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Chapter 2. Starting a Project > Specifying General Settings

Specifying General Settings

The general settings dictate the basic properties of the program, including the way that Premiere processes video, the timebase, the time count, and advanced settings provided by third-party manufacturers. The General settings panel also displays a summary of the current settings.

To specify general settings:

1.
Do either of the following:

  • In the Project Settings dialog box, choose General from the top pull-down menu.

or

  • Choose Project > Project Settings > General.

The Project Settings dialog box displays the General settings.

2.
From the Editing Mode pull-down menu, choose a video format (or architecture). The most common formats include:

QuickTime—the movie-playing format available for both the Mac and Windows platforms.

Video for Windows—the movie- playing format available only for the Windows platform.

3.
From the Timebase pull-down menu, choose an option that specifies how the project calculates video frames (Figure 2.20):

Figure 2.20. Choose how frames are calculated by choosing an option from the Timebase pull-down menu.


24—Film frame rate

25—PAL video frame rate

29.97—True NTSC frame rate, intended for television

30—Full-motion video not intended for television

4.
From the Time Display pull-down menu, choose an option that specifies how Premiere displays the frame count (Figure 2.21):

Figure 2.21. Choose how Premiere displays the frame count in the Time Display pull-down menu.


24 fps Timecode—standard film.

25 fps Timecode—PAL video.

30 fps Drop-Frame Timecode—NTSC video using drop-frame timecode, used by standard DV.

30 fps Non Drop-Frame Timecode—NTSC video using non-drop-frame timecode.

Frames/Samples—video frames and audio samples, useful in audio editing.

Feet + Frames 16mm—16mm film, which is 40 frames per foot.

Feet + Frames 35mm—35mm film, which is 16 frames per foot.

5.
If you are using third-party hardware, such as a capture card, click the Advanced Settings button.

Your options are determined by your hardware.

6.
If available, click Playback Settings to access a dialog box to set up an output device and specify other playback options (Figure 2.22).

Figure 2.22. Click Advanced Settings to access hardware-specific options; click Playback Settings if you're using plug-ins that provide additional playback options.


This button is available if you have installed plug-ins that provide additional playback options. Consult the manufacturer's documentation to set up these options.


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