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Using the Auto Save Feature in Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro Auto Save Feature: how to recover lost premiere pro projects

The Auto Save feature is a helpful precaution that Adobe builds into Premiere Pro. This feature saves your project so that if the program crashes or your computer dies, you have a backup to continue from.

Using your project settings and preferences, you can customize the settings of auto save in Premiere Pro so that the files go to your desired folder(s).

Premiere Pro Auto Save Settings

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To access the Auto Save settings click Premiere Pro CC > Preferences > Auto Save…

This will open a new window where you can customize the timing and backup amounts. This is helpful if you want to set a shorter (or longer) interval of time between saves and to reduce the amount of final ‘versions’ saved from your project. Finally you can also backup your project to Creative Cloud making it easy to pick back up from another device.

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Where do Auto Save files go?

By default, your files will be saved to the same location as your project. If you’d like, you can specify where you want the saves to go by editing your preferences. This way if you need to recover lost premiere pro projects you know exactly where they’ll be.

Go to File > Project Settings > Scratch Disks to customize where the files are saved to. You can view the file path for each individual component of your project and determine where it is saved to. These components include: Video, Audio, Video/Audio Previews, Creative Cloud Libraries Downloads, and Motion Graphics Template Media

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I’m using a Mac, so it may look slightly different on Windows, but the Auto Saves look like this in my folders.

They are titled in order so that you can jump back to any project that you need to.

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Read more about configuring all preferences in Premiere Pro here. Adobe goes over each Preference Setting in detail and also covers some additional tips for Auto Save and project backups.

Hope this tutorial helped. Find out how to delete audio in Premiere Pro. Leave a comment below with your questions about Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects. We’ll be working on new tutorials soon and would love your feedback!


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