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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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I want to look at making collections inside Adobe Bridge. That's a way to harness the power of Adobe Bridge to do organizational work on assets for video editing. Let's take a look. I'm here in Adobe Bridge, and remember Bridge is really a browser. So I've navigated to the Footage Folder in my exercise files. If you have trouble finding it, you can see the path right up top. And again, Bridge is really just a browser, so it's very good at navigating around.
Including things like convenient back and forward buttons. As we know, Bridge is particularly good with metadata, but I want to show you what you can do with some of that metadata. Now, inside Bridge, I want to make a collection, and then use a metadata filter to select only clips from a certain date, and place them in a collection where I can save them, and manipulate them later. Let me show you how it works. I'm going to make a new collection, and I'm going to call it shot on, and the date. 5-6-2012.
Now you'll see that, that Adobe may manipulate some of what I typed there. I don't think it likes to have slashes, in the name of a collection, but let's see if it'll handle it. It did change my slashes to colons, but I think that's going to be a reasonably good collection name. Now, if I go back to where I was looking at all of my footage, and I apply a filter in this other panel, I'm going to use a date created filter. But, as you can see, there is a lot of metadata here that we can filter with.
Here, I've got everything that was shot on 5/6/12. You see it narrows down to just that interview and the clips that were taken that day. I can easily select all of these, and place them in my collection. Now that I have a collection, I can do all sorts of powerful things with it, including moving and renaming, which we'll look at in a second. However, before we leave collections, I want to show you what's called a smart collection. That's down here, and it's the one with the little actions wheel on it.
And you click that, and you see the smart collection is different than a collection that you build manually. You can have it look in any specific place. It defaults to that little footage folder, but it could be anywhere, including a whole hard drive. And then you can set criteria. So not only could have everything automatically added to a collection that has a certain name or strings. So maybe in the field everyone marks there initial clips with the initials of the shooter, let's say.
Now we can have the criteria of the initials of a shooter, those are my initials. Or, if you wanted to something similar to what we just did with dates, but have things automatically added, we could add that criteria. So that we create a collection on everything that was created on a certain day. Or we could even create a range, creating monthly selections and so on. I think you can see that this is tremendously powerful, but we're not done yet.
In the next movie I want to show you some of the power of what you can do once you've created the collection.
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