PrControl Quick Start
Get Started With PrControl
This page wil help you get stared with PrControl. Here is an overview of what you need.
- Adobe Premiere Pro CC
- A controller
- The PrControl plug-in
Since you came to this page, you probably already have Premiere Pro. So that leaves getting a controller and downloading the PrControl plug-in.
Choose a MIDI Controller
PrControl works with any midi controller. But it works best with a limited selection of controllers that are automatically recognised and configured.
There are currently about 15 different controllers that all work very well with PrControl. To make selecting one a little bit easier, let's look at a few controllers that offer great value for money.
When you have ordered a controller, bookmark this page. And come back once you have received your controller. And proceed to downloading and installing the PrControl plug-in.
Behringer X-Touch mini
This controller is great, because it is compact, affordable and it works well with PrControl.
Behringer X-Touch Extender
This controller is still fairly compact but has 8 knobs, 8 motorised sliders, 32 buttons and 8 LCD displays. The displays show the currently active functions of the knobs and sliders.
Besides these there are many more controllers to choose from. The button below takes you to a page with links to online stores.
Download & Install PrControl
Go to the download page to download the installer for macOS or Windows.
Connect you MIDI controller to your computer and turn it on.
Then start Adobe Premiere Pro
Open a project. To try out PrControl, you may want to work with a copy of a project or make a new one. Please note that you cannot use the plug-in if no project is open.
Once the project is loaded, open the Control Surface preferences in Premiere Pro. If you already have a plug-in enabled that uses your controller, like an older version of PrControl, or the Mackie plug-in, first remove it. Then click the Add button to add PrControl. Scroll down to see the PrControl plug-in if you do not see it.
Then click the Setup button to open the interface for configuring the controller functions. Remember that you need to return here every time you want to make a change.
You should now see a list with all the MIDI devices you have connected.
Load PrControl in Premiere Pro
This video shows how to start the PrControl plug-in after you have installed it.
Watch more tutorial videos for PrControl.
In this section you can find a introduction to using PrControl. An important concept are the layers that PrControl uses to switch the controller functions. You can also find how to view and change the controller functions.
With PrControl every control-input or button can have multiple functions.
To organise the different functions of controls and buttons, they are grouped into layers. And you select the active set of functions by choosing the appropriate layer.
So the first thing you should do is have a look at the controller functions and find the buttons you can use to select the desired layer.
To see an overview of the currently configured functions for your controller, press the "View Functions" button in the setup dialog.
The currently selected layer is shown in the setup dialog. And if your controller has LED-buttons, the layer-button will light when the corresponding layer is selected.
If you have a controller that supports the MC-mode protocol, enable that protocol on the controller and set the Controller Mode to MC. If you have an MCU-Pro or X-Touch, the MC mode is used automatically, leave the mode set to Default.
The Import and Export Configuration buttons can be used to backup and restore your configuration. Or to take your configuration to another computer.
Assign Controller Functions
Click the View Functions Button in the setup. Use this dialog to adjust the functions of your controller.
Start with operating the control you would like to change, it will appear in the left panel. Then select the function to assign to it in the right panel. To find a particular function, use the search-box at the top.
Note that while known controllers are pre-configured with layer 1 for audio mixing, you are completely free to configure the controller how you see fit. You can have audio and lumetri functions in the same layer and functions can appear in multiple layers. However it is not recommended to have multiple controls with the same function in the same layer.
When you assign functions to controls, you always work in the currently selected layer. To start with a new layer, you must first assign a function to switch to that layer in the current layer. For example, to start working on layer 2, assign the "Select Layer 2" function to a button.
License and Trial Mode
You are free to try out PrControl. Each time the plug-in is loaded a new 20 minute trial-session is started. After 20 minutes the plug-in stops working. You can then purchase and enter a license code, or start another trial session.
The price of one license is €49.99 including VAT. The license can be used by you on any of your computers. If you have multiple people using PrControl, every individual must use a separate license. If you use both Mac and Windows, purchase a license for the system you want to use first, then send an email to get the license for the other platform free of charge.
The Buy button in the PrControl license dialog will take you to the store page. You are encouraged to try out PrControl before purchasing a license.