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:
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)
Scratch Disks (established in Edit>Preferences>Scratch Disks) - this is one place where there might be a slowdown
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.
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.
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?
But exactly where do you establish that central structure--
where do you tell Premiere to put the prproj, the archives, etc.?
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)?
Thanks: that clarifys it. I should have found that myself, but somehow missed it, given it's
bottom of the page location.