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Can't create a new project

Explorer ,
May 25, 2022 May 25, 2022

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Whatever Adobe did in the latest update, it seems impossible to simply create a blank new project. I don't understand why it forces the user to "SELECT MEDIA TO CREATE NEW PROJECT". It could be a helpful feature for novice users but I'm trying create a project so I can simply copy a sequence over so I can try to media manage - because Premiere Pro PROJECT MANAGEMENT feature is a perenial fallace - and I'm simply unable to do it.

 

Why, Adobe? Why???

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LEGEND ,
May 25, 2022 May 25, 2022

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Do exactly what you did with the previous 'new project' dialog.

 

Type a "name" in the name field. Set a location for the project file in the drop-down for Location.

 

Click "create" ... that's it. Period.

 

Exactly what you've always done.

 

Just make sure nothing is starred/selected in that middle panel or blue/selected in the right panel.

 

Neil

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Explorer ,
May 27, 2022 May 27, 2022

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Thank you for your response but that doesn't work. I followed those steps, just as I had done in the past. When I go to FILE > NEW PROJECT, it takes me to a new tab (improperly) named IMPORT. There, I type the project name I want to create, find the folder where I want to save, but the CREATE button, on the bottom of the page is greyed out.

 

Marcos H.

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LEGEND ,
May 27, 2022 May 27, 2022

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Make sure nothing is 'starred' (selected) in the middle section of file locations, nor blue (selected) in the options of the right side panel.

 

Those are sticky, so once you've deselected anything they set as selected on installation, you never have to deal with it again.

 

And then typing a name, setting a location activates the blue Create button.

 

Neil

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Explorer ,
May 27, 2022 May 27, 2022

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I did that. There's nothing starred / checked / selected. I had to restart Premiere for the "CREATE" button to be enabled/ blue.  Now I'm able to "create" a new project, name it and select the location where I want it to be saved.

 

But once I do all of this and hit "CREATE", Premiere takes me back to the EDIT interface. Now I see 2 projects opened: the one I was originally working on and a CLONE / copy,  with the same bins, sequence etc. It just makes no sense...

 

I go to the finder and I can see the new and correctly named project there. Again, in order for me to be able to open it, I have to quit Premiere and restart it.

 

Really frustrating. 

 

Marcos H.

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LEGEND ,
May 27, 2022 May 27, 2022

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You should have the normal processes for closing a project file, opening a recent, that sort of thing from the File/Premiere menu as always ... that hasn't changed.

 

The "edit" page is simply the old regular working area of Premiere, where you use the workspaces and such. It isn't anything "new" other than the workspaces are hid inside the "screen" icon in the upper right of the main Premiere window.

 

 

Neil

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 18, 2022 Jul 18, 2022

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You have to quit and restart Premiere a few times before it will work, it's the MOST ANNOYING new feature I have ever seen. Just open up a blank project, thanks!

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LEGEND ,
Jul 18, 2022 Jul 18, 2022

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Yea, there's parts of it that are annoying.

 

But ... as long as the first time, you make sure no 'media' is selected in the middle section of the New Project dialog (Import page ... ) ... and no options are selected/blue in the right-side section ... then you have the old behavior.

 

Shouldn't need to relaunch at all.

 

Type a Name.

Select a Location.

Click "Create" ... and you get the new project opened like before.

 

Build it by importing assets and building bins as you always have from the Project panel and the MediaBrowser panel.

 

Neil

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New Here ,
Oct 17, 2022 Oct 17, 2022

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I've just encountered the exact same problem. Clicked on "New Project", then, on the following screen, the "Create" button was grey... but I was doing the same thing as I always do. There is a bug. Had to restart Premier for the "Create" button to appear in blue, as it should.

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New Here ,
Feb 24, 2024 Feb 24, 2024

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Yep, close & restart Premiere Pro fixes it.

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New Here ,
Oct 11, 2022 Oct 11, 2022

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It definitely is the most illogical thing Adobe can do. Why add EXTRA steps??? Not useful at all and VERY frustrating!

 

When I click ONCE on a folder, I have found that it selects everything in that folder and greys out the CREATE button. So just be careful only to select the media and not the entire folder while browsing through the folders. You'll see a highlighted blue icon at the bottom that says the number of files/folders you've selected if you make this mistake.

 

Not the slightest bit intuitive, Adobe but here we are 😒

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LEGEND ,
Oct 11, 2022 Oct 11, 2022

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Which project start process do you want to use? You do have a choice here.

 

If you import directly from the new project/Import "page", then you get a "flat-folder" import. It's great for say TV newsrooms & such, but IS NOT INTENDED for most users to use.

 

If you want the typical project folder with bins, then do NOT import via that import page.

 

Type a Project Name, select a location, do NOT select any media, click Create.

 

You get the new project opened just as before, without ANY additional steps. And import via Project panel or MediaBrowser panel as you always have.

 

Neil

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Explorer ,
Jun 21, 2023 Jun 21, 2023

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That was the issue. I right-clicked on the small square (that had 999+ files selected!!) at the bottom and said clear all. Then the create option became available. All of the above 'expert' replies were so unhelpful to imply there is nothing wrong. How those files get selected is a problem - I have one file I want to open to start and PP decided to select over 1000. 

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New Here ,
Dec 05, 2022 Dec 05, 2022

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The same problem, I just reopen Premiere 3x before the Create button is activated. 

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LEGEND ,
Dec 06, 2022 Dec 06, 2022

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Have you dumped the cache? Or perhaps trying the ol' "trash preferences" on startup. Definitely odd and unusual behavior there.

 

Neil

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New Here ,
Dec 06, 2022 Dec 06, 2022

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I think I just restarted it a few times, or maybe even restarted my
computer, and it worked.

Thanks.

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New Here ,
Jan 04, 2023 Jan 04, 2023

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I've had to open an old blank project all year because the create button is never enabled no matter what setting I use. I hope this gets resolved soon.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 04, 2023 Jan 04, 2023

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This would be something in your system or the way you're handling things. I've worked with several individuals and always been able to get them working. And I'd be happy to work with you on this also.

 

It's been several silly little things that are easily missed but .. 'fatal' ... if not handled correctly.

 

Neil

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Enthusiast ,
Jun 21, 2023 Jun 21, 2023

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The import page is a known hot mess. Same with the export page. I ofen try to keep a blank project in my recents on the premiere home page, open that and save as. Digital Rebellion makes some free software out there that can make blank projects. You could always laucnh that and then import media. Not ideal, but whatever it takes to avoid that import page. 

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Based on Adobe's marketing this was made for people doing social content, but the old guard has complained for a year without Adobe reversing course. I wish they would just keep these features in Rush....

 

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Participant ,
Nov 02, 2023 Nov 02, 2023

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This was a ridiculous change.  I'm stuck with greyed out create button now as well.

 

I can't fathom what goes on in Adobe meeting rooms to drum up some of these changes to the interface and workflow.   I really can't.    I can see one person coming up with odd new ideas, but I can't see a second person agreeing this was a great idea to progress with the change.

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Participant ,
Nov 02, 2023 Nov 02, 2023

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Oh to be a fly on the wall when these decisions were made.   

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LEGEND ,
Nov 02, 2023 Nov 02, 2023

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In my tests, a greyed-out Create button only happens if I've not typed a project name.

 

So ... did you type a Project name?

 

The process actually is like the old one for most uses ... type a Name, set Location, click Create.

 

I as oft stated just wish we could tab to the Create button.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 01, 2024 Feb 01, 2024

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I quite agree. I get the last project when I ask for a blank project. Who on Earth decided to incorporate this stupid confusing addition to Premiere. Stop it now before I go crazy.

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LEGEND ,
Feb 01, 2024 Feb 01, 2024

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Do you launch Premiere from the desktop icon, or by launching a project file? I'm wondering if that can be an issue.

 

And if you already have a project open, the "Import" page seems built with the assumption you are adding to the open project. It's probably the fastest way to add things like spanned clips into Premiere right now.

 

So ... you must close an open project, before creating a new one. Which is not obvious, and that should be obvious. As in maybe even a pop-up "do you want a new project or to add assets to the current project?"

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 01, 2024 Feb 01, 2024

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I managed to find a way. I switched off the 'Open last project' option. Then I could either load the project of choice or create a new project. 'Create new project' with a project open (that is with the 'Load last project' option set and the previous scene loaded) just asked for materials for the project and kept the old one alive, with no change to the file name. It was nerve wracking at times as the previous project had to be erased manually, the new material added and saved with a new name. That was too much. I almost erased a complex file I had been working on for several days. The slightly slower option of not loading the previous file is how I'll do things from now on.

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