Join Antony Bolante for an in-depth discussion in this video Starting a project with the proper settings, part of Premiere Pro CS4 Essential Training.
When you first launched Premiere Pro, you are welcomed by the Welcome Screen. It prompts you to start a new project or open one that you've already saved. You can also open a recently saved project by clicking its name here. In a word processing program or an image editing program, you might start a new empty document which embodies the work that you are do in that program. But in programs like Premiere Pro you start a new project and unlike a document, a project doesn't actually contain everything required to produce the final result. A project is more like a set of plans. It catalogs the assets and how you've decided to use them in one or more edited sequences. But most of the assets themselves are independent files, separate from the project file.
So knowing the primary type of footage you'll be using will help you choose project and sequence settings when you start a new project. Let's do that now by clicking the New Project button. Now when you start a new project, you'll need to specify settings for the project and for the initial sequence. In the New Project Settings dialog box, you'll be setting some General Settings and specifying the Scratch Disks. Let's start with the General Settings; they are very simple. First is the Action and Title Safe Areas. These are safe zones that help you position things properly on the screen especially titles. I'll just see this in more detail in later movies. But for now you should know that these are the standard settings for a Title Safe Area and Action Safe Area and you can leave them alone.
Next is the Video Display Format and the Audio Display Format and that's simply how we are going to count video and audio. With video, we usually count it in Timecode. If you are using film, you might count Feet and Frames, or in some projects you just count Frames. So we will stick to Timecode. Audio will count by Audio Samples. You could also count it by Milliseconds. Finally, there is the Capture Format; QuickTime is listed here, though I could also change to HDV, another video format. In most cases, you can leave all the General Settings alone or you could always change them later if you need to.
Next is Scratch Disks. A Scratch Disk is simply a disk you designate for a particular purpose. In our case, we want to specify where Captured Video and Captured Audio are saved. Also Video Previews and Audio Previews, these are effect files that get generated later. By default, Premiere Pro sets the scratch disks to your documents folder. But if you have the luxury of having the secondary hard disk, use that as your scratch disk. I'll do that now by clicking the Browse button, and I'll choose this disk and I even made a folder to contain those files. Our source footage is about surfing, so this is my Surf folder. I'll do the same thing for the other scratch disks.
Once you've set the Project Settings, choose a location for your project file. I'll click the Browse button again; go to the Desktop and save it to my exercise files. Now that I have a location I'll name the project. This will be called settings. Next, you set the video and audio characteristics of the project's initial sequence. You can set them manually here by clicking the General Tab and specifying all the different video and audio settings, but you don't have to do that. In the Sequence Presets, there is a whole list of different formats. You simply choose the setting that matches your source footage.
The sample files I'll be using for this project are in the DV - NTSC format. NTSC is the standard use in North America and Japan. While PAL is the standard use in most of Europe. I'll expand this folder to see my options. My footage is Widescreen rather than Standard Format and it uses 48 kilohertz audio. Different cameras record audio differently, some cameras record at 32 kilohertz sample rate, others at 48. Our footage is 48, so I'll choose this setting. You can see all the video and audio details are listed here in the Preset Description area.
Finally, I'll check the Tracks Tab. Here is where I specify the number of video tracks and the number and type of audio tracks. Again, the default is usually fine. I'll have three video tracks and three stereo tracks. My source footage uses stereo audio so this is perfect. Finally, I just name the first sequence. I could leave the name Sequence 01, but since my project is about surfing, I'll call this surf 01 because it might be the first in many sequences. When I click OK, Premiere opens and we see the interface.
Okay, here is the new project, remember a project is like a set of plans in the form of sequences and you tailor those plans that is the project and sequence settings to the primary type of footage you will be using and how you want to use it.
- Performing assembly edits
- Performing overlay and insert edits
- Editing with Ripple, Roll, Slip, and Slide
- Creating a title roll or crawl
- Rubber-banding clip levels
- Applying motion parameters
- Using Adobe Media Encoder