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Chapter 1. Starting and Maintaining a Project > Load Project Settings Window

Load Project Settings Window

The first time you launch Premiere, you are prompted to select which workspace environments you prefer to edit in—either A/B Editing or Single Track Editing. The setup for A/B Editing is similar to that of traditional A/B Roll Editing (from linear editing systems). With this setup, you develop a checkerboard pattern of alternating clips between two tracks. This allows you to see in your timeline how much of any given shot will overlap the previous shot so that you can determine a transition's duration. With Single Track Editing, there is no need for alternating tracks. All clips are edited side by side on the same track. Premiere automatically calculates the overlap in order for you to add transitions, as long as this additional material exists as part of the clip when initially digitized. See Chapter 5, “Adding the Right Transition,” for more information on working with transitions.

As soon as you have made your selection, each time you launch Premiere (unless the Preferences file is deleted), the Load Project Settings window appears, as shown in Figure 1.1. This is where you define your basic project parameters, either by selecting from one of the default settings or by selecting one of the custom settings you previously created. Besides the default settings, additional settings should appear for any hardware capture cards you have installed on your system. As you click the list of Available Presets in the left window, notice the statistical information changing in the Description panel on the right. This allows you to choose the proper editing environment for your project. The Video Settings, Audio Settings, and Rendering Options define all the technical specifications for the medium that best matches how you want to work with audio and video material for optimal output options. You can easily create your own settings by clicking the Custom button. This brings you to the New Project Settings window.


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