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Organization is key to a successful post-production workflow. This course picks up where the end of your shoot leaves off and before editing begins—when you need to import, organize, and log your footage. Jason Osder shows how to import all different types of assets, from stills to soundtracks, and how to sort and annotate your footage in Adobe Premiere Pro. Plus, learn a few tricks involving Bridge and Prelude (like batch renaming) that will cut your logging time in half.
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There's an important aspect of a Project panel, that I want to cover in detail. It's the idea of adding additional metadata, right there, in the Project panel. Let's take a look. You can see that I'm right where I left off. I've got the Project panel expanded. And, I've got my footage imported, but not fully organized. And, what I want to point out to you is that, all of the information in each column, as you go across from the piece of media and you see the information under each column head, is all considered metadata.
Now we have a whole chapter on metadata coming up, but this is really where it begins. And just remember, that metadata is data about data. It's the information that helps you to describe, and recognize, your footage or your photo or your audio. It's the footage that's the data. The metadata are these little tags, or pieces of information. And the point I want to make is, in the Project panel you can add more. So in particular, by default, the description and the Log Note came in as blank.
That wouldn't necessarily always happen, but it did in our workflow. One thing you can do, is just add information here, in either of these fields, that help you recognize the footage. We could call Description, over the shoulder. And maybe Log Note doesn't always have to be used, but you could use it for whatever purpose you want. It might say audio issue, if there's some problem with the audio. You can put anything in these fields, but that actually brings up a good point.
They're going to be most powerful if you have some sort of controlled vocabulary. If you decide ahead of time, what you're going to put in Description, and in Log Note. What is it meant to describe. Maybe you have audio issues throughout. So Log Note is reserved for when there's an audio issue. And maybe the control vocabulary is, it's either audio issue, or good audio. And then it'll be really easy to sort, based on your audio. So what I encourage you to do is fill in information here but don't do it willy-nilly.
Decide what the purpose is for each field and then decide if you need a control vocabulary. So in my scenario, I want Description to be just an open Description of my footage, and then I want Log Note to really reflect this issue that we've been having with audio. Good is just a checkbox that you can turn on or off. I like that but I'm going to sort of save it to see if we need it for anything else later. And then we go down the line, it's interesting that you can even change.
The in and out points here, so you wouldn't always do this but if you realize that you need to subtract a second off of your out point, you can actually do it in, the Project panel, and I'm actually adjusting the out point that's on the clip. Now I'd be careful beyond these two that are already open. I really wouldn't go in changing tape name except for some extraordinary circumstances when I know exactly what's going on. I also wouldn't, you know likely hand type something into any of these but that's okay because you're not allowed, okay.
So all of this numerical information is hard wired. If I click on any of these trying to type into them it's just going to take me. To that place, time code, media end, or even to the folder itself. So this is metadata in the Project panel. Some fields are editable, some are not for good reason, some you should be careful with like tape name. This is going to be most powerful if you decide in advance what you're using each field for, and then you use controlled vocabularies.
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