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, 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 Premier Pro from Final Cut Pro 7 or earlier, there was a feature that you may have gotten used to 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 Premier 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 Premier 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 Premier Pro project, and I'll open it up. Now if you open up an 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 OK, 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 OK. And everything should properly reconnect. Once the media is reconnected, the new project is open 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, and 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 temporarily 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. 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 could 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 could rearrange those. That will 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 choose 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. 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. On one hand, it's advantageous that your undos are not split out 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 undos are your undos. 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 OK, 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 workflow of having multiple projects open from a media management point of view.
- The Video Limiter effect
- Auto Color matching
- New panels: Learn and Timecode
- Hardware acceleration for H.264 video
- Working with RED footage
- Ripple deleting gaps
- Writing keyframes in the Audio Mixer
- Customizing label colors
- Managing multiple open projects
- Saving After Effects template in the Essential Graphics panel
- VR workflow changes
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 10/15/2018. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover improvements to usability, format support, Lumetri color, audio, and motion graphic templates in the 2019 version of Adobe Premiere Pro CC.