Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Starting up and creating a project, part of Learning Premiere Pro CS5.
The first screen you get when you start up Premier Pro is this one. The welcome screen gives you the option to make a new project, open a project, or get access to help. And it also has a list of recent projects. To make a new project, click on New Project and then you've got some option, most of which you're going to want to leave as they are. I'll just skim over these for you, though. The Action and Title Safe areas. These are just highlights on the screen that you can turn off and on inside of Premier Pro to show you the edgesLAUGH really. So the action area is a 10% zone. That's the edge that's often cropped on a CRT monitor, and the Title Safe Area is a little bit further in.
So it's the area that you want to keep your text and your graphics inside of to be absolutely sure they'll be displayed on a monitor. Ten percent, 20% are standard for these. The video and audio display formats are actually options for the timekeeping. So, if you're going to have time code, which is the standard, you'll get hours, minutes, seconds, and frames. The numbers along the top of the timeline, the way that time is measured in the sequence. You might also choose frequent frames or just a frame count of you're working on film edit. Film must be telly sending to video, makes it easier for the lab to make the cuts for you. And then again for audio its a question of whether you want audio samples of milliseconds again.
Audio samples is absolutely fine. Now because Premiere Pro doesn't use an intermediary format, when you capture, you're going to be choosing between capturing DV for standard-def media, and HDV for HD media. If you have dedicated hardware on your machine for video capture, you might have extra options here. You should have a look at the instructions with your hardware to help you make the right choice. These settigns can be changed laster so dont wory to much about them. Now this menu video renderubg and playback is only available if you have the right graffics card on your machine. One of the new new mercury playback engine in Premier Pro CS5 is that the system can use your graphics card if it's one of the right kinds of graphics cards to apply certain visual effects.
A classic example would be color correction. If you have the right card, then you'll be able to send that workload through the GPU Leaving the CPU, your compute processor unit, to do the work of playing back. The net effect is that you get much better real-time performance, it just has no impact on playback at all. But if you don't have the right kind of graphics card. This is really the physical card inside your computer for displaying images on your computer monitors, then you'll be in software-only and the menu will be grayed out. I do, I've got an Nvidia GTX 285 graphics card in here.
And that's absolutely fine. There's about five or six cards were listed as officially supported when CS5 was launched, but there's more being added all the time. Down here we choose the location where the project file is going to go, and then we choose a name for the project. So, what day is it today? It's Monday, so I'll call this project Monday. Now if I just skip over to the scratch disc, I can choose where my media is going to be stored. Now the default, usually you going to have same as project for all of these. The default option when you come in here will be same as project for everything. And that means when you capture video or audio, or when you render which is when you have an effect that you flatten into a media file for playback. Where's that file going to go same thing for the audio. Same as project means that the project folder that's created now when I click OK will contain all of those files automatically.
Now if you're editing with a remote server or maybe you've got external storage on your machine. You'll be clicking Browse, and you'll be using the regular Browse window here inside of either Windows or Mac OS, makes no difference, to locate where you want to put these files. Makes no difference at all to Premier Pro. Premier Pro will link to the media absolutely anywhere as long as the transfer rate is fast enough for your hard drive. If you're on a network, same thing. Then Premiere won't mind. But it does make life easier for organization if everything is stored inside the project file. If I'm happy with this, I click OK, and then Premiere Pro will invite me to create a sequence which I'm not going to bother doing right now. I can create sequences later.
I'm just going to click Cancel and I'm not inside my project and ready to start working. So really if I just come back out of this, just to show you again. If I click New Project, all I really need to do, as long as I'm happy with the location, is punch in a name and click OK. And I'm ready to start editing.
- Introducing Premiere Pro
- Creating a project
- Importing media
- Editing clips
- Adding transitions and effects
- Working with titles and graphics
- Dynamic Link with After Effects
- Working with audio
- Metadata and content analysis
- Outputting video