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In Premiere Pro CS5 Essential Training, author Chad Perkins shows not only how to edit video with Premiere Pro, but he also explains how to use video to tell compelling stories. This course covers the Premiere Pro workflow from a high level, providing a background on how projects go from start to finish before diving into basic clip adjustments, such as color correcting scenes for more dramatic impact, applying transitions effectively, and slowing down and speeding up clip playback. The course includes creative techniques, such as making titles and removing a green screen background from a shot. Exercise files are included with the course.
So now we're ready to start bringing in footage. We also refer to footage as clips, assets. They're basically all interchangeable terms. In this movie I'm going to show you three different ways to bring stuff in to Premiere. Perhaps the most common and fast way to do this is to go to the Project panel. Find some big blank empty space here and just double-click. That will open up the Import File dialog box here. And then what I'm going to do is I'm going to go to the Media folder inside the Exercise Files folder. And we could navigate to any of these different types of media here.
I'm going to negative to Video for example. I click on this B-roll_ocean clip and then just click Open. After a quick second it pops up in the Project panel. I double-click again in some blank area in the Project panel, and this time, I'll go to Audio, and I'll open up this Explore California Intro with percussion and bass, click Open, and now we have an audio clip in our Project panel. And we could use this same method to import still images such as this TIF file or any other type of file that you would bring in to Premiere.
To make you feel more comfortable, you can right-click in the Project panel and choose Import, or if you want, you can go to the File menu at the top of the interface. You can choose Import here. You can also use the keyboard shortcut if you want. It's Command+I on the Mac, Ctrl+I on the PC. Now I want to share with you a couple of other ways to import files I think are really helpful. Number one is this Media Browser. This was introduced in the last version of Premiere and I didn't hear too much buzz about it, but it's a really helpful feature. In the last movie, I showed you how I bring in footage from my P2 cards.
And we opened up one of these folders, the 0005GA. By the way you will not have these in the Exercise Files. These files are massive. They're too big to be transferred to the Exercise Files. I'm actually not even going to be working with them. I just want to show you what they look like here. So if I open up 0005GA and instead of seeing this huge folder structure with contents and then like the audio and icon and proxy and all that kind of stuff, Premiere looks at this stuff and just digs down through those layers and shows me just what I want to know. There's just the clip there that I can play with.
And if I double-click it, it will import. So again when you're working with media, where there's this huge folder structure, the Media Browser in Premiere here makes that so easy that you don't have to worry about all that stuff. It just gets the good stuff. Now there is another way to bring stuff in, if I go to the File menu and choose Browse in Bridge. Adobe Bridge is a file browsing application that comes with Adobe Premiere, ships with it for free. And what this allows you to do is to navigate stuff on your hard-drive, the same way that you would through the navigation system on your operating system through Explorer or Finder.
But what this does, if I go to Video here, is it allows you to actually preview your footage, including Photoshop files, Illustrator files, Flash video, and a lot of other Adobe formats which is really cool. I can get a bigger thumbnail by clicking on this slider here. Dragging this to the right increases the size of these clips. The left reduces them. As you can see it's very dynamic. We can resize these panels just like we do in Premiere. And when we click on one of these clips, we can actually click the Play button over here on the right-hand side and we have a little Current Time Indicator.
We could scrub through this clip. We can adjust the volume. We can loop it. We can rate it. We can sort it, organize it, etcetera, etcetera. So if you have a folder full of clips, you're not sure which one's to use, Bridge is a great asset for that. It's kind of funny to me that Bridge's actually talked about more in the static design community like if you're doing like Photoshop, InDesign page layout type stuff. We talk about a lot there, but we don't talk about very much in the video world. But it's unbelievably helpful in the video space. If you have like a huge folder of images, how else you're going to preview them really quick like that? It's just a great asset.
You even get like file properties here. So it tells me the dimensions of this clip and it tells me the document type and all kinds of information about it here that would be challenging to know or it would take longer to find out just using my operating systems or browsing system. So I actually use Adobe Bridge all the time and you might have noticed that when I selected that, that Bridge just popped right up. That's because I always have Bridge on. As I'm doing this training series and so like that, it's always just like in the background. So if I need to find something to use, it's always there for me.
So there are several methods here. You can import stuff in the Project panel. You can use the Media Browser, and again when we find footage that we want, we can simply double-click it or drag and drop it into the Project panel, either way, and we could also use Adobe Bridge. One other thing I neglected to mention about Bridge, which is really the whole point of Bridge, is that Bridge is intelligent and it remembers which program opened it. So because we opened it from Premiere, what we can do is simply double-click on a clip that we want here in Bridge and then automatically it goes over to Premiere and the clip is imported.
We don't have to like find it on our hard drive or whatever and then drag-and-drop it. Bridge, it's just a really quick smooth process. Double-click it in Bridge, opens it up in Premiere. Now again, in case you couldn't tell there's no right or wrong way to import but you do have a few options here.
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