Create a 'template project' that contains the commonly used bins, timelines
and elements that will be needed in a standard project.
When you start a new project, simply copy your template .pproj file to the
proper directory and rename to match the current job's name.
When you open the 'template' project you will not be greeted with the 'New Sequence' menu,
and everything will be laid out in an identical manner as every other project you have.
I take that one step further by creating a 'project template folder' that contains the
directory structure and regularly used files (like slates, etc.) already in place.
When a new job comes in I copy the entire folder (including the template .pproj file),
and rename the folder and project name to match the job at hand.
Thank you for the workflow advice, it is great but unfortunately it does not solve our issue. At times we have to be ready to capture in minutes from another graphics source (such as Viz), then take that capture quicktime movie and then drop it in a shared folder on our storage for the editors to drop into a news piece that needs to go to air minutes later. We need the designers to just open the software and be capturing as quick as possible. This is what we do in Final Cut currently. There is no need to set up project folders etc as there is no project, this is all temporary as it is just a means of getting from one place to another. When it comes to some of our long term projects that involve using Premiere I will be using a large amount of your advice.
Create a PP project called Capture. When you start PP, that will show in the recent projects list and you can just click on it.
Use the Capture project to do your capturing. When you're done, just close it. Do not save any changes. The newly captured media will remain on disk right where you captured it to.
As you're only using PP for capturing and not editing, this should fit your needs.