Add Visuals to an Interview with Adobe Premiere Pro

Students add visuals to an audio interview
Add Visuals to an Audio Interview

About This Strategy

In this 2-hour strategy, students will augment an existing audio interview by adding video, graphics, and titles with Adobe Premiere Pro. The goal of this project is to provide students a simple introduction to video editing and responsible media sourcing within the context of a video presentation.

Because Premiere Pro is such a robust editing program that can be used at any skill level, students at any point of their media journey can create stunning video presentations. This strategy is easily adaptable to any field of study and can be expanded as needed for the desired length of the video requirement and could be a great follow up assignment to an audio interview/lecture that was listened to in the class. This strategy can also be adapted for use with other Adobe products such as Adobe Premiere Rush.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student sample
  • Adobe Premiere Pro

  • Adobe Premiere Rush

  • Editable Resource Bundle

  • PDF Resource Bundle

Outline for Teachers

120 minutes


Students are introduced to the assignment and explore the Learn section in Premiere Pro, paying particular attention to the “Learn the Basics” Tab. (30 minutes)


Students select the audio clip, no more than 2 minutes long, that they would like to add visuals to, collect the video and images they will use to support their video, and be introduced to websites like Creative Commons, Unsplash, and Pexels, where they can source Creative Commons-licensed images and video for their project. (30-60 minutes)


Students add their footage to their selected audio file using Premiere Pro and construct their video. Students can examine an example here, and watch  tutorial series on Premiere Pro here. (30 minutes)


Students will share and publish their videos for the class to review per the instructor's directions.

Steps for Students

In this 2-hour strategy, you will augment an existing portion of an audio interview by adding video, graphics, and titles with Adobe Premiere Pro. 

Adobe Premiere Pro is the industry standard in video editing and can be used at any skill level with a little practice you can make amazing video content. Regardless of your current acumen Premiere Pro is a great app for learning video editing and digital storytelling.


1. You will be introduced to the assignment as it pertains to your course by your instructor and be guided through how to select the audio you will be using for the video project. This audio segment should be no longer than 2 minutes. (30 minutes)

  • Check out the student example provided to get a look at the type of content you will be creating. Feel free to jot down your thoughts here!

      • What worked well?

      • Was the visual presented helpful in engaging you with the content?

      • What would you have done differently? 

Next, explore the Learn section in Premiere Pro application for some in-app training. Go through the “Learn the Basics” Tab to get the essential training you will need to complete this project.

2. With your 1- to 2-minute audio selection made, collect the material you need to edit your video. (30-60 minutes)

Start by listening to your audio clip again. As you listen to it, quickly jot down some notes based on the following things:

  • What sections would benefit from titles? 

    • Questions asked are great for titles.

    • Abbreviations or industry terms are also a perfect use for titles.

  • What additional media would support what is being said? Potential things you could use include:

    • Video Clips

    • Graphics

    • Photos

    • Charts

    • Sound Effects

With these in mind, it is time to source the content you will need to edit your video together. You are welcome to shoot or create your own supporting media, but you can also use existing media that is creative commons licensed. 

  • Creative Commons licenses give everyone from individual creators to large institutions a standardized way to grant the public permission to use their creative work under copyright law. You can learn more about Creative Commons licensing here.

Penn State has put together the Free Media Library, an amazing list of places where you can source creative commons licensed and other free media resources that you should use for this or any other project!

3. Add footage to your selected audio clip using Premiere Pro, and construct your video. (60 minutes)

Here are a few tips to help you as you navigate your video project:

  • Start with a title. Titles can be a great way to grab people who are previewing your video with no sound… a surprisingly common occurrence!

  • Use more short clips instead of a few long ones. Using more clips allows you to keep the viewers' attention visually and provides visual transition points that you can time with the audio to keep your audience engaged.

  • Use fun clips, like cute animal videos if appropriate, to provide a quick reprieve to your viewer, especially if your video content has very similar-looking content. A good place for these types of videos is in the background of very text-heavy sections!

  • The “Learn” tab is available in any Adobe Premiere Pro project, so you can always look to that for a quick refresher or to learn a new skill.

  • If you feel lost at any point… focus on visuals that support your audio

  • Have fun and make the project yours!  You can add sound effects and transitions to control the visual pace of your story telling! 

  • RENDERING OUT YOUR VIDEO TAKES TIME! Be sure to factor in time for rendering your final video. How long it will take depends on your computer’s specs and how long your video is. Learn more about rendering here.

You can review an example here, and watch a deeper tutorial series on Premiere Pro here if you would like to take your video content creation further.

4. Export your video, then share  and publish your video for review per the instructor's directions.

Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric in order to evaluate students' audio.