Join Antony Bolante for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the interface, part of Premiere Pro CS4 Essential Training.
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Before we start working in earnest, let's get familiar with the working environment. Now you've noticed that when Premiere Pro opens, it opens in a large window that fills the screen. This main application window consists of a number of panes or resizable areas that can contain one or more panels. Each panel constitutes a distinct set of controls designed for a particular function. For example, this pane contains the Project panel, then it also contains the Resource Central panel. This pane contains a number of panels, the Media Browser, the Info panel, the Effects panel, and the History panel. A particular arrangement of panes and panels is called the workspace. This workspace is called the Editing workspace and it's one we'll be using the most.
But I can switch to different workspaces by choosing Window > Workspace and then choosing one of the workspaces listed here. These are just different arrangements that are designed for a particular phase of the editing process. For example, if I switch to the Metalogging workspace, it radically changes the arrangement of panes and panels. This one is for entry of information about clips in projects. I'll choose Window > Workspace > Effects, and it switches to an Effects workspace. You will notice that in place of the Source panel, you get an Effects Controls panel, and in place of the Project panel you get an Effects panel. I'll go to Window > Workspace and switch back to the Editing workspace.
You can modify any workspace in several ways. One thing you can do is resize the panels and panes. For example, if I want to make the Project panel wider to see more columns of information, I'll just move the mouse pointer at the border between the Project panel and the Source panel and drag. As the Project panel gets wider, the Source panel has to get smaller. Premiere Pro is always trying to maximize the screen space, or if I want to make one panel taller, another panel will get shorter and vice versa. So if I want to make the Timeline panel shorter, I'll drag the mouse between the borders and drag.
Premiere Pro will remember this arrangement whenever I go back to this workspace. But if I decide I would like the original arrangement better, I can restore the workspace. By going to Window > Workspace > Reset Current Workspace. When I hit Yes, it returns the Editing workspace back to its original configuration. In addition to resizing panels and panes, I can also change the arrangement. You have already seen that by clicking a panel's tab, it makes that panel appear. I can also change the order of the tabs as they appear in the pane.
For example, if I want the Effects panel to be the leftmost tab in this pane, I just drag it. I can also move a panel into another pane or create a new pane for it to occupy. For example, say I want the Media Browser to occupy the same pane as the Project panel. I'll just drag the Media Browser's tab. As I drag, different parts of the pane become highlighted. Where it's highlighted determines where the panel will appear. If it's highlighted in the center that means the panel will occupy the same pane as the Project panel in this case.
If there are too many tabs to fit in the available space, a scroll bar appears. If I just move the scroll bar, I can see the other panel's tabs. I can also create a new pane in which a panel can occupy. For example, I'll drag the Info panel so that it appears in its own pane. I'll do that by dragging its tab again, and this time I want to make sure that it's highlighted here. That means it will create a new pane right next to the Timeline's pane. In fact, if you discover arrangement that you like you can save it as a workspace. I'll reset this workspace to its original form and then create a new workspace. I'll go to Window > Workspace > Reset Current Workspace that restores the Editing Workspace to its original layout.
Now I'll make my own custom workspace and save that. I'll do that by closing some tabs by clicking the close box. Let's say I want to make a very tall project panel. I'll do that by dragging the Tab and making sure the area is highlighted so that this will create a new pane on the left side of the screen. Now I'll close and resize other panels as needed until I get the arrangement I like. There, I have a tall Project panel. Now I'll go to Window > Workspace > New Workspace, and I'll name this Tall Project. From now on my workspace Tall Project will be listed here in the Workspace sub-menu.
So as you can see the interface is designed to make the most of the screen space, and adapt to the task get hand. This way you can work quickly and efficiently, and you will find that Premiere Pro's interface works a lot like that of the other members of the Adobe Creative Suite.
- 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