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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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The first place that a lot of editors encounter metadata, is in the project panel columns. But then you start to realize that metadata lives in lots of places and you take more control over it. Now I want to look back at the columns, and see how we can have maximum control, now that we understand more about metadata. In Premier Pro, we've right-clicked on a column head before, and brought up the metadata display. But more than just turning things on and off, now I want to point out, how all of the metadata sets that are available to us, can be turned on, as columns.
In addition, I can add properties to different sets. So, if I want my personal Premier Pro project metadata to include another property, let's say I want to add a custom property for the framing of the shot. Something like close up, medium close up, wide shot, that sort of thing. I could call that framing, and then I would pick Text. Because Text is the type of field that can have any text, like letters.
In comparison, Integer can have a whole number. So if you have a metadata type that is going to be something that can be counted on your fingers, or something that has a whole number, you could use Integer. Real is any real number, so you could also have decimals. If integer was for like the day of the month, you could use decimal for say the time of day. You wouldn't able to use the colon, but it could be you know 1.30 for time, and then text we know can be anything the most frequent, and then Boolean is just a check box like the good check box.
We can have a good audio check box if we want. In this case, I would just do framing as an integer. Click OK. And now down at the bottom I see Framing with a check box. As we've seen before, if this is an important piece of metadata for me. I can adjust exactly where the column appears side to side. Finally, if I want to see values from the other metadata sets, I can selectively turn on the set, or turn on any of the properties that are here.
So let's say that in a particular project, Writes Information is tremendously important. I could just turn on Write out of the Dublin Core so I could get a quick reference to the right situation of each clip. If I click OK, it's going to add these new column heads, to my project panel. However, there's one more thing before we go, which is that we can save the settings. That is if there's some kind of combination of check boxes here that we use all the time, I just click Save and then I can get a new saved set that we can select any time.
As you can see, columns are the first place that we run into metadata, but we're not at all stuck with the default in Premier Pro. Once we wrap or held around the full power of metadata, then we can selectively add or remove the things that we want to see in columns in the project panel. This is a bit of a full circle lesson. We first encounter metadata when we see it in the columns in the project panel. Then we learn a lot of it's power, and we come all the way back around to select specific pieces of metadata, and add them to columns so they're most readily available to us.
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