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Examining P2 file structure

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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.

Examining P2 file structure

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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  1. 4m 11s
    1. Welcome
      56s
    2. What's new in the dot release
      57s
    3. Using the exercise files
      2m 18s
  2. 18m 54s
    1. Capturing ambient audio
      3m 12s
    2. Getting plenty of coverage
      1m 48s
    3. Telling a story with camera angles
      3m 18s
    4. The 180 degree rule
      2m 13s
    5. Framing shots
      3m 25s
    6. Allowing "emotional space"
      1m 40s
    7. Overcranking and time lapse
      3m 18s
  3. 11m 38s
    1. Why is metadata important?
      1m 40s
    2. Browsing and adding metadata
      6m 4s
    3. Creating metadata with Speech Search
      3m 54s
  4. 33m 12s
    1. When to cut
      7m 38s
    2. Avoiding bad edits
      9m 17s
    3. Using emotional cutaways
      1m 53s
    4. Fixing problems with cutaways
      3m 53s
    5. Pacing edits
      3m 49s
    6. Matching action
      4m 14s
    7. The power of suggestive editing
      2m 28s
  5. 26m 31s
    1. Contrasting targeting and selecting
      3m 17s
    2. Copying and pasting clips
      2m 36s
    3. Replacing clips
      4m 8s
    4. Editing to music
      5m 0s
    5. Using sample rate for precise editing
      5m 34s
    6. Creating J and L cuts
      3m 33s
    7. Working with subclips
      2m 23s
  6. 11m 17s
    1. Ingesting media
      1m 39s
    2. Examining P2 file structure
      1m 31s
    3. Importing P2 files with the Media Browser
      5m 15s
    4. Converting DVCPRO HD to standard 720p
      2m 52s
  7. 38m 11s
    1. Using the Reference Monitor
      3m 0s
    2. Using scopes
      8m 33s
    3. Primary color correction
      10m 11s
    4. Secondary color correction
      8m 28s
    5. Creating a vignette
      2m 28s
    6. Creating a day-for-night shot
      5m 31s
  8. 37m 19s
    1. Censoring video
      5m 30s
    2. Creating a waving flag
      6m 5s
    3. Creating a lens flare
      3m 36s
    4. Creating background textures
      6m 19s
    5. Playing with time
      6m 4s
    6. Using transition effects
      6m 13s
    7. Working with presets
      3m 32s
  9. 15m 30s
    1. Creating a garbage matte
      3m 56s
    2. Removing green screen
      5m 6s
    3. Compositing with blend modes
      3m 32s
    4. Nesting sequences
      2m 56s
  10. 15m 27s
    1. Creating 3D reflections
      5m 0s
    2. Creating growing vines
      5m 52s
    3. Creating a track matte
      2m 39s
    4. Using the History panel
      1m 56s
  11. 42m 25s
    1. Censoring audio using bleeps
      5m 16s
    2. Understanding sample rate
      3m 0s
    3. Normalizing audio across multiple clips
      5m 7s
    4. Recording audio
      2m 24s
    5. Removing audio problems with Soundbooth
      5m 43s
    6. Working with VST plug-in effects
      2m 3s
    7. Mixing audio
      8m 20s
    8. Changing volume over time
      5m 22s
    9. Working with surround sound
      5m 10s
  12. 23m 52s
    1. About this project
      2m 26s
    2. Performing preliminary edits
      2m 35s
    3. Working with multi-camera footage
      7m 27s
    4. Creating a visual "stutter"
      3m 12s
    5. Adjusting color
      8m 12s
  13. 6m 28s
    1. Transferring projects to another machine
      3m 24s
    2. Removing unused footage
      3m 4s
  14. 25m 46s
    1. Choosing a format
      5m 35s
    2. Understanding spatial compression
      2m 5s
    3. Understanding temporal compression
      4m 19s
    4. About HD standards
      5m 46s
    5. Changing footage interpretation
      2m 17s
    6. Getting the film look
      5m 44s
  15. 27m 10s
    1. Working with After Effects
      5m 56s
    2. Creating titles in After Effects
      5m 39s
    3. Working with Photoshop files
      2m 29s
    4. Working with Final Cut Pro
      2m 2s
    5. Working with OnLocation
      3m 12s
    6. Working with Encore
      4m 27s
    7. Introducing Adobe Story for pre-production
      3m 25s
  16. 15s
    1. Goodbye
      15s

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