Join Amy Leland for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a project and a user, part of Smoke 2013 Essential Training.
In order to begin our work in Smoke, we are first going to create a project and user inside of Smoke. So let's launch Smoke. Either choose the Smoke icon from your dock. Or, if you have it in your applications folder, double-click it in there. We're going to explore a couple of different options on this screen in order to get set up, and ready to start working. The first thing I want to point out, is this option that says Storage Volume. When you installed Smoke you were asked for a location to store the autodesk media storage.
This is where Smoke will store any digital intermediates you create when you import media. I will explain that more fully when we import media. For now, all you need to understand is that this was chosen during your install, and is ready to go. The next thing we're going to look at is creating a project. Now on my machine, I already have some existing projects so you may be seeing something different here. But we're going to start with a fresh new project. I'm going to click New. When you create a new project, you are asked some formatting decisions.
Like many of the editing applications you may have seen in the past, these formatting decisions are about setting defaults, not locking you into a final answer. So when I choose my project resolution and formatting, I'm making some decisions that down the road will set defaults when I create sequences. This doesn't mean I can't change my mind later. Ideally, you should make choices here that are as close to the footage you're going to be bringing in as possible. I know that the footage I'm going to be bringing in will be 1920 by 1080.
So I will choose that here. I also happen to know that the footage I'm working with for these lessons is ten-bit footage not eight-bit footage. If I change this setting now, I won't have to keep changing it every time I create a sequence in the future. So I'm going to change this to ten-bit. The footage we're working with is also 23.976 frames per second. What I am seeing here is a default configuration template for 1920 by 1080 that includes that frame rate. If that's not what you're seeing, you could always come into this menu to choose the right option.
But if you are seeing 1920 by 1080 at 23.976 frames per second, great, let's leave that there. Under Cache and Renders, you're asked for a preferred format. What this refers to is, if you ask Smoke to create new digital intermediate to footage when you import, what format should it create. Again, it's a preferred format we're setting it default, you could always change that later. The last thing we need to pick is a name for our project. I'm going to call mine lynda.com tutorials.
You can call yours anything you like. And once I have that done, I'm going to click Create. The other thing we need to do is create a user. Anytime you open Smoke, you open both a user and a project together. Different users can open the same project and one user can have access to multiple projects. Its how the two come together that determines your working interface. When we create a user we have specific user preferences that will be used as we work on whichever project we've opened. Again, I already have some users created on my machine because I've been using Smoke in the past.
If you don't, you may see something different here. Either way let's click New. We have one important choice to make when we create a user. And that's our keyboard shortcuts. There are different sets of keyboard shortcuts available inside of Smoke. I am going to stick with this default Smoke set. You will notice that it also says in parenthesis fcp seven. What this means is that a lot of the editing shortcuts we'll have, inside of this default set, will be the same ones that you may have used if you have edited in final cut seven. I have edited in final cut seven, so these keyboard shortcuts make the environment more familiar for me.
If you would like to use other keyboard shortcuts, because you've used other auto desk products and you're used to those, you can also choose either the flame set or the original smoke classic set. I'm going to stick with the FCP7 set. I'm going to name my user Lynda. You may name yours anything you like and I'm going to create that user. Now that I have a project and a user, I'm ready to start Smoke. Make sure that Lynda.com Tutorials Project is the one in your Project drop down, and make sure that new Lynda User that you created is in the User drop down.
And I'm going to click Start. And now we're ready to begin. In our next lesson we're going to examine some preferences before we start importing our media.
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- Creating a project and user
- Importing with MediaHub and the Media Library
- Drag-and-drop editing in the timeline
- Adding cutaways with three-point editing
- Creating dissolve and wipe transitions
- Keying green-screen media
- Performing primary and secondary color corrections
- Composing in ConnectFX
- Importing layered Photoshop files
- Using 3D text
- Editing and mixing audio