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In Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training, author Chad Perkins shows not only how to edit video with Premiere Pro, but he also explains how to use video to tell compelling stories. This course covers the Premiere Pro workflow from a high level, providing a background on how projects go from start to finish before diving into basic clip adjustments, such as color correcting scenes for more dramatic impact, applying transitions effectively, and slowing down and speeding up clip playback. The course includes creative techniques, such as making titles and removing a green screen background from a shot. Exercise files are included with the course.
In this movie we're going to create a new Premiere project of course but we're also going to look at what exactly a Premiere project is. Now we have this Welcome screen that pops up. And I'm going to create a new project. Now thankfully they've actually simplified this dialog box over the years. There's not too much we need to worry about here. Although we can go to the Scratch Disks tab, especially if you're going to be capturing footage, which we'll talk about later on in this chapter, but other than that we don't need to worry too much about what's going on here.
We just need to pick a location and pick a name here. I'm just going to go with the defaults for right now just to go ahead and move on and click OK. Now this is the kind of challenging part about creating a new project because it seem like you go through all these steps. Well, actually what we've done, we've actually created the project and since really the lifeblood of projects are sequences, it asks us if you want to create a new sequence. Okay, fine. Let's go ahead and just select whatever the first thing is selected here. A DV - NTSC Standard 48 kHz is what I have selected.
Sure, we'll go with that for right now. I'll go ahead and click OK. Now after that Premiere opens up and we can get to work. Now if you want to adjust some of the settings that we just saw in the Project Settings initially, we can go to Project > Project Settings and then choose either General or Scratch Disks and here we have our Project Settings. Now I'm not going too much into these parameters because they are pretty advanced and the good news is that you typically don't have to change these and if you ever did need to change them then you'd be a pretty advanced user and you'd know what to do.
And honestly I've never had a need to change any of these default settings. So I think you are good there. Now one thing you need to know about Premiere Pro projects is that all of the stuff that you bring, all of the stuff that we'll be importing later on in this chapter, Premiere projects maintain the links to those files. They don't actually get embedded in a project. Let's say you have a 2 gigabyte video file on your hard drive. That file doesn't actually come into your Premiere Pro project and you're making your Premiere Pro project's file get 2 gigabytes in size. Premiere only maintains a link to that file on your hard drive.
So you want to make sure that you don't rename or move or delete any of the source files that you bring into your Premiere projects. Also you want to make sure that-- I like to go into Premiere Pro menu, go into Preferences, on a PC by the way this will be under the Edit menu, then just go to Auto Save here. And Auto Save allows you to save your projects automatically. I highly recommend turning this on. If this is on then you don't have to worry about saving. Premiere will actually create a new folder in the same folder as where your project file is and it will save different versions of your project as it goes.
So by default it's going to auto- save every 20 minutes and there's five different versions. So when it comes time for the sixth version, after a hundred minutes, it's going to make a sixth version, then it's going to record over, save over, the initial auto-saved project. Now I tend to take this number down. The automatically saves every 20 minutes again's the default but I might save every ten minutes. When you're in the groove, when you're editing it is very challenging to get the right tempo and the pace of your edits and the right feel, and once you do, it's sometimes impossible to get back to the way that you initially had it or at least it's very challenging and time-consuming.
So what I'd like to do is take this number down to the number of how often it saves and I also would like to increase the Maximum Project Versions because the final projects-- Actually because Premiere is only maintaining links to your source footage, the Premiere Pro project file itself is very small, so you could afford probably to take this number up a little bit more if you need to.
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