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There are quite a few preferences that change the way Premiere Elements behaves. I'd just like to highlight a few that perhaps more fundamental, that you've kinda either going want one way or the other but they really effect the way the system functions. To get access to your preferences, you go to the Edit > Preferences. And it doesn't really matter which option you choose on the list because you can toggle between them once you get into the interface. So let's have a quick look under General. Now, I'm not going to go through each of these settings. A lot of them are down to personal preference and, to be honest, I think you'll learn them best when they come up, you'll look up in the help guide that comes with the application or Google for an explanation and you'll immediately get it.
There's no real need to go through all of these because most of them work fine as standard anyway. But still, if I click down here on Autosave, this is an option that means that your project file, that's the Premiere Elements project itself, with all of your different creative decisions in it, will be automatically saved every certain number of minutes. And I think this is a really, really clever idea. And the default of every 20 minutes is fair enough. I've maybe set that to 15 minutes. And then you've got a maximum number of versions, which means that, actually, Premiere Elements will store the version as it is now and then you'll have 1 from 20 minutes ago, and 20 minutes before that, and 20 minutes before that, and so on.
And you can specify many more versions than this, if you want. I think when I'm conducting a professional edit for a professional program, I'm kinda paranoid. I kinda set this to about 40 versions. And I set my Autosave to, I think something like 5 minutes. And that means I've got a long stretch of time back based on changes that I've made and if there is any kind of problem, like a power card or anything like that, I've got lots of options to return to. Also, of course, it saves you if you've made a mistake, because if you've made an error in your edit, you may not notice right away. It's good to be able to go back in time.
Under the Capture settings here, I got the option to Abort Capture On Dropped Frames. This is a really big deal, and I just think this should be on generally. And what this means is, if you're recording video from your HDV camera or your DV camera tape, and during the capture, not every single frame is recorded onto your hard drive, it'll stop recording, Premiere Elements will give you a warning message and you can find out what's wrong. Usually, this is because you run out of space on your hard drive or perhaps there's some damage to the tape, or even just that your hard drive isn't fast enough.
And I think, in fact, Report Dropped Frames is pretty important too. You definitely want that tick box on, so Premiere Elements will tell you when there are frames dropped. And then we've got down here under media, an option for a location for a media cache database. This is the management tool that stores temporary preview files as you're working in Premier Elements and applying affects and so on. You may very occasionally find you want to clean this. Just click the button and it'll wipe the data, and you may find that your system operates more smoothly. And you might want to browse to a different location and store it on a faster hard drive, if you have got multiple hard drives on your computer. If you've got an internal hard drive on a laptop for example, you might find that slower than an external hard drive connected via a FireWire cable. And finally, under Scratch Disks, we've got which is kind of a funny name but it describes the various different types of files that are stored for, let's say, a longer term period, and they're associated with your project. So, you've got captured video and captured audio, that kind of makes sense. Video and audio previews when you've got effects that you are preparing for playback.
There's a media cache for temporary files that are produced just while you're setting up effects. And if you're converting media to burn onto a disk, that's gotta go somewhere as well. And you'll notice, every menu on the list here, except for the Media Cache, is set to be stored inside your project folder. And generally speaking, that's a good idea. But again, if you've got really fast hard drives and lots of them attached to your machine, there's no harm in clicking browse and browsing to any other location. You can choose a folder anywhere you'd like. I would not recommend storing these on, maybe a USB stick or a storage device like that, because while the data rate's not bad, you're not going to have a huge amount of space on there. Well, that's just a list of a few of the preferences that are kinda fundamental to the way Premiere Elements operates.
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