I have downloaded a video from youtube to my laptop. It is 640x360px mp4 format. I'd like to edit it a little bit with Premiere CS5. How do I create a new project with the same resolution of my video?

It looks like there are a lot of preset but not customizable.

  • Thank youuu !!! this helped a lot ! :) i was so desperate..now i can finally make a video :)
    – user12575
    Jan 18, 2016 at 17:58

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What you want to do is make a sequence with the same frame size as your source file (in Premiere and other NLEs your project doesnt have a specific frame size, as you can have multiple sequences with different frame sizes in one project)

  1. Open Premiere and Start a new Project (File > New > Project)
  2. Give the project a name and click ok (dont worry about any of the options)
  3. In the New Sequence window click Cancel - this will take you straight into the project without making a sequence
  4. Import your footage (file > Import)
  5. Create a new Sequence from clip by either:
    • Dragging the footage down to the New Sequence icon (in the project panel) OR New Sequence button
    • Right click on the footage and select New Sequence from Clip New Sequence from Clip

This will create a sequence that matches the attributes of your footage (frame size, frame rate etc)

  • You have saved me three hours of endless frustration. I cannot thank you enough.
    – rlb.usa
    Sep 20, 2012 at 4:26

Go to the tab next to 'Load presets'. (Custom settings) You can only change the frame size when you select editing mode: Desktop. Now you can change the frame size/ratio to 640x360 or what ever size you want.

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