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The first step in this project is that we're going to import footage into our Encore Project. We can do this in several ways. We can go to the File menu and go to Import As > Asset. We can also use the keyboard shortcut Command+I on the Mac or Ctrl+I on the PC. We can also right-click in the Project panel and do the same thing. But one of the things I like to do when I Import, because I find it to be the easiest, just to go to the Project panel, and find some blank area here, and just double-click in the Project panel.
I'm going to Navigate to the Video Folder. That's inside the Media Folder, that's inside the Exercise Files that came with this training. I'm going to select the Explore California ad.mp4 file and click open. This file has now been imported into our project and shows up in the Project panel. We can use this as a video to link to from a menu button, or we can use it in several other ways as well, as we'll discuss later on in the training. As we will get later, the Project panel is kind of like this storage bank, and everything that we import comes here in to the Project panel to be used later on.
It's important to know that this file, this Explore California movie, is not embedded in this Project. We've basically imported just a Link to the Project. We cannot adjust this Video on our hard drives from Encore at all. We're only bringing in a Link to that file. So it's important before you import something, that you make sure that it's in the right spot with the right name, because if you change it's name or move it or delete it, then Encore won't be able to find it, and your Project will no longer work.
Now in the same way that we imported this Video File, we could also import all kinds of files, Still Images, Flash Video, Audio Files and more. So there's tons that we can do here to bring into our Project to create assets that we can use throughout our Encore Project.
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