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This course introduces Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, using a project-based approach that introduces video editors to all the skills necessary to cut their own program. Using a short commercial project as an example, author Abba Shapiro walks viewers through a complete and logical workflow that begins with importing media, creating a basic rough edit, and then refining the cut with music and sound effects, transitions, visual effects, and titles. The course also includes troubleshooting advice, such as reconnecting offline media and using the History panel to undo multiple actions.
In this movie let's take a quick look at where the preferences are located and maybe a couple of changes you can make to make your workflow a little easier. Now if you're working on a Mac the preferences are located under Premiere Pro > Preferences. If you're working under a PC, it's located under the Edit menu at the very bottom of this list. Now when you open up the Preference menu it really doesn't matter which one you select--we are going to start with General--but as you can see there is a variety of tabs here that I can go back and forth.
Now when you are first learning to edit, the default settings are exactly what you need, and as we go through the course we may suggest some changes, but again, depending on how you decide to drive Adobe Premiere Pro, you'll be able to make these settings or preferences exactly the way you want them. And for instance, how long do you want your video transitions to be? Now you'll discover that instead of talking in terms of one or two seconds you talk in terms of frames. Video is usually recorded at 30 frames a second, some video cameras such as DSLR cameras you can set to 24 frames a second, so you can choose how long a dissolve will be.
But again, don't sweat it at this point you can always change these preferences any time during the editing process or even once you've added, say a transition, you can still make them longer or shorter. There is a huge list that you can go down, and we're not going to go down and cover each one because you'll probably fall asleep by the third click. But I want you to know where the preferences are. And one of the things I do like to adjust is the brightness of the interface. Now if I slide this over to the right I can get a much brighter interface and this is nice for being able to see things, but if you're editing for a long time for hours and hours at a stretch, it's better to have a darker interface because your eyes will get less fatigued.
We can go down and see these different types of audio hardware and mapping. One thing I do like to change is the Auto Save. Adobe Premiere Pro will actually automatically save a clone of your project every X number of minutes, and you can save a certain number of projects. I like to suggest to editors that are learning to work with Premiere Pro that maybe making mistakes and need to step back in time to automatically save every 5 minutes instead of every 20 minutes.
And then if you want to you can save beyond five versions you can say 10 versions, so now you can go back in time an hour in case you've discovered you've made a critical mistake in your edit, and you wish you had an earlier version of your show. You can access these auto saves in the same location where you've been saving your projects. For now I'm simply going to go ahead and close the Preferences window, but we'll be opening it up and making some changes throughout the course. There is one other change that I'd like to suggest, and that's back under the Windows setting under Workspace that you saw earlier.
There is a check box here that says Import Workspace from Projects, which you can toggle on and off. If there is a check box next to it, it's on, which is what the default is, and if it's unchecked it's off. What that means is that if you open an existing project, however you had your Workspace laid out no matter what it was prior to opening it, it will remember the layout of the screen. And that's great in some cases, but other times if you're getting a project handed off from somebody, or you've completely trashed your Workspace and reset-- doesn't take you back to the default-- if you uncheck that, next time you open up a project it'll match the layout a Premiere prior to opening that.
Now in some cases you completely want to erase all of your preferences, and you can do that very easily with a keyboard shortcut when you launch Premiere. If you're on a Mac if you hold down the Shift and the Option key when launching Premiere or on a PC if you hold down the Shift and the Alt key during the launch process, when Premiere opens up all your preferences will be reset back to the defaults and all the movies that are on the upper left-hand corner that would've been listed there before are completely gone.
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