Customizing Your Workspace

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Subject: Editing

Title: Customizing Your Workspace


How to create a customized editing workspace in Premiere Pro CC.


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In our Beginner course we worked with the Premiere Pro CC Interface in its default configuration. In this lesson, we’re going to look at how you can customize your workspace, so that it works for you. You can move any pane to any location and you can even save your new interface configuration. Let’s take a look at nice custom configuration that gives you the maximum area for your timeline and your edit.

So I want to move everything that’s here in the lower left corner somewhere else. I think I want it to be located directly to the left of my Source pane. If I click, hold and drag the project pane straight up, you can see that several different areas are highlighted in the Source pane, and as I move my mouse around, while still holding the button down purple highlighted areas show the options that are available.

I want my project pane to go to the left of my source monitor, so I’ll drop it on the far left purple area. So now there are three panes across the top instead of two. But the other tabs in the lower left corner are still there, so I still need to move those up as well. I’ll click, hold and drag the next tab up so that I’m hovering over the Project pane that I just moved.

This time I want this pane to go into the same pane as the Project, so instead of dropping it onto the far left pane, I need to drop I onto the very top horizontal area where the Project tab is located and drop it there. Now I have both tabs at the top.

I’ll just continue dragging my other panes up to the same place until they are all gone from the lower left corner and are located to the left of my source monitor in the top left corner. Now that those panes have been relocated, I can click and drag to reorder the tabs the way I’d like. I’m going to drag the Project pane tab so that it’s all the way to the left. Then I think I’ll move my Effects tab next and then my Media Browser Tab, and I’ll just leave it like this.

Now you can see that your time pane has a lot more room at the bottom of the interface, but you may need to resize some of the other windows, which you can do by just moving your mouse cursor to the edge of a window and dragging it until it’s the way you want it. My Tools panel at the far left of my timeline is a bit wide, so I’ll click and drag the edge to make it smaller.

So now I’m happy with this new configuration, so I’d like to save it by going to the Window menu choosing workspace, then new workspace, and I’ll give it a new name, let’s say “Kelly Editing” and click OK. Now if I come back up to my window menu and choose workspace, I can see my “Custom Editing” layout is now saved in this list. If I want to go back to the default configuration at any time, I just go back to the window menu, choose Workspace, choose the “Editing” workspace, then choose Reset Current Workspace and then click Yes. And I can go back to my “Kelly Editing” workspace as well.

© Michael Rosenblum & Lisa Lambden 2015