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In Premiere Pro CS4 Beyond the Basics, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins explains how to take video editing from simple nuts and bolts to an art form. He shares tips for shooting video in the field to get the most from a subject and get the best footage for a project. He demonstrates how to build a project through the careful use of cutaways, pacing, and suggestive edits. He covers special effects, color correction, and keying and compositing, integrating all these concepts as he builds a music video project from scratch. Exercise files are included with this course.
One of the things that's kind of unique and interesting, and is actually sometimes frustrating, about P2 Media is the file structure that it creates. So, it's not just saving the single file. If we go to the Media folder inside the Exercise Files folder, you'll see a P2 Media folder I've created for you. And here, you'll find a folder that's taken from a P2 Card, from my camera. So, if I click on this 0024EU, that's another kind of weird quirky thing about it is it creates these weird named files. Open up that folder, and we'll have another folder called CONTENTS, and inside that folder, we'll have multiple other folders, including a folder for AUDIO, CLIP, ICON, which is a little tiny, tiny representation of the first frame of the video, and then a PROXY folder, a VIDEO folder, this is the actual video file here, and then a VOICE folder.
So, there is a lot going on here. If you click here, the real file format of the P2 Media is MXF. And so, as you can see, we have the MXF file. It's about 44 Megabytes, in this case, and we have a lot of this data that we really don't necessarily need to access, like when we are bringing files into Premiere. We don't really care about this icon and these other folders as well. Now, as you could imagine, with all these folders, and not only all those folders but also this hierarchy, that things can get a little confusing in working with MXF files.
Well, there is actually a great new feature in Premiere Pro CS4 called the Media Browser that eliminates a lot of this stress and frustration, so we'll look at that next.
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