Starting the lesson
When you start out creating projects with Premiere Pro, you may not feel the need to invest time in staying organized. Perhaps you’re working on your first project now, and if that’s the case, it’s going to be nice and easy to find it on your storage drive.
Once you start working on multiple projects, staying organized gets more complicated. You might use multiple media assets taken from multiple storage locations. You’ll have multiple sequences, each with its own particular structure, and you’ll be generating multiple graphics. You may also have multiple effect presets and Motion Graphics templates. All in all, you’ll need quite a filing system to keep all these project elements organized.
The solution is to create an organizational system for your projects and to have a plan in place for archiving those projects that you might want to work on again.
The thing about systems for organization is that they’re usually easier to use if they exist before you need them. Look at this idea from the other direction: If you don’t have an organizational system in the moment you need it—when you have a new video clip to put somewhere, for example—you might be too busy being creative to think about things such as names and file locations. Consequently, it’s common for projects to end up with similar names, stored in similar locations, with a mix of files that don’t go together. Don’t allow yourself to end up with an Untitled Project 27.prproj!
The solution is simple: Prepare your organizational system in advance. Map it out with pen and paper if it helps, and work out the journey you’ll take, starting with acquiring your source media files, moving through your edit, and finishing with output, archiving, and beyond.
In this lesson, you’ll learn about features in Premiere Pro that help you stay in control, without losing focus on what matters most—your creative work. Then you’ll learn about some ways to work as part of a team.
Open Lesson 17.prproj in the Lessons folder.
Save the project as Lesson 17 Working.prproj.
In the Workspaces panel, click Editing. Then reset the workspace.