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This weekly course covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré. Authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman will also help you understand the impacts of compression and the difference between cropped (or micro 4/3rds) and full-sized sensors in cameras, and much more. This continual FAQ guide is a handy way to find the answers to the questions that plague you the most.
Male 1: So Rich, in a previous week, we talked about using Final Cut Pro X to bring footage into and start editing with it. And it's a pretty simple process. And it's equally as simple in Adobe Premiere Pro, however there's one step that's sort of not automated. Now I want to put a little asterisks or sort of caveat by this. Because there is a new application called Adobe Prelude, that can sort of be a front end to bringing footage into Adobe Premiere Pro. And we've talked about that in other episodes. But if you're using Premiere Pro standalone and not using Prelude, the first step that you need to do is actually transfer the media from your camera memory card to a drive location of your choosing.
Male 2: yeah. Male 1: Adobe Premiere Pro doesn't automate that process for you. So you need to sort of copy it on the O.S level over to a drive. Male 2: Premiere is very native; meaning that its just going to read the card. So, if I had the card mounted in, say, a USB card reader and it was very very fast, I might be editing off of it and I not realize and then I eject the card. Male 1: And then all your media goes offline Male 2: It's all gone. So, you actually have to import it. And I know lots of people are like, wow, that was fast, and not realizing that they didn't actually copy it first. Male 1: Well It's funny, it's like, you know, it reminds me of the days back when, you know, of CD's. Male 2: Yeah.
Male 1: When people were bringing in music from CD's to work in their projects, and they'd just navigate out to the CD, choose the file, bring it into their editorial tool, and start working with it. And then they'd eject the CD and go, why is all my media offline, all my music? It's the same idea. Male 2: Yeah, same thing. So I got two ways that I could do that. I've got a folder here and I can simply go in. We've talked about making bins before. You know, I've made a bin for the project and then named that Card One from the shoot and that's fine.
And I can just take that whole card. Drag it in. That's an alias and you hold down the option key. Male 1: Yeah you've got to be careful about that right. Male 2: Yeah. I could bring that in or I could open that card up. Male 1: Copy the contents. Male 2: And make sure I copy the contents. Copy, paste, and it would pull that over. You know, and that's an eight gig card, so not too bad right? Male 1: USB3 memory card reader, pretty quick. Male 2: Yeah, now another way that I could do that, if I wanted to make sure it was super safe, was using the disk utility right? Male 1: Yeah. Now this is a Mac thing. Obviously this is not going to work exactly the same way on a PC.
But one of the things I'm a big fan of doing is, creating disk images of my camera media cards. Male 2: Yeah. Male 1: And that way, I have an original sort of intact copy of, of it that I can save onto a drive that's attached to my system. Male 2: So we just click New Image. And it's going to ask us what. And I'm basically, because I had selected the card over here. Male 1: Uh-huh. Male 2: I can choose where I want to store that. And just navigate to that, jump into my drive, you know, go right into whatever I need. Choose the location.
And I could choose to store that in there. Male 1: Now there's one little key thing here. See where it says Image Format, you have acouple choices. Male 2: Yeah Male 1: You can choose a compressed one. I tend to choose Read Write. That's going to give me the same exact copy of what I had originally. And I have the ability to, of course, read from it and write from it. Now, if you're ultra-paranoid, you could choose to do a read-only disc image. Buyer beware though. Depending on the app that you're trying to bring this footage into, sometimes there's, you know, hidden cache files being written and stuff like that. Male 2: Yeah. Male 1: It won't always work, but having a read-only file might, you know, be a good thing, so people can't mess up the structure of the card.
Male 2: Now this is just another way to back up, and this is similar, if you joined us before, when we talked about Final Cut Pro X, where you had the ability to make a disk image. This is just making a disk image. There are also disk image tools on the Windows side. You might choose to backup your card to a second location. So, copy the footage to your editorial drive. In this case, I'm using a raid, that's hooked up over Thunderbolt cause that's going to be very, very fast. But you might want to go to a second location and make a clone of the card as a disc image. Male 1: Yep. Male 2: Now, we've got that transferred. And it's on the drive.
And when we come back, we're going to take a look at how Premiere sees that and bring it in and gets it organized. Right? Male 1: Absolutely. Male 2: Alright, we'll be right back.
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