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Before you lay down your first edit, you need to create a new project file. The reason? Premiere Elements needs to know certain things about your project before you can start adding video to it. Most important thing is what kind of video did you shoot? Is it NTSC, which is the standard in North America and Japan, or is it PAL, which is the standard in most everywhere else in the world? Did you shoot standard-definition video or wide screen? Did you shoot on to videotape, DVD or a hard drive? Once you have made note of those things, then you can name your project and select the file folder. So, let's go through all that now.
When you open Premiere Elements, you see this splash screen with this advertisement for Photoshop.com. You have three basic choices, to create an Instant Movie, which I recommend against and I'll explain that in another tutorial. Then you can open an existing project, which we will do in upcoming tutorials, or you start a new project, which is what we are talking about here. So click that button in this case. That opens this dialog box. The New Project dialog box. Basically it says what's the name of your project, where you are going to save it and finally what are the settings? Now the settings here are the last settings that were used, which in this case is the high- definition setting, NTSC, which is the standard in North America and Japan. AVCHD is Advanced Video Codec High Definition.
And this is probably not going to be something the standard consumer level videographer uses. So, let's change the settings to whatever it is that you use. It should be the tape that you are going to put into your project or the file format that you can put into project. The most likely choice would be DV, and under DV, you choose between standard-definition and wide screen and most likely choice will be NTSC, but if you are some place else besides North America and Japan, you would likely use PAL. You will see that it has the exact same settings, high-definition DV and two other settings that NTSC has.
For most people, it will be DV standard, so I'll click that and the 48 kHz is 48 kilohertz and that's the number of samples for the audio side of things and almost all camcorders record in 48 kHz. On the off chance that yours doesn't, you can create a new preset and change the kilohertz setting or other settings as well. But most likely, you'll use this preset. Once you have selected the one you want to use, you click OK, give your project a name, give it a location and click OK. That opens up Premiere Elements. Now once you are inside Premiere Elements, let's say, you are working on a project and I'm going to open up a project here.
You can save this project under a different name and it will retain the project settings, which is important. You don't need to always open a new project every time you create a new project. You can work within an existing project and simply save it as something else and it will retain the project settings, the NTSC standard definition, for example. So that's typically how you start a new project, work within that project and if you want to save it under different name, you can save it under different name and retain those project settings. And now you are ready to import or transfer your video assets or other assets to the hard drive, to begin working on your project inside Premiere Elements.
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