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Adjusting essential preferences

From: Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training

Video: Adjusting essential preferences

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.

Adjusting essential preferences

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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Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training

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  1. 56s
    1. What is Premiere Pro?
      56s
  2. 2m 49s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 42s
  3. 27m 52s
    1. Launching the application for the first time
      3m 27s
    2. A tour of the interface
      4m 55s
    3. Customizing the window layout and the interface
      7m 0s
    4. Exploring the different ways to drive Premiere Pro CS6
      4m 33s
    5. Understanding system configuration and the Mercury Playback Engine
      3m 17s
    6. Adjusting essential preferences
      4m 40s
  4. 40m 7s
    1. Importing files and folders
      11m 2s
    2. Importing card-based media
      6m 1s
    3. Capturing from tape
      4m 10s
    4. Organizing media
      12m 3s
    5. Reconnecting offline media
      6m 51s
  5. 21m 0s
    1. Basic editing overview
      4m 44s
    2. Previewing and marking media in the Project panel
      7m 11s
    3. Previewing and marking clips in the Source panel
      9m 5s
  6. 33m 37s
    1. Editing clips into the Timeline
      7m 56s
    2. Marking and targeting destinations in the Timeline
      2m 53s
    3. Moving clips in the Timeline and performing a swap edit
      4m 11s
    4. Adjusting edit points in the Timeline
      2m 6s
    5. Splitting clips using the Razor tool
      2m 16s
    6. Deleting clips
      2m 38s
    7. Performing an insert edit
      4m 14s
    8. Performing an overwrite edit
      3m 9s
    9. Dragging to a second layer to edit cutaways
      4m 14s
  7. 43m 16s
    1. Performing a three-point edit
      7m 23s
    2. Performing a replace edit
      3m 48s
    3. Targeting specific tracks in the Timeline
      3m 1s
    4. Linking and unlinking audio and video tracks
      3m 51s
    5. Performing roll and ripple edits
      6m 51s
    6. Performing slip and slide edits
      6m 42s
    7. Creating subclips
      4m 29s
    8. Locating and working with different versions of a clip using Match Frame
      7m 11s
  8. 42m 51s
    1. Taking control of your Timeline
      7m 57s
    2. Adding video and audio tracks
      5m 32s
    3. Performing audio-only and video-only edits
      4m 49s
    4. Changing track visibility and locking tracks
      5m 41s
    5. Rendering
      7m 43s
    6. Using the History panel to undo multiple actions
      2m 31s
    7. Creating keyboard shortcuts
      5m 35s
    8. Creating buttons
      3m 3s
  9. 23m 28s
    1. Working with audio
      5m 22s
    2. Adjusting audio levels in the Source Monitor
      3m 0s
    3. Adjusting audio levels in the Timeline
      10m 10s
    4. Adjusting the audio mix on the fly
      4m 56s
  10. 9m 4s
    1. Inserting markers
      4m 8s
    2. Snapping markers to each other
      4m 56s
  11. 29m 52s
    1. Working with stills
      10m 57s
    2. Moving on stills
      5m 54s
    3. Exporting and re-importing stills
      3m 47s
    4. Working with still and animated graphics with transparency
      2m 39s
    5. Working with layered Photoshop files
      6m 35s
  12. 20m 58s
    1. Changing speed and reversing a clip
      6m 22s
    2. Changing speed at a variable rate
      9m 10s
    3. Creating and using freeze frames
      5m 26s
  13. 28m 21s
    1. Using transitions
      9m 36s
    2. Understanding the nuances of transitions
      6m 23s
    3. Modifying transitions
      8m 37s
    4. Setting default transitions and applying multiple transitions
      3m 45s
  14. 36m 36s
    1. Applying and modifying effects
      4m 51s
    2. Applying presets and motion effects
      5m 42s
    3. Saving favorites
      3m 50s
    4. Understanding color correction
      4m 4s
    5. Using adjustment layers
      3m 23s
    6. Working with green screen and chroma key footage
      6m 36s
    7. Using the Warp Stabilizer to stabilize clips
      6m 27s
    8. Applying filters to audio
      1m 43s
  15. 27m 45s
    1. Creating static titles
      7m 8s
    2. Creating lower thirds
      10m 2s
    3. Creating a credit roll and crawls
      6m 41s
    4. Using Photoshop for titles
      3m 54s
  16. 20m 0s
    1. Introducing multicam editing
      1m 46s
    2. Creating a multicam clip with timecode
      3m 25s
    3. Creating a multicam clip using sync points
      4m 1s
    4. Editing a multicam clip in a Timeline
      4m 26s
    5. Refining a multicam edit
      6m 22s
  17. 9m 51s
    1. Exporting a movie
      4m 12s
    2. Sending to Adobe Media Encoder
      3m 44s
    3. Printing to video
      1m 55s
  18. 1m 22s
    1. Next steps
      1m 22s

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