Insider Tips: Kickstart Your Premiere Edit with Storyboards

Every week, Insider asks one of our expert contributors to share a tip, tool, or technique that they use all the time and couldn’t live without. In this article, Jarle Leirpoll shares a faster way to create rough edits and assemblies in Premiere Pro.

Many editors still edit the old school way—mimicking the way we used to work when cutting celluloid film:

  1. Open a clip in the Source Monitor,
  2. Set in and out points,
  3. Put it in the timeline,
  4. Repeat for each clip.

This is a very slow way to edit video!

Every bin in Premiere Pro can be used as a storyboard, where you can arrange clips in the order you want them in your timeline. This is a fast, visual, and intuitive way to get your clips in the desired order.

Icon View button in Premiere Pro
If you need to, select Icon View with Ctrl/Cmd+Pg Dn

While it’s possible to use the Freeform View to arrange your clips, I find the Icon View most effective and reliable. Select Icon View by clicking the Icon View button in the bin, or by hitting Ctrl/Cmd + Page Down. Move the clips to the desired order.

With your clips in sort order, select the first clip, hold Shift, and then click on your last clip to select the entire range of clips you want to add.

Clips selected in Premiere Pro bin
…and the same 11 clips selected.

Check that the playhead is where you want to insert your clip selection, and hit comma (,). Now you can use Top and Tail editing (which I’ll cover in my next Insider Tip) to trim off the unwanted parts of the clips.

Note: You’ll need to make sure that the bin view is set to User Order—which is Premiere Pro’s default—otherwise you’ll not be able to rearrange any clips. Also, if you’re working with a large collection and need some more room, don’t forget that you can undock the bin window.

Sort Icons button in Premiere Pro
Make sure that you have User Order selected in the Sort Icons options, otherwise you won’t be able to arrange your clips.

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Jarle Leirpoll

Jarle Leirpoll is a film maker based out of Norway, and author of "The Cool Stuff in Premiere Pro". He runs, where he shares free templates, presets and projects. Jarle has trained people at top broadcasters and media production companies like Disney, BBC, NRK, DR, Swedish TV4, Warner Bros, Discovery Channel and countless others.