Premiere Pro Guru: Organizing Assets
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Importing layered Photoshop files


Premiere Pro Guru: Organizing Assets

with Jason Osder

Video: Importing layered Photoshop files

Now that we've imported some basic still images, I want to So here's what's interesting about a layered Photoshop document.
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  1. 2m 27s
    1. Welcome
    2. What you should know before watching this course
    3. How to use the exercise files
    4. Organization: What works best for you
  2. 10m 13s
    1. The benefits of organizing assets
    2. Updates to modern workflows
      2m 20s
    3. Organizing assets in and out of Adobe Premiere Pro
      1m 47s
    4. The Common Media folder
      5m 9s
  3. 37m 49s
    1. Determining the best import method for your workflow
      1m 49s
    2. The Metalogging workspace
      2m 43s
    3. Using the Media Browser
      3m 59s
    4. Importing footage from a drive
      3m 42s
    5. Importing photos and graphics
      2m 38s
    6. Importing layered Photoshop files
      4m 10s
    7. Importing audio files
      2m 21s
    8. Importing bins with a CSV file
      4m 37s
    9. Browsing and importing Premiere Pro projects
      3m 32s
    10. Importing Final Cut Pro and Avid projects
      6m 41s
    11. Useful keyboard shortcuts for import
      1m 37s
  4. 23m 55s
    1. When to use Bridge
      1m 41s
    2. Creating a collection in Bridge
      3m 27s
    3. Batch renaming in Bridge
      2m 30s
    4. When to use Prelude
      3m 47s
    5. Performing a verified card transfer with Prelude
      6m 32s
    6. Transcoding media with Prelude
      2m 11s
    7. Copying to multiple drives with Prelude
      1m 49s
    8. Moving clips from Prelude to Premiere Pro
      1m 58s
  5. 49m 48s
    1. Essential preferences related to media management
      3m 34s
    2. Logging and pre-editing
      2m 9s
    3. Understanding the Project panel
      4m 51s
    4. Adding metadata in the Project panel
      3m 55s
    5. Sorting and sifting through clips
      3m 29s
    6. Organizing media with labels
      1m 15s
    7. Selecting a label group
      1m 13s
    8. Working with bins
      4m 20s
    9. Clip markers
      4m 28s
    10. Sequence markers
      2m 36s
    11. Marker shortcuts
      1m 52s
    12. Workarounds with markers
      1m 40s
    13. Using the Find command
      3m 7s
    14. Using filters
      2m 2s
    15. Using subclips
      3m 15s
    16. Choosing markers vs. subclips
      1m 41s
    17. Customizing columns
      2m 11s
    18. Useful keyboard shortcuts for organizing and logging
      2m 10s
  6. 10m 55s
    1. Adding markers with Prelude
      6m 1s
    2. Subclipping with Prelude
      1m 49s
    3. Rough cutting with Prelude
      3m 5s
  7. 15m 44s
    1. Understanding metadata
      2m 40s
    2. The Metadata panel
      3m 56s
    3. Customizing headings and displays
      3m 39s
    4. Metadata schema
      1m 57s
    5. The Timecode panel
      1m 33s
    6. Speech analysis
      1m 59s
  8. 33s
    1. Wrapping up

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2h 31m Intermediate Nov 04, 2013

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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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Topics include:
  • Using the Media Browser and Metalogging workspace
  • Importing from a drive
  • Importing bins with a CSV file
  • Batch renaming in Bridge
  • Logging and pre-editing footage
  • Using clip makers
  • Working with metadata
Premiere Pro
Jason Osder

Importing layered Photoshop files

Now that we've imported some basic still images, I want to look at something pretty interesting, which is importing a layered Photoshop document. You have some choices here. So, let's take a detailed look. As you can see, I'm right were were we left off. In fact my media browser is still open to the graphics folder. Previously, we imported all three of these TIFFs, but this basic lower 3rd.psd, is actually the Photoshop document that created the TIFFs.

Meaning, each one of these was saved off from a multi-layer Photoshop document that has all of them. Watch what happens when I start to import this Photoshop document. I just right clicked for an import, but all of the techniques we talked about, the menus and the keyboard shortcuts would work here. So here's what's interesting about a layered Photoshop document. Here are the choices that you have. Merge All Layers. This will create a single still image where none of the layers exist anymore as far as Premier Pro is concerned.

It's just a simple graphic, if you choose merge all layers. Merge Layers allows you to pick a specific layers. So you can see layer one is our background, and here are the three names that we imported separately already as TIFFs. So what if I really was just doing the lower third for rich. I could change to Merge Layers, and then you see how these become live, because Merge All Layers is going to take all of them. But Merge Layers lets you choose, and that would get me the equivalent of the tiff that is the rich lower third.

We've got more choices here, and I want to show you all of them. We can import individual layers. That means in this case I will get my background and I would get the rich Harrington layer, and they would be separate graphics. Obviously whatever I check is what will come in. If I need to do the background and say add something new in Premier Pro, I would just do layer one for the background and that's what I would get. The last one is probably the most interesting, which is to import as a Sequence.

So I select that, and if I check all of my layers, what I'm going to get is a new sequence that actually has separate layers that correspond with each layer of the Photoshop document. I also have a choice if I want to resize this. And I can bring it into Premier either matching its own layer size, or the size of the document. Now in this case it's not going to matter, because as I said, these are all properly prepared to come into a video project.

So you're going to want to try each one of these depending on the actual case, but I want to show you Sequence because it's my personal favorite. Just click OK, and we see now what the basic lower third comes in as. You see there's a new bin, and if I scroll down, it has separated the sequence and all three layers as graphics. For a moment, let me make the project panel bigger so you can see. There it is.

Lower thirds was selected, so the import happened into the lower thirds bin. And then we got a new bin containing the sequence, and all four layers as graphics. Let me open the sequence, and you can see what it looks like. There you can see how our Photoshop document has now become a sequence. We can do whatever we want with this sequence, including turning off some layers so they don't conflict with each other, and in fact animating each individual layer. If I click layer, it's going to open up in our source viewer where we can manipulate it further.

So that's as far as we're going to go with this. It's not about manipulating the graphics, it's just about seeing how a layered Photoshop document comes in, and the different choices as far as bringing it in as a sequence, and or selecting specific layers.

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