Adobe Rush beginner's guide: Getting started with video editing

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Adobe Rush is a lightweight video editor for Windows 10 PCs and mobile devices. While not as powerful as full-blown Adobe Premiere, it is still a potent option for lightweight video editing and is nowhere near as expensive at $10 per month.

If you're interested in getting to grips with Adobe Rush, I put together some quick tips on how to get started.

Note: You don't need to "save" an Adobe Rush project, as they save automatically with every action taken.

Choosing a file to get started

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Once you get started with Adobe Rush, you'll first want to choose a raw video file to work from. For this example, we're just going to play around with some clips from the Xbox game DVR, uploaded to OneDrive.

  1. Click create a new project to get started.
  2. Here, you can now select a file to get started with. Use the filters and sorting icons in the bottom left corner to find your files more easily.
  3. You can also give your project a name at the bottom, and choose whether to sync the data with Adobe Creative Cloud.
  4. Click Create when you're ready.

Resizing your canvas

Once you've got your video into the timeline, you'll want to choose a size for the format you're making. Instagram uses square or vertical video for example, while Twitter and YouTube use horizontal 4:3 or 16:9.

  1. Click the crop tool on the right, as shown in the screenshot above.
  2. It will open a sidebar, giving you control over the size and trim of the video shape itself.

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  1. Click the sequence orientation button as seen above to change the size between vertical, square, and horizontal.

Adobe Rush Transform Video

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  1. You can also click on the video itself to resize, crop, and so on, as seen above.Note: If you screw anything up, you can always hit CTRL+Z or press the undo button in the top right corner to reverse a step.

Trimming, splitting, and transitions

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Next, we'll want to look at organizing your video sequence, manipulating clips to your liking.

  1. You can add more video clips at any time by clicking the blue plus icon in the top left corner, as seen above.
  2. Below the blue plus is the Project Assets drawer icon that lets you see all media and images you've currently got in your project. Simply drag and drop media assets onto the timeline to include them.Note: You can close panels like Project Assets and cropping by simply clicking on the icon for a second time.
  3. To split a clip, select the video in the timeline, so that it turns yellow.
  4. Now drag or click on the part of the video you want to snip in half. A blue line will appear.

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  1. Now, click on the scissors icon on the left side or press S on your keyboard to snip your video in half.
  2. You can drag the sides of the video in the timeline to shorten them and trim parts off.
  3. You can also delete sections by selecting the clip and hitting backspace or delete on your keyboard.
  4. If you click on the transitions button on the right sidebar, you can then select a clip to instantly add a transition.

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  1. You can also drag and drop a transition where you want it to appear in the timeline, and even click on it to delete it, or drag the sides to make the transition longer or shorter.

Adding titles

Now that you've prepared all of your clips, you might want to add additional titles, overlays, or tweak audio settings. Here's how to go about that.

  1. Let's say you want to add a title or graphic to your video. Adobe has made it easy by providing dozens of templates inside Adobe Rush, which you can also browse over here (opens in new tab).
  2. Select the titles panel as shown above. You can either import motion templates you've downloaded from the web, or browse the stock provided by the Adobe Rush subscription by clicking More Titles.
  3. We've added a basic "Follow us" animated graphic by dragging and dropping it onto the timeline in a new layer. You can drag it onto the main timeline to add it infront of your video as a separate clip, or drag it above the video to layer it no top.

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  1. When the title is on the timeline, you can select edit, as shown above, to change aspects of the title, such as the colors of shapes, the font type, and more.
  2. If you click on the title in the video viewer, you an change the text, reposition the animation, and drag the sides of the clip to shorten or lengthen the clip to your leisure.

Tweaking audio

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If you want to play around with the audio of your clips, Adobe Rush makes it pretty easy with a dedicated panel and the ability to see the wave form of each audio clip.

  1. Click on the expand audio feature in the bottom left corner to get a better look at your audio, as pictured.
  2. Click on the audio panel on the right to get access to a range of audio settings including volume, muting, and some advanced tools that will help clean audio in some situations, by selecting the audio type.

Note: When it comes to volume, you'll want the wave form peaks to remain within view. If the peaks go above the top line out of sight, you'll get audio clipping which sounds bad!

Export and you're done!

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Exporting is straight forward and simple, truly living up to the app's "Rush" monicker. Here's how to go about it.

  1. Click on share at the top, next to edit.
  2. Here, you can select the filename, save destination (I typically save to desktop to make it easier to find things), and so on.
  3. If you click advanced you can alter resolution, frame rates, and general quality settings.
  4. On the left, you can also sign in to various social networks for direct upload.

Those are the absolute basics of using Adobe Rush, which is a refreshingly easy program to use. Some of the other panels include slow motion and speed control, as well as color grading and filtering. If you mouse over any panel, an information tooltip will popup telling you what each action does, as well as giving you advice on keyboard shortcuts to make things go even faster.

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  • $120 a year? Keep dreaming. Try $20 a year.
  • If you're a YouTuber looking for some decent quality light weight software, it could be a worthwhile investment. If you're someone just making clips for sharing with fam etc, Microsoft Photos is fine. Do you know any free alternatives?
  • kdenlive and OpenShot come to mind as very good, free video editors
  • I see @screenplayhouse having a valid argument. $120 per year is very expensive considering you can purchase full featured video editors like Filmora and PowerDirector for that cost or cheaper. You can even purchase Adobe Premiere Elements for that or less.
  • I was Apple ONLY between 1986-2015. Somewhere in there Steve Job's released iMovie. A simple interface that could help NORMAL PEOPLE stitch a movie together. Then they 'fixed' it and made it something like FCP Wicked Lite. ON THAT DAY most iMovie makers were murdered. I'm on Facebook. All sorts of friends are iPhone and Mac people. Guess how many short films they post in a year? Short films meaning you had to stitch a few shots together instead of simply uploading one thing? Answer: ZERO. When I hear people speak of 'free' software like Kdenlive and such, what I end up seeing is some variant of FCP timelines. Nucking fightmares for the novice. I hit YouTube and watch the 'super easy' tutorials which are ALL HORRIBLE. (Not the videos but the super easy part.) This is what super easy is. 1. Drag a bunch of files into a movie project.
    2. Be given an CRAZY easy way to edit each file.
    3. Move them into an order that makes sense, in a window that isn't the size of a ruler.
    4. Add transition effects, opening titles, closing titles.
    5. Render/export. (Adding music is considered 'advanced'.) What is key here is that a child should be able to do it. The app literally FORCES you to do each step in sequence. If some pinhead who reps the apps says, "It's so easy. Open up the EVENT menu and select ADD EVENTS and then right click and select a name for each CAPSULE and the align your CAPSULES in the EVENT PROGRESS AREA but only do so once you've -- " No good. You shouldn't need a language to do this or a monitor the size of a door. Believe YOU ME I've looked. And please don't recommend the reverse type of program which is so simple it doesn't really do anything. Or does MS Photo pull this off? What I want is Windows Movie. It's free with any PC. However -- as you get better at it and wish it did certain advanced things, you'd pay $20 for them. Want a ton of filter effects? Sure why not $20. Want to add background music functionality? Sure $20. Want the entire advanced package? Sure $50. This would lure many former iMovie users this way.
  • Try Animotica from the Store, it has more features than MS Photos, but still pretty simple. I think that's what you're looking for.
  • On my phone, I know free or one time purchase add-ons. I use PowerDirector. On the computer, there are plenty of single purchase options. Adobe's own Premiere Elements is cheaper than this is for one year. Subscriptions are e worst. The only one I do is Office 365.
  • The million dollar question is does this work on Windows 10 for ARM? Did Adobe finally show the love for the SPX and other ARM driven Windows devices?