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Getting Started

Getting Started

Adobe® Premiere® Pro software is a revolutionary nonlinear video editing application. Powerful real-time video and audio editing tools give you precise control over virtually every aspect of your production. Built for the exceptional performance of Microsoft® Windows® XP systems, Adobe Premiere Pro takes video production to an entirely new level.

Whether you want to edit digital video on your laptop or work with multiple layers of uncompressed analog footage on a professional, hardware-based real-time editing system, Adobe Premiere Pro allows you to work with ease and efficiency. Take advantage of a new, real-time editing experience that provides immediate feedback and enables you to edit with amazing speed. Produce richer, more vibrant audio using sample-level editing, VST filters, track-based effects, and 5.1 surround sound. Easily create sophisticated titles for all of your productions with the new Adobe Title Designer.

Premiere Pro's scalable editing platform allows you to work closely with your other video software and hardware tools and supports the latest industry standards, including OHCI, ASIO, AAF, and VST.

Native DV support provides plug-and-play capabilities with a wide variety of camcorders and other new devices. If your computer doesn't offer a DV input option or you're looking to import analog, Premiere Pro provides support for the widest variety of capture cards. Running on Windows XP allows you to take advantage of the latest operating system enhancements.

Seamless integration has been engineered between Adobe Premiere Pro and other Adobe programs, including Adobe Photoshop®, After Effects®, Illustrator®, Encore® DVD, Audition®, and GoLive® software. Use the Edit Original command to modify native Photoshop, After Effects, and other files. Import logos, vector artwork, and technical drawings as native Illustrator files. And export streaming media with chapters and URL triggers that can be imported directly into GoLive or to make Encore® DVD files. Once your production is complete, Adobe Premiere Pro provides you with a number of export options. Export to the Web, videotape, DV, DVD, CD, Video CD (VCD), and more.

Whether you are a video professional or an aspiring producer, you'll enjoy the versatility, ease of use, and power of Adobe Premiere Pro software.

About Classroom in a Book

Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book® is part of the official training series for Adobe graphics and publishing software developed with the support of experts at Adobe Systems. The lessons are designed to let you learn at your own pace. If you're new to Adobe Premiere Pro, you'll learn the fundamental concepts and features you'll need to master the program. If you've been using Adobe Premiere for awhile, you'll find that Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book teaches many advanced features, including tips and techniques for using the latest version of Adobe Premiere Pro.

Although each lesson provides step-by-step instructions for creating a specific project, there's room for exploration and experimentation. You can follow the book from start to finish or do only the lessons that correspond to your interests and needs.

While a beginner or intermediate user might be best served by going through all the lessons in order, each lesson is built to stand alone to give a primer on its subject. For this Classroom in a Book, a six-and-one-half minute short film, entitled Books & Beans, was developed to convey a sense of building an entire movie as you course through each exercise. By the last lessons on Audio and Output, you will have reconstructed the entire motion picture.


Before beginning to use Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book, you should have a working knowledge of your computer and its operating system. Make sure that you know how to use the mouse and standard menus and commands and that you know how to open, save, and close files. If you need to review these techniques, see the printed or online documentation included with your Windows operating system. It is also helpful, but not necessary, to have experience with Adobe Premiere, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Encore DVD, and Adobe Audition.

Installing the Adobe Premiere Pro program

Before you begin using Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book, make sure that your system is set up correctly and that you've installed the required software and hardware. You must purchase the Adobe Premiere Pro software separately. For system requirements and complete instructions on installing the software, see the InstallReadMe file on the application CD.

You must install the application from the Adobe Premiere Pro CD onto your hard disk; you cannot run the program directly from the CD. Follow the on-screen instructions. Make sure your serial number is accessible before installing the application; you can find the serial number on the registration card, on the CD sleeve, or on the back of the CD case.

Because this version contains a large database of digital video media, it is mastered to DVD-ROM. Thus a DVD drive is required for copying user files to your hard drive.

Media tools in the XP environment

The Windows XP operating system comes with the onboard media tools you'll need to reproduce the images and sounds in your projects. Investigate on the Web to familiarize yourself with available enhancements and advanced media tools that are on the market to make your producing and editing experience as precise and pleasurable as it can be.

To play sound, a sound card and speakers must be installed. For best quality when previewing audio, you may want to connect external speakers to your system.

With the launch of Adobe Premiere Pro comes the ability to make layered, nested sequences, use whole timeline assemblies like simple stand-alone clips, and design and output 5.1 sound to a room full of speakers.

See the Adobe Premiere Pro User Guide for installation instructions.

Starting Adobe Premiere Pro

You start Premiere Pro just as you would any software application.

Launch the program as follows:

  • Choose Start > Programs > Adobe > Premiere Pro > Adobe Premiere Pro.

In the lessons that follow, you will learn about this and the other editing workspaces available in Adobe Premiere Pro.

In the Load Project Settings dialog box, choose DV - NTSC Real-time Preview > Standard 48kHz, and click OK.

This will allow you to smoothly play older clips saved in earlier versions of the program.


For the lessons in this book, you will work with this preset. For your own work, you will typically use the preset included with your capture card software or the appropriate preset included with Premiere Pro.

Adobe Premiere Pro is very easy to customize. When working on your own projects, if you don't see a preset that matches your video, select the preset that most closely matches your editing environment. Click Custom, specify your project settings, and then click Save. In the Save Project Settings dialog box, type a name and description (if desired), and click OK. The new settings are saved as a preset file that appears in the list of available presets in the Load Project Settings dialog box. For more information, see “Specifying project settings”, in the Adobe Premiere Pro User Guide.

After you click OK, the Adobe Premiere Pro application window appears. You will see the Editing workspace and its three main windows (the Project window, the Monitor window, and the Timeline window) and the default palettes. If necessary, you can rearrange windows and palettes so they don't overlap, by choosing Window > Workspace > Editing. The workspace components automatically adjust.

Copying the Classroom in a Book files

The Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book DVD includes folders containing all the electronic files for the lessons. Each lesson has its own folder, and you must copy the folders to your hard drive to do the lessons.

Digital Video is a verbose technology. Given that the sample footage is stored at full-frame size in true colors, a great deal of hard disc space is required to run it. You'll need at least 5 GB (gigabytes) on your C:\ Drive to fit all of the files needed to take the lessons of the book.

To install the Classroom in a Book files on your C:\ drive

Insert the Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book DVD into your DVD-ROM drive.

On the C:\ drive of your computer, create a folder named PrPro_CIB.

Copy both of the directories located on the DVD-ROM—Lessons and Movies—to the hard drive. Drag the two directories from the DVD into the C:\PrPro_CIB folder.

For the large database of files to stay linked to each other, leave the directory exactly like described. Your path to the lesson files will therefore be:

  • C:\PrPro_CIB, your main directory.

  • Lessons directory and Movies directory, inside the PrPro_CIB directory.


As you work through each lesson, you will overwrite the Start files. To restore the original files, recopy the corresponding Lesson folder from the Classroom in a Book DVD-ROM to the PrPro_CIB folder on your hard drive.

Copying the lesson files to alternate drives

If it is necessary for you to use a disc drive other than drive C:\, then you might encounter the Where is the File '[file_name]' box in Lessons 10-through-12, and Lesson 14. This means Premiere Pro is searching for files specifically linked to project files in those four lessons.

The following chart will guide you through the Where is the File box, if it appears on your display, when you are taking the exercises in Lessons 10-through-12 and Lesson 14.

FILE NAMENavigate to linked file in
Black frame.psd11Lesson
Clip01.avi14Lesson\Premiere Source

Using default preferences

Adobe Premiere Pro provides default, or factory preset, settings. Like many software programs, Premiere Pro also maintains a preferences file that stores the settings you most recently used in the program. You may find instances in your own projects when restoring the default preferences will be useful or necessary.


Deleting the preferences file also resets the window and palette positions.

To quickly locate and delete the Premiere Pro preferences file

On your system, choose Start > Find > Files or Folders and search for Premiere Pro Prefs. Choose Options > Save Results and then File > Save Search.

Create a shortcut for the Preferences folder. Locate and select the Preferences folder, found within the System folder. From the title bar, choose File > Create Shortcut. A file called Preferences alias will appear within the System folder. This file lands on your desktop. Double-clicking the shortcut will open the Preferences folder to give you quick access to the Adobe Premiere Pro Preferences file.

Double-click the saved search file any time you want to open the Preferences folder.

To restore default preferences for Premiere Pro

If Premiere is running, exit Premiere.

Delete the Premiere Pro Prefs file found in <windows install drive>: \Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Adobe\Premiere. The <windows install drive> is usually C: and the <username> pertains to the currently logged on user.


The AppData folder is usually hidden. You can access it by choosing Folder Options > View in Windows Explorer and selecting Show hidden files and folders.

To save your current Premiere Pro preferences

Exit Adobe Premiere Pro.

Select the Premiere Pro Prefs file from <windows install drive>: \Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Adobe\Premiere.


Use your operating system's Search command to locate this file.

Drag the Preferences file shortcut to your desktop or to another folder that you can locate quickly while you are working.

To restore your saved settings after completing the lessons

Exit Premiere Pro.

Drag the Preferences file from the desktop back into the folder holding the Adobe Premiere Pro Preferences file.

In the Warning box that appears, confirm that you want to replace the existing version of the file indicated.

Additional resources

Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book is not intended to replace documentation that comes with the Premiere Pro program. Only the commands and options used in the lessons are explained in this book. For comprehensive information about program features, refer to these resources:

  • The Adobe Premiere Pro User Guide, which is included with Adobe Premiere Pro software, contains a complete description of all the features found in Premiere Pro.

  • Online Help, an online version of the User Guide, is accessible by choosing Help > Contents from the Premiere Pro title bar.

  • The Adobe Web site (www.adobe.com), can be viewed by choosing Help > Adobe Online if you have a connection to the World Wide Web.

Adobe certification

The Adobe Training and Certification Programs are designed to help Adobe customers improve and promote their product proficiency skills. The Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) program is designed to recognize the high-level skills of expert users. Adobe Certified Training Providers (ACTP) use only Adobe Certified Experts to teach Adobe software classes. Available in either ACTP classrooms or on-site, the ACE program is the best way to master the use of Adobe products. For Adobe Certified Training Programs information, visit the Partnering with Adobe Web site at http://partners.adobe.com.

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