You can customize the look and behavior of Premiere Pro, from determining the default length of transitions to setting the brightness of the user interface. Most of these preferences remain in effect until you change them. The preferences you set for scratch disks, however, are saved with your projects. Whenever you open a project, it automatically defaults to the scratch disks you selected for it when you set up that project.
- To open the Preferences dialog box, choose Edit > Preferences (Windows) or Premiere Pro > Preferences (Mac OS), and select the category of preferences you want to change.
- To restore default preference settings, hold down Alt (Windows) or Option (Mac OS) while the application is starting. You can release the Alt key or Option key when the splash screen appears.
- To restore default preference settings and plug-in cache at the same time, hold down Shift-Alt (Windows) or Shift-Option (Mac OS) while the application is starting. Release the Shift-Alt keys or Shift-Option key when the splash screen appears.
For Windows: <drive>\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Premiere Pro
For Mac OS: <drive>/Users/<username>Library/Preferences/com.adobe.AdobePremierePro.plist
This excerpt from the Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book explains how to set up projects, sequences, and preferences when getting started with Premiere Pro. See Selecting Settings, Adjusting Preferences, and Managing Assets in Adobe Premiere Pro.
In the General pane of the Preferences dialog box, you can customize settings for several things from transition duration to tool tips, like the following:
You can choose to display Premiere Pro's Welcome screen or display the files that you most recently opened.
Timeline Playback Auto-Scrolling
When a sequence is longer than the visible Timeline, you can select from different options to auto-scroll the Timeline during playback.
Page Scroll moves the Timeline automatically to a new view after the playhead moves offscreen. Selecting this option ensures that playback is continuous and doesn't stop.
Selecting Smooth Scroll keeps the playhead in the middle of the screen, while the clips and time ruler move by.
Timeline Mouse Scrolling
You can choose vertical or horizontal scrolling. By default, mouse scrolling is horizontal for Windows and vertical for Mac OS. For Windows, press the Ctrl key to switch to vertical scrolling.
Set Focus On The Timeline When Performing Insert/Overwrite Edits
Select this preference if you want the Timeline to be active, not the Source Monitor, after you make an edit.
Snap Playhead In Timeline When Snap Is Enabled
Select this preference to turn on snapping.
With snapping turned on, moving the playhead in the Timeline, makes the playhead snap or jump to an edit directly. For example, you can align the playhead to a specific marker with snapping enabled.
Toggle snapping on and off by pressing S on the keyboard.
Display Out Of Sync Indicators For Unlinked Clips
Displays out-of-sync indicators for audio and video when they are unlinked and moved out of sync.
Default Scale To Frame Size
Select this preference to automatically scale imported assets to the project’s default frame size.
Bin behavior when double-clicking a bin, or double-clicking with the Shift or Option keys can be controlled in the Bins preference.
Render Audio When Rendering Video
Select this preference to let Premiere Pro automatically renders audio previews whenever it renders video previews. For more information, see Render audio when rendering video.
Show Clip Mismatch Warning Dialog
When you drag a clip into a sequence, Premiere Pro detects if the attributes of the clip match the sequence settings. If the attributes do not match, the Show Clip Mismatch Warning dialog box appears.
Show Event Indicator
Deselect this preference to turn off the event notification pop-up window that appears in the lower right-corner of the user interface. For more information, see Event notification.
Fit Clip Dialog Opens For Edit Range Mismatches
When you have different In and Out points set in the Source Monitor and Program Monitor, a Fit Clip dialog box appears. The Fit Clip dialog lets you choose the In and Out points to use. Select this preference to let Premiere Pro remember your choice and not display the Fit Clip dialog box every time.
In the Appearance pane of the Preferences dialog box, you can set the overall brightness of the user interface.
You can also control the brightness and saturation of the blue highlight color, interactive controls, and focus indicators.
The Automatch Time preference specifies the time, in the Audio Mixer, for any control that has been adjusted to return to its previous setting. Affected controls are Volume, Pan, Effect and Send parameter knobs in Audio, Submix and (except sends) Master track. Automatch Time preference affects properties in Touch mode, and in Read mode for effects with keyframes.
Play Audio While Scrubbing
Enables audio scrubbing. You can create a keyboard shortcut called “Toggle Audio During Scrubbing” to toggle audio scrubbing on or off while scrubbing. Using a keyboard shortcut is preferable to returning to the Preferences dialog box each time you want to turn audio scrubbing on or off.
Maintain Pitch While Shuttling
Lets you maintain the audio pitch during scrubbing and playback while using the J,K,L keys. Selecting this preference helps improve the clarity of speech when playback is at a higher or slower than normal speed.
Mute Input During Timeline Recording
Check this box to prevent monitoring of the audio inputs while recording the timeline.
Automatic Peak File Generation
Select this preference to let Premiere Pro automatically generate peak files for waveform display when importing audio. If you don't need to show audio waveforms, deselect this preference.
Default Audio Tracks
Defines the type of track in which the clip audio channels are presented when a clip is added to a sequence—Mono, Stereo, 5.1, or Multichannel Mono. Premiere Pro imports and renders each of these track types in the source format (if you select the Use File option) or converted to another track format (if you select one of the track types other than Use File). The following list describes the compatibility between tracks and clip types:
- Mono tracks can hold mono and stereo clips
- Stereo tracks can hold mono and stereo clips
- 5.1 tracks can hold only 5.1 clips
- Adaptive tracks can hold mono, stereo, and adaptive (multichannel) clips (but not 5.1)
The following definitions describe how each track type is interpreted in Premiere Pro and presented when dropped into a sequence:
Lets you specify how mono files must be interpreted inside Premiere Pro. The mapping works as follows:
- Use File imports the file in the same format, mono.
- Mono imports the file as mono, as what happens when you select Use File as the source file and your preference being mono.
- Stereo imports the mono media file as stereo. The mono channel in the file is assigned to one channel in stereo and the other channel is left as silent for the media to be interpreted as stereo.
- 5.1 imports the mono file as a 5.1 surround clip. The mono channel in the file is mapped to one channel in 5.1 format along with 5 silent channels to interpret the file as 5.1 surround media.
- Adaptive imports the file as an N (Max N is 32) channel clip with the mono channel as the first channel.
Lets you specify how files that are inherently stereo must be interpreted in Premiere Pro. Here are the possibilities:
- Use File imports the file as in the source format, in this case, stereo.
- Mono imports the file as mono. The L-R channels in the stereo are interpreted as 2 mono channels.
- Stereo imports the file as stereo with the channel mapping exactly as the source format.
- 5.1 imports the file as 5.1 surround clip. The stereo channels in the file along with the 4 silent channels are interpreted as 5.1 surround media.
- Adaptive imports the file as an N (Max N is 32) channel clip with the stereo channels as the first 2 channels.
Lets you specify how Premiere Pro must treat 5.1 media files. The options are:
- Use File imports the file in the source format, in this case, as 5.1 channel surround media.
- Mono imports file as mono, which results in 6 mono channels
- Stereo imports file as stereo, mapping the 6 channels to 3 stereo pairs.
- 5.1 imports the file as 5.1 media, with the mapping kept exactly as in the source file. In this case, it works the same as the Use File option.
- Adaptive imports the file as an N (Max N is 32) channel clip with the first 6 channels and the rest of them as silent.
Multichannel Mono Media
Lets you specify how files that have N discrete channels are interpreted inside PPro. The options are:
- Use File Imports the file in the source format, in this case, as multichannel mono media with the same number of channels as in the source.
- Mono Same as Use File, that is, all N channels are kept as N mono tracks.
- Stereo The N mono channels in the source are grouped into (N/2) stereo pairs.
- 5.1 Imports a multichannel mono file as sets of one or more 5.1 tracks by adding extra silent channels (if needed) to complete sets of 5.1 configuration.
- Adaptive Imports the file as an N (Max N is 32) channel clip with the channels mapped to the same number of mono channels in the source media.
Automation Keyframe Optimization
Defines the linear keyframe thinning and minimum time interval thinning.
Linear Keyframe Thinning
Creates keyframes only at points that don’t have a linear relationship to the start and end keyframes. For example, if you are automating a fade from 0 dB to –12 dB. With this option selected, Premiere Pro creates keyframes only at the points that represent an increase in value from the beginning (0 dB) and ending (–12 dB) keyframes. If you don’t select this option, Premiere Pro may create several incremental keyframes of identical values between those two points, depending on the speed at which you change the value. This option is selected by default.
Large Volume Adjustment
This preference lets you set the number of decibels to increase when using the Increase Clip Volume Many command.
Audio Plug-in Manager
Launches the Audio Plug-in Manager dialog box to let you work with third-party VST3 plug-ins, and Audio Units (AU) plug-ins on Mac.
Audio Hardware preferences
In the Audio Hardware pane of the Preferences dialog box (Edit > Preferences > Audio Hardware), you can specify the computer audio device and settings, including the ASIO and MME settings (Windows only), or CoreAudio setting (Mac OS only) that Premiere Pro uses for audio playback and recording. When you connect an audio hardware device, the hardware settings for that device type, such as default input, default output, master clock, latency, and sample rate are loaded in this dialog box. For example, the following screen shows the settings for a connected MME device (Windows) in which you can modify the default selections in properties:
The following image shows the preferences for low-latency CoreAudio devices that can support input-only, output-only, and full-duplex modes. You can change the properties such as Master Clock (MOTU, SPDIF, and ADAT) and I/O Buffer Size (low latency, 32 samples).
When you configure inputs and outputs for recording and playback, Adobe Premiere Pro can use these kinds of sound card drivers:
In Windows, ASIO drivers support professional cards and MME drivers typically support standard cards.
In Mac OS, CoreAudio drivers support both professional and standard cards.
ASIO and CoreAudio drivers are preferable because they provide better performance and lower latency. You can also monitor audio as you record it and instantly hear volume, pan, and effects changes during playback.
- Choose Edit > Preferences > Audio Hardware (Windows) or Preferences > Audio Hardware (Mac OS).
- From the Device Class menu, choose the driver for the sound card you want to use.
- Choose a Default Input and Output from the card. See Assign audio inputs and outputs to tracks in Adobe Audition Help.
- (MME and CoreAudio) For Master Clock, choose the input or output to which you want other digital audio hardware to synchronize (ensuring accurate alignment of samples).
- For I/O Buffer Size (ASIO and CoreAudio) or Latency (MME), specify the lowest setting possible without audio dropouts. The ideal setting depends on the speed of your system, so some experimentation may be necessary.
- Choose a Sample Rate for the audio hardware. (For common rates for different output mediums, see Understanding sample rate in Adobe Audition Help.)
- (Optional) To optimize the performance of ASIO and CoreAudio cards, click Settings. For more information, consult the documentation for the sound card.
- Under Output Mapping, you can specify the target speaker in your computer sound system for each supported audio channel.
Auto Save preferences
Automatically Save Projects
By default, Premiere Pro automatically saves your project every 15 minutes and retains the last five versions of the project file on the hard disk.
You can revert to a previously saved version at any time. Archiving many iterations of a project consumes relatively little disk space because project files are much smaller than source video files. It’s best to save project files to the same drive as your application. Archived files are saved in the Premiere Pro Auto-Save folder.
When you specify auto-save to occur at regular intervals, Premiere Pro auto-saves a project on detecting changes to the project file.
The auto-save occurs irrespective of whether you manually save the changes to the project or not. Earlier, Premiere Pro would not execute auto-save if you manually saved within the interval setting. If the system goes idle for a period beyond the interval setting, Premiere Pro forces an auto-save.
Save Backup Project To Creative Cloud
Select this preference to let Premiere Pro auto-save your projects directly to your Creative Cloud-based storage.
When Premiere Pro auto-saves a project, a directory named "auto-save" is created in your Creative Cloud online storage. All the backed-up projects are stored in the "auto-save" directory.
You can access your backed-up projects from the Files tab of your Creative Cloud desktop application. Or you can access the files from your Creative Cloud account on the Web.
Controls how Premiere Pro transfers video and audio directly from a deck or camera. (None of the other project settings options affect capturing.) The contents of this panel depend on the editing mode. If you’re capturing DV footage, use the default DV capture settings. When DV/IEEE 1394 Capture is the selected capture format, no options are available because the options are automatically set to the IEEE 1394 standard. Additional capture formats and options appear if you install other software, such as software included with a capture card certified to be compatible with Premiere Pro.
For P2 DVCPRO 50 and P2 DVCPRO HD projects, the Capture Format setting is not relevant, because the assets are captured and recorded directly to the P2 card as digital files by the camera.
Control Surface preferences
In the Control Surface panel of the Preferences dialog, you can configure your hardware control device.
The Edit, Add, and Remove buttons let you add, edit, or remove control surfaces in your configuration.
Under Device Class, click Add to select the device. You can add either EUCON or Mackie. Or you can add both.
Click Edit to specify configure settings like MIDI Input Device and MIDI Output Device for the selected control surface.
For more information on using control surface controls with Premiere Pro, see Control surface support.
Device Control preferences
In the Device Control pane of the Preferences dialog box, you specify the settings Premiere Pro uses to control a playback/recording device, such as a VTR or camcorder.
Label Colors preferences
In the Label Colors pane of the Preferences dialog box, you can change the default colors and color names. You can label assets with these colors and color names in the Project panels.
Label Defaults preferences
In the Label Defaults pane of the Preferences dialog box, you can change the default colors assigned to bins, sequences, and different types of media.
Specifies whether Premiere Pro shows the original timecode imported clips, or assigns new timecode to them, starting at 00:00:00.
Specifies whether Premiere Pro assigns a 0, or a 1 to the first frame of an imported clip, or assigns a number by timecode conversion.
Write XMP ID To Files On Import
Select this check box to write ID information into XMP metadata fields.
Enable Clip And XMP Metadata Linking
Select this check box to link clip metadata to XMP metadata, so that changing one changes the other.
Include Captions On Import
Select this check box to detect and automatically import embedded closed caption data in an embedded closed caption file. Deselect this check box to not import embedded captions, which helps save time while importing.
Premiere Pro supports growing files for OP1A MXF files. The preference allows users to opt whether Premiere automatically refreshes as they grow, and if so, how frequently. This preference allows you to edit with these files in your project immediately.
In the Memory pane of the Preferences dialog box, you can specify the amount of RAM reserved for other applications, and for Premiere Pro. For example, as you reduce the amount of RAM reserved for other applications, the amount of RAM left available for Premiere Pro increases.
Some sequences, such as those containing high-resolution source video or still images, require large amounts of memory for the simultaneous rendering of multiple frames. These assets can force Premiere Pro to cancel rendering and to give a Low Memory Warning alert. In these cases, you can maximize the available memory by changing the Optimize Rendering For preference from Performance to Memory. Change this preference back to Performance when rendering no longer requires memory optimization.
In the Playback pane of the Preferences dialog box, you can select the default player for audio or video, and set preroll and postroll preferences. You can also access device settings for third-party capture cards.
Premiere Pro uses the player to play media from clips and sequences for the following:
the preview area at the top of the Project panel
the video transition preview in the Effect Controls panel.
You can choose the default player for your computer, or a third-party plug-in player for Premiere Pro. Third-party players are installed with some capture cards.
The number of seconds before an edit point when playing back footage for a number of editing functions.
The number of seconds after an edit point when playing back footage for a number of editing functions.
Step Forward/Back Many
Specifies the number of frames to move when you use the keyboard shortcut Shift+Left or Right arrow. The default is set to ten frames.
Set up DV and third-party devices for output by clicking the Settings button. If a third-party capture card is installed, click the Settings button to access the Mercury Transmit dialog box for video formats, and pixel formats.
A check box is available for disabling video output when in the background.
Sync Settings preferences
When you work with Premiere Pro on multiple machines, managing and syncing preferences, presets, and libraries between them can be time-consuming, complex, and error prone. The new Sync Settings feature lets you sync your general preferences, keyboard shortcuts, presets, and libraries to the Creative Cloud. For more information, see Sync Settings in Premiere Pro CC.
In the Titler pane of the Preferences dialog box, you can change the letters Premiere Pro shows in the Titler Style Swatches panel and in the font browser.