Before embarking on a journey, it’s useful to survey the landscape and learn a few of the local customs. In this chapter, you’ll get oriented to the Premiere Pro CS3 interface and catch a glimpse of what’s to come. In addition, you’ll learn about the basic workings of the interface: how to use context menus, keyboard shortcuts, and commands. Once you’re familiar with this little travel guide, you can get your passport stamped in Chapter 2, “Starting a Project.”
The Premiere Pro CS3 workspace consists of an integrated system of tabbed panels that can be arranged in preset or customized workspaces. Let’s look at each panel in the order you might encounter them in a typical workflow.