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Customizing the window layout and the interface

From: Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training

Video: Customizing the window layout and the interface

One thing I love about the Adobe Premiere Pro 6 interface is how easy it is to customize to my specific editing style. I can move things around very easily. For instance, let's suppose I wanted a lot more space in my Timeline, and I don't need my Source or my Program Monitor to be as large. All I have to do is hover my mouse between those two sections, click and drag up, and it dynamically scales everything larger and smaller as I need it.

Customizing the window layout and the interface

One thing I love about the Adobe Premiere Pro 6 interface is how easy it is to customize to my specific editing style. I can move things around very easily. For instance, let's suppose I wanted a lot more space in my Timeline, and I don't need my Source or my Program Monitor to be as large. All I have to do is hover my mouse between those two sections, click and drag up, and it dynamically scales everything larger and smaller as I need it.

I can also do this by moving things right or left. So for instance, if I wanted to see more detail in my Project panel, I can simply click and drag that over to the right. Or if I want less, I can drag over to the left. Now what you noticed is that my Tool panel--which was directly between the Project and the Sequence panel--got huge, way larger than I needed. Well, this too, is infinitely customizable. So to shrink that down, I simply place my cursor between those two panels and drag to the left, and as you can see the icons are dynamically adjusted to take advantage of the space that I give it.

Now I have been moving things around a lot, so I am going to go ahead and reset the panel, but I am going to show you a few more things. So if you ever completely mess up your windows, remember, you can go down to Window > Workspace and simply click Reset Current Workspace, and that will bring you back to the default. And you won't do this by accident, because every time you try it it's going to give you a warning box to make sure that's what you really want to do. So, of course, we are going to click on Yes, and as you see, it returns to its default setup.

Now I am not limited with just changing the size of each of these windows. I can actually move windows around to different locations. A lot of times when I am editing, I really want all the media in my project file to be in the upper left-hand corner. So I can grab the tab, and I can start moving it around the interface. As my cursor hovers over different windows you'll notice that you'll see a purple highlight. Now if I place my cursor a little bit higher, a little bit to the left, a little bit to the right or even at the bottom, I will get a different result.

First, let's see what happens if I let go with the purple highlight directly in the middle of this quadrant. What Premiere has done is place that tab adjacent to all the other tabs in this window, and I can actually go to that Slider Bar we learned about earlier and see everything that I want, and my Project panel is now a lot larger in the upper left-hand corner. Now I am going to go ahead and move it back to where it was. I am going to simply drag it down to the bottom and let go with the purple box dead center and as you see it returns to that same location, but it's now on the far right instead of on the far left.

Now I can move these back left and right and customize that and position these anywhere I want. Another thing I can do is instead of grabbing it and dragging it and dropping it dead center, what would happen if I dropped it left or right or top or bottom? Well, I am going to go ahead and drop it left for now, and what you see is it actually creates an entire new frame with just my project information. So instead of putting it inside the existing frame, it puts it the right.

I am going to go ahead and drag it down, drop it in the middle, so you can see where we were originally, and do the same thing and drag it over and drop it, say, on the bottom. So you can see it's very easy to position windows exactly where you need them. And if you are running off two monitors, this is great because you can customize your setup anyway you want. You can also do this with your toolbar and with the audio meters that we learned about earlier.

So I can grab those panes, and I can say, yeah, I like my toolbar up top, simply let go, and it places the toolbar at the very top, giving it way more space than necessary so I can simply grab in between, slide it up, and now my toolbar is conveniently located at the very top of the screen. So as you can see, you can customize it anyway you want, but take into account if you do customize it, your screen may look a little bit different than my screen as you watch these movies.

There's one other really important keyboard shortcut that I want to show you that's great when customizing your interface. What's really cool about Adobe Premiere Pro 6--and let me go ahead and scroll all the way over to a window that will take advantage of it, so I am going to simply slide over to where I can see Source and click on that. So this is my original clip. If I press the Tilde key, it makes that one panel full screen, and now I can really see all of my tabs without having to deal with the slider.

Let me go ahead and press the Tilde key again and step back over here to this pane, and again, press the Tilde key-- and as you can see I can very quickly step between all of my tabs. Now that we have kind of moved everything around, let's go ahead before we move on, click on Workspace and point out one more thing which is once I create a Workspace that I really like I can always save that as a New Workspace, and if necessary move it from one machine to another one through the Import Workspace button.

You'll also notice that there's different window configurations if you are working with Audio, Color Correction, Editing--which is what we are doing--as well as working with effects and working with metadata, and if you are used to the previous version of Adobe Premiere Pro, you can even jump back to the way 5.5 was set up, but I don't think you want to do that. The most important one for you is Reset Current Workspace because that gets you back to exactly where you want to be.

For most of this course we are going to be working with the default editing Workspace, but I do want to point out that there is often a additional windows that you may want to open up when you are doing specific actions, and these can be found under the Window dropdown menu, and this is true on both the Macintosh operating system and the Windows operating system. By now you should have a basic sense of what each of these windows do and be a lot more comfortable with the Adobe Premiere Pro 6 interface.

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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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