Adobe Premiere: The Basics of Starting a Project

Before you begin editing a project in adobe premiere there are a few basic but important decisions that you need to make about the project. While they're easy to do, you should be careful because these will affect everything. Here is a quick guide to help you out.

Creating a New Project

When you open Premiere the program starts by giving you two choices. Create a new project or open an existing one. We're going to create a new one.

New Project Settings

The "New Project Window" will appear and filling in the settings is the first step in editing your movie. There are two tabs in this window. "General" and "Scratch Disk." The general settings include what area will be action and title safe, the display format of the video, the display format of the audio, the capture format of your video, and the name of your project.

Leave the title and action safe areas alone. Make sure that the display format of the video is 'Time Code' and not feet. If you were doing an off line edit for something shot on film then you would make that setting feet so that the negative cutter can use the Edit Decision List to cut the film. But we're concerned with video. Also, make sure that the Audio Format is set to audio samples.

Capture Video Format

If you're project involves digitizing video that was shot on a tape then you should concern yourself with this option. This decides what the file format will be for your captured video. Pick a file format that you're comfortable with and can get smooth play back from. If you are editing from footage that is on a memory card then it has already been digitized and you do not need to concern yourself with this part.

Naming the Project

The name of your project should be simple and relevant. If you ever need to open it again three years after it was completed you shouldn't have to hunt it down on the hard drive.

Scratch Disks

When you add an effect to a video clip or create a title or transition you need to create a preview file so that you can see smooth play back. These preview files save onto a scratch disk. Pick a location that has a lot of memory for the scratch disk because these files can add up quickly.

Sequence Settings

Your sequence is also know as the timeline. Here you will create a sequence based on the video format you're editing with and the aspect ratio that it was shot at.

Once your sequence settings are created you can start editing your project.

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