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Chapter 2. Starting a Project

Chapter 2. Starting a Project

When you're editing with Adobe Premiere, you're creating a detailed set of instructions, called a project (Figure 2.1).

Figure 2.1. A project file is a detailed set of instructions that refers to—but doesn't contain—source files. Your hard drive must contain both the project (a small file) and the source files to which it refers (larger files).

A project lists all the clips that you intend to use in your edited video program. It also contains all your editing decisions, including the arrangement of the clips, transitions, audio levels, and effects.

You can compare a project with a recipe or a musical score. Just as sheet music refers to instruments and indicates when they should play, the project refers to media files and when they should play. A project doesn't contain the files themselves—only references to those files, called clips. As a result, you never alter the source files directly. Hence, editing in Premiere is sometimes referred to as nondestructive editing.

Because it is simply a detailed set of instructions, a project is a small file, often less than 1 MB. The source files, on the other hand, tend to take up a lot more drive space. In terms of our metaphor, you can slip sheet music into your pocket, but the actual orchestra is considerably more bulky.

In this chapter, you learn to start a new project, choose audio and video settings, and import a variety of source files as clips.



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