The Cool Stuff in Premiere Pro – now available!

The Cool Stuff in Premiere Pro

The Cool Stuff in Premiere Pro is now available as downloadable e-book (watermarked PDF). It covers advanced editing techniques in Premiere Pro, and goes into much greater detail than any existing book on Premiere. This is the real stuff – the techniques used by professionals in their daily work.

Learn how to edit much faster and get better results. Learn how smarter workflows and the use of presets and templates can save hours – even days – on every project. Knowing more about the software will make you look smart to clients and work faster so you can have more time for creativity.

Update: This 2015 version is no longer available – buy the 2017 version

The updated version of The Cool Stuff in Premiere Pro is now available, and the single chapters from the 2015 version can no longer be bought. See the web page for the updated book here. Customers who bought the 2015 version will get a very decent discount on the 2017 version (65% on digital versions, 50% on printed version).

What follows is the original blog text for old version

The book covers the most current version at the time of release; Premiere Pro – 2014.2. In this book you’ll learn about Multi-Channel Audio Editing, Color Grading, Motion Graphics, Compositing, Multi-Camera workflows, Customizing Premiere, Export, Integration with other Adobe software and a huge amount of technical info and editing tips and tricks. More than 2.200 images, illustrations and screen shots make it easy to understand the techniques.

UPDATE: My original plan was to release a new PDF version and a printed version shortly after the 2016 release. Surprisingly, there was no 2016 release – Adobe chose to name the June 2016 release “CC 2015.3”. So no matter how fresh and up-to-date the content in my book would be, it would seem outdated because it “only covered the 2015 release”.

So I had to wait for the next update, and see if the Adobe folks have a new naming scheme up their sleeve. That release came in November 2016, and was named 2017. So now I’m in the process of updating all the chapters to cover the 2017 version. The plan is to release it in September 2017.

Not for beginners

You’re supposed to know the basics of Premiere Pro before you dive into this book.


  • Accelerated Workflow
  • Audio in Premiere
  • Color Grading in Premiere
  • Graphics in motion
  • Compositing in Premiere
  • Editing tips & techniques
  • Customizing Premiere
  • Integration with Adobe software
  • Export

You can Download a PDF with the full Table of Content here. (For the 2015 version)

Some info about the PDF e-book

The 134 MB PDF is watermarked and password protected. It can be read on PC, Mac, tablets and even on smart phones. I wouldn’t recommend reading the whole book on a smart phone, but it’s great for quick searches, always available in your pocket. One of the best ways to use the e-book is to have it open on a tablet while you’re editing on a Mac or PC.

The more than 600 pages are easy to navigate. There is a Table of Content at the start, with links to every chapter and every heading. The whole Table of content is clickable too, so clicking a topic there will take you directly to the page where that topic starts. Clicking the logo in every page header takes you to the Table of Content. Clicking on the footer with the name of the chapter takes you to the start of the chapter.  Since it’s a PDF, everything is instantly searchable as well.

Update: This 2015 version is no longer available – buy the 2017 version

The updated version of The Cool Stuff in Premiere Pro is now available, and the single chapters from the 2015 version can no longer be bought. See the web page for the updated book here.

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49 Responses

  1. Manny L says:

    I waited a long time for this and I feel like a child at Christmas. Congrats Jarle!

  2. Congrats on getting this amazing piece of work out to the video-editing community. It looks awesome!

  3. Edward Nachman says:

    I finally printed out the entire book. One problem; I couldn’t print page 508. I believe there is something wrong the way the page was presented in the pdf form. Other than that, I’m looking forward for reading your tome.

  4. Dag Ove says:

    Congrats with your book, Jarle! Looks awsome. How much do you think the printed version will cost in NOK? Do you have a deal where I can get the ebook if I purchase the printed version? I find it very convenient to have an electronic version of manuals to do searches as you mentioned above – but at th same time it’s nice to have a printed version, it’s more easy on the eyes etc 😉 All the best!

    • Dag Ove, I don’t know the exact price of the printed book yet. Depends on printing cost, but it will definitely be higher than the price of the e-book. Those who have bought the e-book will get a healthy discount on the printed version.

  5. Dag Ove says:

    Right, thanks, Jarle!

  6. Mirek says:

    Quick note to let you know how much I am enjoying reading your book on Premiere Pro Advanced Editing. So many new things to learn and implement, just not enough chocolates, coffee and hours to assimilate it all. Keep up the great work.

  7. DashV says:

    Should I get the current pdf now or are the 2015 updates just around the corner? 🙂

    • Hi DashV, it will still be a few weeks before the new version is ready (writing this on June 30th). There are so many bugs in CC 2015 that I expect Adobe to send out a new version pretty soon. Then I’ll be on vacation for a while before I can finish the new version of my book. You can still buy the current version without any risk – you’ll get the update for free or for a very very low price. We’re talking massive discounts for those who bought the first version. 🙂

      Anyway, for now, I recommend that you stick with CC2014 until Adobe have fixed the most serious bugs.

  8. Hi and thanks for the most excellent book on Premiere Pro I’ve managed to get my hand on so far. Due to some severe hardware problems two days ago I was forced to salvage my edits for the movie I’m working on from another editing software and get them into Premiere Pro. Haven’t used Premiere Pro for three years, so I needed to get up to speed fast. As you mentioned in your foreword – there aren’t as many books available which don’t begin by “In the program window you will see the frame (that is, the current picture) which is situated where the playhead is on the timeline” or something similar. Thanks for that. It’s a “must have” for those who know what they want, are comfortable in editing with Avid or FCP or [insert editing software here] and just need to figure out how it is done in Premiere Pro.

    Now the questions: will I be notified as soon as an updated version gets published? Will there ever be a epub variant?

    • Thank you for the kind words about the book! Glad you liked it. 🙂 You will definitely be alerted when a new version is ready. About the e-pub version: I’m not sure. I find that format tricky to publish to when the the book has thousands of images with image captions. In a PDF is so much easier to control the layout.

      • Credit where credit’s due 🙂
        Never thought I would work with PPro again, so if anybody from Adobe reads this: It’s all Jarle’s fault anyway..

        About eBooks – I somehow lost my copy of van Hurkmans Color correction handbook and got a eBook-copy from amazon as replacement. Cant say I missed much compared to the printed edition – and I could mark those parts I found especially important. I miss that in the PDF-copy..

  9. JaySmoke says:

    Wow, I can’t wait to begin reading this book. I have been playing around with Premiere for awhile now and it seems like everybody is using After Effects so I was about to jump on that train. I hope this book will prevent that from happening cause I really love working with Premiere.

  10. Hi,

    Really excited about getting this book. Appreciate this has been asked before, but now we are in 2016, just keen to understand if its worth purchasing this version or should i wait for the paperback or updated ibook? Thank you!

  11. fabio says:

    Hi Jarle
    does this ebook works with premiere cs6? or does it exist for cs6?
    Thanks a lot!

  12. Mark Willner says:

    I purchased the PDF version of the book. The only issues is that I am unable to highlight and bookmark because of the security restrictions. Most e-books I own allow the user to highlight and bookmark. If all possible, could these two restrictions be lifted? A great reference by the way.

    • Mark, I tried to answer your e-mail, but it bounced. Unfortunately, the WordPress plug-in that creates the individual files doesn’t have an option for this. This is good feedback though, and I’ll look into the possibilities for having them add this feature before the release of the next version of the book.

  13. Mark says:

    I purchased this e-book but find it somewhat unusable since it is 611 pages and it cannot be bookmarked or highlighted. I seriously doubt there is anyone who can read 611 pages in one sitting. The e-book needs to be like all other e-books and provide for bookmarking and highlighting. While the content might be great, it needs to be manageable for the end user, which it is not.

    • Hi Mark. Thank you for your feedback. I’ll ask the plug-in developer if this can be implemented in the next version of the plug-in that creates the personalized PDFs. You’re definitely not supposed to read all the pages in one sitting. 🙂

      Have you tried the advanced search and hyperlink features in the e-book? If you search for “Multi-Camera” it takes you to the table of contents and the Multi-Camera Editing chapter. You can then click on the headline text in the table of contents to jump to the chapter – or click on the “Manual Sync Offsets” hyperlink to go straight to that section. Whenever you’re deep inside the book you can always click on the chapter name to go to the start of that chapter, or on the cool stuff logo to go to the table of content. Or you could just do a search for “Custom Sequence Presets” and go straight to the page where this is described. I find this very effective.

      I own a lot of PDF e-books, and I’ve never created a bookmark or highlighted text, but I still find the books quite useful, so I guess our ways of using the books are just different. But hopefully, with the next version, I’ll be able to provide what you want.

  14. Mark says:

    I have used the advance search. I am surprised you don’t bookmark or highlight given the volume of rich content but that is I guess up to the individual. I find it useful in e-books to bookmark and highlight. In Premiere I have an app which lets bring in PDF documents and use them while I am working. It is called PDF Viewer and it allows me to use a document in Premier Pro for reference. Thank you for your response and I am looking forward to a more standard version of your e-book.

  15. Jon says:

    Am also intersted in your book, is there an update to the 2016 version coming soon? Would be a bummer to buy it and find that I would need to rebuy it again, unless you offer us an updated version if we buy it now…? Also I like the shorter single chapter versions, will you be releasing updated versions of those, or get a cost credit from a full version purchase? Thanks look forward to reading, Jon

    • Hi Jon, I am planning an update later this year – hopefully this summer. You can safely buy the current version now, as those who’ve bought the current version will get a BIG discount on the update. 🙂 I have no plans to release updated single chapters, but I will take a look at that option again after the update. No promises, though.

  16. Jonathan says:

    Hi Jarle, if i buy your book, is it possible for me to have the older version like the one that suitable with CS6 (if you ever made one) as an extra along with the latest version?

    • Hi Jonathan, there is no CS6 version. The current version covers Premiere Pro CC 2014.2. A new version is coming soon, and will cover Premiere Pro CC 2017. Some of the chapters can be bought separately, and some of these were written for CS6.

  17. Edward Nachman says:

    I purchased the original book. Is there a way to download any NEW additional information.

  18. Ben Kupfer says:

    Not sure if you’ve covered this topic, but it’s not in the book. Are you writing a chapter on proxy editing?

  19. Ben Kupfer says:

    Excellent! Thanks Jarle

  20. Dag Ove says:

    Hi! I’ve worked with Premiere Pro CS6 together with the book, and have now finally installed Premiere Pro CC 2017. BUT all the usual shortcuts don’t work anymore. I have an English version of Premiere Pro and a Norwegian keyboard. How can I get all my shortcuts from CS6 back? Do I have to export them and then re-import them? Thanks in advance!

  21. Lauren Quin says:

    Hi, I see there is an archived version of the audio chapters available for download, but it states it is now out of date.

    Is there an up-to-date chapter available for download? Or is it just the whole book.

    • Hi Lauren. The only way to get the updated chapter is to buy the whole book. A new version of the book will be available in August 2017. You’ll get a 65% discount on the electronic version if you have bought the existing one. You’ll also get a 50% discount on the paper version.

  22. Ragnar Egeland says:

    When do we get the discount code for the new book?

  23. Ragnar Egeland says:

    Ok. Thank you. I’ll be waiting for it.

  24. Ragnar Egeland says:

    Hi again. It is September 18th 2017, and I am ready to place an order. I have not received any discount code yet, and the release date on Apress website is still December 4, 2017. It is still on pre-order, so I am not able to buy it yet. Have I missed something? Please advice.

    • Ragnar, you haven’t missed anything. Apress (the publisher) have said it will be released in September, but they cannot say which date. Since the discount code cannot be used for pre-orders, you will get your code as soon as the book is released.

  25. Edward Nachman says:

    I have the original book and am looking forward to the new release. Do I get a discount for the soft cover?

  26. Edward Nachman says:

    When will I get the discount code?

    • The answer to you is the same as to others that have asked lately, so not sure why you ask – but here goes: You will get the discount when the book is available. It makes little sense to send you a code you cannot use yet.

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