Join Todd Kopriva for an in-depth discussion in this video Changes to the Project and Media Browser panels, part of Premiere Pro CS6 New Features Overview.
Premiere Pro CS6 includes many changes to the interface, that make it more flexible and more convenient to use. In this video, we'll look at some changes to the default workspace, to the Project panel, and to the Media Browser panel. I started Premiere Pro CS6 with a new project and a fresh set of preferences so that you can see what the new editing workspace looks like. If you're familiar with Premiere Pro from previous version, you'll notice one change. Which is that the Project panel is on the lower left instead of on the upper right.
This gives more room for the source monitor, the program monitor, which is the monitors that contain the primary image information. This allows you to focus more on the images of your movie. You'll also notice, that the Project panel does not show Preview area by default. To show the Preview area choose Preview Area from the panel menu on the Project panel. Now that we've looked at the default workspace with the fresh preferences, let's see what happens when we open a new existing project.
File>Open project, and navigate to the bike race one project in the assets folder, you'll notice that the workspace has now changed. That's because Premiere Pro uses the workspace that's saved in the project that you open. If you want togo back to the default workspace choose Window>Workspace>Reset Current Workspace. Choose Yes and There. Now we have the new default workspace. Although we're still seeing the Preview area, the Project panel, because that's not actually stored as part of the workspace, but in the preferences.
I'll go ahead and hide that again. Let's see the Project panel a bit better. By pressing Accent, which is the key above the tab key and below the Escape key on a standard US keyboard, so we can get a better look at it. I'll expand the race shots bin and then put my mouse pointer over a clip. The tooltip gives us technical information about this clip. Similarly, if you put the mouse pointer over the heading of a column, you'll get information about that column. One small change in Premiere Pro CS6 that removes any irritation. If you single-click on a clip name, you no longer automatically enter renaming mode.
It was very easy to intend only to select a clip and accidentally enter a mode where you were renaming the clip. Now to rename the clip, you press Enter or Return. There's now a slider at the bottom of the Project panel for increasing the size of icons and thumbnails. This isn't particularly useful for the icons themselves. It's much more useful for thumbnails. So, let's show thumbnails. Go to the Project panel menu and choose Thumbnails.
Now, when we increase the size of the thumbnails, we get something that's actually quite useful. It's even more useful if you switch to Icon mode instead of List view. So, click the button for Icon View, Ctrl+click the bin to open the bin. You simply double-click the bin instead of Ctrl+double-clicking the bin you'll open the bin in a separate window. And now I'm going to make these icons large. We get very usably large previews of the movies. Now watch what happens as I move my mouse pointer back and fourth across the clips in the Project panel. I'm not holding the mouse button down.
I'm simply moving the mouse back and forth with the cursor over the clip. This is referred to as hover scripting, because you're simply hovering the mouse pointer over the clip. And moving it back and forth to scrub or preview the video. If you don't like this behavior, you can turn it off. Go to the panel menu, and choose Cover Scrub to deselect it. Now, when I move the mouse pointer back and forth, the hover scrubbing doesn't happen.
If I hold the Shift key, I temporarily turn hover hover scrubbing back on. Now I'm holding Shift while moving the mouse pointer back and forth. Hover scrubbing is useful for previewing clips and deciding what to use in your timeline. And you can also set in and out points. If I press I, I set an IN. And then if I press O, I set an OUT, and now I have a very small range of IN to OUT set as indicated by this yellow bar. To see the IN and OUT points and this play head, click in a clip in the Project panel.
You can drag the play head back and forth, also preview audio. Press the Accent key to return the panels to their regular size. And now let's see how the hover scrubbing interacts with some other features. I'll decrease the icon size a bit so we can see. A couple of clips in here. Now, while hover scrubbing, if I find a frame that I like, and double-click, that clip is opened in the source monitor with that frame showing. Also, of course, from the Project panel, I can do inserts and overwrites. If I want to insert this clip into the sequence at the current time indicator, I press the comma key.
And now, this clip is inserted where my current time indicator was. The ability to quickly preview clips, set IN and OUT points, and insert them all from the Project panel makes it very easy to do rough cuts and selects. Many of the changes in the Project panel have also been Incorporated in the Media Browser panel. Click the Media Browser panel tab. Press the Accent key to maximize it. An here, as I, move the mouse pointer back an forth over a clip, I can preview it, before importing it into the project.
If I want to import it into the project, I right-click or Ctrl+click on Mac OS, then choose, Import. And now that's imported into the project. I'll press the Accent key to return the panels to their regular size, go back to the Project panel, and scroll down. And we can see that the new clip has been imported. Media Browser panel also includes a new search field. Press the Accent key again to maximize the Media Browser panel. And here, I simply type fog. Then we only see the clips that have fog in the name. The police chased car web.flv doesn't have fog in the name, but it has fog in the metadata, because it's based on theINAUDIBLE fog movie. And press the Accent key again to return the panels to their regular size. So, as you can see in Premiere Pro CS6, the improvements made to the Project panel, and the Media Browser panel, make it easier to find the clips you want. And to select the portions of the clips you want to include in your sequence.
- User interface improvements
- Importing and sequence setup improvements
- Editing improvements
- Effect improvements
- Performance improvements
- Audio improvements
- Exporting improvements
- Miscellaneous new and removed features