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.
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.
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.
Maps the source audio channels so that they’re placed on separate mono audio tracks. For example, when you select Mono from the Default Track Format menu, Premiere Pro maps each source channel to a separate mono track on capture or import. If you capture from a stereo source with this setting, Premiere Pro maps each of the source channels to a separate monaural track. You can apply the Mono track format to clips containing any number of audio channels. Importing a file containing 5.1 channels maps them to six audio tracks. When you add the clip to the sequence, the clips on the separate mono tracks remain linked together.
Maps the source audio channels so that paired channels are placed on stereo audio tracks. You can apply the Stereo track format to clips containing any number of audio channels. If the clip doesn’t contain an even number of channels, a silent channel is created. The silent channel is paired with the unpaired channel when the clip is added to a sequence.
Mono As Stereo
Maps the source audio channels so each is placed on a stereo audio track. Premiere Pro duplicates the audio from each mono source channel and places it in the left and right channels of a stereo track. You can apply the Mono As Stereo format to clips containing any number of audio channels.
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, suppose 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, you specify the computer audio device and settings, including the ASIO settings (Windows only), or buffer size setting (Mac OS only) that Premiere Pro uses for recording audio.
Adobe Audition users will need to use Audio Output Mapping preferences to that 5.1 clips will output Ls, Rs, C, and LFE channels in the same order as Audition.
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 checkbox 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.