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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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As we continue to add layers of organization to our project, they become more and more powerful because they work together. I want to show you with the metadata and the other information we now have, how we can sift and sort our clips using the columns in the media browser. We're still in the media browser here and I've taken advantage of some of the techniques we were just talking about. I'm using the thumbnail list view that I like a lot, and I've also filled in a lot of this descriptive metadata that we were talking about.
If you recall, I wanted to use description to have a basic description of what type of shot it was. There's some variation here but the vocabulary is pretty tight. Observational shots, animation, B-roll, B-roll Wide when I want to make a node of that, so they are not totally controlled but they're pretty consistent. And then log node if you remember had everything to do with audio, and not every clip has a node just when there is issues in certain scenes.
We've noted, when there's good audio and also sometimes where there is an audio issue. One of the great things of entering in this metadata in the project panel, and in fact one of the really powerful things about the project panel itself, is being able to sort and then also sift through these clips, based on the metadata in the columns. So let me show you how this works. Right now, everything is arranged by the name of the clip, or actually in some cases, the name of the bin.
So if I click the column head, that will actually reverse. So it's alphabetical or reverse alphabetical. So now we're alphabetical again. The same thing will work with our metadata that we entered, like Description and Log Note. So I can sort by Description, and automatically bring all my animations to the top, or group all my B-roll together. This allows us to sift even finer, because I can cross reference between say, I'm looking for B-roll and make sure that it has good audio. So, there's the combination I'm looking for. And this is where I might get the good check mark involved to really sift through these entries. So, if the combination I want is B-roll with good audio, I go ahead and check that and I find any other instances where we've got good B-roll and good audio. And now if I don't have an audio node, that might count anyway because it probably means there were no audio problems there. So I continue to find based on sorting the ones I want. But now that I've actually identified them with good, I can sort again, and now I'm sifting even finer. So if I bring all of the goods to the top, and remember, we only sort within a bin, so our bin stays separate, and now I've got everything that is B-roll with good audio.
So it's a combination of sorting and sifting for the results. Just keep in mind that the things like this are only as powerful as the information that's in the metadata. I can always sort for something like video duration, but that will just bring the longest clip to the top or the shortest clip to the top. It's only when I started to have good, informative metadata in these columns that I can really sort and sift effectively.
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