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Well now that you have a good sense of Premier Pro, let's take a look at importing media. Before I get started, I do want to emphasize 1 key thing, and that is, when you import media into Premier Pro, all you're really doing is creating a pointer or a shortcut to the original media, wherever it resides. Whether that's on your internal hard drive, an external hard drive, or a camera card. If you eject the external hard drive or erase the camera card, and you open up Premiere Pro, it won't have anything to point at and your media will go off-line.
So it's good to understand that all you're creating is a shortcut, and if you're working with a camera card you should always copy the media off first before you import it. Now with that said lets go ahead and bring some media into our project. Now you can bring media in a variety of ways. You can use the Import command which is underneath the File menu. You can drag and drop from your desktop directly into the project pane, but the best way to bring media in is to use the Media Browser.
And the reason Media Browser is so useful because it allows you to actually see a poster frame or a sample of the footage that you're bringing in. Let's go ahead and step into the Media Browser. I'm going to press the tilde key to bring it full screen, and I'm going to dig down to my desktop. Now, my desktop has an extra file on it that you don't have. Whether you're a premium subscriber And you have the exercise files or just following along, this is a special file that I created just so you can see how the media browser could work.
Now, what I've done is I've created a folder called All Media, which contains a variety of sources including still images, graphics, and video. Now the beautiful thing about using the media browser is that I can see an image for each piece of my media. So for instance, the barbecued pizza photograph, I can see that image, as well as all the magazine covers. Now if I go down to any of the video clips, and just move my mouse left or right.
I can actually scrub through the clip, and Adobe calls this hover scrubbing. And this is a great way to find a specific clip, because you can very quickly search through the entire piece of media. And in this case, we have a graphic where the first frame is actually white. But as I hover scrub through it, I can actually see it's my opening animation. Now once I find the clip that I want to work with, I can simply right-click on it and select Import, and that will bring it directly into my project. If I stepped over to the project, you can see that the opening has been imported and I'm looking at this in the List view.
And if I wanted to, I could simply go down to the lower left-hand corner and switch to the Icon view, so I can scrub through it in my project pane. Now, I don't have to bring clips in one at a time from the media browser. I can select the specific ones I want by lassoing them. Or holding down a modifier key. Which is Cmd on a Mac or Ctrl on a PC, and select the exact ones that I want to import.
If I want to bring them all in, I simply can select all, right-click, and import. Now these clips were all thrown into a single folder on my hard drive. But if you've already organized your media into distinct folders on your hard drive such as B roll,, music, graphics, etc., and so on. Premiere Pro will really take advantage of that and we'll explore that in an upcoming video.
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