How to Create Your DSLR Movie Project - dummies

By John Carucci

Starting a DSLR movie project is easy. Just go to File→New→Project to make a new one. After that, you have to give it a name, preferably one that has something to do with the movie. You can call it The Last Kiss or Debbie. It doesn’t matter. Just name it and click OK.

Take advantage of Premiere Elements and keep all the assets from a particular project in the same place. That means you should create a separate project for every movie you want to work on, publish, or save for later.

Some things to note about projects:

  • Open one at a time: You can only have one project open at a time.

  • Don’t mess with the file: The project file references the videos, pictures, and titles in the project. When you reopen the saved files, you’ll notice that the project file is relatively small. That’s because it doesn’t include the actual assets of the project; it just references those files. That’s why you should never, ever move, delete, or rename the saved file. Otherwise, Premiere Elements won’t able to find them.

  • Use Recent Projects: It keeps track of the last five projects you’ve opened.

Whenever you create a new project, Premiere Elements uses a pre-determined profile or preset. It’s actually a default of the last one you created, if you created one. These settings determine the properties of your project assets, including audio and video. These determine file format, the source of the file, and the aspect ratio. Other settings include Bit Depth, Audio Sample Rate, Frame Rate, and Field Dominance.

To access these options, click the Change Settings button after beginning a new project to modify profile settings. After opening, you’ll see the New Project dialog. It lets you name the project and save it in a specific place. In addition, it allows you to modify profile settings.

Some things you should consider:

  • Use the DSLR profile: If you’re going to primarily use footage captured with your DSLR, choose the DSLR profile.

  • Be positive of the setting: You can’t change the project preset after you start the project, so verify the format of your source footage before selecting a project preset.


  • Find ways around the preset commitment: If you specify lower-quality settings for output, you don’t have to worry about tinkering with the project settings. Instead, change your export settings.

  • Understand that the selected preset becomes the default: After you change the preset, all new projects default to using it.

  • Realize that Premiere Elements adds presets: When you add a movie clip whose preset does not match the project’s preset, a message appears asking to let the program change the project’s settings to use the closest available preset.


You will have no problem converting or rendering footage shot with your DSLR. Just be sure to select DSLR 1080P preset when creating your project. Make sure you choose the setting that matches the way you captured the footage.

You have three choices. Make your choice and click OK:

  • DSLR 1080p24

  • DSLR 1080p30

  • DSLR 1080p30