Before you can start editing you're going to have to launch the application. So let's take a look at what happens the first time you launch Premiere Pro. I'm going to go ahead and launch it from my dock because I'm on a Macintosh. On a Windows machine you may launch it from your task bar. Or in either system directly from your applications folder. Now when you launch Premiere Pro the first thing you'll be greeted with Is this welcome screen. And if you've been playing around with Premiere prior to watching this course, you may have some projects listed under Recent Items. If this is absolutely the first time you launched the application, that will be blank.
Now in the upper left-hand corner there is an option for syncing your settings to the creative cloud. If you've already synced your settings, or you've already logged in, your name will be here. But the first time you launch, it's going to ask you to put your email address and your password that you use when you subscribe to the cloud. Once you do that, it will log you in. And many of the custom settings that you create within Premiere will have a duplicate on the cloud, allowing you to launch Premiere from almost anywhere in the world that you have internet.
And work with Premiere just like you would be working with your desktop or laptop at your home or office. Now if somebody else is logged in already, you can just go to use settings from a different account and then log in with your user and password. Now of course you can open previous projects from within Premiere with the open projects folder or you can just double-click on any projects that already exists in your hard drive. We're going to create a new project and when you do that you're greeted with the following new project screen and there's really only a few things you need to know about this before you can hop in and start editing.
The first thing is give your project a title. You can't have 2,500 projects all named untitled in your computer or else you're going to get confused. We're learning how to cook a gluten-free pizza in this project, so I'm going to name that delight gluten-free pizza. And by default, Premiere likes to store your project files inside you documents folder. But you can change that. I'm going to actually store them in a projects folder in my desktop. I'll simply hit browse, go to my desktop, choose that projects folder. And you'll notice that now it's updated.
And that's where my project will reside. The next choice you may need to make is do you just want to use the CPU and the RAM in your machine to give you real time playback? Or perhaps you might have a video card that allows you to accelerate playback for less rendering. Depending on what type of video card you have in your machine, you may never need to render with Premiere Pro. Let me go head and choose my video card. And if I choose a video card that hasn't been certified by Adobe. I can still try to use it anyway, and the reason a card might not be certified is perhaps it's too new and they haven't had a chance to test it or it's so old that it's not worth their time to see how well it works. Basically I always turn this on, and if the card you have can make things playback faster and in real time...
All the better. These other choices can be changed anytime during the editing process. But I do want to point out that, next to general, you have your scratch disks. Again, by default, Premiere likes to store things with the project file. So all of these are going to be stored in that folder that I just targeted, which is great, because it's going to help me clean house when I'm done. If for some reason my workflow demands that I save, for instance, my media to an external media drive, I can target them individually by just clicking and choosing a custom location.
Let's go ahead and press OK and launch the Premiere Pro interface. Before we start editing I do want to point out that in the lower left hand corner of the screen is where you would access your sync settings. And these are the same sync settings that we were greeted with in the opening dialogue box. So if you didn't change them then, you can change them now. And if you want to manage how Premier Pro handles your sync settings, and what it actually synchs, you can go in and choose whether you want to have your settings, your layouts, and your shortcuts all synced to the cloud so access them. Are only some of those elements.
And, of course, if you're sharing your machine, you may want Premiere to automatically clear your settings when you quit the application. Let me go ahead and press the okay button and close that dialogue box. And now you know what you're going to be greeted with when you launch Premiere Pro.
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