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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 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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