Premiere Pro Guru: Organizing Assets
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The Common Media folder


Premiere Pro Guru: Organizing Assets

with Jason Osder

Video: The Common Media folder

We just talked about organizing assets both Some other folders that I would make, and the exact configuration
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  1. 2m 27s
    1. Welcome
    2. What you should know before watching this course
    3. How to use the exercise files
    4. Organization: What works best for you
  2. 10m 13s
    1. The benefits of organizing assets
    2. Updates to modern workflows
      2m 20s
    3. Organizing assets in and out of Adobe Premiere Pro
      1m 47s
    4. The Common Media folder
      5m 9s
  3. 37m 49s
    1. Determining the best import method for your workflow
      1m 49s
    2. The Metalogging workspace
      2m 43s
    3. Using the Media Browser
      3m 59s
    4. Importing footage from a drive
      3m 42s
    5. Importing photos and graphics
      2m 38s
    6. Importing layered Photoshop files
      4m 10s
    7. Importing audio files
      2m 21s
    8. Importing bins with a CSV file
      4m 37s
    9. Browsing and importing Premiere Pro projects
      3m 32s
    10. Importing Final Cut Pro and Avid projects
      6m 41s
    11. Useful keyboard shortcuts for import
      1m 37s
  4. 23m 55s
    1. When to use Bridge
      1m 41s
    2. Creating a collection in Bridge
      3m 27s
    3. Batch renaming in Bridge
      2m 30s
    4. When to use Prelude
      3m 47s
    5. Performing a verified card transfer with Prelude
      6m 32s
    6. Transcoding media with Prelude
      2m 11s
    7. Copying to multiple drives with Prelude
      1m 49s
    8. Moving clips from Prelude to Premiere Pro
      1m 58s
  5. 49m 48s
    1. Essential preferences related to media management
      3m 34s
    2. Logging and pre-editing
      2m 9s
    3. Understanding the Project panel
      4m 51s
    4. Adding metadata in the Project panel
      3m 55s
    5. Sorting and sifting through clips
      3m 29s
    6. Organizing media with labels
      1m 15s
    7. Selecting a label group
      1m 13s
    8. Working with bins
      4m 20s
    9. Clip markers
      4m 28s
    10. Sequence markers
      2m 36s
    11. Marker shortcuts
      1m 52s
    12. Workarounds with markers
      1m 40s
    13. Using the Find command
      3m 7s
    14. Using filters
      2m 2s
    15. Using subclips
      3m 15s
    16. Choosing markers vs. subclips
      1m 41s
    17. Customizing columns
      2m 11s
    18. Useful keyboard shortcuts for organizing and logging
      2m 10s
  6. 10m 55s
    1. Adding markers with Prelude
      6m 1s
    2. Subclipping with Prelude
      1m 49s
    3. Rough cutting with Prelude
      3m 5s
  7. 15m 44s
    1. Understanding metadata
      2m 40s
    2. The Metadata panel
      3m 56s
    3. Customizing headings and displays
      3m 39s
    4. Metadata schema
      1m 57s
    5. The Timecode panel
      1m 33s
    6. Speech analysis
      1m 59s
  8. 33s
    1. Wrapping up

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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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Topics include:
  • Using the Media Browser and Metalogging workspace
  • Importing from a drive
  • Importing bins with a CSV file
  • Batch renaming in Bridge
  • Logging and pre-editing footage
  • Using clip makers
  • Working with metadata
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Jason Osder

The Common Media folder

We just talked about organizing assets both inside Premiere Pro and at the Finder level. I want to go a little bit deeper into the Finder level because most of the rest of this course is about Premiere Pro. As you can see, I'm on my desktop in the Mac Finder. And the technique I want to show you is generally called the Common Media folder. And that's something that was originally, I don't want to say invented, but at least written about in a book by my friend Rich Harrington. And this happened a number of years ago and he set down a really specific design for this Common Media folder.

What's happened is, a lot of the principles work really well. But I think it's been necessary to adapt some of the things to move them forward. For instance, when the Common Media folder was first written about, we were still concerned with capturing from tape a lot. and having a scratch disk, things like that that just don't come up as often any more. So, let me show you some of the things I've done to preserve and adapt that Common Media folder idea. So, in the finder here, the idea is to start with a project based folder. So I start a new folder, I'm going to do this on the desktop.

That's actually sort of unlikely for you. You probably going to be somewhere deeper on your drive. But just for show and tell, I am going to use the desktop. And I usually, make my top folder based on the project name. And because when I work here on the real project, I am just going to say, project name and you use a real one. Your project name, whether it's volleyball or sailing, whatever your piece is about. Inside that folder, I'd like to start top level folders for the main media types I'll be dealing with. And they are inherently ordered, so I like to number them.

Now back in the old style Common Media folder, number one was capture scratch. I've now replaced that, I like to use 1_ and call it media cards. Actually I'll do footage cards because what I'm really doing here is a place to put our complete shot cards that come off of our video cameras. I put footage there because I didn't want to imply that there could be photographs here. I like to do that in a different folder.

Number two, however, I like to do project files. And I might be more specific than that and say NLE project files, because again I'm not talking about graphics. I would make a different folder for those. I think it's important to adapt this based on exactly what you're doing. And different projects will need different things. Here's a common one that I do. I'll do a top level for photos. But often if there's a serious project that has a lot of photographs in it, you need more than that.

So inside photos, I'll usually make a folder called original, that's for the top quality photos that come straight off the camera. May be high quality JPEG, may be raw, but I love to have a folder that has the original photograph before any changes have happened. So then the obvious next one is prepared. That's the folder I use after I've cropped, re-sized, anything I'm going to do in Photoshop basically I save here.

It really depends on your project, but another favorite one I have here, you don't always need it, is PSDs. That means that if I get really involved retouching a photo, and I have a lot of layers and things I don't really need in video. I've now got a third place that I can touch my photos. I've still got my original save. I've got a place for the final prepared folder, and I have my Photoshop documents in case I need to go in and retouch again. I want to keep that live and open.

Some other folders that I would make, and the exact configuration as well as the exact order will depend on the project. But things like audio, at the top level, you could have things like voiceover, music. And then the equivalent of the PSDs folder, might be a folder for your Audition projects. If any of your audio tracks needed cleanup, you'll want to place organized where you have those projects where you've done the cleanup in case you have to go back. I think you have the idea here.

I'm not going to make every numbered folder I might have. In a real serious project, this could get up to maybe six or eight folders. But always, I'll have the top level defined by the asset type, and then if I need to do work on those assets, that will happen inside the lower folders. There will also always be an original and the prepared, or at least a clear place for what I want to import into Premiere Pro. The common media folder is a great way to keep your assets organized on your drives on your desktop.

It used to be pretty static when it was originally designed, but I think it's helpful to adapt it and move it forward to the various workflows that we have today.

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