Join Jeff Sengstack for an in-depth discussion in this video Starting a new project, part of Premiere Elements 8 for Windows Essential Training.
When you start a new project, you need to create a new project file, and there are a few things you need to go through to do that. It's not very difficult. But there is one overriding feature that you need to be careful about, and that is when you start a new project, your project settings should match your source video. That is, is it NTSC or PAL? NTSC is the video standard for North America and Japan. PAL is just about everywhere else. Then you need to select what kind of camcorder you use. Is it a cassette drive camcorder, hard drive, or a Flash media drive? What kind of video are you making? Standard definition, widescreen, HD? Once you have settled on that, then you pick a file folder, where you are going to store your project file and a few other files that go along with it, and then give your project a name.
Let me show you how you do all that. You start by opening Premiere Elements, and you get the splash screen. The splash screen has three buttons: Organize, New Project, and Open Project. Our concern here is New Project. We'll do Open Project later when you open up some projects that we have created for you, if you have the Premium content from lynda.com. The Organize button is a new thing for Premiere Elements 8, and I'm not really all that hot about Organizer, this new thing they have made for Premiere Elements and Photoshop Elements. But I'll talk about that later. Our concern right now is New Project.
But before you click this button, let me just show you one little thing up in the upper right hand corner here. If you click this little menu, it says the next time you open up Premiere Elements, what you want to have happen? Do you just want to show the Welcome Screen, which is what we did here, or do you want to Launch Premiere Elements Editor behind the Welcome Screen, which kind of speeds things up while you are deciding which button to click? The other button here is to launch the Organizer, which I recommend you don't do. So in the future I would suggest that you have this button clicked on the next time you open up Premiere Elements. We'll leave it unclicked right now.
We go to New Project and that fires up Premiere Elements, and then puts up a little screen that says tell me about your project. So here is the New Project dialog box. The first thing you want to do is check your settings. Now, if you have worked on a project before, you probably will use those settings, because you will probably use the same camcorder you used before. But let's just check this out. Click the Change Settings button. That opens up this Setup dialog box. You notice that you have NTSC and PAL. We are working on NTSC here.
In NTSC, you have got four selections: Advanced Video Codec High Definition; DV Digital Video; Hard Disk, Flash Memory Camcorders; and HDV. HDV is High Definition but compressed on tape. DV is Digital Video on cassettes. These other two guys use hard drives generally, or flash drives. Some camcorders also use DVDs. We will go with the sort of standard approach this time, but you could choose whatever one works for you. e'll try DV. Now, under DV you have two choices: Standard Definition, which is a 4x3 aspect ratio screen, or Wide Screen, which is 16x9.
If you click on either one, you see the characteristics here. You need to pick one of these guys. I'm going to go with Standard Definition 48kHz. That kHz stands for kilohertz. That's the quality of the audio. It's 48,000 samples of audio per second, and that's the standard for recording audio. Once you have decided on the standard that's going to fit your source video, you click OK. Now, there is a little concern if you have two different sources. Let's say you have a Wide Screen source for part of your project, then a Standard Definition Screen source for part of your project. You can mix and match, but it's best to not mix and match or you might have some unpredictable results, but nevertheless you can do it, and when you do that, you might need to make some adjustments in how the video looks on the screen in terms of letterboxing it or putting little bars along the side of it.
Once you do that, you probably want to find a place to store your files inside a folder. We have already got one setup here for us, but you can find your own file folder or make a new one, and then name your project. We'll name this project New project, and then click OK. That opens up Premiere Elements, and then you go work from here. So that's the basic way you start a new project.
- Getting video from a DV camera, USB camera, or hard drive
- Adjusting timing for smooth transitions between clips
- Adding text and shapes to clips with titling tools
- Mixing audio tracks by hand for a custom sound
- Building DVD menus with scene markers
- Creating a good story for the final output