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Inspiration Lab - Video Editing with Adobe Premiere Pro

Learn how to complete more advanced editing projects with Adobe Premiere Pro.

Adobe Premiere Pro

The Inspiration Lab is a free place dedicated to digital creativity, collaboration and storytelling. It features high-performance computers, analog-to-digital conversion, sound studios, video editing and self-publishing software.


Adobe Premiere Pro CC is video editing software with many features. Some of the basics are covered in this guide. With Adobe Premiere Pro, you can do the following:

  • Import video, audio and graphics in various formats
  • Edit, manipulate and assemble your clips in sequence on a timeline
  • Apply effects, filters, transitions and titles to your sequence
  • Export your edited project in a wide variety of formats

Booking Inspiration Lab Recording Studios and Computer Stations

The Inspiration Lab is a self-directed, Do-It-Yourself space in the library for creating and experimenting with digital media.

Recording studios, equipment, and computers are available for booking if you have a library card with the Vancouver Public Library. To use the studios, you will need to have a library card with proof of address and no more than $10 in library fees. The Creation Stations and Digitization Stations can be used by anyone with a valid card, including an Internet Access card.

The Inspiration Lab is open during regular Central library hours. However, the recording studios close half an hour before the rest of the library.

  • Recording studios can be booked for a maximum time of three hours per day.
  • Creation and digitization stations can be booked for three hour sessions, and time extensions are allowed depending on availability.
  • Bookings of studios, creation and digitization stations can be made up to two weeks in advance. For more information about booking, please see the booking instructions for recording studios, creation and digitization stations.

File Size and Saving Time

Videos, espeically when edited with effects and titles, can become large files. Please come to the Lab prepared with a big enough storage device or cloud access to save your work. You cannot save your work on the public computers.

Large files may also take a while to save. Be sure to leave enough time within your booking to save your project.

File sizes and saving times can vary wildly depending on the file format selected:

File format Types
file size estimated saving time
20 minute video, small format (eg. MOV, Mp4, MPEG2) 1-5 GB 10-40 minutes*
20 minute, large format (eg. uncompressed AVI) 25-30GB  10-12 minutes

*mp4 is the smallest (most compressed) format and so takes the longest to save at 40 minutes.

Additional time will also be required if you wish to burn any of these projects onto a disc (10-15 minutes for a 20 minute video).