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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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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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