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Adobe Premiere Elements 10 Classroom in a Book: Getting Ready to Edit

Chapter Description

Learn how to create a project, set relevant user preferences, and configure the interface to your liking.

Lesson overview

Now that you’re familiar with the Adobe Premiere Elements interface, you’ll learn how to create a project, set relevant user preferences, and configure the interface to your liking. For those tempted to skip this chapter, understand that although Premiere Elements is a wonderfully flexible and customizable program, once you choose a project setting and start editing, you can’t change the setting.

Although you can often work around this issue, in some instances you may have to abandon the initial project and start again using a different setting to achieve the desired results. Invest a little time now to understand how Premiere Elements works with project settings so you can get your project done right the first time.

In this lesson, you’ll learn to do the following:

  • Create a new project
  • Choose the optimal setting for your project
  • Set preferences for Auto Save, Scratch Disks, and the user interface
  • Customize window sizes and locations in the workspace
  • Restore the workspace to its default configuration

This lesson will take approximately one hour.

Customizing Premiere Elements’ interface in Storyboard mode.

Setting Up a New Project

Premiere Elements can work with video from any source, from DV camcorders shooting 4:3 or 16:9 (widescreen) standard-definition (SD) video to the latest HD camcorders. For the best results, you should choose a project setting that matches your source footage by following the procedure described here.

After you choose a setting, Premiere Elements automatically uses the same setting for all future projects, which should work well if you use the same source video format for all subsequent projects. Should you change the format, however—for example, from DV to HDV—remember to change your project setting as well.

  1. Launch Premiere Elements and click the New Project button in the Welcome screen. If Premiere Elements is already open, choose File > New > Project.
  2. Click the Browse button and save the project in the Lesson02 subfolder in the Lessons folder, which should have been created when you copied the DVD contents to your hard drive.
  3. Check the Project Settings in the lower-left corner of the New Project screen. If the Project Settings match those shown in the figure (or your actual source footage when creating your own projects), proceed to step 4. If not, click the Change Settings button to open the Setup screen.
  4. For this project, click the AVCHD LITE 720p30 preset in the NTSC > AVCHD folder. For your own projects, click the preset that matches your source footage.
  5. After choosing a preset, click OK to close the Setup screen.
  6. In the New Project panel, name the project My Project and store it in the previously selected Lesson02 folder. Then click OK to save the new project file.
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