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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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We've been looking at importing files from a drive, but have you ever had a situation where you just remember where something is based on an editing project, not where it is on the drive, but you remember sort of what sequence you cut it into, or how it was stored in a bin somewhere else? Well, there's a great technique for that, which is importing directly from a separate Premiere Pro project. It's pretty cool. Let me show you how it works. I'm here in the Premier Pro interface and this is just a brand new project. This is an alternate technique and I think it gets confusing if we put that on top of the one we were importing into.
So let's just import this into a separate project. Starting in our Media Browser, I'm going to make that bigger, and I want to go from our media folder in our exercise files to our projects folder. We can see the projects that we've already gone through and this Premier Pro project called. Intro which is the one I want to import from, so this is really interesting. When I select this, I can double click it and look, it opens up almost as if its a bin and really quickly, did you see dynamic link activate that was digging in and dynamically looking at the project itself.
So let me expand this, so we can see everything. It's as if my project has become a folder. I can now scroll down the project and see both the clips that are in the project. And I can see those here. But I can also see here, both the bin full of clips, and the sequence itself, called intro. I double clicked to just look at the sequence. I haven't imported it yet. I opened the sequence in the source viewer and I'm looking at the sequence itself. So I'm using the Media Browser not to open but to look into these other projects. Now I can import as well.
I can import individual clips, and again let's go bigger so we can see. I can import individual clips just like they were files, and if I go up a level, I can also import the sequence itself. Let's import the sequence, because a lot of great stuff comes with it. Let me show you. As you can see, when I bring the sequence in, and this is a lot like what we saw with the photoshop document. I have a new bin with the sequence name and imported. If we go a little bigger, you can see that I have the sequence itself, and this is now a sequence that I can open and use like a sequence.
And I have every piece of media associated with that sequence. Just to prove the point, let me double-click to open the sequence, and you'll see that everything is in the project and linked. There it is, everything associated with that sequence. Now, as you saw when we browsed, this is very flexible. You might have a project with multiple sequences that you could browse with the media browser and just pick the one you want. Or, you could just browse the inside of a different project in terms of its bins and its clips.
This is really powerful for exactly that scenario that happens to be met all the time. I want to use some piece of stock footage, or some logo, or some piece of music and all I can remember is the last time I edited it, not where I saved it, but the project I used it in. If you ever have that problem, I think you will agree this techniqe comes in really handy.
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