Here’s something I’ve just discovered about Premiere Pro 1.5 and something I knew about AE6.5 for a while.
This is definitely one of the areas that I think MM could have improved on with ALL of their products.
Changing the language might not seem useful to some but in the case that you usually use on language, but speak more than one, and happen to be in an environment that requires the one that you don’t have set then this is how you change up the languages.
For Premiere Pro 1.5 it’s a bit tougher than AE6.5 but it’s easy to do and works fine.
First off you need to mess with your registry. When you buy the software, you have most likely chosen a language at purchase. This is common. The cool thing about Adobe is that they add in all the other languages with the software, just in case. So open up your registry with regedit or whatever you generally use, go into the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREAdobePremiere Pro1.5
In there, you will find a key called “Language”. Change that to one of the languages that you will see in the directory of Premiere 1.5.
I have the following choices (I can’t imagine they will be different for anybody else):
I’m sure I don’t have to explain what languages those are. Just pick one of those and change the language key.
Close up regedit now, you’re done there.
Next you need to copy some plug-ins from your default install. This is in the plug-ins directory. Copy the language that is installed already. For example, I have the Japanese version installed, which means that I have a “Common” directory and a “ja_JP” directory. I copied the ja_JP directory and renamed it “en_US”. This will allow Premiere to load up all your plugins you have.
Now just open up Premiere and it should be the new language you have selected.
For AE, all you have to do is go into the languages directory of the install directory for AE and copy out the shortcut they have been so nice to add. Put it on your desktop or whatever and you now have the option of starting AE in another language.
I knew about the AE one a while back, but the premiere one is new to me today. The reason I wanted to change this is because sometimes I work straight with our clients on video work. The Japanese interface is a bit odd to them, and I thought it might be better if I could show it in English. Plus if I do any tutes on Premiere like I’m thinking of doing, it will now be in the right language for the audience I plan to address.
So, hopefully that helps somebody out there 🙂
*** A quick update***
It seems that Adobe thought it would be a great idea to make the fonts in some parts of the UI dependent on the language in Premiere, so some areas don’t support 2 bytes characters. Like the Effect Controls panel, and some areas of the preferences areas.. This is odd.. I wonder why they did this instead of making it work with any language. The effects panel is fine, and parts of the prefs are fine, timeline, and other windows don’t have a problem. bleh.. well if you aren’t using 2 byte chars, it will probably work great switching between languages.
*** Disclaimer ***
Just to quickly note too, that I assume no responsibility if this messes up your computer in any way whatsoever. So do it at your own risk. Works fine for me though.