The 2022 "New Project" screen is slow, unintuitive, and requires far more mouse movement than the previous iteration
The traditional "New Project" window was perfect in every way. It occupied a fraction of the screen, it allowed me to select various display formats. One click of the "Browse" button allowed me to quickly schoose the project location in the operating system's native file browser. I could pick my scratch disk locations. Everything was great. And more importantly, I knew where everything was and creating a new project was second nature. I grew up on Premiere with this new project screen.
Now, it's clunky, big, and unintuitive. The way it's designed feels like Adobe wants me to change how I begin new projects and how I ingest footage.
The project name text field is not highlighted by default, so an additional click is required to name the project. There is no longer a "Browse" button next to project location, so two clicks are now required to get into the native browser compared to the previous iteration. If I want to change scratch disk, color management, video or audio display formats, I need to dig into project settings, which requires more clicks. And on top of all that, the window occupies the entire screen, demanding even more mouse movement.
Clearly the 2022 New Project window wants me to ingest footage upon the creation of a new project. I am not going to do that. I'd much rather create my project, then select the footage I want to ingest through my operating system's native browser — this is how it's always been done, and it is second nature to me at this point.
This iteration feels geared towards newbies, which is fine. I welcome those who want to learn how to edit video, especially in Premiere. But re-designing something that ultimately makes me slower at work, especially when time is money, does not resonate well.
Everything in this post can be applied to the new export window as well.