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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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As you become more familiar with any piece of software, it's a good idea to get into the preferences, and see different ways that you can customize the interface, to fit the way you like to work. I don't want to do all the preferences here. I just want to dive in, and look at a few things that are particularly useful for this stage of the process. Organizing, logging, and preparing to edit. Let's take a look. I'm here in the Premier Pro interface, and it's very easy to find Preferences under the Premier Pro menu.
Just go to Preferences and choose any one of these, because they're all going to be tabs and we can cycle through all of them once we're into the preferences. As I said, I just want to cherry pick here, and pull out a few things that are particularly useful for this stage of the process. In the General tab of preferences, notice towards the bottom there are some important controls of the way bins work. We're going to look at a lot of things you can do with bins. But this is important, because you can change what a Double Click does, what using the Command key does or the Option key.
As you can see, bins can be opened in different ways on a Double Click, depending on what you set. So, I personally don't like when a lot of new windows open up. I would rather the bin opened right in the window. Where we're already working. So, I'll switch that. Each one of these can be switched to do your favorite thing. I want to go down to the preferences that have to do with labels. We'll look at all the things you can do in the interface with labels, but I just want to point out here that the different colors of the labels can be changed.
And I don't mean you can change the color. I mean, you can change the color and make it anything that you want, but more importantly, calling a label violet, saying violet, this is violet, is not as interesting as maybe saying that violet, the color, is b row. So you have total control over this. You can say that the color violet is b row, or you can say that b row is bright red or whatever it is that you pick. So when we start to talk about labels, I won't bother to come back here.
Just remember that it's all customizable. If I go down, labels also have a default color. So by default, and you can actually see this, looking over here. You can see that our bins are the mango color. Sequences come in as forest green. And right down the line, you can see that the customization I just did, now was slightly confusing, because video is b-roll. But this is just the native, what comes in by default.
So I like that you can customize for what you do here. I don't care very much about default colors, I'm much more interested in the way we actually label things. The Media tab actually doesn't have much that's important to us here. You would think it does because we are talking about importing media, but in fact the Media tab has more to do with the way that Premier Pro handles media. So, there you have it, some important preferences that relate to the way that bins work and labels work.
These are two important tools that we're going to use in a moment, and it's good to know that you can adjust them with the preferences.
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