Adobe Digital Video Curriculum Guide – Module 5
Adobe Digital Video
Adobe Premiere Pro Set-up
Adobe created Adobe® Premiere® Pro with high-performance PCs—or, more aptly, DV workstations—in mind. A
PC DV workstation with plenty of horsepower will enable your students to get the best out of Adobe Premiere
Pro. In this module, I present some tips on what to consider when buying a DV workstation or upgrading a PC.
One component of a high-end DV workstation is a specialized video capture card that enhances the Adobe
Premiere Pro editing experience. I will give an overview of two cards from Matrox that work hand-in-hand with
I conclude this module by showing you how to have your students start up Adobe Premiere Pro and make a few
user interface tweaks to get them ready for editing.
At the end of this module, students will:
• Know how to configure a powerful DV workstation
• Understand the role video capture cards play with Adobe Premiere Pro
Start Adobe Premiere Pro and select appropriate project settings
• Organize Adobe Premiere Pro’s workspace
Configuring a Powerful DV Workstation
Adobe Premiere Pro’s developers aimed high. If you have anything less than a truly top-end PC, you will not see
Adobe Premiere Pro operate at its best.
As I wrote these modules, I used two PCs, a DV workstation powerhouse loaned to me while writing these
modules by Alienware (see sidebar, “Alienware MJ-12 DV Workstation,” later in this module) and a PC that
slightly exceeded Adobe Premiere Pro’s minimum specs. The differences were dramatic.
Adobe Premiere Pro’s Minimum (and Recommended) Specs
If you’ve looked at your Adobe Premiere Pro retail box, you might already know the minimum specs. Here’s a
Intel Pentium III 800MHz processor (Pentium 4, 3 GHz recommended)
• 256MB of RAM (1 GB recommended)
• 800MB of hard-disk space for installation
• Microsoft DirectX compatible sound card (ASIO-compatible sound card recommended)
• Dedicated, large-capacity 7200 RPM hard drive for me