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Importing card-based media

From: Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training

Video: Importing card-based media

Now importing files that are already on your hard drive or on external hard drive or even on some cards--like off of a Canon DSLR camera--is pretty easy because you can simply either use the import command or you can use the media browser. However, other card-based media is a little more difficult, and I am going to show you why. Let me go ahead and hide Premiere Pro and show you an example of what the folder structure looks like inside of a card that you may have recorded your movies to.

Importing card-based media

Now importing files that are already on your hard drive or on external hard drive or even on some cards--like off of a Canon DSLR camera--is pretty easy because you can simply either use the import command or you can use the media browser. However, other card-based media is a little more difficult, and I am going to show you why. Let me go ahead and hide Premiere Pro and show you an example of what the folder structure looks like inside of a card that you may have recorded your movies to.

And you can see on my desktop I have a folder here called card. Now this could be a card such as AVCHD format that some consumer cameras use, there are others formats Panasonic's P2, there is Sony's XD cam. But if you look inside any of these cards by double-clicking on the folder, you see inside there is something that might say contents, and then you can drill down even deeper, and there's lots of folders inside here. And you might think, "Oh I'll just grab the video," but one: it's a strange format and the way these cameras record your video is the audio might be recorded separately.

There is something called metadata or information about the file in a different folder, so these all had to be combined to create a movie file that you can watch. So a traditional import command would not work. And that's where the beauty of the media browser comes into play. Let's go ahead and close this and go back to Premiere Pro. Now if I try to import through the traditional import method, and I pointed at this card that's on my desktop, it won't be able to bring this. And if I click import it would get confused, it wouldn't bring in all the media, and it would actually give me a generic error.

And we know that generic errors are the ones that we should most fear. So let's go ahead and delete that and switch over to the media browser. Going back to my desktop in my Home directory, once again I see the card. Now if I select the card by double-clicking, instead of seeing all that information, I actually see video files. Let me go ahead and press the Tilde key to show you how this looks. So instead of seeing all those individual folders with all those files inside that make no sense, I can actually see the clips and the information about them.

I am going to switch over from the List view to the Thumbnail view, and once again, as you can see I can use Hover scrub to see if these are clips that I actually want to bring in. Because not everything you shoot on your card, you might want to bring in. Often times I have at least 20 minutes of the lens cap or at least my feet as I'm running along trying to get a shot. Now another thing that changes when it looks at a card is instead of viewing as file you see it automatically detects in this case that the card was recorded using the Panasonic P2 format.

So it's only showing me the information on the card that is in the P2 format. If for some reason--and this is unlikely-- you've thrown some additional media on the card just because you want to use it to move it from one machine to another, if you switch back to File directory you would actually see the card exactly as I saw it when I closed Adobe Premiere, and we looked at the file structure. So let's step back up one level to where we see the word contents, and I can switch back from file directory back to Panasonic P2.

But as you can see from the grayed out list, there is a variety of cards that the media browser can interpret. Another thing to keep in mind, if you are shooting on cards that sometimes when you're shooting you can have two cards in your camera and the video actually flows from being recorded on the first card onto a second card. This is commonly referred to as spanned media, which means the media spans across the first card into the second card. And the beautiful thing about the media browser is it can import media that crosses over from one card to another, and it can do this automatically.

Once I've looked at the images that I want, I can simply select them and just like we did in importing files I can right-click and import them directly into my project. Now if you skip to the last movie because you say I only work in cards, I want to reinforce something that I said there, and that is Premiere Pro only points to the media that's on that card. So if you input media off a card and eject the card, it's going to go off-line.

And if you record over that card, you are going to lose your media for ever, so best practices says as soon as your record onto a card, put that card into a card reader, plug it into your computer, and copy the entire card onto your hard drive. I'm going to go back and close this for just one second because this is a big mistake that a lot of new editors do. They put the card into their computer, open it up and think they only need the video files and just drag this folder.

If you do this you'll probably end up losing all of your media, you won't have any of your sound, any of the proxies or any of the metadata. So remember, when copying a card drag the entire card, don't open it up, don't change anything, don't add anything, don't delete anything. Popping back into Premiere Pro, we are going to import these files, and you will see they immediately appear in the Projects section of our panel.

I'll just set the tilde key so this returns to the exact same format that's probably on your desktop.

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  1. 56s
    1. What is Premiere Pro?
      56s
  2. 2m 49s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 42s
  3. 27m 52s
    1. Launching the application for the first time
      3m 27s
    2. A tour of the interface
      4m 55s
    3. Customizing the window layout and the interface
      7m 0s
    4. Exploring the different ways to drive Premiere Pro CS6
      4m 33s
    5. Understanding system configuration and the Mercury Playback Engine
      3m 17s
    6. Adjusting essential preferences
      4m 40s
  4. 40m 7s
    1. Importing files and folders
      11m 2s
    2. Importing card-based media
      6m 1s
    3. Capturing from tape
      4m 10s
    4. Organizing media
      12m 3s
    5. Reconnecting offline media
      6m 51s
  5. 21m 0s
    1. Basic editing overview
      4m 44s
    2. Previewing and marking media in the Project panel
      7m 11s
    3. Previewing and marking clips in the Source panel
      9m 5s
  6. 33m 37s
    1. Editing clips into the Timeline
      7m 56s
    2. Marking and targeting destinations in the Timeline
      2m 53s
    3. Moving clips in the Timeline and performing a swap edit
      4m 11s
    4. Adjusting edit points in the Timeline
      2m 6s
    5. Splitting clips using the Razor tool
      2m 16s
    6. Deleting clips
      2m 38s
    7. Performing an insert edit
      4m 14s
    8. Performing an overwrite edit
      3m 9s
    9. Dragging to a second layer to edit cutaways
      4m 14s
  7. 43m 16s
    1. Performing a three-point edit
      7m 23s
    2. Performing a replace edit
      3m 48s
    3. Targeting specific tracks in the Timeline
      3m 1s
    4. Linking and unlinking audio and video tracks
      3m 51s
    5. Performing roll and ripple edits
      6m 51s
    6. Performing slip and slide edits
      6m 42s
    7. Creating subclips
      4m 29s
    8. Locating and working with different versions of a clip using Match Frame
      7m 11s
  8. 42m 51s
    1. Taking control of your Timeline
      7m 57s
    2. Adding video and audio tracks
      5m 32s
    3. Performing audio-only and video-only edits
      4m 49s
    4. Changing track visibility and locking tracks
      5m 41s
    5. Rendering
      7m 43s
    6. Using the History panel to undo multiple actions
      2m 31s
    7. Creating keyboard shortcuts
      5m 35s
    8. Creating buttons
      3m 3s
  9. 23m 28s
    1. Working with audio
      5m 22s
    2. Adjusting audio levels in the Source Monitor
      3m 0s
    3. Adjusting audio levels in the Timeline
      10m 10s
    4. Adjusting the audio mix on the fly
      4m 56s
  10. 9m 4s
    1. Inserting markers
      4m 8s
    2. Snapping markers to each other
      4m 56s
  11. 29m 52s
    1. Working with stills
      10m 57s
    2. Moving on stills
      5m 54s
    3. Exporting and re-importing stills
      3m 47s
    4. Working with still and animated graphics with transparency
      2m 39s
    5. Working with layered Photoshop files
      6m 35s
  12. 20m 58s
    1. Changing speed and reversing a clip
      6m 22s
    2. Changing speed at a variable rate
      9m 10s
    3. Creating and using freeze frames
      5m 26s
  13. 28m 21s
    1. Using transitions
      9m 36s
    2. Understanding the nuances of transitions
      6m 23s
    3. Modifying transitions
      8m 37s
    4. Setting default transitions and applying multiple transitions
      3m 45s
  14. 36m 36s
    1. Applying and modifying effects
      4m 51s
    2. Applying presets and motion effects
      5m 42s
    3. Saving favorites
      3m 50s
    4. Understanding color correction
      4m 4s
    5. Using adjustment layers
      3m 23s
    6. Working with green screen and chroma key footage
      6m 36s
    7. Using the Warp Stabilizer to stabilize clips
      6m 27s
    8. Applying filters to audio
      1m 43s
  15. 27m 45s
    1. Creating static titles
      7m 8s
    2. Creating lower thirds
      10m 2s
    3. Creating a credit roll and crawls
      6m 41s
    4. Using Photoshop for titles
      3m 54s
  16. 20m 0s
    1. Introducing multicam editing
      1m 46s
    2. Creating a multicam clip with timecode
      3m 25s
    3. Creating a multicam clip using sync points
      4m 1s
    4. Editing a multicam clip in a Timeline
      4m 26s
    5. Refining a multicam edit
      6m 22s
  17. 9m 51s
    1. Exporting a movie
      4m 12s
    2. Sending to Adobe Media Encoder
      3m 44s
    3. Printing to video
      1m 55s
  18. 1m 22s
    1. Next steps
      1m 22s

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