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Chapter 2. Starting a Project > Choosing Built-in Presets - Pg. 25

Starting a Project 25 Specifying Project Settings Project settings determine how Premiere Pro processes the audio and video as you edit. In most cases, you can choose one of the built-in presets that are optimized for several common scenarios, such as editing video in the DV format. However, you can also create custom settings to fit your particular needs. Once you choose project settings, you can't change them for that project. Additionally, the project settings you choose apply to all the sequences in the project. Generally, your choice of settings is based on your source material, your capture device, your computer's ability to process video and audio, and your output goal. DV Is Easy You could argue that the greatest advantage of the DV format is not its high quality or affordability, but its ease of use. DV is digitized in the camera, it can be transferred to a hard drive over a single cable, it contains timecode, and it uses a consistent standard. For these reasons, DV users usually don't customize their project settings--they simply choose the appropriate DV preset and move on. Unlike DV, which uses a widely accepted standard, capture cards generally use their own unique codecs (a codec is method of storing and playing video; see Chapter 16, "Video and Audio Settings"). If you're using an analog video-capture card, chances are it comes with its own software, including a preset (which you can add to the list of available presets in the New Project dialog box). You can rely on the documentation that comes with your capture device, and you'll seldom need to stray from the settings designed for it. If your current project isn't built around DV or a particular capture card, then your choices become more com- plex. Instead of choosing a ready-made preset, you have to select your own project settings.