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Meet Adobe Premiere Pro, and learn the skills necessary to professionally edit video. Abba Shapiro first introduces a "fast track" approach to Premiere that shows the entire import to output process in eight quick steps—ideal as an overview for new editors and a preview of the new features in CC that experienced users will want to see right off the bat. Then transition to the expanded workflow that begins with importing media, creating a basic rough edit, and then refining the cut with music and sound effects, transitions, visual effects, and titles. The course also includes information on exporting and archiving projects, as well as advice for becoming more efficient in Premiere with actions, keyboard shortcuts, and other workflow enhancing tricks.
In this movie were going to talk about importing media off a camera card. And there's two types of camera cards, there's the easy and the not so easy. The easy ones, are like some of the DSLR camera cards, which actually record the video Inside of a wrapper and you can simply copy it onto your hard drive and then import it just like any file that you would be importing into Premiere Pro and we've already learned how to do that. And then there's the not so easy. Let me go ahead and hide Premiere Pro because I want to show you one of these cards would look like when you copy it onto your hard drive.
Now if you're a premium subscriber to lynda.com, included with the exercise files is a folder called card. And if I open this folder up, you can see that the contents of this card are a little bit confusing. Instead of having a bunch of movie files, there's a variety of folders such as audio, clip, icon, proxy, video, voice. Containing not only the media that you shot but also a bunch of meta data and sometimes depending on how these manufactures have designed this format, the video might be separated from the audio.
You may have additional meta data sorted in another folder with camera information or date and time information. So it's important to realize you need all of this and it can get to be kind of confusing and kind of a pain to bring it in until you start using Premiere Pro. Now let's jump back into Premiere Pro. But before I do that, I can't emphasize this enough, whenever you work with these cards, always copy the card onto your hard drive. Not just part of the card, not just the part of the card that might say video.
A lot of inexperienced editors might just open up the card, dig inside, and find the folder labeled video, and drag that to their desktop. And they may end up with video without sound. Video that they can't even open are missing meta data. And even worse, what some people do is they import directly off the card that's in their machine. Then they eject the card, record over it without realizing that all they have are the pointers, or the shortcuts, to the media that was on the card. Because you'll never get it back once you record over it. Always copy the entire card to your hard drive and then import. Stepping back into Premiere Pro we're going to jump over to the project pane. If I do a traditional import, Cmd + I or Ctrl + I. You'll see that if we try to bring in this card, and in this case it's a p two card, I'm going to have some problems.
I'm going to click on Import. It's going to start importing the files, and I get the generic error. Of all the errors you can have, the generic one is the most scary. I'll click OK, and if I stepped inside this folder, I have bits and pieces of separate audio and video, not what I want. Let me go ahead, step back up, delete this folder and show you the best way to bring in media off of a camera card. I want you to switch over from the project pane to the media browser. And once we're in the media browser, I'm going to press the Tilde key, so it's full screen.
And I'm going to use the shortcut to jump straight to my home directory, so I can open up my desktop. Now, inside the exercise folder. Is my media folder and I can see this here in my drill down menu and inside there is my card. Now this is the cool part. When I double click to open up the card instead of seeing all of those files. The media browser will analyze what type of card it is and just show me the complete video clips. And I can actually hover scrub through these to make sure I bring in just the footage that I want.
I don't have to import the whole card, I can import individual clips, or multiple clips. And oftentimes, I have a clip of 20 minutes of me recording the lens cap, or me looking at the GoPro camera and all you see is my face, or my feet as I'm running along. There's a lot of footage I shoot that I don't want to bring in, so it's nice that I can isolate and just bring in the clips that I want. Now I want to point out one other area to the right. And that's this little eyeball. When I click on that I'll get a Dropdown menu, and you can see from this drop down menu the variety of formats that Premiere Pro can import and work with without any kind of transcoding.
As you notice, it did determine that it was a Panasonic P2 card. But you'll also see that I can click on File Directory. If I choose file directory, I'm actually going to look at the card exactly the same way that we looked at it on the hard drive. With all those folders and all that confusion. Now, I can't see a reason that you would want to do this, but perhaps you use the same card to store some additional media and information and you want to be able to open up the file structure to get to something.
But in general, let Premier Pro default to the format that it thinks is best and import it that way. Now you'll notice that p2 is great out, and that's because I'm already inside the card. I need to step back up a level, and you can see that file directory and p2 are both now available. Switching over to that, I see my footage, I'm going to simply (INAUDIBLE) it all, right click and hit Import. Switching back to my project file, I can work with this media immediately without any transcoding. I see exactly what I need and I have all the metadata. And it's a perfect workflow that simplifies the complexity of working with camera cards.
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