9 Replies Latest reply: May 21, 2010 9:51 AM by kdoc2 RSS

    Newby, CS5, File Structure

    kdoc2 Community Member

      I'm old with Photoshop and new with Video editing. On CS5 Production Premium, Windows. What's the best approach to managing my files/folders? No matter what I set, the system seems to default to ...Documents/Adobe/Premiere/5.0. Can I change this, and if so, what do you suggest?

       

      Also, I'm not getting the yellow line, instead of the red line, indicating rendering needed. My new computer with Raid 0 is handling things very well, even with the red line, but why don't I get the yellow line, even when using the accelerated effects etc? Is it because I don't have one of the 4 recommended video cards (I have NVidia, GTX Geoforce 260.

       

      Thanks

      kdoc

        • 2. Re: Newby, CS5, File Structure
          the_wine_snob CommunityMVP

          Kdoc,

           

          As of CS4, there have been a few changes regarding the Project files.

           

          In general terms, I keep my Projects and their files together. For ultimate performance, it's probably not ideal, but helps with housekeeping.

           

          Here's my structure:

           

          Client's folder

               Project folder(s) with the Project file (PRPROJ)

                    Videos (Copies of Video Assets) - this is one place where there might be a slowdown

                    Audio (all Audio files) - this is one place where there might be a slowdown

                    Music (all music files)

                    SFX (all SFX files)

                    Stills (Copies of all still files used)

                    Capture Files

                    Scratch Disks (established in Edit>Preferences>Scratch Disks) - this is one place where there might be a slowdown

                    Finished AVI's

                    Finished AC3's

           

          As of CS4, there will be some files placed in My Documents. I cannot tell you exactly which files will be there. IIRC, one could change the OS Environment to route these elsewhere.

           

          As for red, green or yellow lines, if one has source footage, that is good to go, but just does not quite match the Sequence Preset, one gets a yellow line. For source footage, that requires Rendering for the smoothest playback, one gets a red line. For Rendered footage, or footage that is perfect, and does not need Rendering, one has a green line.

           

          Now, Rendering is for smoothest playback, and I do many Projects, that are never Rendered. OTOH, I have some, where I might Render a segment 30 times, as I work with animation, etc.

           

          Good luck,

           

          Hunt

          • 3. Re: Newby, CS5, File Structure
            Phil Griffith Community Member

            look in edit-preferences to change your media cache

            files from c drive to whatever.

            As far as other scratch drives, that is in project settings. I would use at leat 3 drives. 1. os. 2. media . 3. rendered files.

            • 4. Re: Newby, CS5, File Structure
              kdoc2 Community Member

              Thanks gentlemen: I'll try some of that and get back to you if I get lost.

               

              I also asked elsewhere: I'm getting tons of emails, on all sorts of things. How do I turn them off?

               

              kdoc

              • 5. Re: Newby, CS5, File Structure
                kdoc2 Community Member

                But exactly where do you establish that central structure--

                where do you tell Premiere to put the prproj, the archives, etc.?

                 

                kdoc

                • 7. Re: Newby, CS5, File Structure
                  kdoc2 Community Member

                  Thanks: I think they're all set correctly now, so we'll see. Now, what about the previous question I asked (look one above your response)?

                   

                  kdoc

                  • 8. Re: Newby, CS5, File Structure
                    Ann Bens CommunityMVP

                    When you make a new project you tell

                    Premiere where to put the project.

                    You browse for a new location in the new project window.

                     

                    new project.png

                    • 9. Re: Newby, CS5, File Structure
                      kdoc2 Community Member

                      Thanks: that clarifys it. I should have found that myself, but somehow missed it, given it's

                      bottom of the page location.

                       

                      kdoc