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We've seen previously how we can import assets by simply double-clicking in the Project panel. However, this only imports object as assets and from there, we can convert things like say, we had video, we can convert that into a timeline. But if we know ahead of time that we are going to convert an asset into an Encore object, we can save ourselves a step by right-clicking in the Project panel, choosing Import As, and then instead of choosing Asset, we could choose the object. So say, for example, I could choose Import As > Timeline. And that can navigate to a video, such as Clip05_tahoe in the Video folder, in the Media folder of Exercise Files. Click Open and not only does that import that video clip as an asset, but also it creates a timeline and puts that clip in the timeline as well.
This saved us a step, but in some cases, it's absolutely necessary to import things this way. I'm going to right-click in the Project panel again. I'm going to choose Import As > Menu, this time. Now, in the PSD Files folder of the Media folder of the Exercise Files, you'll find this Explore CA menu. Now, this is a Photoshop document, as we'll talk about a little bit more later on in this training series, but I can import this as an asset and use it as a still image, but there's a lot of layers here, and this is actually a full-blown menu.
If I just import it as a PSD file, as a still image, then Encore will see it as a still image, and there will be no way to convert that from that still image to the Encore menu. So we need to import this as a menu in order for Encore to be able to recognize this as a menu, so it's not just a time saver.
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