop settings in the Effect Control section
  • Adjust the top, left, bottom, and right to crop out any undesired items (like the side walls of the puppet stage)
  • Adjust the scale and position settings as well to get the content in the right area on the screen.



It’s helpful to leave at least 1 second of video before the reading begins and after the reading ends. This allows for transitions with other video segments. 

It’s okay if the video preceding or following the reading doesn’t look good. That can always be cut out when adding this to the overall video.

Clip the beginning and ending

  • Cut the clip at least 1 second before the reading begins
  • Cut the clip at least 1 second after the clip ends
  • Do not apply any video transitions to the beginning or ending.  

Tip: use the audio layer as a visual indicator of where cuts may need to happen. A large gap usually indicates the end of a section, or a section that may need to be cut out. 

Exporting a specific section of video

Sometimes you may need to export a specific section of video, and not the entire timeline. This can be easily done by marking the “In” and “Out” of your video section.

Mark the “In” or beginning of your clip

  • Zoom in on the timeline so you can see each individual frame marker
  • Place your marker on the frame you want to start on for your clip 
  • Press the keyboard letter “i” to make the “In” point.
  • You will notice that the timeline is highlighted gray from that point on.

Mark the “Out” or end of your clip

  • Zoom in on the timeline so you can see each individual frame marker
  • Place your marker on the frame you want to end your clip 
  • Press the keyboard letter “o” to make the “Out” point.
  • You will notice that the timeline is highlighted gray up to that end point.





How to create Pascal’s Voice

Step 1: Isolate Each Audio Clip

  • Put a cut right before each Pascal voice part and right after.
  • Select the Pascal Clip
  • Choose the “Effects” Panel
  • Choose “Pitch Shifter” under the Audio Effects dropdown

Note: It’s quicker to type in “Pitch Shifter” in the search field

  • Drag the “Pitch Shifter” effect on top of the Pascal Audio Clip
  • Click the “Editing” Panel
  • Scroll down to the Pitch Shifter effect under the Audio Effects Section
  • Click the Individual Parameters Dropdown
  • Change the Transpose Ratio to 1.66

Note: Be sure that the keyframe is moved to the beginning of the clip


Close-ups are helpful to feature Pascal

Step 1: Isolate Each Video Clip

  • Put a cut right before each Pascal video feature and right after.
  • In the “Editing” Panel, increase the Scale to zoom in on Pascal
  • Adjust the two Position values to center Pascal on the screen




This is a pretty simple edit of Pastor Steve reading the story. Simply cut out any mistakes and keep the edits to a fairly quick pace.

Perform the Universal Edits first! (See details above)

  • Pre-Setup
  • Step 1: Synchronize Audio (only if an extra audio track was provided) 
  • Step 2: Clean Up Audio
  • Step 3: Color Correction 

Trim out any mistakes in the reading

  • Watch the entire Bible Reading
  • Anytime you encounter a mistake, you’ll see Pastor Steve stop and re-read that section.
  • The preceding section with the mistake needs to be removed. Often times there may be multiple attempts to correct the mistake, so be sure to watch until you see Steve get a “good” reading.
  • Use the keyboard shortcut “c” to switch to the razor or cut tool.
  • Use the keyboard shortcut “v” to switch to the select or move tool.
  • Cut the video section out that is not needed.
  • Move the video segments together.
  • Styling: We aren’t looking for it to look as seamless as possible. The YouTube style actually encourages that there are noticeable cuts. It keeps the viewers attention.

UPDATE: We’ve switched up the style a bit to now use Jump Cuts.



Once you have the Bible Reading with Pastor Steve done, then you want to add over any puppet scenes to start to bring the story to life

Universal Edits: 

  • Pre-Setup
  • Step 1: Synchronize Audio (only if an extra audio track was provided) 
  • Step 2: Clean Up Audio
  • Step 3: Color Correction
  • Step 4: Green Screen Key
  • Step 5: Crop 

Get your puppet content ready

  • Start watching the puppet video recording.
  • You will notice there is a lot of downtime when the puppet team (Steve and Andrew) are prepping for or talking through a scene)
  • When you come to a scene that works, then just put a cut before and after that scene. 
  • Tip: I will move the video up one layer to designate this as a good clip. I’ll also move the audio (if it’s usable) down one layer to designate as a good clip.
  • After you’ve gone through the entire puppet video, you can delete the unused clips. 
  • Tip. Use the close gap feature to bring all your clips right next to each other. (Choose Sequence in the menu, then choose “Close Gap”).
  • Be sure to crop

Move Puppet Scenes into place

  • Move the puppet clips to a layer above the Bible Reading video layer
  • Tip: Leave a layer in between the puppet layer and the Bible layer. (This will be for the background visual)
  • If there is dialogue (voices) or sound effects from the puppets, be sure to edit out the dialogue from Pastor Steve’s reading.

Fill in a Background Visual

  • Search Envato Elements and find a stock video clip to go behind (under) the puppet layer and in front of (above) the Bible Reading layer.
  • Make the stock video clip the same length as the puppet layer



USING allows you to upload and collaborate on video projects. Login Credentials

  • Website:
  • Username:
  • Password: (Text Pastor Steve)


When you are working on an Adobe Premier Pro project, you can save the entire project in an organized folder. Adobe will automatically pull in all the files you are using and place them in one convenient folder. This is how we will organize and share projects

Adobe Premiere Pro 

  • Username:
  • Password: (Text Pastor Steve)

Saving an Adobe Project

  • Instead of choosing File -> Save from the menu, you’ll want to save your project using project manager. 
  • Choose File -> Project Manager…
  • Be sure your sequence is selected
  • Choose “Collect Files and Copy to New Location”
  • Click Browse and choose the path and folder name. (I typically save it to the desktop.) 
      • Naming Convention. MONTH WEEK Description (NOV W3 Audio Cut)
  • Under options, choose:
        • Exclude Unused Clips
        • Include Audio Conform Files
        • Include Preview Files
        • Rename Media Files to Match Clip Names
  • Click OK


Envato Elements is a great source for royalty free (no copyright issues!) resources. I use this for stock video, graphics, audio, sound effects, and more!

NEVER grab an image, song, video, or anything off of google. (There are copyright issues)

Envato Elements 

  • Website:
  • Username: calvarytech
  • Password: (text Pastor Steve)

When you download the license for your resource, choose AdventureKids Online for the project. 


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