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Organization is key to a successful post-production workflow. This course picks up where the end of your shoot leaves off and before editing begins—when you need to import, organize, and log your footage. Jason Osder shows how to import all different types of assets, from stills to soundtracks, and how to sort and annotate your footage in Adobe Premiere Pro. Plus, learn a few tricks involving Bridge and Prelude (like batch renaming) that will cut your logging time in half.
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It's time to start importing footage into our project. There are a number of ways to do this and a lot of them are useful and a lot of it's going to depend on your taste. So I'm just going to show you a few techniques and it's going to be up to you to harness these with good organization and do it how you like it. As you can see, I'm right where we left off. I made a new project in the last movie. I didn't even save it. I was just browsing around in the media browser. I even still have my photos folder open in the media browser. The first thing I want to do here, because we're actually going to start importing.
This mimic's starting to build up your organized project. So I'm not satisfied to start that with an untitled project. You would always, with a first step of organization in any workflow, and I call it organization, is save the file. So we'll go ahead and save this project. I'll do a Save As. And I'm going to work on the desktop here, right next to my exercise files, I'm not going to save in there, I'm just going to save right next to it. But I would always use good naming, so I don't know what project this is but lets just say its all about birds, so Birds V1 and its always good to have a system.
I don't know what your system is, but my system has a version and if we have multiple editors it often has initials. So, you make up a system, but in this case, the system is the name of the project, version, underscore, initials of the editor. So there we go. And here's the thing about naming conventions is, they don't really matter so much as once you decide, you stick with them. Okay, so this is an important moment to think about this. So we saved that and we know we have a good name there. We know the project, what it is.
We've already seen that we can simply drag from the media browser to bring things into the project. We're going to look at organizing with bins in a second. So, just know that everything I'm doing can either be brought directly into a bin, or dragged into a bin after the fact, which is what we'll do to take things one step at a time. So there's dragging from the media browser, there's right clicking in the media browser, there's the File menu that includes Import, as well as Import From the Media Browser, and they both have shortcuts.
Okay? So, just Cmd+I brings me to a Finder window and I can navigate, and find exactly the media I want. You may be thinking, this seems awfully similar. Like there's a lot of techniques to import that are essentially exactly the same, and I kind of agree with you. That is exactly the same as using the media browser. One more thing to think about, and it just makes the point even stronger, is you can drag and drop directly from the finder.
So in this case, I would be doing exactly the same thing that's just a regular finder window by dragging to there or if I wanted all of my birds photos. I could actually drag the whole directory and create a bin with all of the photos. So, there are I guess about a half dozen ways if you slice it fine, to import. There's other file types we'll be looking at, and there is a lot of organization inside Premier Pro.
But the actual activity of bringing something into the project is important and you'll decide on your favorite techniques. Keyboard shortcut, drag and drop, for this part, it's largely up to you.
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