Project Folder - First things first, make a folder on the Scratch Disk or your local drive. This is very important! The folder is where Adobe Premiere will store its project information and files, including the media that it uses to do its work. Moreover, you will add your own image and sound files to the folder and keep them there, and you’ll move the directory back and forth from your space on the network drive or to a portable drive.
When you make the folder, be sure to name it, using your name and the project name, such as:
To open Adobe Premiere and begin working, refer to the computer workstation’s Start Menu and select Adobe Premiere. Once the program boots up, from the Welcome to Premiere Pro Window, choose “New Project” and select a couple of important options:
When the New Project dialogue box opens and prompts you, under:
- Video Format: Choose “Frames,” which is a good option for animators
- Location: Select your project folder on the Scratch Disk or your own drive
- Name: This part is very important! Go to:
- Location: Browse for your folder on the Scratch Disk and choose:
- Computer name (e.g. 05 288b) > Scratch > Your Folder
- Name: Give the project a short, one-word name, such as <yourname_shortproj>
- Press OK.
Then, Premiere will prompt you to choose a Sequence Preset. However, we will not be using a preset. Instead, we will create our own format.
This is IMPORTANT!
From the New Sequence Window, go past the Sequence Presets. Instead:
- Click on the Settings Tab. From there, you will enter several important settings:
- Editing Mode: Choose “Custom”
- Timebase: Select “24 frames / second”
- Video Settings:
- Frame size: 1920 (horizontal) x 1080 (vertical)
- Pixel Aspect Ratio: Square Pixels (1.0)
- Fields: No Fields (Progressive Scan)
- Display Format: Frames
- Audio Settings:
- Sample rate: 48000 samples/second
- Sequence Name: Give it a suitable name, particular to what you are working on.
By the way, you might find later on that when you refer to the Premiere Interface and look at the Timeline, the Frame Rate Settings are still “Timecode” and not “Frames.” Go to the Project Window, right-click on “Sequence 01″ and choose Sequence Settings > Video > Display Format > Frames.