How To: Multiple Video Layers in Premiere Pro

I’ve had 3 snow days so far this week. That means I’ve had plenty of time to answer lots of emails, work on non mission-critical projects that have been piling up, have a bunch of fun with some media and digital storytelling, and catch up on some good old fashioned TV watching. Which would bring us to Adventure Time, a comically strange yet hypnotically hilarious cartoon that airs on Cartoon Network here in the United States. It’s quite a nostalgic romp through a fantasy world inhabited by magical dogs, fire princesses, and evil wizards. My family doesn’t have cable, so sadly we can’t watch the show regularly, but enjoy small snippets here and there, or more recently through video memes that manage to get stuck in your brain on endless loop like any good “mind-worm” videos should. Take for example, the Bacon Pancake viral video meme (I’m sure that’s not actually a term, but I’m using it anyway), in which Jake the Dog is making some delicious bacon pancakes in an endless loop.


I happened across this video last week, and it’s been stuck in both my head and at least a couple of my other family members’ short term memory. I can’t vouch for the 3 year old, as the only thing he’s been expressing lately is his adamant desire for a “talking Diesel 10“. We found ourselves all humming the tune 2 nights ago, and decided that maybe actually making some bacon pancakes might help us get over the tune. Turns out, making the pancakes only made us want to sing the song more, so we created a lip dub of the bacon pancake clip starring the entire family. Thanks to the copious amounts of lake effect snow, I was able to spend a good portion of yesterday with a pot of coffee, some warm slippers, and Adobe Premiere Pro assembling the footage. You can watch below if you’re a fan of the show, or just want to see how cute my kids can be when I’m forcing them to star in a family video 🙂


If you’ve suffered through my brief diversion long enough, or were scanning this post for the actual “how to” video, you can check out my amateurish video editing skills below or watch on Youtube if you prefer. I’m tossing this post out to all the DS106 people in the form of a new Video Assignment I created for re-enacting viral videos, as well as the #ETMOOC people as there’s talk of creating lip dubs, and a few participants might be interested in creating some videos with multiple layers. Keep in mind, I’m not a professional, so there may be better ways to do this.


  1. Awesome job! I look forward to when both my girls are old enough to do this type of silliness. Also, I themed my lesson of the week sign after Adventure Time (download poster) and the evil but wonderful Hunger Games Minecraft will hopefully be put into effect at our school in the next few weeks 😀

    Sad that I didn’t have the time to partake in the book club this semester. Here is hoping things slow down here.

    1. Never too early, I have some great videos of be being goofy while the kids were toddlers 🙂 That Adventure Time poster is awesome!

      P.S. I fixed the link for you.

  2. Great idea for a teacher website! I’ll have to think about how I might apply it as a sort of snapshot of classroom activity.

    1. That’s an awesome idea, Helen! You could capture 4 different activities from the day, or four different students/groups accomplishing the same task, but at different times or in different ways. There’s a lot more you could do to, and If you end up doing this, please come back and share!

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