Have you ever been working on multiple projects in Adobe Premiere Pro and wished that you could have more than one open at a time? You can in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018. How does that work? In this video, author Richard Harrington walks you through how you can manage having multiple projects open at once in Premiere Pro CC 2018.
If you came to Adobe Premiere Pro from Final Cut Pro seven or earlier, there was a feature that you may have gotten used that you missed. That was the ability to have multiple projects open at the same time. A lot of folks like to do this so that they can easily browse multiple projects and just move things between bins as needed to quickly access content. Now this type of workflow is supported in Premiere Pro as of the 2018 edition. However, it's a little bit complex and I want to walk you through the benefits as well as some of the gotchas.
If you're working in Premiere Pro, you can now decide to open up an additional project to make it easier to move content around. For example, I can simply choose, file, open project. Let's navigate to another Premiere Pro project and I'll open it up. Now, if you open up a older version of a project, that's not originally created in 2018, it will automatically promote it to a newer version so that the old version remains unmodified.
You can choose where to put this, but by default it'll be stored next to the original project. When you click okay, it's generated. Now, if the media is offline you'll need to locate that media. Not a big deal, just navigate to the content. You can select the target drive and choose search, it'll find one of the files and then choose okay and everything should properly reconnect. Once the media is reconnected, the new project is opened simultaneously.
There we go. And you see that we've got the project panel here open, as well as another project panel. You'll note that it says project in the project name, helping you know which project is which. If you prefer to use the media browser, that workflow is also supported. Let's maximize this panel here, and I'll temporary close this. And what you'll notice is that you have the ability to navigate to content. If you select something that is a project file, it will give you the ability to open it.
If I select a project here, you'll notice for example that we can choose to file, open the project. This will also work if you double click, you'll notice here that it takes you into the individual project, and allows you to browse the content. This is the same behavior as before, allowing you to see within the project. And that's quite useful if you want to grab individual items. However, you can also right-click on a project in the project panel, and choose open project, and it will actually open that as another project instance.
Let's do that there. Again you'll see that it prompts me to re-save it, because it's going to promote it to a 2018 project. And if the media is offline, just choose locate. You'll need to navigate to the drive where you believe the media is stored, and click search. And pretty quickly it should be able to find the content and bring it in. Now, finding all of these different project panels can get a bit confusing. Because you can have multiple windows open. On a smaller screen like a laptop that can be a bit hard as windows get docked or hidden or can float behind things.
But if you're on a large multi-screen system, you can of course rearrange the screen. But there is a useful menu command. From the window menu, you'll see a new menu called projects. This will show you any open project and makes it simple to switch to that. That's quite useful. You also may want to take advantage of the multiple windows here and consider docking them together. You can stack them one above each other or put them in the same tabs here as such, making it a little bit easier to find things.
Let's drag that over and you see that I've got all three projects docked together and I can rearrange those. That'll make it a bit easier as you're working. Let's go ahead and hide that preview area there. You'll see that that is a per project setting as well. So this can make it simpler as you're working. Remember, the window projects menu is going to make it simple to choose the one that you want to work with. When you select it it will become the active project panel.
Now because it's possible to have multiple projects open at once, commands like close and save are also modified. You'll notice for example from the file menu, you could chose to close a project. This is just like before. This will allow you to close whichever project is the active project that you've targeted here. Additionally, you could choose to close all projects. You'll also note that we have the ability to save projects here using save a copy and we have save all that allows us to save multiple items.
If you don't use the file menu and you're within an individual panel here, clicking the panel menu will give you the ability to just close the individual panel or close or save the project. Because this was invoked from a pop-up menu within the project tab you only have the traditional options of closing or saving the individual project. If you need to do everything you'll find that under the file panel, where you have the ability to close all projects, or save all projects.
Additionally, as you're working if you pay attention to the history panel, you'll notice some other interesting choices. Let's go ahead and bring the history panel up. And you'll see that it's tracking what's happening here. Now what's interesting about this is that it's tracking across multiple projects. So if we switch here and I start to move something within a sequence, you'll see that it tracks that. Then we go to a different project here and I decide to move something, you'll see it tracks that.
What happens is that it's going to track everything within one panel. This can make things a bit confusing. One one hand it's advantageous that your undo's are not split up by project. So if you're quickly switching between projects, grabbing media, maybe copying something from one sequence and pasting it into another, well your undo's are you undo's. But because it's possible to have so many projects open, you might want to be mindful of your history states.
If you click on the panel menu here, you'll see the ability to access settings. Consider bumping this number up to something higher. Remember that the more history states you have open, the more it's going to take RAM. Now you can try to put this number as high as possible, but it's going to cap out at 100 history states. That's for all open projects. I'll click okay and that's going to make my undo a little bit more useful. All right, you understand some of the gotchas as well as some of the potential benefits.
Let's move on to a specific work flow of having multiple projects open, from a media management point of view.
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