Learn how to launch Premiere Pro and access the main commands at the home screen—including creating new projects and opening existing projects. Also, explore many of the fundamental settings necessary for getting started in the Premiere Pro environment.
- [Instructor] Once you launch Premiere Pro the first thing you'll see is the home screen. The home screen is the hub where you start new projects, open existing projects, sync your settings, access new learning materials, and more. The look of the home screen will actually evolve over time as you work on more and more projects and it also will evolve as the software upgrades. So depending on when you watch this your home screen may look a little different than mine. But let's talk about many of the characteristics that usually form the foundation of this hub.
In the upper left corner is the Home tab and this is where you access your existing projects and open new projects and if this is the first time launching the software it will look like this without any projects listed down here. But if you have accessed recent projects then they will be listed on this main screen. Also in this main space is a module where you can access various tutorials to learn more about Premiere Pro. If you don't have a lot of recent projects displayed this will sort of take up more space and if you do have a lot of recent projects listed then these learning modules will likely take up less space in this main module.
Under the Home tab is the Learn tab, and this is a place where you can access additional learning materials like more tutorials and practice projects and more. There's also the Sync Settings tab. This is where you can log in under your Adobe ID and sync your personal user settings or you can log in under a different Adobe ID. We'll talk more about these handy Creative Cloud capabilities a little later in this course. Okay, but certainly the most important part about the Home screen is accessing projects. So let's talk about that.
You can either work in standalone projects with New Project and Open Project, or you can collaborate with others in team projects. New Team Project and Open Team Project. Now as of this recording Team Projects are available for Creative Cloud for teams users as well as Creative Cloud enterprise users. So as most people taking this course are likely on individual or education plans, we won't be discussing these in this course. There's also another type of project called a Premiere Rush Project.
Premiere Rush is a new Adobe software touted as an all-in-one cross-device video editing app that makes it easy to create and share your online content. You can check out our library for some training on Rush, but just so you're aware, this is how you open Rush Projects in Premiere. For now, though, let's go back to discussing working in just standalone projects, represented by these two buttons up here. Now first I just want to show you what happens when we create a brand new project so that we can see what everything looks like from scratch. I'm going to click on New Project, and when I do this I'm going to see this New Project dialog box where I need to make some choices.
First I need to name the project. It's really important to name your projects intelligently. Never leave it named Untitled. So I'm just going to call this one Donut DEMO. This is where you direct where your project is going to live. So I can click on browse and navigate to a location. I'm okay with it going right inside of my Project folder in my Exercise Files. So I'll set that location, but of course you can place yours wherever you like. And this is a basics course so we won't hit all of the information within this window in great detail.
But I did just want to briefly tell you what some of these things are. Under the General tab you have Video Rendering and Playback. And this is where you can direct Premiere Pro to use your graphics card to help achieve real-time performance and playback with your video and effects, okay? So if you have GPU Acceleration make sure to choose that, and I have that selected here. The default options for Video, Audio, and Capture are fine for now. But I'm going to head over to Scratch Disks and talk about a few things here. This is where you set the locations where you want to store new media that you create during the editing process.
This includes things like video and audio that you capture if you're ingesting anything from tape or disk. Your video and audio preview files which are temporary render files that are sometimes necessary for real-time playback. Your Project Auto Save location, which is where your project backups go, which can be very useful in the case of a crash or project corruption. There's also the folder location for Creative Cloud Library Downloads, and this allows you to access commonly used assets across many different Creative Cloud applications that downloads right to your system, as well as the location for your Motion Graphics Template Media, and these are templates that you create in After Effects and can edit with in Premiere Pro.
It's totally up to you where you store each of these items. Just be aware of what you choose. I might recommend to keep your Project Auto Saves in a different location than your project. That's because if the drive that you keep your project on crashes, for example, then at least your auto saves will be safe in another location. So to set this to another location I would just browse and then navigate to a new location. Then there's also the Ingest Settings tab. And this gives you the ability to automatically ingest media in the background as you edit in a number of ways including copying, transcoding, creating proxies, and copying and creating proxies.
Now this is a little bit too much to go into right now, but we will touch on this in chapter three. Just realize that this is creating brand new media, something that we're not interested in doing right now. So I'm going to uncheck this. All right, so I've created a new project. I've named it. I'm going to say OK and the project opens, and we'll begin taking a look inside the software next.
- What's new in the latest version of Premiere Pro
- Importing media
- Organizing assets into bins
- Editing and trimming video
- Using markers
- Editing audio and multicamera footage
- Working with stills
- Adding effects
- Manipulating clip speed
- Correcting color
- Adding titles
- Sharing and exporting your project